Scott Julian

Scott Julian


Professor of Management



Mike Ilitch School of Business
2771 Woodward Avenue
Room 439
Detroit, MI 48201


Academic Programs

  • Management

Scott Julian


Professor Scott Julian received his B.S.B.A. at the University of Central Florida in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Business Administration in Management at Louisiana State University in 1994.

He is an active researcher, engaged in work on nature and quality of interpersonal relations in the workplace, international intergroup and interpersonal conflict resolution, diversity in organizations, program development and evaluation, statistics and research methodology. He has published works on these subjects in Strategic Management Journal, Group and Organization Management, Journal of Business Research, Harvard Business Review, and Journal of Organizational Change Management.

He currently instructs classes in Strategic Management, Social Perspectives on the Business Enterprise, and Seminar in Strategic Management.


Ph.D., Business Administration (Management), Louisiana State University, 1994

B.S.B.A., University of Central Florida, 1986


AACSB specialty

Strategic Management

Research and teaching interests

Teaching Interests

Strategic management, Social Issues in Business, Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Issue Diagnosis, Sub-Saharan Africa, Diversity in Organizations

Research Interests

Nature and quality of interpersonal relations in the workplace with a specific focus on aggression and bullying; international intergroup and interpersonal conflict resolution, diversity in organizations, program development and evaluation, statistics and research methodology


  • Yestrepsky, J., Julian, S. D., Tekleab, A., Quin-Grzebyk, T. 2023. Interactions during strategic issue diagnosis: How uncertainty, threat, and opportunity impact response. Journal of Business Research. 164: 113985. Note: Yestrepsky is a current WSU student.
  • Greiner, M., Julian, S. D. 2021. Should you reward your CEO with stock options? Harvard Business Review. Note: Greiner is a former WSU doctoral student.
  • Greiner, M., Julian, S. D. 2020. Avoid making this strategic mistake in a recession. Harvard Business Review.
  • Jia, Y., Gao, X., & Julian, S. D. 2020. Do firms use corporate social responsibility to insure against stock price risk? Evidence from a natural experiment. Strategic Management Journal, 41(2), 290-307. Note: Jia and Gao are former WSU doctoral students.
  • Julian, S.D., Ofori-Dankwa, J., & Shepard, A. 2019. Cognitive antecedents of highlighting and decoupling in response to social pressure. Group and Organization Management, 44(3), 652-684.Julian, S. D., & Ofori-Dankwa, J. 2017. Context matters: Diversity’s short and long term effects in Fortune’s ‘best companies to work for.’ Strategic Management Journal, 38(7), 1557-1565.
  • Ofori-Dankwa, J. & Julian, S.D. 2014. A heuristic model for describing diversity's paradox. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 27(1), 147-161.
  • Julian, S.D., & Ofori-Dankwa, J. 2013. Financial resource availability and corporate social responsibility expenditures in a sub-Saharan economy: The institutional difference hypothesis. Strategic Management Journal, 34(11), 1314-1330.
  • Ofori-Dankwa, J. & Julian, S.D. 2013. Dynamism, capital structure and performance in a sub-Saharan economy: Extending the institutional difference hypothesis. Organization Science, 24(5), 1422-1438.
  • Ofori-Dankwa, J., & Julian, S.D. 2011. Utilizing an integrative, multi-lens model to explain firm performance in double void emerging economies. International Studies in Management and Organization.
  • Julian, S.D., & Ofori-Dankwa, J. & Justis, R.T. 2008. Understanding strategic responses to interest group pressures. Strategic Management Journal, 29, 963-984.
  • Julian, S.D., Ofori-Dankwa, J. 2008. Towards an integrative cartography of two strategic issue diagnosis frameworks. Strategic Management Journal, 29, 93-114.
  • Julian, S.D., & Ofori-Dankwa, J.C. 2006. Is accreditation good for the strategic decision making of traditional business schools? Academy of Management Learning & Education, 5(2), 225-233.
  • Ofori-Dankwa, J.C., & Julian, S.D. 2005. From thought to theory to school: The role of contextual factors in the evolution of schools of management thought. Organization Studies, 26(9), 1307-1329.
  • Ofori-Dankwa, J., & Julian, S.D. 2004. Conceptualizing social science paradoxes using the diversity and similarity curves model: Illustrations from the work/play and theory novelty/continuity paradoxes. Human Relations, 57(11), 1449-1477.
  • Julian, S.D., & Scifres, E. 2002. An interpretive perspective on the role of strategic control in triggering strategic change. Journal of Business Strategies, 19(2), 140-158.
  • Ofori-Dankwa, J., & Julian, S.D. 2002. Toward diversity and similarity curves: Implications for theory and research. Human Relations, 55(2): 199-224.
  • Ofori-Dankwa, J., & Julian, S.D. 2001. Complexifying organizational theory: Illustrations using time research. Academy of Management Review, 26(3): 415-430.
  • Keller, R., Julian, S, & Kedia, B. 1996. A multinational study of work climate, job satisfaction, and the productivity of R&D teams. IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 43(1): 48-55.
  • Keller, R., Kedia, B., & Julian, S. 1995. R&D team productivity in eastern and western European countries. European Management Journal, 13(3): 316-321.
  • Julian, S.D., & Castrogiovanni, G.J. 1995. Franchisor geographic expansion. Journal of Small Business Management, 33(2): 1-11.
  • Castrogiovanni, G.J., Justis, R.T., & Julian, S.D. 1993. Franchise failure rates: An assessment of magnitude and influencing factors. Journal of Small Business Management, 31(2): 105-114.
  • Kedia, B.L., Keller, R.T., & Julian, S.D. 1992. Dimensions of national culture and the productivity of R&D units. Journal of High Technology Management Research, 3: 1-18.
  • Julian, S.D. & Keller, R.T. 1991. International R&D siting: Corporate strategies for success. Columbia Journal of World Business, 26(3): 46-57.


  • Yestrepsky, J., Julian, S.D., Tekleab, A., Quinn-Grzebyk, T. 2022. The interaction of uncertainty, threat and opportunity during strategic issue diagnosis. Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Virtual, Strategic Management Division.
  • Nsair, V., Julian, S.D. 2021. Making room for sub-Saharan Africa: Forbivalence and the assets and liabilities of foreignness. National Academy of Management Conference, Virtual, International Management Division.
  • Greiner, M., Julian, S.D. 2021. The effect of executive personality on strategic assessment of an environmental jolt. National Academy of Management Conference, Virtual, Strategic Management Division.
  • Guerber, A., Julian, S.D. 2020. MNE approaches to CSR: A multi-theoretic study. National Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, BC, Strategic Management Division.
  • Julian, S.D., Quinn-Grzebyk, T., Karaca, A. 2019. The role of breadth and depth factors in understanding executive interpretive ambivalence. National Academy of Management Conference, Boston, MA, Management and Organization Cognition Division.
  • Gao, X., Julian, S.D. 2018. The use of CSR to ensure against downside risk. National Academy of Management Conference, Chicago, IL, Social Issues in Management Division.

Courses taught by Scott Julian

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022

Winter Term 2022