Jim Spee

School of Business & Society

Jim Spee


1994 Ph.D. in Management, Peter F. Drucker Graduate Management Center, The Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA
Major concentrations in strategic management and management theory

1986 Masters in Business Administration, The Claremont Graduate School, Claremont, CA
Concentrations in strategic management and organizational behavior

1980 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Also completed upper division courses in Aeronautics and Astronautics

1980 Bachelor of Science in Engineering and Letters, Calvin University, Grand Rapids, MI. (Degree awarded concurrent with University of Washington


Redlands Main Campus
Hentschke Hall 207
P: 909.748.8786
E: james_spee@redlands.edu

Current Research, Academic Interests or Areas of Expertise

  • Sustainable Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Design Thinking
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Career and Technical Education pathways
  • Strategic Management
  • Management education and development

Professional Background Highlights

Professor James C. Spee received his Ph.D. from The Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, USA. He holds an MBA from Claremont, a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle, and a bachelor of science in engineering and letters from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He teaches courses in strategy and entrepreneurship at the University of Redlands School of Business & Society.  He holds a joint appointment with the Department of Environmental Studies in the University of Redlands College of Arts and Sciences where he teaches courses on sustainable business, sustainable business development, and green design. 

Spee’s research focuses on how to connect career and technical education (CTE) pathways to entrepreneurship education in order to create employment opportunities close to where people live.  He is also active in diversity and inclusion efforts at the University that resulted in their designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution.  He is a member of the board for ONE i/e, a nonprofit supporting startup founders, and of Joshua Tree Recreational Education Experience (JTREE), a non-profit working to build an outdoor education campus inside Joshua Tree National Park. 

A native of Seattle, Washington, Spee’s parents owned a small business that chartered helicopters and ran a small airport in Maple Valley, Washington. He spent 3 years working on a community development and micro-credit program in Bangladesh and has worked for nonprofits in California including Union Station Foundation which serves the homeless in Pasadena, and the Boys and Girls Club of Redlands. He is volunteer for the Organization of Black Aviation Professionals Aviation Career Academy and for the Tom Wathen Center’s Aviation Academy at Flabob Airport in Jurupa Valley, CA.


Courses Taught

Masters in Business Administration Courses including Strategy Capstone, Consulting Capstone, and Entrepreneurship Capstone

Bachelor of Science in Business Courses including Strategy, Integrative Capstone, and Entrepreneurship Capstone

Travel courses to Italy, Austria, UK, France, Southeast Asia

First Year Seminars in the College of Arts and Sciences

Introduction to Sustainable Business and Sustainable Business Development in the Environmental Studies Department of the College of Arts and Sciences


Previous Teaching Experience

California State University, Fullerton

Pepperdine University

University of California, Irvine

San Bernardino Valley College

Athabasca University

Thomas Edison State College

University of California Riverside Extension

Previous Relevant Work Experience

1992-93 Boys and Girls Club of Redlands

1986 Union Station Foundation, Pasadena, CA

1983 Boeing Commercial Airplane Co. Seattle, WA

1980-83 Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Grand Rapids, MI and Bogra, Bangladesh

Consulting Experience

Riverside Art Museum

Riverside Arts Council

San Bernardino Arts Council


Books and Book Chapters

Spee, J. C., McMurray, A., & McMillan, M. (Eds.). (2021). Clan and Tribal Perspectives on Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited. https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/doi/10.1108/9781789733655   

Spee, J. C., McMurray, A., & McMillan, M. (2021). Sustainable Relationships are the Foundation of Tribal and Clan Perspectives. In Tribal and Clan Perspectives on Sustainability: Indigenous Stories from Around the Globe (pp. 1–6). Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing Limited. 

Spee, J. (2007). Reducing Poverty Through Strategy and Innovation in a Bangladesh Community Development Project.  Book chapter in Wankel, C. and Stoner, J. (eds) Innovative Approaches to Reducing Global Poverty. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.  


Spee, J. C. (2019a). The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy, by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. 115 pages, paperback. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 18(2), 320–323. https://doi.org/10.5465/amle.2017.0400 

Spee, J. C. (2019b). AMLE Book & Resource Reviews from 2002 to 2017 on the Phases of Academic Careers. Academy of Management Learning & Education, 18(3), 502–515. https://doi.org/10.5465/amle.2018.0232  

Spee, J. C. (2019). Transformation and Resilience at the University of Redlands. Journal of Management Inquiry. https://doi.org/10.1177/1056492619866262  

Spee, J.C. and Fraiberg, A. (2015). Topics, Texts, and Critical Approaches: Integrating Dimensions of Liberal Learning in an Undergraduate Management Course.  Journal of Management Education. 39(1) p. 56. Special Issue: Integrating Liberal Learning, Humanities, and Management Education: Putting the Carnegie Report into Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1052562914554485   

Spee, J. C., & Tompkins, T. C. (2012). Innovations in curriculum program delivery: Hub and wheel design. The Journal of Human Resource and Adult Learning, 8(2), 20-25. http://www.hraljournal.com/Page/3%20Teri%20C.%20Tompkins.pdf   

McCormick, D. and Spee, J. (2008). IBM and Germany 1922-1941. Organization and Management Journal (Teaching and Learning Section) Volume 5, pp. 208-213. https://doi.org/10.1057/omj.2008.31   

McCormick, D. and Spee, J. (2008). Teaching Notes: IBM and Germany 1922-1941. Organization and Management Journal (Teaching and Learning Section) Volume 5, pp. 214-223.  https://doi.org/10.1057/omj.2008.25

Awards, Honors, Grants

2009 Case study co authored with Dr. Don McCormick chosen as ten best for the last five years by Organization Management Journal

2009 Shared California State University, Northridge faculty award for best pedagogy publication with Dr. Don McCormick of CSUN

May 1994 Member, Beta Gamma Sigma, honor society for the Association of Accredited Schools of Business

1992 Society for Human Resource Management SHRM Harvey Wilson Dissertation Research Grant

1991 John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation Doctoral Research Fellowship

1990 B. Dade and Helen Mohan Davis Foundation Memorial Scholarship

1986-87 Claremont Graduate School Ph.D. Fellowship

Invited Presentations

Western Academy of Management

Academy of Management

Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference

North American Case Research Association


United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE)

Management and Organization Behavior Teaching Society (MOBTS)

Organization of Black Aviation Professionals (OBAP)