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Dr. Jim Wolff

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Dr. Jim Wolff

Professor, W. Frank Barton School of Business, Wichita State University


Ph.D. Strategic Management, Washington State University

MBA Management, Washington State University

BS Agricultural Economics, University of Idaho

Corporate Experience

Corporate Merchandising Coordinator, Drug Fair Northwest, Great Falls, MT

Operations Manager, Drug Fair Northwest, Gillette, WY

Assistant Operations Manager, Drug Fair Northwest, Kalispell MT

Merchandise Manager, Drug Fair Northwest, Kalispell, MT

Management Trainee, Drug Fair Northwest, Moscow, ID

Dr. Wolff, Professor in the Management Department, W. Frank Barton School of Business, at Wichita State University, is a contributor to the CMD Mini MBA series that takes place every Fall.

Dr. Wolff began his career at the University of Idaho, completing a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics.  He went to work for a local company, Drug Fair Northwest, in Montana.   Dr. Wolff started out going through Management Training, and after 17 years, working his way up to Corporate Merchandising Coordinator.

Unfortunately, Walmart came to town, and seeing the writing on the wall, Dr. Wolff realized that Drug Fair Northwest would lose the battle.   If he wanted to have his dream job – teaching others – he had to go back to school.

Heading off to Washington State University,  Dr Wolff not only completed an MBA in Management, but also a Ph.D. in Strategic Management.

In 1994 Dr. Wolff took his first teaching job with the W. Frank Barton School of Business in Wichita Kansas.  In his tenure with WSU, Dr. Wolff has served as the Interim Chair for the Management Department, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. He has been a Strategic Planning Facilitator and Advisor for the College of Fine Arts, and the Ulrich Museum.

As a Professor, Dr. Wolff currently teaches Strategic Management, Principles of Management, Organizational Theory and Design, International Strategic Management and Technology Entrepreneurship.

His major areas of research and creative activity center around: Organizational learning, competitive strategy, and firm performance primarily within the context of small- and medium-sized enterprises;
Resource-based theory of the firm and competitive advantage in dynamic environments; small business strategy, performance, and internationalization; international entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial firm behavior, and corporate entrepreneurship.

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