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James Terborg

Professor Emerit of Management

Affiliations: Management
Phone: 541-346-3354



James Terborg is a professor emerit of management at the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business. He previously served as interim dean at the Lundquist College, and also held the administrative positions of Department of Management chair, director of the Institute of Industrial Relations, academic director of the Oregon Executive MBA program, academic director of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center, and senior associate dean for faculty affairs, all at the Lundquist College. From 1989 through 2013, Terborg was the Carolyn Chambers Professor of Management.

Terborg has published more than 60 articles and book chapters on leadership, motivation, and employee attitudes. His current research examines management and organization issues within the context of sports. During his time in the Lundquist College of Business, he taught courses on organizational behavior, human resource management, and sports business. He has consulted with Sears, Weyerhaeuser, Coors, and Nike on topics of employee morale, productivity measurement, and employee health promotion.

Terborg is also former chair of the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management, a charter member of the Society of Organizational Behavior, and a fellow in the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. He previously served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, American Journal of Health Promotion, Journal of Employee Assistance Program Research, Journal of Quality Management and the Journal of Sport Management.

Degree History:
  • PhD, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Purdue University, 1975
  • AB, Psychology, Calvin College, 1970
Previous Positions:
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois, 1975–1978
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Houston, 1978–1980
Honors and Awards:
  • Donald A. Watson Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Undergraduate Program, 1991
  • Harry R. Jacobs Distinguished Teaching Award, 1997
  • Outstanding Publication for 1996, Journal of Organizational Behavior, 1996
  • Carolyn Chambers Professor of Management, 1989–2013

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Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership
  • Performance measurement
  • Organizational behavior
  • Sport management
  • Strategic human resources

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Journal Articles:

Terborg, James R., and Anne Parmigiani. "Experience on the Line: The Impact of Firm-Specific Knowledge and Experience on National Football League Performance." Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings 2009, no. 1: 1-6.

August 2009

Terborg, James R., and Scott E. Bryant. "The Impact of Peer Mentor Training on Creating and Sharing Organizational Knowledge." Journal of Management Issues 20, no. 1: 11-29.

January 2008

Terborg, James R., and Larry D. Singell. "Employment Effects of Two Northwest Minimum Wage Initiatives." Economic Inquiry 45, no. 1: 40-55.

January 2007

Terborg, James, R., Richard Wolfe, Kathy Babiak, Kim Cameron, Robert E. Quinn, Dennis L. Smart, and Patrick M. Wright. "Moneyball: A Business Perspective." International Journal of Sport Finance 2: 249-262.

January 2007

Terborg, James R., Richard A. Wolfe, Karl E. Weick, John M. Usher, and Laura Poppo. "Sport and Organizational Studies: Exploring Synergy." Journal of Management Inquiry 14, no. 2: 182-210.

January 2005

In the News

Sarah E. Nutter, the current dean of the school of business at George Mason University, will take the helm of the Lundquist College of Business on January 17.

Bruce Blonigen, Philip H. Knight Professor of Social Science, will take the helm of the Lundquist College beginning Aug. 1.
We at the Lundquist College of Business congratulate the graduating class of 2016.

Student-business collaboration highlights investment trends, faculty research, Cameron Center naming, and more.

As a business college, the Lundquist College is uniquely positioned to contribute significantly to the UO’s fundraising initiative.

Lundquist College has successfully maintained both its business and accounting accreditations by the AACSB.

Lundquist College recently had the honor of hosting three superb candidates for the position of dean.
Ron Peterson, an Oregon icon whose name adorns Peterson Hall in the Lillis Business Complex, died Sunday, February 14 in Portland.