James Wilkerson, Ph.D.

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Associate Teaching Professor, Program Coordinator, Business
Business Building, 117
Penn State Scranton
Business Building, Room 117
120 Ridge View Drive
Dunmore, PA 18512

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Dr. James Wilkerson is Business Program Coordinator and Project and Supply Chain Management Program Coordinator at the PSU Scranton campus. He is also a human resource management and entrepreneurship consultant to select clients. Past career highlights:

•    Former business management professor at three other institutions
•    Payroll service firm owner/operator
•    Document shredding company owner/operator
•    Human resource management executive, manager, specialist, and consultant in multiple industries
•    U.S. Air Force captain and ICBM combat crew commander, trainer, and evaluator
•    Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) 

Speakers' Bureau Topics:
Human Resource Management (HRM); Entrepreneurship and Small-firm Management; Parents of Adult Children with Asperger Syndrome

  • Human resource management (HRM) functional elaboration and chronic underfit in small, growing firms (i.e., nexus of HRM and entrepreneurship)
  • Entrepreneurs’ place attachment to declining cities
  • Artisan entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurial opportunity recognition in declining cities
  • Disabled employees’ work and career issues
  • Employee cynicism and workplace aggression
  • Interpersonal influence in leader-member and team-member exchange relationships
  • Wilkerson, J. M., & Wafa, M. A. (in press). Boomerang entrepreneurs and the declining home city’s place image: Away on the brain drain flow and back on the homesick flow. Entrepreneurship Research Journal. Online publication expected in mid-2024, print publication to follow. 
  • Wilkerson, J. M., Sorokach, F. M., & Wafa, M. A. (2022). Does entrepreneur perception of the city’s decline matter to place attachment? Journal of Place Management and Development, 15(4), 396-422. doi: 10.1108/JPMD-06-2021-0064
  • Wilkerson, J. M. (2021). Resolving the artisan entrepreneur’s oppositional identity with venturing in a declining city context. American Journal of Management, 21(4), 30-43. 
  •  Wilkerson, J. M., Seers, A., & Johnson, S. G. (2020). On antecedents of functional elaboration of HRM in small firms. Journal of Organizational Psychology, 20(1), 23-36. 
  • Wilkerson, J. M., & Bassani, A. D. (2020). A functional elaboration theory perspective on management accounting in small firms. Journal of Accounting and Finance, 20(1), 102-111. 
  • Wilkerson, J. M., & Seers, A. (2019). Chronic underfit of the small firm’s HRM function: When low functional elaboration interacts with contingencies. Journal of Organizational Psychology, 19(2), 161-176. 
  •  Wilkerson, J. M., & Wafa, M. A. (2019). Entrepreneurial opportunity recognition in a declining city: Shrewd choice or wishful thinking? Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 21(2), 129-140. 
  • Wilkerson, J. M., & Meyer, J. C. (2019). On observers’ conjunctive attributions and blame for workplace mistreatment. Organization Management Journal, 16(2), 111-122. 
  •  Wilkerson, J. M., Palmer, D. W., & Meyer, J. C. (2019). Disintegrating business degree curricula by skipping prerequisite courses. Journal for Excellence in Business & Education, 6(1), 2-19.
  • Wilkerson, J. M., & Okrepkie, P. (2018). Research note: On tracking faith-related student learning outcomes in accredited Christian business schools. Christian Business Academy Review, 13, 59-62.
  • Wilkerson, J. M., & LeVan, K. B. (2017). Perceived accuracy and utility of performance appraisal in small versus large firms. Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship, 23(1), 24-37.
  • Wilkerson, J. M., & Gerdes, D. L. (2015). Viewing accommodation of employees’ disabilities through a faith lens. Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, 18(2), 11-23.
  • Ford, L. R., Wilkerson, J. M., Seers, A., & Moormann, T. (2014). The generation of influence: Effects of leader-member exchange and team-member exchange. Journal of Strategic and International Studies, 9(1), 5-14.
  • Wilkerson, J. M., & Filby, I. L. (2013). Grace and discipline, remediation and punishment: Dealing with graduate business students’ plagiarism. Christian Business Academy Review, 8, 49-60.
  • Wilkerson, J. M., Evans, W., & Davis, W. (2008). A test of coworkers’ influence on organizational cynicism, badmouthing, and organizational citizenship behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38, 2273-2292. 
  • Seers, A., Wilkerson, J. M., & Grubb, W. L. (2006). Toward measurement of social exchange resources: Reciprocal contributions and receipts. Psychological Reports, 98, 508-510.
  • Wilkerson, C. L., & Wilkerson, J. M. (2004). Teaching social savvy to students with Asperger Syndrome. Middle School Journal, 36(1), 18-24.
  • Seers, A., Keller, T., & Wilkerson, J. M. (2003). Can team members share leadership? Foundations in research and theory. In C. L. Pearce & J. A. Conger (Eds.), Shared leadership: Reframing the hows and whys of leadership (pp. 77-102). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Wilkerson, J. M. (2002). Organizational cynicism and its impact on human resources management. In G. R. Ferris, M. R. Buckley, & D. B. Fedor (Eds.), Human resources management: Perspectives, context, functions, and outcomes (4th ed., pp. 532-546). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
  • Wilkerson, J. M., Nagao, D. H., & Martin, C. L. (2002). Socially desirable responding in computerized questionnaires: When questionnaire purpose matters more than the mode. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 32, 544-559.
  • Parsons, C. K., Cable, D., & Wilkerson, J. M. (1999). Assessment of applicant work values through interviews: The impact of focus and functional relevance. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 72, 561-566.
  • Wilkerson, J. M. (1999). The impact of job level and prior training on sexual harassment labeling and remedy choice. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29, 1605-1623.
  • Wilkerson, J. M. (1999). On research relevance, professors’ “real world” experience, and management development: Are we closing the gap? Journal of Management Development, 18, 598-613.
  • Ph.D. in management from The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
  • MBA from the University of Missouri
  • B.S. from the University of Alabama (major: human resource management)