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James Guthrie

William and Judy Docking Professor
Primary office:
785-864-7546
Capitol Federal Hall
Room 3103
University of Kansas


Summary

Academic Area

Human Resources

Current Activities

Jim Guthrie is the William and Judy Docking Professor in Business at the University of Kansas School of Business.

He joined the KU School of Business in 1988 as an assistant professor. Guthrie was promoted to full professor in 2002, and he was appointed associate dean of academic affairs for the business school in 2014. He served as interim dean of the KU School of Business from 2016 to 2017. As a professor, Guthrie has taught courses in the human resource management field at the doctoral, master’s, undergraduate, and executive education levels. Guthrie has also been a visiting professor at the University of Limerick and Dublin City University in Ireland and the University of Waikato and the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Before joining KU, Guthrie was a research assistant and an instructor at the University of Maryland. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and an MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a doctorate in human resource management from the University of Maryland.

His research topics include human resource policies and practices and firm performance, employment instability, and reward systems. Guthrie is an author of more than 100 journal articles, proceedings and presentations that have been cited in many media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and CNBC.com.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Maryland
  • MBA, SUNY at Buffalo
  • B.A., SUNY at Buffalo

Teaching

  • Intro/survey courses human resource management (undergraduate & graduate)
  • Courses in compensation & reward systems (graduate)
  • Courses in international HRM (undergraduate & graduate)

Research

HR policies & practices and firm performance; Employment instability; Reward systems

Research Interests

  • Human resource policy and practice
  • Firm performance
  • Employment stability
  • Reward systems

Selected Publications

Huang, M. Masli, A. Meschke, F. & Guthrie, J. P. (2017). Clients' Workplace Environment and Corporate Audits. Auditing Journal of Practice and Theory, 36(4), 89-113.

Huang, M. Li, P. S., Meschke, F. & Guthrie, J. P. (2015). Family firms, employee satisfaction, and corporate performance. Journal of Corporate Finance, 34, 108-127.

Messersmith, J. G., Lee, J. Guthrie, J. P., & Ji, Y. (2014). Turnover at the Top: The Relationship between Executive Team Departures and Firm Performance. Organization Science, 25(3), 776-793.

Ji, Y. Guthrie, J. P., & Messersmith, J. G. (2014). The tortoise and the hare: The impact of employment instability on firm performance. Human Resource Management Journal, 4, 355-373.

Guthrie, J. P., Flood, P. C., Liu, W. MacCurtain, S. & Armstrong, C. (2011). Big Hat, No Cattle? The Relationship between Use of High Performance Work Systems and Managerial Perceptions of HR Departments. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 22(8), 1672-1685.

Messersmith, J. G., Guthrie, J. P., Ji, Y. & Lee, J. (2011). Executive Turnover: The Influence of Dispersion and Other Pay System Characteristics. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96(3), 457-569.

Guthrie, J. P., Ishqadief, G. & Hollensbe, E. (2011). Impact of Group-Level Performance Incentives and Planning Goals on Group and Individual Outcomes. In Proceedings of the Southern Management Association.

Datta, D. K., Guthrie, J. P., Basuil, D. & Pandey, A. (2010). Causes and Effects of Employee Downsizing: A Review and Synthesis. Journal of Management, 36(1), 281-348.

Messersmith, J. G., & Guthrie, J. P. (2010). High Performance Work Systems in Emergent Organizations: Implications for Firm Performance. Human Resource Management, 49(2), 241-264.

Armstrong, C. Flood, P. C., Guthrie, J. P., Liu, W. MacCurtain, S. & Mkamwa, T. (2010). The Impact of Diversity and Equality Management on Firm Performance: Beyond High Performance Work Systems. Human Resource Management, 49(6), 977-998.

Martı´n-Tapia, I. Arago´n-Correa, J. A., & Guthrie, J. P. (2009). High Performance Work Systems and Export Performance. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 20(3), 633-653.

Guthrie, J. P., Flood, P. C., Liu, W. & MacCurtain, S. (2009). High Performance Work Systems in Ireland: Human Resource and Organizational Outcomes. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 20(1), 112-125.

Liu, W. Guthrie, J. P., Flood, P. C., & MacCurtain, S. (2009). Unions and the Adoption of High Performance Work Systems: Does Employment Security Play a Role? Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 63(1), 109-127.

Zhao, Z. J., Guthrie, J. P., & Liao, H. (2009). HRM Configurations, KSAs, Motivation, and Knowledge Creation: A Multilevel Model. In Best Papers Proceedings of the Academy of Management. Anaheim, CA.

Armstrong, C. Flood, P. C., Guthrie, J. P., MacCurtain, S. & Mkamwa, T. (2008). Should High Performance Work Systems Include Diversity Management Practices? In Best Papers Proceedings of the Academy of Management. Anaheim, CA.

