Texas Tech University

Jim Wetherbe

Jim Wetherbe

Richard Schulze Distinguished Professor


Room Number: E304


Research Expertise

  • Management Information Systems
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Computer Science Management


  • PhD, Texas Tech University


Jim Wetherbe has over 40 years of experience in higher education and industry. His academic experience includes professorial and administrative positions at New Mexico State University, Idaho State University, University of Houston, University of Minnesota, University of Memphis and Texas Tech University. His industry experience includes management, consulting, and technical positions with Computing and Software, NCR, Houston Oil/Tenneco and Index Group/CSC.

Over the last 25 years, he has conducted over 1,000 speeches/seminars around the world and consulted with dozens of major domestic and international corporations. He was rated as one of the top dozen consultants and lecturers on management and information technology by Information Week. He was the first recipient of the MIS Quarterly Distinguished Scholar Award and has widely published books and articles in leading journals. His book on systems analysis and design was ranked as the number one book on the subject by Computing Newsletter and his book on FedEx was ranked by Executive Book Summaries as one of the top 30 business books of 1997.

During the past 25 years, he has brought in over $15 million in funding as director of the MIS Research Center at the University of Minnesota, director of the FedEx Center for Cycle Time Research at the University of Memphis and director for the Institute for Internet Buyer Behavior at Texas Tech University. All three research centers/institutes were externally funded primarily through corporations and state agencies.

He was the leading revenue producer for executive development at the University of Minnesota for 20 years where he also served as director of the MIS Executive Institute.

He has served on the Board of several major corporations including Best Buy, Ciber, SitePro, Dayport, Bizideo and Sandia Motorsport and is a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient of both New Mexico State University and Texas Tech University.