Matt Rutherford


Professor, Management; Director of MBA Programs
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 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
Key Publications

Cavazos, D., and 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., and 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., and 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., 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.

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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