Professor, Management; Faculty Director, MBA

Year Started at JMU: 2002

Contact Info

  • Ph.D.  Management, University of Georgia
  • B.B.A. Management, Virginia Tech
Professional Interests


  • Corporate Governance
  • Firm Political Strategy
  • Management Education


  • Strategic Management
  • Principles of Management 
Personal Interests
  • Travel
  • Spending time with my family
Current Courses Taught
  • COB 487 Strategic Management
  • COB 300 Integrated Functional Systems: Management
  • MBA 691 Strategic Management
Positions Held
  • Professor, James Madison University, Management Department, 2013 - present
  • Faculty Director of MBA Programs, 2015 - present
  • College of Business B.B.A. Core Curriculum and Assurance of Learning Coordinator, James Madison University, 2011 - 2015
  • Associate Professor, James Madison University, Management Department, 2008 - 2013
  • Assistant Professor, James Madison University, Management Department, 2002 - 2008
Awards and Recognitions
  • College of Business Dean’s Impact Award, 2014, 2015
  • Summer research grant, James Madison University 2003, 2006, 2008, 2013, 2015
  • Paul E. Bierly Memorial Best Publication Award, Department of Management, 2015
  • College of Business Distinguished Teacher Award, 2014
  • Best Educational Publication Award, JMU College of Business, 2013
  • Research Grant, Gilliam Center for Ethical Business Leadership, James Madison University, 2010, 2011, 2014
  • Faculty member in Residence, JMU Semester in Antwerp, Fall 2009
Key Publications

Cavazos, D., Rutherford, M., and Patterson, K. (In press) “Applying an attribution-based view of reputation to examine firm responses to government product ratings.” Corporate Reputation Review.

Rutherford, M., Parks, L., Cavazos, D., and White, C. (2012). “Investigating the factors that impact AACSB-accredited business schools’ decisions to require a Business Ethics course in the undergraduate core curriculum.” Academy of Management Learning & Education, 11(2): 174-186.

Cavazos, D., and Rutherford, M. (2012). “Bringing regulatory agencies into organizational studies: Gaining a better understanding of the state by examining regulator behavior.” Journal of Management Inquiry, 21(1): 4-12.

Rutherford, M, Buchholtz, A., and Brown, J. (2007). “Examining the relationships between monitoring and incentives in corporate governance.” Journal of Management Studies, 44(3): 414-430.

Rutherford, M, and Buchholtz, A. (2007). “Investigating the relationship between board characteristics and board information.” Corporate Governance: An International Review, 15(4): 576-584.

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