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James Davis

James Davis

Department Head, Faculty Chair and Director of the MBA Program, and Professor
Department(s): Management
Graduate Programs: Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Location:  Business 411
Office Phone:  435.797.3882
Fax:  435.797.1091


Ph.D., Corporate Strategy, University of Iowa
M.Ed., Brigham Young University
MBA, Idaho State University
BA, Brigham Young University

Huntsman School Interactions

January 12, 2011


James H. Davis has been with Notre Dame since 1991. He received his Ph.D. in corporate strategy from the University of Iowa, M.B.A. from Idaho State University and M.Ed. and B.A. from Brigham Young University. Since 1998, he has been the director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He teaches courses in strategic planning, change management, entrepreneurship and international management.

Professor Davis was named the John F. O’Shaughnessy Chair of Family Enterprises in 2006 and the Ray and Milan Siegfried Director of Entrepreneurial Studies in 2004. In 2005, he was given the University of Notre Dame President’s Award for his contributions to the University. He received the Notre Dame College of Business M.B.A. Outstanding Professor of the Year award in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He was named Outstanding Professor by Purdue University’s German International School of Management Administration in 2001. He was recognized as the 2002 Inspiration Teacher of the Year for Notre Dame’s executive programs. He received a Kaneb award for outstanding undergraduate teaching in 2003.

In 1998, Davis launched the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame. In the 10 years he has served as director for the center, it was consistently ranked among the top 20 programs of the country and received the NASDAQ Center of Excellence Award.

His research interests and publications are in the areas of corporate governance, strategic decision-making, trust, stewardship and social capital. His articles have appeared in many publications including the Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Management Education and International Journal of Value-Based Management. The Academy of Management recently recognized his research on trust as the best theoretical research of the second decade. He has served on the editorial boards for the Academy of Management Review and Business Horizons. He now serves on the board for Journal of Venture Capital and is the deputy editor for the Journal of Trust Research.

Professor Davis launched and served as the chairman of the Corporate Strategy and Governance Division of the Strategic Management Society. In that capacity he designed and facilitated international conferences and research groups for practicing managers and academics. Dr. Davis is a director on the boards of the Indiana Venture Center and serves as treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee for the South Bend Resources and Technology Corporation Board.

Professor Davis has designed and taught executive development workshops to a wide range of corporations and trade associations throughout the world. He has worked with a number of companies with strategic planning throughout the world including Continental Tire (Europe, China, India, Malaysia, Brazil), Sennheiser (Germany, North America), Koerber (Germany, China), Bayer (North America and Germany), Lanxess (North America and Germany), Far Eastern Group (Taiwan), Commodities Exchange and Government of Estonia, Cape Union Mart (South Africa) and Seminarium (Chile, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, etc). He designed an experiential learning approach at the University of Notre Dame that has partnered Notre Dame College of Business Students with hundreds of organizations (for and not-for profit) throughout the world.


“We need to have better vision. More than anything in this world we need vision because we don’t see far enough; we don’t see clearly enough; and we don’t see it soon enough.”

- James Davis

Related Huntsman News Articles

James Davis Appointed Director of the MBA Program (Huntsman Alumni Magazine - Fall 2013)
Notre Dame professor joins the Huntsman School of Business as head of the Department of Management (The Huntsman Post - August 2011)


View the slides from the Dean's Convocation


Dean's Convocation: January 12, 2011