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James Guthrie

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


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.


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


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


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

Research Interests

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

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