James Wade

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  • Asa Griggs Candler Chaired Professor of Organization & Management

Mailing Address:

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


James Wade joined Goizueta Business School in the summer of 2011. Prior to joining Goizueta, he taught organizational behavior, organizational theory and strategy at the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, Rutgers University and Georgetown University. His research has explored a wide range of issues ranging from corporate governance to industry evolution. Some of his current research explores product demography and its consequences in the storage industry, status dynamics among corporate CEOs, the determinants and outcomes of political scandals, the evolution of sports leagues, stigmatization and identity processes among products in the pharmaceutical industry, categorization processes in the Brazilian film industry, and career mobility among NFL coaching staff.


  • Graffin, Scott, Jonathan Bundy, Joseph F. Porac, James B. Wade, and Dennis P. Quinn. 2013. "Falls from Grace and the Hazards of High Status:  The 2009 British MP Expense Scandal and Its Impact on Parliamentary Elites." Forthcoming, Administrative Science Quarterly.
  • Waldron, Theodore L., Scott D. Graffin, Joseph F. Porac, and James B. Wade. 2012. "Third Party Endorsements of CEO Quality, Managerial Discretion, and Stakeholder Reactions." Journal of Business Research, In Press.
  • Wade, James B. and Anand Swaminathan. 2012. "Institutional Environment." Forthcoming, Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management.
  • McKendrick, David G, James B. Wade. 2010. “Frequent Incremental Change and Mortality in High-Technology Competition.” Industrial and Corporate Change, 19(3): 613-639
  • McKendrick, David G, James B. Wade, and Jonathan Jaffee. “Good Riddance? Spin-offs and the Technological Performance of Parent Firms,” Organization Science. 20: 979-992
  • Graffin, Scott D., James B. Wade, Joseph F. Porac and Robert McNamee. 2008. “Status Leakage” in the Executive Suite: The Impact of CEO Status Attainment on the Economic Outcomes of Other Senior Managers,” Organization Science 19: 457-474.
  • Wade, James B., Joseph F. Porac, Timothy G. Pollock, and Scott D. Graffin. 2008. “Star CEOs: Benefit or Burden,” Organizational Dynamics 37: 203-210.
  • Wade, James B. Charles A. O’Reilly, III and Timothy G. Pollock 2006. “Overpaid CEOs and Underpaid Managers: Equity and Executive Compensation.” Organization Science 17: 527-544.
  • Wade, James, Joseph Porac, Timothy Pollock & Scott Graffin. 2006. “The Burden of Celebrity: The Impact of Certification Contests Among the Corporate Elite on Pay and Performance,” Academy of Management Journal. 49: 643-660.

Working Papers

  • McKendrick, David G., Anand Swaminathan, and James B. Wade. “National Mimicry and Competitive Selection: Explaining Product Strategies in the Worldwide Floppy Disk Drive Industry”
  • Beck, Nikolaus, Anand Swaminathan, James B. Wade, and Filippo C. Wezel. “The Impact of Organizational Prototypes and Industry Clusters on the Fates of Northern Bavarian (Franconian) Breweries”
  • Swaminathan, Anand, James B. Wade and Andreas Schwabb. “Employment Affiliation Networks and Career Mobility among NFL Coaching Staff, 1985-2008.”

  • Dobbs, Michael E., James B. Wade, J. Richard Harrison and Xia Zhao “The Only game in Town? Related Agglomeration and the Mortality of Professional Sports Leagues, 1871-1997.”

Areas of Specialization

  • Organizational Theory and Strategy
  • Industry evolution
  • Technological Innovation
  • Inter-organizational social networks
  • Corporate Governance
  • Executive Compensation
  • Antecedents and consequences of status

Memberships and Activities

  • Academy of Management
  • American Sociological Association
  • European Group of Organization Studies
  • Strategic Management Society
  • Editorial Board for Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Editorial Board for Strategic Management Journal


  • Ph.D. Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 1993
  • Master's Business Administration , University of Texas, Austin, TX 1989
  • Bachelor's Science in Mechanical Engineering , Rice University , Houston, TX 1982