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 College, 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

  • Non-Profit Management

  • Learning in Organizations

  • Organizational Change Management

  • Community Development

  • Strategic Management

  • Management education and development

  • Leadership and film

  • Measuring emotional intelligence using 360 degree reviews

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 and engineering degrees from University of Washington and Calvin College. He teaches courses in strategy, leadership, communication, and organizational learning at the University of Redlands School of Business & Society.

His research focuses on management education and development, measurement of learning outcomes, and aviation education. He is the past president of the Western Academy of Management, and is a member of the editorial board for the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal. He has served on the boards of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society, the North American Case Research Association, and the Management Education and Development division of the Academy of Management. He currently volunteers one day a week at the Flabob Airport Preparatory Academy, an aviation charter school in Rubidoux, CA.


Courses Taught

Master of Arts in Management Courses including Strategy, Communication and Conflict, Leadership and Motivation, Decision-Making, Managing Change and Organizational Learning, The Reflective Manager, Managerial Assessment and Development

Masters in Business Administration Courses including Preface to Leadership and Strategy Capstone

Bachelor of Science in business and management capstone course

Bachelor of Arts course Advanced Topics in Organizational Behavior and Management

Undergraduate Seminars for Johnston Center on Arts Administration

Travel course to Italy, May 2005

Travel course to Salzburg, January 1999

Travel course to Cambridge, England, May 1998

First Year Seminar on 100 years of Hollywood, Fall 2006 and 2007

First Year Seminar on Green Entrepreneurship, Fall 2009

Supervised student led Johnston courses in International Advertising, Non Profit Management and Music Business


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


Book Chapters

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. (2003). The Acid Test of Leadership. In Pillai, R and Stites-Doe, S (Ed.), Teaching Leadership. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing.

Spee, J.C. (1998). Classical Leadership and Saving Private Ryan. In Tompkins, T (Ed.), Cases in Management and Organizational Behavior. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.


McCormick, D. and Spee, J. (2008) IBM and Germany 1922-1941. Organization and Management Journal (Teaching and Learning Section) Volume 5, pp. 208-213.

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.

Spee, J. (2007) Volunteer vs. Professional Management of Academic Conferences: A Comparison of Five Meetings. Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics, 5 (3) pp. 70-79.

Spee, J. C. (2005). Using Focused Discussion in the Classroom. Journal of Management Education, 29 (December) 833-851.

Montemayor, E.F. and Spee, J.C. (2004) The Dimensions in Emotional Intelligence: Construct Validation using Manager and Self Ratings. Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management 2004 Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

McCormick, D., Tompkins, T., and Spee, J.C. (2002). Reflections on Implementing an Innovative Management Curriculum Tracking Between Scylla and Charybdis. Journal of Management Education,

Spee, J.C., and Tompkins, T. (2001). Design for a Competency Based Masters in Management Program. Journal of Management Education,

Spee, J.C. (March 1995). Addition by Subtraction: Outsourcing strengthens business focus. Journal of Management Education, 40(3), pp. 38-43.


HR Magazine

Journal of Management Education

Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings

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


Academy of Management

Western Academy of Management (past president)

Organizational Behavior Teaching Society

Editorial Board for Academy of Management Learning and Education (journal)

Reviewer for Journal of Management Education

Completed Inland Empire Business Atlas research project for Redlands Institute in 2009.