Guthrie, J. P., & Datta, D. K. (2008). Dumb and Dumber: The Impact of Downsizing on Firm Performance as Moderated by Industry Conditions. Organization Science, 19(1), 108-123.

Flood, P. C., Guthrie, J. P., Liu, W. Armstrong, C. MacCurtain, S. Mkamwa, T. & O'Regan, C. (2008). New Models of High Performance Work Systems: The Business Case for Strategic HRM, Partnership, Diversity and Equality Systems. National Centre for Partnership Performance and The Equality Authority Dublin, Ireland.

Selvarajan, T. T., Ramamoorthy, N. Flood, P. C., Guthrie, J. P., MacCurtain, S. & Liu, W. (2007). The Role of Human Capital Philosophy in Promoting Firm Innovativeness and Performance: Test of a Causal Model. International Journal of Human Resource Management, 18(8), 1456-1470.

Flood, P. C., Liu, W. & Guthrie, J. P. (2007). Future Research Series, Number 5. Measuring Workplace Innovation: A Review of the High Performance Literature. National Centre for Partnership Performance. Forum on the Workplace of the Future Dublin, Ireland.

Messersmith, J. G., & Guthrie, J. P. (2007). Pay Dispersion and Top Management Team Turnover: Additional Evidence. In Best Papers Proceedings of the Academy of Management. Philadelphia, PA.

Guthrie, J. P. (2006). Remuneration: Pay Effects at Work
. In P. Boxall, J. Purcell, & P. Wright (Eds.), The Handbook of Human Resource Management (pp. 344-363). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

West, M. A., Guthrie, J. P., Dawson, J. F., Borrill, C. S., & Carter, M. (2006). Reducing Patient Mortality in Hospitals: The Role of Human Resource Management . Journal of Organizational Behavior, 27, 983-1002.

Datta, D. K., Guthrie, J. P., & Wright, P. M. (2005). HRM and Labor Productivity: Does Industry Matter? Academy of Management Journal, 48(1), 135-145.

Roehling, M. V., Boswell, W. R., Caligiuri, P. Feldman, D. Graham, M. E., Guthrie, J. P., Morishima, M. & Tansky, J. W. (2005). The Future of HR Management: Research Needs and Directions. Human Resource Management, 44(2), 207-216.

Flood, P. Guthrie, J. P., MacCurtain, S. & Liu, W. (2005). Future Research Series, Number 4. High Performance Work Systems in Ireland - The Economic Case. National Centre for Partnership Performance. Forum on the Workplace of the Future Dublin, Ireland.

Guthrie, J. P., & Hollensbe, E. C. (2004). Group Incentives and Performance: A Study of Spontaneous Goal Setting, Goal Choice, and Goal Commitment. Journal of Management, 30(2), 263-284.

Guthrie, J. P., Ash, R. A., & Stevens, C. D. (2003). Are Women "Better" than Men? The Implications of Personality Differences in Hiring for Expatriate Assignment. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 18(3), 229-243.

Guthrie, J. P., Spell, C. S., & Nyamori, R. O. (2002). Correlates and Consequences of High Involvement Management: The Role of Competitive Strategy. The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 13(1), 183-197.

Datta, D. Guthrie, J. P., & Rajagopalan, N. (2002). Different Industries, Different CEOs? A Study of CEO Career Specialization. Human Resource Planning, 25, 14-25.

Stevens, C. D., Guthrie, J. P., Ash, R. A., & Coate, C. J. (2002). Does Personality Predict Preferred Managerial Style? Evidence from New Zealand and the United States. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources, 40(3), 322-344.

Guthrie, J. P. (2001). High Involvement Work Practices, Turnover, and Productivity: Evidence from New Zealand. Academy of Management Journal, 44, 180-190.

Rajagopalan, N. Datta, D. K., & Guthrie, J. P. (2001). CEO Career Specialization: The Influence of Industry Characteristics. In Best Papers Proceedings of the Academy of Management. Washington, D.C.

Guthrie, J. P. (2000). Alternative Pay Practices and Employee Turnover: An Organization Economics Perspective. Group and Organization Management, 25, 419-439.

Hollensbe, E. C., & Guthrie, J. P. (2000). Group Pay-for-Performance Plans: The Role of Spontaneous Goal-Setting. Academy of Management Review, 25, 864-872.

Guthrie, J. P., & Hollensbe, E. (2000). Group Incentives, Goal Setting and Task Performance: Some Preliminary Evidence. In Proceedings of The Southern Management Association.

Guthrie, J. P., & Coate, C. J. (1999). A Re-examination of the Accounting Stereotype. In J. E Hunton (Ed.), Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research (Vol. 2, pp. 153-171). Stamford, CT: JAI Press.

Guthrie, J. P., & Datta, D. K. (1999). Industry Characteristics, High Involvement Work Practices and Firm Performance: A Conceptual Framework. In Proceedings of the Southern Management Association.

