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Professor, Business Management; Director of MBA Programs
Contact Info

Teaching & Research Interests


  • Corporate Governance
  • Firm Political Strategy
  • Management Education


  • Strategic Management
  • Principles of Management 
  • Ph.D.  Management, University of Georgia
  • B.B.A. Management, Virginia Tech
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
Select Publications

Cavazos, D. & Rutherford, M. (2017). Assessing the external antecedents of firm participation in regulatory processes. Review of Managerial Science, 11 (2): 395-410. 

Shahzad, A., Rutherford, M. & Sharman, M. (2016). In good times but not in bad: The role of managerial discretion in moderating the stakeholder management and firm performance relationship. Business and Society Review, 121(4): 497-528. 

Mousa, F., Kim, S. & Rutherford, M. (2016). Top management team characteristics and boundary expansion during the post-IPO period. Management Decision, 54 (3): 664-682. 

Rutherford, M., Parks, L., Cavazos, D. & 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.

Awards and Recognitions
  • College of Business Madison Scholar Award
  • College of Business Distinguished Teacher Award
  • College of Business Foundation Faculty Fellow
  • College of Business Dean’s Impact Award
  • Paul E. Bierly Memorial Best Publication Award
  • Best Educational Publication Award, JMU College of Business
  • Faculty Member in Residence, Semester in Antwerp

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