James A. Craft
Professor of Business Administration
James A. Craft was a member of the faculty of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University for several years. He has served as a Brookings Economic Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C., and has been employed as a labor force analyst with the U.S. Department of Labor. He has been a visiting professor at Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria (Valparaiso, Chile) and the International Management Center (Budapest, Hungary). In addition, he has lectured on human resources topics in universities and in business programs in Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, and Poland.
Craft has researched and published extensively in the field of human resources and labor relations. Current research activities include an inquiry into the elements of organizational human resources strategy, the use of human resources systems to enhance organizational competitiveness, the role of the church and religion in labor relations, and an examination of the evolving characteristics of unions and collective bargaining.
He holds memberships in several professional societies, including the Academy of Management, the Labor and Employment Relations Association, WorldatWork (American Compensation Association), the Society for Human Resources Management, the Human Resource Planning Society, and the Pittsburgh Human Resources Association. He is a member of Sigma Xi (National Scientific Honorary) and Beta Gamma Sigma (National Business Honorary). He served as president of the Beta of Pennsylvania Chapter of BGS for more than a decade.
Craft has held several administrative positions in the Katz Graduate School of Business and the University. He has served twice as Coordinator (chairperson) of the KGSB Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Faculty, he was the first Academic Director of the Executive MBA Program, he has been the Director of the KGSB doctoral program, he has chaired numerous task forces dealing with internal school processes or issues, he has been an elected member of the University Senate and an appointed member of the University Review Board, and he has twice served as Interim/Acting Director for the Center for Latin American Studies in the University Center for International Studies.