about us

The Western Academy of Management (WAM) began in 1960, and is an independent affiliate of the National Academy of Management

To foster the general advancement of knowledge in the theory and practice of management in its domestic and international, and public and private, applications.

To perform and support educational activities that contribute to intellectual and operational leadership in the field of management.


To promote research in the field of management.


To improve the teaching of management and promote professionalism in the practice of manageme​nt.​​

Kim Hinrichs, President 

khinrichs@csuchico.edu | Website

I am a Professor of Management at California State University, Chico. I earned my Ph.D. in Business Administration from New Mexico State University. The first WAM conference I attended was in 2002 in Santa Fe.


I was initially attracted to WAM because of the support available for doctoral students. I haven’t missed a conference since and for the past few years I have had the privilege to serve on the WAM executive board. I always look forward to the conferences where I have found the atmosphere to be welcoming and inspirational. I appreciate the interesting and beautiful locations that WAM has visited over the years. I find the locations ideal for the kind of conversations with treasured colleagues that make our profession so gratifying. 

Jim Downing, Chief Financial Officer

james.downing@nps.edu | LinkedIn

I am a Senior Lecturer of Strategy in the Department of Defense Management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  My research examines the formation of strategic groups to create unique approaches for engaging an organization's environment.  I also have enjoyed conducting wine business research through an entrepreneurship lens to understand how wineries develop differentiation in the fragmented Northern California wine industry.  My doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago provided the foundation for my current research endeavors while stressing the importance of participating in the Academy. 


"The greatest aspect of WAM is the people.  The organization prides itself with scholars looking to be colleagues and helping others in our research pursuits.  I have discovered more co-authors at the WAM conferences than any other academic organization.  My research has advanced from the good feedback received at presentations and from fun discussions during social activities - this is what it means to be Whammy.  The WAM annual conference is a gathering I look forward to attending every year.  The Western Academy of Management attendees are my fellow scholars, these are my friends, these are my colleagues." 

Antoaneta Petkova, Vice President & 2022 Program Chair

apetkova@sfsu.edu | Website

I am a Professor of Management at San Francisco State University. My Research examines the interactions between organizations and their stakeholders that shape the value of organizational actions and outcomes. I am interested in the processes of emergence and accumulation of organizational resources, such as reputation and legitimacy, which take place at the interface between institutions, organizations and their stakeholders. My favorite research contexts are new and emerging markets, such as information technologies and clean energy. I am excited about the potential of entrepreneurship to address social and environmental issues.


I have been a member of WAM since 2007 and have served as a reviewer, doctoral student mentor, track chair, and a two-years representative at large. What I love about WAM is its collegiality, friendliness and relaxed yet professional atmosphere.

 Chet Barney, 3 Year Representative

chet.barney@usd.edu | Website

Chet Barney is an Associate Professor of Management in the Beacom School of Business at the University of South Dakota.  Chet is a first generation college graduate and received his doctorate in management from New Mexico State University in the spring of 2013 and then started at USD that fall.  Prior to the Ph.D., Chet earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in information systems from Utah State University (2001), and a Master of Information Systems Management from Brigham Young University (2003).  After the master’s degree Chet taught full time at Southern Utah University before working in IS management for OpenSolutions (now Fiserv), and then for the State of Utah. 


His research has focused on management education and productivity, consumer behavior, and workplace controversies. Outside of academia, Chet and his wife, Jennifer, stay very busy raising three rambunctious kids, while also serving together in the community Cub Scouts as Cubmasters.

“Ever since my first time at WAM in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2013, I have been hooked…although I do wish we’d bring back the Friday night presidential party!  Nevertheless, WAM is a great place to collaborate and relax.”

Lori Peterson, Presidential Track

ltpeterson@gmail.com | Web Page 

Lori T. Peterson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. Since 2019, she has taught multiple sections of the Business Policy Strategy capstone class to undergraduates in a variety of formats including live face to face, asynchronously online and synchronously via Zoom. Lori’s teaching responsibilities also include courses for undergraduates and MBAs in the online Health Care Administration program and, beginning Spring 2022, she is responsible for a Strategy course the Professional MBA program. Lori also serves the Program Coordinator for the International Business major.