Guthrie, J. P., Coate, C. J., & Schwoerer, C. E. (1998). Career Management Strategies: The Role of Personality. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 13, 371-386.

Guthrie, J. P., & Datta, D. K. (1998). Corporate Strategy, Executive Selection and Firm Performance. Human Resource Management, 37(2), 101-115.

Sessa, V. I., & Campbell, R. J. (1997). Does Context Affect Staffing Decisions? The Case of General Managers [Abstract]. In . (Ed.), Selection at the Top: An Annotated Bibliography (pp. 15). Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership.

Sessa, V. I., & Campbell, R. J. (1997). Executive Succession: Organizational Antecedents of CEO Characteristics [Abstract]. In . (Ed.), Selection at the Top: An Annotated Bibliography (pp. 14). Greensboro, NC: Center for Creative Leadership.

Guthrie, J. P., & Datta, D. K. (1997). Contextual Influences on Executive Selection: Firm Characteristics and CEO Experience. Journal of Management Studies, 34(4), 537-560.

Guthrie, J. P., & Schwoerer, C. E. (1996). Older Dogs and New Tricks: Career Stage and Self-Assessed Need for Training. Public Personnel Management, 25(1), 59-72.

Guthrie, J. P., Ash, R. A., & Bendapudi, V. (1995). Additional Validity Evidence for a Measure of "Morningness". Journal of Applied Psychology, 80(1), 186-190.

Guthrie, J. P., & Datta, D. K. (1994). Corporate Strategy, Executive Selection and Firm Performance. In Proceedings of the Southern Management Association (pp. 16-18).

Datta, D. K., & Guthrie, J. P. (1994). Executive Succession: Organizational Antecedents of CEO Characteristics. Strategic Management Journal, 15, 569-577.

Guthrie, J. P., & Schwoerer, C. E. (1994). Individual and Contextual Influences on Self-Assessed Training Needs. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 15, 405-422.

Chauvin, K. & Guthrie, J. P. (1994). Labor Market Reputation and the Value of the Firm. Managerial and Decision Economics, 15, 543-552.

Guthrie, J. P., Grimm, C. M., & Smith, K. G. (1993). Environmental Change and Management Staffing: A Reply. Journal of Management, 19(4), 889-896.

Guthrie, J. P., & Connors, H. (1992). Nursing and Employment Law. In P. J Decker & E. J Sullivan (Eds.), Nursing Administration: A Micro/Macro Approach for Effective Nurse Executives (pp. 229-255). Norwalk, CT: Appleton & Lange.

Guthrie, J. P., & Cunningham, E. P. (1992). Pay For Performance for Hourly Employees: The Quaker Oaks Alternative [Reprint].(1st ed.) (Vol. 1, pp. 22-27).

Guthrie, J. P., & Cunningham, E. P. (1992). Pay for Performance for Hourly Employees: The Quaker Oats Alternative. Compensation and Benefits Review, 24(2), 18-23.

Guthrie, J. P., & Olian, J. D. (1991). Does Context Affect Staffing Decisions? The Case of General Managers. Personnel Psychology, 44(2), 263-292.

Guthrie, J. P., & Olian, J. D. (1991). Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs: Do Firms Consider Their Operating Environments? Human Resource Planning, 14(3), 221-232.

Guthrie, J. P., Grimm, C. M., & Smith, K. G. (1991). Environmental Change and Management Staffing: An Empirical Study. Journal of Management, 17(4), 735-748.

Guthrie, J. P., & Olian, J. D. (1990). Cognitive Ability Tests in Employment: Ethical Perspectives of Employers and Society [Reprint]. In W. C Frederick & L. E Preston (Eds.), Business Ethics: Research Issues and Empirical Studies (pp. 225-252). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Guthrie, J. P., & Olian, J. D. (1990). Using Psychological Constructs to Improve Health and Safety: The HRM Niche. In K. M Rowland & G. R Ferris (Eds.), Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management (Vol. 8, pp. 141-201). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Guthrie, J. P., & Olian, J. D. (1989). Using Psychological Models to Improve Worker Health and Safety: A Research Framework for Human Resource Management. In Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Personnel and Human Resource Management (pp. 209-308). Hong Kong.

Smith, K. G., Guthrie, J. P., & Chen, M. (1989). Strategy, Size, and Performance. Organization Studies, 10(1), 63-81.

Schneier, C. E., Guthrie, J. P., & Olian, J. D. (1988). A Practical Approach to Conducting and Using the Training Needs Assessment. Public Personnel Management, 17(2), 191-205.

Guthrie, J. P., & Olian, J. D. (1987). Cognitive Ability Tests in Employment: Ethical Perspectives of Employers and Society. (Vol. 9, pp. 185-212). Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Smith, K. G., Guthrie, J. P., & Chen, M. (1986). Miles and Snow's Typology of Strategy, Organizational Size and Organizational Performance. In Best Papers Proceedings of the Academy of Management (pp. 45-49).


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