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Dr. Matthew Rutherford
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JMU Faculty Matt Rutherford

Professor in the Management Department and the Faculty Director of MBA Programs

Year Started at JMU: 2002


Ph.D.  Management, University of Georgia

B.B.A. Management, Virginia Tech

Academic Interests:

Research: Corporate Governance, Firm Political Strategy, Management Education

Teaching: 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

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.

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


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