Dr. James R. Barker
Herbert S. Lamb Chair in Business Education
Professor James R. (Jim) Barker is a globally recognized expert in complex organizational behavior, ethics, and strategy who holds specific expertise in leadership, safety, change management, and stakeholder engagement. Presently, he is the Lead Researcher for the SafetyNET-Rx research consortium: http://www.safetynetrx.ca/ where he directs a number of initiatives in community pharmacy safety research and knowledge transfer. His most recent publications concern complexity management in mergers and acquisitions situations, performance management design, and high-risk team environments.
Professor Barker has consulted and coached across many different organizational levels and with a variety of public, private, and governmental entities such as flight crews, engineering and technology executives, scientists and policy makers, manufacturing managers, and medical safety specialists. He is particularly adept at translating cutting edge complexity knowledge into practical management methods for executives and general managers and at facilitating the ability of senior leaders to make sense of and then act upon complex challenges and opportunities.
Professor Barker has lived, lectured and worked in Canada, the US, and New Zealand and has cultivated strong networks in both the Asia-Pacific and European regions. While in New Zealand, Professor Barker was designated as a “world-class” scholar by the country’s performance-based research evaluation program for contributions to global managerial theory and practice.
Professor Barker’s work has appeared in a number of elite professional journals, and he has won international acclaim for his research on teamwork and organizational change. His book, The Discipline of Teamwork, was reviewed by leading journals in the management, communication, and psychology fields. He has lectured at many universities and organizations including the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Auckland, the University of Strathclyde, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Western Australia. He is a past editor-in-chief of Management Communication Quarterly and serves on the editorial board of many professional journals.