James Barker

Professor; Herbert S. Lamb Chair in Business Education


Related Information

Email: j.barker@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1799
Fax: 902-494-1107
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
6100 University Ave, Room 5090
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada B3H 4R2

Research Topics:
  • Organizational safety
  • High-risk organizations
  • Leadership theories
  • Organization theories
  • Complexity theory
  • Organizational behaviour
  • Symbolic management
  • Organizational change



  • PhD (Colorado)
  • MA (Purdue)
  • BA (Central Arkansas)

Research Interests

Professor Barker’s research interests include complex organizational behaviour, ethics and strategy with a particular focus on leadership, safety, change management and stakeholder engagement.

Selected Awards & Honours

  • 2017  Best Edited Book Award, Organizational Communication Division, National Communication Association
  • 2014  Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Establishment Grant for $113,829 to study the reporting of medication incidents in Nova Scotia pharmacies
  • 2014  Best Paper of the Year Award, Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences
  • 2010  Fredric M. Jablin Outstanding Contributions to Organizational Communication, given annually by the International Communication Association
  • 2006–2012  Editor in Chief, Management Communication Quarterly

Selected Publications

  • Servant and supervisor: Contrasting discourses of care and coercion in senior medical school leadership roles. Gorsky, D., Barker, J.R., & MacLeod, A. Studies in Higher Education, in press. Available: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03075079.2017.1318366.
  • The institutionalization of CCO scholarship: Trends from 2000 to 2015. Boivin, G., Brummans, B.H.J.M., & Barker, J.R. Management Communication Quarterly, 31(3), 331-355  (2017)
  • Work stress and learning from quality related events. Boyle, T.A., Bishop, A.C., Morrison, B., Murphy, A., Barker, J.R., Ashcroft, D., Phipps, D., Mahaffey, T., & MacKinnon, N. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 12(5), 772-783  (2016)
  • Public perceptions of pharmacist expanded scope of practice services in Nova Scotia. Bishop, A.C., Boyle, T.A., Morrison, B., Barker, J.R., Zwicker, B., Mahaffey, T., & Murphy, A. Canadian Pharmacists Journal, 148, 274-283  (2015)
  • Rhetorical profiling: Modes of meaning generation in organizational topoi. Barker, J.R., Gilmore, S.E., & Gilson, C.H.J. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 30(4), 280-291  (2013)

Current Teaching 

  • BUSI 6313 Organizational Change
  • BUSI 6326 Management Skills Development
  • BUSI 6350 Authentic Leadership
  • COMM 3310 Reflections on Management