He obtained his Ph.D. in business administration at the University of Regensburg in 1966, after having earned a bachelor's and master's degree in economics and business administration at the University of Cologne, Free University Berlin and RWTH Aachen University in 1964.
Research assistant Research Institute for Rationalization, U. Aachen, 1965-1967;
research assistant, U. Regensburg, 1967-1970;
professor, U. Mannheim, Federal Republic of Germany, since 1971;
dean School Business, U. Mannheim, Federal Republic of Germany, 1972-1973;
vice dean School Business, U. Mannheim, Federal Republic of Germany, 1973-1974;
president, U. Mannheim, Federal Republic of Germany, since 1988. Chairman University Pres's. Conference, Baden-Wü, since 1990.
Board directors Schitag, Stuttgart, Fuchs Petrolub, Mannheim, Pepperl & Fuchs, Mannheim.
Furthermore, Jacobs served as chairmen of the Mannheim Business School from 2005 to 2009, research associate at the ZEW, and member of the international advisory board of the ESSEC Business School in Paris.
Married Marianne Hoffmann. Children: Kirsten, Antje.