James H. Davis, Ph.D., visited the school July 6-9 to collaborate on a business ethics research project and to assist in developing strategic objectives for the University’s Entrepreneurship Institute.

Davis is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches courses in strategic planning, change management, entrepreneurship and international management.

He is most celebrated for founding and directing Notre Dame’s Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, which has consistently ranked among the top 20 programs of the country and received the NASDAQ Center of Excellence Award.

The Gigot Center was established in 1998 with a $2 million gift from 1972 Notre Dame graduate Gary E. Gigot, a private investor. The center offers internships, sponsors several business plan competitions, operates a small business incubator and provides a broad-based curriculum that gives Notre Dame students the entrepreneurial skills that will enable them to convert ideas into market possibilities.

His expertise and research are concerned with family business, entrepreneurship, corporate governance, strategic decision-making, trust, stewardship and social capital and his articles have appeared in publications including the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Harvard Business Review and International Journal of Value-Based Management.

During his stay Davis will collaborate with Dr. Susan Madsen on an ethics research project. Dr. Madsen is an Associate Professor of Management and the Assistant Dean in the School of Business. She has been with the school since 2002.

“Dr. Davis was reviewing our strategic plan for the Entrepreneurship Institute,” said Ian Wilson, dean of the Woodbury School of Business. “He gave us some terrific ideas about how we can improve and increase out entrepreneurship activities in the community.”