Huntsman Alumni Magazine

Fall 2011

New Faces: Award-Winning Notre Dame Professor Becomes An Aggie

An award-winning Notre Dame researcher, recognized for his research on trust, has come to the Huntsman School of Business to become the new head of the Department of Management.

James H. Davis, who will also be a professor, is known for launching the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Notre Dame in 1998, which he called “an entrepreneurship ecosystem.” In the 10 years he served as its director, it was consistently ranked among the top 20 programs in the country.

“I don’t want to be second to anybody,” Dr. Davis said. “I would not have come to the Huntsman School if we could not be the number one undergraduate school of business in the country. We have that potential with many of our programs.” In 2006, Academy of Management, the leading professional association for professors of management, honored Dr. Davis for his research on trust, calling it the best theoretical, groundbreaking research of the 1990s.

With research interests and publications in the areas of trust, stewardship theory, strategic decision-making, corporate governance,
and social capital, Dr. Davis’ articles have appeared in many leading publications.

At Notre Dame, Dr. Davis was the John F. O’Shaughnessy Chair of Family Enterprises in 2006 and the Milan Siegfried Director of Entrepreneurial Studies in 2004. While there, Dr. Davis was also presented with the President’s Award, recognizing him for his contributions to the university. He was also named as the MBA Outstanding Professor of the Year at Notre Dame three times.

He wanted to be a part of the Huntsman School of Business after he visited.

“I came here to speak last January and was very impressed to see the progress going on at the Huntsman School,” Dr. Davis
said. “I could not pass up the opportunity to be a part of this school’s efforts at this crucial time. I think I can learn from the
impressive leadership team it has in place and contribute to its focused efforts to better serve the students here at USU.”

Dr. Davis earned his undergraduate and M.Ed. degree from Brigham Young University, his MBA from Idaho State University,
and his doctorate in corporate strategy from the University of Iowa.