Jim Westerman

James E. Holshouser Distinguished Professor in Ethics; Director of Sustainable Business
Department of Management


  • Ph.D. 1997, The University of Colorado at Boulder: Business Administration: Management
  • M.B.A. 1990, Florida State University
  • B.S. 1988, Florida State University: Finance

Teaching Interests

  • Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, and Social Responsibility

Awards and Accolades

Sustainability fellow at Appalachian State University; the 2014 academic year

"Best Paper Finalist" recognition. Westerman, J., van Beek, E., & Westerman, J. (2013). Ecological values, narcissism, and materialism: A comparison of business students in the United States and the Netherlands. Presented at the Western Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Received Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012).

Appalachian State University College of Business “Teacher of the Year” (2012).

“Best Paper in Management Education” Award. 2010. Westerman, J., Bergman, J., Bergman, S., & Daly, J. Are universities creating millennial narcissist employees? Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Appalachian State University “College of Business Researcher of the Year” (2009).

“Best Paper Proceedings” recognition. Hardesty, A., & Westerman, J. (2009). Relating religious beliefs and values: Ethical development, locus of control, and conscientiousness. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

Appointed to an endowed chair, the Duane D. Daggett Professor of Management, March 2008 - July 2012.

“Best Paper Proceedings” recognition. Bergman, J., Westerman, J., & Daly, J. (2008). Narcissism in management education. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

University of Nevada “College of Business Researcher of the Year” (2004).

“Best Paper Award”. Westerman, J. (2004). Motivating generation Y: An expectancy theory and job design analysis. Presented at the International College Teaching Methods & Styles Conference.

“Best Paper Finalist”. Cyr, L., & Westerman, J. (2001). Venture capitalist involvement and equity incentives: Examining the effects on IPO performance. Presented at the Western Academy of Management Annual Meeting.

“Best Paper Award” for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting - OCIS Division. Tucker, M., Meyer, D., & Westerman, J. (1994). A resource-based view of barrier reducing communicated knowledge as a source of competitive advantage. Presented at the Academy of Management annual meeting.

Lyman W. Porter Award for Best Paper. Westerman, J. (1994). An exploratory analysis of antecedents to participation in upward performance appraisal systems. Presented at the Organizational Behavior Division business meeting, Academy of Management annual meeting.

Selected Publications

Westerman, J. (2016). Organizational Communication in the 21st Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Westerman, J., Westerman, J., & Whitaker, B. (2015). Does social justice knowledge matter? Education for sustainable development and student attitudes. Environment, Development, and Sustainability, May.

Pawlowska, D., Westerman, J., Bergman,SJ., & Huelsman, J. 2014. Student personality, classroom environment, and student outcomes: A person-environment fit analysis. Learning and Individual Differences, 36, 180-193.

Bergman, J. Z., Westerman, J., Bergman, S. M., & Daly, J. P. (2014). Narcissism, materialism, and environmental ethics in business students. Journal of Management Education, 38(14), 489-510.

Whitaker, B., & Westerman, J. (2014). Linking spirituality and values to personal initiative through psychological empowerment. Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 11(3), 269-291.

Van Beek, E.*, Westerman, J., & Whitaker, B. (2014). Ecological values, narcissism, and materialism: A comparison of business students in the United States and the Netherlands. International Journal of Innovation and Sustainable Development, 8(1), 92-104.

Westerman, J., Whitaker, B., & Hardesty, A.* (2013). Belief in God: The differential prediction of workplace values. Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 10(4), 324-341.

Beekun, R., & Westerman, J. (2012). Spirituality and national culture as antecedents to ethical decision making: A comparison between the U.S. and Norway. Journal of Business Ethics, 110(1), 33-44.

Westerman, J., Bergman, J., Bergman, S., Daly, J.  (2012).  How Narcissistic are Business Students? An Empirical Examination of Narcissism in Millennial Students and its Implications. Journal of Management Education, 36(1), 5-32.

Westerman, J., Perez-Batres, L., Coffey, B., & Pouder, R.  (2011).  Class attendance and student performance in management education: An exploratory analysis.  Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 9(1), 49-67.

Beekun, R., Stedham, Y., Westerman, J., & Yamamura, J.  (2010).  Effects of justice and utilitarianism on ethical decision-making: A cross-cultural examination of gender similarities and differences.  Business Ethics: A European Review, 19(4), 309-325.

Bergman, J., Westerman, J., & Daly, J.  (2010).  Narcissism in management education.  Academy of Management Learning and Education, 9(1), 119-131.

Hardesty, A., Westerman, J., Beekun, R., & Bergman, J.  (2010).  Images of God and their role in the workplace.  Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 7(4), 315-333.

Westerman, J., & Daly, J.  (2010, October 4).  The rising tide of narcissism: What b-schools can do.  Bloomberg Businessweek.

Daly, J. & Westerman, J. (2009). A systematic method for grading case analyses and evaluating critical thinking in management education. Journal of the Academy of Business Education, 10, 18-36.

Westerman, J., Beekun, R., Daly, J., & Sita, V. (2009). Personality and national culture: Predictors of compensation strategy preferences in the U.S. and India. Management Research News, 32(8), 767-781.

Westerman, J., & Westerman, J. (2009). Social protest novels in management education: Using Hawk’s Nest to enhance stakeholder analysis. Journal of Management Education, 33, 659-675.

Beekun, R., Hamdy, R., Westerman, J., & HassabElnaby, H. 2008. An exploration of ethical decision-making processes in the United States and Egypt. Journal of Business Ethics, 82(3), 587-605.

Sundali, J., Westerman, J., & Stedham, Y. (2008). Retirement satisfaction: The importance of stable income sources. Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management, 10(1), 18-46.

Westerman, J., Geiger, S., & Cyr, L. (2008). Employee equity incentives and venture capitalist involvement: Examining the effects on IPO performance. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 13(4), 409-423.

Westerman, J. (2007). Motivating generation Y in the classroom. Essays on Teaching Excellence: Toward the Best in the Academy, 18(5).

Westerman, J., Beekun, R., Stedham, Y, & Yamamura, J. (2007). Peers versus national culture: An analysis of antecedents to ethical decision-making. Journal of Business Ethics, 75(3), 239-252.

Westerman, J., & Simmons, B. (2007). The effects of work environment on the personality-performance relationship: An exploratory study. Journal of Managerial Issues, 19(2), 288-305.

Westerman, J., & Yamamura, J. (2007). Generational preferences for work environment fit: Effects on employee outcomes. Career Development International, 12(2), 150-161.

Yamamura, J., & Westerman, J. (2007). Assessing the work environment fit for accountants: Implications for the international talent shortage. International Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Performance Evaluation, 4(2), 127-141.

Beekun, R., Westerman, J., & Barghouti, J. (2005). Utility of ethical frameworks in determining behavioral intention: A comparison of the U.S. and Russia. Journal of Business Ethics, 61(3), 235-247.

Westerman, J., & Sita, V. (2005). A cross-cultural empirical analysis of person-organization fit measures as predictors of student performance in business education: A comparison of students in the United States and India. Academy of Management Learning and Education, 4(4), 409-420.

Westerman, J., & Sundali, J. (2005). The transformation of employee pensions in the United States: Through the looking glass of organizational behavior. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 26(1), 99-103.

Popular Press Recognition 




Professional Development and Activity

Completed Harvard "Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership" course


Live radio interview with anchor Susan Kennedy; KCBS Radio San Francisco, April 9, 2016 

Spearheaded colloquium on sustainable business: