Dr. Ken Jones
Ken Jones is the founding Director of The Centre for the Study of Commercial Activity (CSCA) and Dean Emeritus of the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM). Under his guidance (1992-2005) the CSCA grew into a leading centre for consumer service sector research with the model centred on support from government and corporate members in the retail and service, real estate, financial and consulting areas. As Dean (2005-2013), he transformed TRSM into what Ken proudly calls "Canada's most connected business school with a focus on relevant, entrepreneurial, career-based education". During his term as Dean, the Ted Rogers School of Management experienced significant growth in a host of areas: an increase in the number of tenure stream faculty members, an expanded and growing list of student clubs and associations, more research centres/institutes and an increase in the total amount of research funding. Ken also prompted the launch of three graduate programs, the establishment of undergraduate programs in Real Estate Management and the establishment of a School of Accounting and Finance. One major milestone came in 2012 when the TRSM joined an elite group of business schools around the world with its accreditation by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Dr. Jones holds an MA and PhD from York University and has published extensively, including three books that have examined the contemporary retail environment in Canada: Specialty Retailing in the Inner City (1984); Location, Location, Location (1987, 1992); and The Retail Environment (1990). In addition to his activities as a researcher, Ken has been a consultant to numerous retail chains, financial institutions and shopping centre developers on aspects of store network planning, sales forecasting, market area evaluation and site evaluation.