Jim Westphal

Jim Westphal

  • Donald C. Cook Professor of Business Administration
  • Professor of Strategy
  • Chair of Strategy
Education
  • PhD Northwestern University 1996
  • BA University Of California
  • Davis 1988

Contact Information

Phone
(734) 936-2574
Fax
(734) 615-4323
Email
Room
R5448
Research

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 2014 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.

Authors
Keeves, G., Westphal, J., and McDonald, M.
Published Date
2017

Source

Harvard Business Review
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Authors
Keeves, G., Westphal, J., and McDonald, M.
Published Date
2017

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LSE Business Review
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Persona non grata? Determinants and consequences of social distancing from journalists who engage in negative coverage of firm leadership.

Authors
Shani, G., and Westphal, J.D.
Published Date
2016

Source

Academy of Management Journal
Volume: 
59
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
302-329

Psyched-up to suck-up: Self-regulated cognition, interpersonal influence, and recommendations for board appointments in the corporate elite.

Authors
Westphal, J.D., and Shani, G.
Published Date
2016

Source

Academy of Management Journal
Volume: 
59
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
479-509

Predicting organizational identification at the CEO level.

Authors
Lange, D.A., Boivie, S., and Westphal, J.D.
Published Date
2015

Source

Strategic Management Journal
Volume: 
36
Issue: 
8
Pages: 
1224-1244

How directors' prior experience with other demographically similar CEOs affects their appointments onto corporate boards and the consequences for CEO compensation.

Authors
Zhu, D. and Westphal, J.D.
Published Date
2014

Source

Academy of Management Journal
Volume: 
57
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
791-813

A behavioral theory of corporate governance: Explicating the mechanisms of socially situated and socially constituted agency.

Authors
James Westphal, Edward Zajac
Published Date
2013

Source

Academy of Management Annals
Volume: 
7
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
607-661

Social discrimination in the corporate elite: How status affects the propensity for minority CEOs to receive blame for low firm performance.

Authors
Sun Hyun Park, James Westphal
Published Date
2013

Source

Administrative Science Quarterly
Volume: 
58
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
542-586

Helping other CEOs avoid bad press: Social exchange and impression management support among CEOs in communications with journalists.

Authors
James Westphal, Sun Hyun Park, Michael L. McDonald, Mathew L.A. Hayward
Published Date
2012

Source

Administrative Science Quarterly
Volume: 
57
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
217-268

Unintended agency: Impression management support as a trigger of institutional change in corporate governance.

Authors
James Westphal, Sun Hyun Park
Published Date
2012

Source

Research in Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
32
Issue: 
0
Pages: 
23-46

Avoiding bad press: Interpersonal influence in relations between CEOs and journalists and the consequences for press reporting about firms and their leadership

Authors
James Westphal, David Deephouse
Published Date
2011

Source

Organization Science
Volume: 
22
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
1061-1086

Me or We: The Effects of CEO Organizational Identification on Agency Costs

Authors
Steven Boivie, Donald Lange, Michael McDonald, James Westphal
Published Date
2011

Source

Academy of Management Journal
Volume: 
54
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
551-576

Misperceiving the beliefs of others: How pluralistic ignorance contributes to the persistence of positive security analyst reactions to the adoption of stock repurchase plans

Authors
David Zhu, James Westphal
Published Date
2011

Source

Organization Science
Volume: 
22
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
869-886

My brother's keeper? CEO identification with the corporate elite, social support among CEOs, and leader effectiveness

Authors
Michael McDonald, James Westphal
Published Date
2011

Source

Academy of Management Journal
Volume: 
54
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
661-693

Set up for a fall: The insidious effects of flattery and opinion conformity toward corporate leaders.

Authors
Sun Park, James Westphal, Ithai Stern
Published Date
2011

Source

Administrative Science Quarterly
Volume: 
56
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
257

A little help here? The effects of independent board control on CEO helping networks: A social identification perspective.

Authors
Michael McDonald, James Westphal
Published Date
2010

Source

Academy of Management Journal
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0
Issue: 
0
Pages: 
0

A matter of appearances: How corporate leaders manage the impressions of financial analysts about the conduct of their boards.

Authors
James Westphal, Melissa Graebner
Published Date
2010

Source

Academy of Management Journal
Volume: 
53
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
15-44

An Impression Management Perspective on Job Design: The Case of Corporate Directors.

Authors
James Westphal
Published Date
2010

Source

Journal of Organizational Behavior
Volume: 
31
Issue: 
0
Pages: 
319-327

Corporate governance and knowledge management: How board independence may increase CEO paranoia, and lead to increased top management team homophily.

Authors
Mason Carpenter, James Westphal, Michael McDonald
Published Date
2010

Source

International Journal of Strategic Change Management
Volume: 
2
Issue: 
4
Pages: 
327-351

Stealthy footsteps to the boardroom: Executives? backgrounds, sophisticated interpersonal influence behavior, and board appointments.

Authors
Ithai Stern, James Westphal
Published Date
2010

Source

Administrative Science Quarterly
Volume: 
55
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
278-319
Ross Thought In Action
Professor Jim Westphal and PhD student Gareth Keeves, writing in Harvard Business Review , explain why the compliments CEOs receive are often not sincere.

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