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James (Jim)  Westphal

James (Jim) Westphal

Robert G. Rodkey Collegiate Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Strategy; Chair of Strategy



PHD, Northwestern University
BA, University Of California, Davis

Jim conducts research in the areas of strategic management and organizational theory, with a focus on social and psychological processes in corporate governance and strategic decision making. He previously served as Division Chair of the Business Policy and Strategy (BPS) Division of the Academy of Management and as Representative-at-Large of the Organization and Management Theory (OMT) Division of the Academy. Jim has received the Best Paper Award from the OMT Division of the Academy on five occasions (1994, 1996, 2006, 2011, and 2013). He received the Researcher of the Year Award in 2007 and the University of Texas College of Business Administration Award for Research Excellence in 2000-2001 and 2006-2007, and was elected to the Fellows of the Academy of Management in 2011. In 2005-2006 he was a Harrington Faculty Fellow. Jim's research has been referenced in Business Week, CNBC, The Economist, The Financial Times, Fortune, Harpers, National Public Radio, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, among other publications. He has taught courses in strategic management and organizational behavior at the undergraduate, M.B.A., and Ph.D. levels.


James (Jim) Westphal
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Office Location: R5448

Phone: (734) 936-2574
Fax: (734) 615-4323
E-Mail: westjd@umich.edu
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