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Erika James - Emory University, Goizueta Business School. Atlanta, GA, US

Erika James Erika James

John H. Harland Dean; Professor in Organization & Management | Goizueta Business School





Erika James became the John H. Harland Dean of Goizueta Business School in July 2014. A published researcher and award-winning educator with a passion for consulting and speaking, she places an emphasis on what higher education can do to be of service to industry and how liberal arts and business education can work hand-in-hand to train the next generation of students. James was appointed for a second, five-year term as dean in Spring 2019.

Under James’ leadership Goizueta remains one of the top business schools in the nation with an upward trajectory in student career success and faculty thought leadership. James initiated a new strategic plan in 2016 calling for a renewed focus as the school celebrates its 100th anniversary (2019) and beyond. Her approach includes a consistent call for faculty, staff and students to effectively collaborate, raise the school’s influence and act as good stewards of resources.

Before arriving at Goizueta, James served as the Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at the Darden Graduate School of Business. She also served as an assistant professor at Tulane University’s Freeman School of Business, and a visiting professor at Harvard Business School. Her academic career includes involvement in diversity initiatives and membership on multiple university councils and committees.

As an educator, James has been instrumental in starting various Executive Education programs, including the Women's Leadership program at Darden. She previously served on the board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the foremost accrediting body in business education. James speaks at numerous conferences in the areas of leadership, organizational effectiveness, change management and diversity. She currently sits on the boards of the Graduate Management Council (GMAC) and SurveyMonkey. Her expertise in workplace diversity and crisis leadership has led to recognition in scholarly journals and mainstream media.

James is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2016 and, shortly after becoming dean, was named to the “Power 100” list of Ebony Magazine. She is committed to establishing an equal playing field across gender and race and, in 2014, was honored by the National Diversity Council.

James holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. She received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges in California.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Leadership Development Organizational Behavior Gender Racial Diversity Power and Influence Crisis Leadership

Education (3)

University of Michigan: PhD, Organizational Psychology 1995

University of Michigan: Master's, Organizational Psychology 1993

Pomona College: Bachelor's, Psychology 1991

Media Appearances (8)

How business schools and the liberal arts mesh

Atlanta Business Chronicle  online


Emory University’s Goizueta Business School Dean Erika James and Emory College of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael Elliot discuss the complimentary nature of liberal arts and business education in this podcast.

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As business needs evolve, so should business education, says Goizueta's dean

Atlanta Business Chronicle  online


As a business school firmly situated within Emory – a university grounded in the liberal arts – Erika James, dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, says Goizueta is positioned to shape students with the requisite characteristics and competencies to become both engaged citizens with critical thinking skills and problem solvers for tomorrow’s workforce.

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Without Moonves, CBS execs could be 'picked off by other networks,' USA Networks founder says

CNBC  online


Beyond even retaining talent, Erika James, the John H. Harland Dean and professor at Emory University's Goizueta Business School, said CBS leadership will be on the hook for cleaning up the company's culture, as "culture is created from the top."

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How to avoid becoming the next late-night punchline

LSE Business Review  online


Make sure what you say is accurate, and correct any misstatements quickly. “Just like your mother told you, honesty is always the best policy.”

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Decision Making under Pressure

Enterprising Investor  online


According to Erika James, the John H. Harland Dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, the best process for making decisions under pressure is to use the data and numbers to inform our intuition. Leaders must recognize and avoid falling prey to mind tricks and biases. Power dynamics can also lead to poor decisions, and leaders do best to pursue an approach that is inquiry-based rather than advocacy-based...

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Market challenge: Cooper Global’s New leadership team finds opportunities for growth

Atlanta Business Chronicle  print


Subscription Required. "Organizations of all types that effectively turn challenges into catalysts for innovation and positive changes share some major attributes, according to Erika James, dean of Emory University’s Goizueta Business School."

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Business Schools Are Fighting to Recruit Top Women

The Wall Street Journal  online


"As fewer U.S. students show interest in a business degree, M.B.A. programs work to boost pipeline of qualified female applicants.”Professor Erika James is featured in this article for The Wall Street Journal.

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Erika H. James named dean of Emory's Goizueta Business School

Emory News Center  online


Emory University Provost Claire Sterk announced that Erika Hayes James, PhD, has been appointed dean of the university's Goizueta Business School. James will assume her new role on July 15. She comes to Emory from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, where she served most recently as senior associate dean for executive education...

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