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Dr. Robert W. Kolodinsky
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JMU Faculty Bob KolodinskyProfessor of Management

Year Started at JMU: 2002

Education: Ph.D. from Florida State University in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management

Research interests: Worker Engagement, Person-Environment Fit, Worker Gratitude and Calling, Work Meaningfulness and Purpose, Executive Wisdom, Social Enterprises and Non-Profit Organizations.

Teaching interests: Organizational Behavior, Organizational Leadership, Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility, Social Entrepreneurship.

Professional background:

Three-time small business owner (systems software company; two commercial real estate companies), all in San Diego, California. Also a hospital supplies sales representative and sales manager.

Service work: Mercy House Thrift Store advisory board member and volunteer, pro-bono workshop development and delivery to United Way agencies (upcoming) and a local bank (upcoming), and church-related activities.

Personal Interests: Reading nonfiction, golf, travel, family.

Current & Recent Courses Taught: Organizational Behavior (MBA & UG), Interpersonal Leadership and Organizational Behavior (MBA), Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (MBA & UG), Interpersonal Skills, Social Entrepreneurship

Key Publications: 

Ritchie, W. J., Young, G., Shahzad, A. M., Kolodinsky, R. W., & Melnyk, S. A. (2015). The influence of plural organizational forms on beliefs and outcomes related to new product adoption. Management Decision, 53(7), 1619-1641.

Kolodinsky, R.W., & Bierly, P.E. (2013). Understanding the elements and outcomes of executive wisdom: A strategic approach. Journal of Management & Organization, 19(1), 1-24.

Kolodinsky, R.W., Madden, T.M., Zisk, D., & Henkel, E. (2010). Attitudes about corporate social responsibility: Business student predictors. Journal of Business Ethics, 91(2), 167-181.

Kolodinsky, R.W., Giacalone, R.A., & Jurkiewicz, C.L. (2008).  Workplace Values and Outcomes:  Exploring Personal, Organizational, and Interactive Workplace Spirituality. Journal of Business Ethics, 81(2), 465-480.

Kolodinsky, R.W., Treadway, D., & Ferris, G.R. (2007).  Political skill and influence effectiveness: Testing portions of an expanded Ferris and Judge (1991) model. Human Relations, 60(12): 1747-1778. Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence Award.

Positions Held:

2002 – 2008, Assistant Professor, James Madison University

2007 – 2014, Executive Director and Gilliam Professorship Holder, Gilliam Center for Ethical Business Leadership, James Madison University

2008 – 2013, Associate Professor, James Madison University

2013 – present, Professor, James Madison University


2015 College of Business Outstanding MBA Graduate Teaching Award

2009 – 2011, SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award Nomination. One of eight JMU faculty members (selected from nearly 1,000 full-time JMU faculty members) nominated for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award.

2010, Best paper award, Journal of Management. One of five winners, this award was presented in 2010 for the following paper:  Ferris, G.R., Treadway, D.C., Kolodinsky, R.W., Hochwarter, W.A, Kacmar, C. J., Douglas, C., & Frink, D.D. (2005).  Development and validation of the political skill inventory.  Journal of Management, 31(1): 1-28. One of five most cited articles in Journal of Management for the year 2005. 

2008 Emerald Management Reviews Citation of Excellence Award for the article "Political Skill and Influence Effectiveness: Testing Portions of an Expanded Ferris and Judge (1991) Model", published in Human Relations volume 60 issue 12. Selected as one of the 50 best articles published in 2007 in management and one of the top 50 from the 15,000 articles reviewed throughout 2007. Emerald Management Reviews is an abstracting and indexing database that covers every article in the top 300 business and management journals world-wide. Awarded in August 2008.

Fundraising: College of Business. Bob was the faculty point person for a multi-million dollar fund-raising effort that (1) resulted in the 2007 development of the Gilliam Center for Ethical Business Leadership, and (2) fall 2012 expansion of the Center to become the Gilliam Center for Free Enterprise and Ethical Leadership.

2006, Awarded (along with Paul Bierly) a $28,500 Kauffman Foundation Grant to support research entitled, “Entrepreneurial Propensity of College students.” Five publications benefitting 9 JMU MGT faculty members came from this grant.

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