Spring Arbor University

James Coe

Professor of Business in the Gainey School of Business

James Coe

Contact Info

Email: james.coe@arbor.edu
Phone: (517) 750-6569
Office Location: Poling Center


  • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University
  • Post-graduate study from Oxford University
  • M.S. in Human Resource Management from National-Louis University
  • B.S. in Business and Personnel Administration from Indiana University

Professor of Business

Professional Experience

  • Associate Dean of the Business Division and Business Department Chair, Taylor University, Upland, IN, 2001-2006
  • Business faculty, Taylor University, Upland, IN, 1983-2001
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, McHenry County College, Crystal Lake, IL, 1983
  • ConsultantNational-Louis University, Evanston, IL, 1983
  • Financial and Budget Analyst, International Harvester Co., Melrose Park, IL, 1975-1983

Published Works

  • Coe, J. G. & Carr, P.B. (2008). Review of Keel, T. Intuitive leadership: Embracing a paradigm of narrative, metaphor & Chaos. Christian Scholar’s Review. In press.
  • Carr, P. B. & Coe, J. G. (2008). Review of Costa, J. D. Magnificence at work: Living faith in business. Christian Scholar’s Review. In press.
  • Coe, J. G. (2008). Managing to create an enterprise. In International Business Conference Proceedings, Nizhni Novgorod State University, Russia.
  • Coe, J. G. (2008, February). Global business leadership, Comment. Published by Work Research Foundation, 1-4.
  • Coe, J. G. (in press). Constructing a facilitation of learning. In M. G. Derrick & M. K. Ponton (Eds.), Emerging directions in self-directed learning (pp. 100-123). Los Angeles: Discovery Press.
  • Carr, P. B. & Coe, J. G. (in press). Leadership and the family business: Areas of consideration for the effective executive. Effective Executive Journal.
  • Carr, P. B., Coe, J. G., Derrick, M .G., & Ponton, M. K. (2007). Leadership & Self-Directed Learning Implications from The Art of War. Paper presented at the meeting of the 21st International Self-Directed Learning Symposium, Cocoa Beach, FL.
  • Derrick, M. G., Ponton, M. K., Carr, P. B., & Coe, J. G. (2007). Review of the Finding on the Relationship of Curiosity and Autonomous Learning. Paper presented at the meeting of the 21st International Self-Directed Learning Symposium, Cocoa Beach, FL.
  • Coe, J. G. (2006) Autonomous learning and constructivist leadership: A case study in learning. Dissertation Abstracts International, UMI. Advisor: Carr, Paul. (Outstanding dissertation of the year award by Regent University.)
  • Coe, J. G. (2005). Curiosity and conation: Motivational factors in autonomous learning. International Journal of Learning, 11,1458-1469.
  • Coe, J. G., Sukhodoeva, L., & Johnson, B. (2005). Strategies for effective leadership: A U.S. and Russian Perspective: Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse Publishers. Also published in Russian language (2005) Nizhni Novgorod, Russia.
  • Coe, J. G. (2004). Review of Katrina, A. M. Quality in distance education: Focus on online learning, and Piskurich, G. M., Preparing learners for e-learning. D. W. King (ed.). Christian Scholar’s Review. 33 (4), p. 584-586.
  • Coe, J. G. (2002). Leading with Integrity in Business, Taylor Magazine, Spring.
  • Coe, J. G., & Sukhodoeva, L. (2001). Management Principles. Nizhni Novgorod, Russia: Nizhni Novgorod University Press (Russian MBA text).
  • Coe, J. G., Sukhodoyeva, L., & Lubshin, N. (1997). Small Business Start Up. Nizhni Novgorod, Russia: Nizhni Novgorod University Press.
  • Coe, J. G. (1986). “Searching for Excellence? Discover a Mission Statement,” Christian Management Report. Christian Management Association, Feb.-Mar.
  • Coe, J. G. (1991). “Heroes and Business Ethics,” Taylor Magazine, Spring.
  • Coe, J. G. (Ed.). (1995). Entrepreneurship and Social Values. Nizhni Novgorod, Russia: Nizhni Novgorod University Press.
  • Coe, J. G., et al. (Ed.). (1986-1995). Advisory Board Editor, Macroeconomics Annual Edition.
  • Coe, J. G., et al. (Ed.). (1993-2004). Advisory Board Editor, Business Ethics Annual Edition. Dushkin/McGraw Hill.
  • Coe, J. G., et al. (Ed.). (1994). Weihrich-Koontz text, Management. McGraw-Hill Publishing.

Curriculum Development

Developed curriculum for the Entrepreneur and Social Values module in the Russian MBA Program (joint venture of Christian College Coalition, Eastern College, and Russian Ministry of Education), (1991 to 1994). The course curriculum of entrepreneur and business ethics studies is used in 28 Russian universities and institutes.


  • Reviewed and advised the business curriculum of the Russian-American Christian University, Moscow, Russia, 2001.
  • Reviewed and advised for St. Joseph College (Indiana) Business Department, plan for ACBSP accreditation.


Founded Wellsprings International, a non-profit organization, created to fund Christian educational training for M.B.A. Russian faculty. This organization helped fund over 45 faculty members from Nizhni Novgorod University in Russia to travel to the U. S. for training. Served as president from 1994-1997.

Professional Affiliation

  • Academy of Management
  • Society for Applied and Professional Ethics
  • Society of Human Resource Management
  • Christian Business Faculty Association
  • Indiana University Alumni Association