Denis Leclerc, Ph.D
Dr. Denis Leclerc teaches cross-cultural communication and global negotiations at
Thunderbird School of Global Management. His interests and research have focused on
intercultural communication competence and global negotiation.
At Thunderbird, Denis teaches in multiple programs such as on-campus MBA, Executive
MBA, customized programs such as Thunderbird International Consortia, and multiple
oil and gas executive programs. He also serves as the academic director for multiple
custom programs such as Raytheon, Novartis and Medtronic, and open-enrollment
programs such as Communicating and Negotiating with a Global Mindset and Leading
Teams for Strategic Results. Before joining Thunderbird, Denis taught at Arizona State
University and served for eight years as director of multiple international studies abroad
programs there. He directed and served on numerous master’s and Ph.D. committees
in the U.S. and Europe. He was co-program evaluator for a National Science Foundation
(NSF) three-year grant examining the cultural adaptation of U.S. scientists working in
scientific laboratories abroad. This research project was instrumental in guiding NSF to
redesign program components to include cross-cultural training for their international
Denis has been published in leading journals in his field including the International
Journal of Intercultural Relations, and has been a contributor to Readers in
Communication, authoring a chapter on the impact of culture on global negotiations.
Denis is also an active and highly sought-after consultant. As the principal of his own
consulting company, he has conducted cross-cultural research for companies in North
America and France. Additionally, he has provided support for international program
evaluations and has planned, facilitated, and analyzed professional-development
seminars for a wide range of executive programs throughout the U.S. and Europe.
He is a keynote speaker and seminar leader for various companies such as American
Express, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and ExxonMobil on topics as varied as
cultural misunderstanding, improving multi-cultural awareness, and cultural strategic
In 2008 and 2009, he was voted the most valuable professor by the Thunderbird
Executive MBA students. In 2009, 2010, and 2011, he was voted most outstanding faculty
member by the Thunderbird MBA students.
A native of Normandy, France, Denis completed a maitrise in cultural geography
(honors) from L’Universite de Haute Normandie, Rouen, France, and then a master’s
in international tourism at Arizona State University. He received his Ph.D. in crosscultural
communication from the Hugh Downs School of Communication at Arizona
State University. He received his certifications for the Global Mindset Inventory from
Thunderbird and the COM/COI from the Training Management Corporation.