Walsh College

Faculty Details

James McHann

James C. McHann Ph.D.

  • Title
  • Professor, Strategy, Org. Learning & Change Mgmt.
  • Education
  • Phone
  • (248) 823-1233
  • Fax
  • (248) 823-0920
  • Brief Description
  • James C. McHann, PhD, serves as Professor of Strategy, Organizational Learning, and Change. He teaches courses in the areas of strategic management, organizational behavior, individual and organizational learning, organizational development and change, the evolution of economic and management thought, and building organizational value through knowledge and intellectual capital.

    Recognizing the impact of his mentoring approach to teaching, Dr. McHann was nominated for a U.S. Professor of the Year award in 2013. In the same year, he also received a Fulbright Scholar award to give a series of lectures on strategic management and human capital development to the faculty and Ph.D. students in the College of Commerce and Management Sciences at Berhampur University, Odisha, India. In 2011, he served as Visiting Scholar in strategy and organization in the School of Business, Economics, and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Dr. McHann’s primary research interest centers on the use of scientific, hermeneutic, and systems thinking in management theory and practice in today’s knowledge-intensive economy. He is co-editor of a special issue on the use of systems theory for the International Journal of Economics and Business Research. He is secondarily interested in the epistemology of “learning by doing” andragogies used in business schools.

    Dr. McHann earned a PhD from King’s College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland in the field of philosophical hermeneutics (the theory of how human beings understand meaning communicated across time, languages and cultures, and therefore learn in constantly changing contexts). He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with emphases in strategy and global marketing, and he completed Postdoctoral studies in management and marketing at the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University.

    Blending these studies, along with over fifteen years of general management experience at the President & CEO level, Dr. McHann has developed a forte in how organizations may develop systems to continually assess their strategic posture, learn from their strategic and operational experiences, and manage change into more positive futures.

    Dr. McHann has done management consulting work for organizations as diverse as General Motors and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Earlier in his career, he served successfully as the president of two institutions of higher education. He has startup business experience. He has lived and worked in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

    Last updated: October 2013