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Meet the Faculty

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Constance R. "Connie" James

Professor of Management

Division: Business Administration Division
Office: Center for Communication and Business (CCB) 313
Phone: (310) 506-4514
E-mail: connie.james@pepperdine.edu

  • Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • M.B.A., University of Michigan
  • B.A., University of Michigan


  • Corporate Strategy
  • Policy
  • Management Theory and Practice

Key Awards/Affiliations:

  • Honorary Teacher of the Year, Seaver College
  • Pepperdine Rotaract, Faculty Sponsor
  • UCLA NAMIC Executive Education
  • Academy of Management
  • Strategic Management Society
  • Academy of Management BPS Finalist and Best Dissertation
  • ORSA/TIMS Finalist and Best Dissertation
  • Project 88 Fellowship, UCLA
  • Management Fellowship, UCLA
  • Exxon Fellowship, University of Michigan

Academic Interests:

  • RESEARCH INTEREST: Coordination, control and integrating mechanisms of firms; dynamic capabilities and resources; and knowledge and organizational learning.
  • SPECIAL INTERESTS: learning organizations and organizational design
  • TEACHING INTEREST: Corporate strategy, business policy, organizational theory, and management.

Selected Works:

  • James, C.R. (in press). Spiritual Leadership and the Learning Organization. Graziadio Business Review.
  • "Spiritual Leadership in the Learning Organization", James, C.R. (Author Only), MFCA Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, Core Values: Stewardship, Responsibility, Compassion. (August 2017).
  • "Apple, Inc.: Executive Leadership Through the Years 1975-2013". DiGiovanni, J. (Author Only), James, C.R., DiGiovani, J., Society of the Advancement of Management, Orlando, FL, Core Values: Stewardship, Responsibility, Compassion, Articles in practitioner journals. (2014).
  • DISSERTATION: Unbundling Corporate and Business Unit Effects: A Control and Value Creating Capabilities Framework.
  • Designing Learning Organizations. Organizational Dynamics, Volume 32, No. 1, p. 46-61, 2003.
  • Increasing the Firm's Strategic IQ: Dynamic Versus Static Strategic Planning. The Graziadio Business Report. Volume 6 (2): 2003.