Lori has been an active WAM participant and regular reviewer since her first conference in Long Beach as a doctoral student and she has only missed attending a few WAMs since that time. From 2014-2016, she served the WAM members and on the Executive Committee as a Representative at Large and helped organize the Doctoral and Junior Faculty Consortium. Lori is excited to continue to serve the WAM membership in the Presidential Track role. WAM is a special place where friends, separated by distance, can reconnect and new acquaintances do not stay strangers for long!

Jyoti Bachani, 2 Year Representative

jb19@stmarys-ca.edu | Website

Dr. Jyoti Bachani is an associate professor at Saint Mary’s College of California. She had an earlier career as a strategy consultant to Fortune 200 companies, with Strategic Decisions Group. She earned her Phd at London Business School, Masters in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, an MBA and Bachelor of Science (Physics) Delhi University, India.

Jyoti's research interests are in Humanizing Management by using the arts of poetry, improv, visual arts and digital story-telling. She regularly leads professional development workshops for other faculty at the Academy of Management (AoM), the Western Academy of Management (WAM), Indian Academy of Management (INDAM), North American Case Research Association (NACRA), and Humanistic Management conferences. She is a founding member of the US and India Chapters of the International Humanistic Management Association.


Jyoti has been the editor-in-chief of the largest collection of online case studies, Emerald Emerging Markets Case Collection, and a guest editor for special issue of Journal of Organizational Aesthetics on Poetry for Organizing. She currently serves on the editorial board of WAM’s Journal of Management Inquiry, and is an executive member of WAM and the Management Spirituality and Religion interest group of AoM. In 2012, she spent an academic year in India as a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar.


Within Saint Mary’s, Jyoti has served on the Academic Senate as well as the Rank and Tenure committees, and has been recognized with awards for excellence in teaching and research.

Ana Maria Peredo, Past President

aperedo@uvic.ca | Website

Ana Maria Peredo is Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, in Canada. She is former Director (2008-2014) of the Centre for Co-operative and Community-Based Economy, and Professor (2000-2016) in the School of Business, also at the University of Victoria. Drawing on her background in Social and Cultural Anthropology, her research focuses on the role of collective action in fostering sustainable communities, especially among impoverished peoples. She has a strong interest in alternatives organizations and Indigenous economies.


Ana María has published her research in such journals as the Academy of Management Review, Journal of Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice,  Journal of Business Venturing and others Ana Maria has won a number of research awards, including the WAM Ascendant Scholar Award for 2007. WAM has been academic home for Ana Maria for close to 20 years.

Chris Bradshaw, 2 Year Representative

cbradshaw3@csustan.edu | Website

Chris Bradshaw is an Assistant Professor of Management at California State University, Stanislaus. Before pursuing graduate studies in business Chris worked for five years in the telecommunications industry. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management from the University of Missouri in May, 2014.


Chris's research interests include employee help-seeking behavior, conflict within new venture teams, and entrepreneurial motivation. Chris lives in Modesto, California, with his wife and three children.

Alex Bolinger, Communications

boliale2@isu.edu | Website | TED Talk

Alex Bolinger is the Idaho Central Credit Union Endowed Professor of Management at Idaho State University. His research focuses on groups and teams, entrepreneurship, and service workers.


Alex's work has appeared in the Academy of Management Review, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Academy of Management Discoveries, and the Harvard Business Review, among other outlets. He currently serves as an editorial review board member of the Academy of Management Discoveries.

Alex's teaching interests span topics in organizational behavior, negotiation and decision-making, and strategy for students from first-term undergraduates to final-semester MBAs. He is also an advocate of the scholarship of teaching and learning and currently serves as an editorial review board member for the Academy of Management Learning & Education and an associate editor of the Journal of Management Education.

"I will never forget my first WAM as a doctoral student and how welcoming and down-to-earth everyone was. There is a WAM spirit of collegiality and collaboration that enriches our lives as educators and researchers. I encourage you to join us!" 

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