Jim GoodnowAffiliation: Bradley University (Emeritus)

Bio: James Goodnow is Professor and Coordinator Emeritus of International Business of the Foster College of Business at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois where he taught graduate and undergraduate international business courses between 1987 and 2007.  During his Bradley tenure, he supervised consulting projects for more than 60 companies in conjunction with the university’s state sponsored International Trade Center. More recently he served seven years as Adjunct Professor of International Studies at the University of North Texas.  He continues to teach a variety of short courses on contemporary global topics for adult participants of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Prior to 1987, he taught international business, marketing, economics and management courses at Indiana, DePauw, Eastern Michigan, Roosevelt, Northwestern and Georgia State Universities as well as at Thunderbird.  He also served as Program Director of the University of Michigan’s Institute of International Commerce, marketing department chair at Roosevelt University, director of the Institute of International Business at Georgia State University and Managing Director of the Georgia World Congress Institute.  In 1995 and 2003, he was a visiting professor of international business at the University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic.

His research and publication activities focused on international mode of entry strategies, international business curriculum content, export and import strategies for small and medium sized firms as well as the evolution of international strategies of firms based in China and the Czech Republic.  He has published in the Journal of International Business Studies (including an article for which he is a corecipient of a JIBS Decade Award), Journal of Consumer Marketing, International Marketing Review, Prague Economic Papers and elsewhere. During his full-time academic career, he presented numerous scholarly papers at AIB meetings and other academic conferences in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

He spent his youth in Bay Village, Ohio, where he was selected as a distinguished alumnus of Bay High School.  He earned his BA from Albion College in Michigan where he double majored in economics/business administration and history and minored in French. He earned his MBA and DBA degrees in international business from Indiana University in Bloomington.  He served as Executive Secretary of the Academy of International Business between 1971 and 1977, as Midwest Regional Chairperson from 1977 to 1979, as Secretary Treasurer of the Fellows of the AIB from 1987 to 1993 and as Chair of the Fellows Indianapolis Committee in 2007. He is currently a member of the AIB History Committee and Historian of the Fellows of the AIB.

The AIB Fellows voted for him to receive their Distinguished Service Award for 2023. He resides at The Reserve in Spring Hill, Tennessee and has a family that includes a son, a daughter and two grandchildren.

Last Updated: March 2024