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Ben Arbaugh - In Memoriam

Ph.D. Business Strategy. The Ohio State University, 1994
Department Chair, Management and Human Resources

J. B. (Ben) Arbaugh was a Professor of Strategy and Project Management at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He received his Ph.D. in Business Strategy from the Ohio State University. Ben has served as Editor of Academy of Management Learning & Education and was a past chair of the Management Education and Development Division of the Academy of Management. He was the 2009 GMAC Management Education Research Institute Faculty Research Fellow, and was named as a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Rosebush Professor in 2011. Ben’s online teaching and learning research has won best article awards from the Journal of Management Education and the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, lasting impact awards from Business and Technical Communication Quarterly and the Journal of Management Education, and numerous conference best paper awards. He also had numerous scholarly publications in graduate management education and the use of bibliometrics in business and management education research. Ben was an Associate Editor for the Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, an Editor for Academy of Management Learning and Education and served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including the Academy of Management Learning and Education and the Journal of Management Education.

Ben’s teaching activities focused on graduate-level courses in project management, professional development, and strategic management, in classroom, blended, and fully online teaching and learning environments. In 2008 he won the UW Oshkosh College of Business Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the UW MBA Consortium in 2012 and 2017, and in 2013 received the UW Oshkosh Edward Penson Distinguished Teaching Award. He provided his expertise in online teaching and learning for a number of activities within and outside the UW System, including teaching in the UW MBA Consortium, developing Shareable Content Objects as part of a UW System FIPSE grant, advising for the Kent State University Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future Program and served as an external evaluator for the Predictive Analytics Framework (PAR) and the UMUC predictive modeling of student success initiatives.

Dr. Arbaugh passed away on June 16, 2018.  Dr. Arbaugh's absence is keenly felt by his colleagues in Management and Human Resources, the entire College of Business, as well as the many coauthors and board members with whom he worked across the globe with a singular focus on improving management education through sound pedagogical research. He was indeed a true scholar, mentor, teacher, colleague and friend.

Selected Publications and Accomplishments

Journal Articles

  • Arbaugh, J. B. (2018) (in press). One bridge, (at least) two paths: Reflections on Virtual Classroom Characteristics and Internet-based MBA Courses. Journal of Management Education, 42:.
  • Fornaciari, C. J., & Arbaugh, J. B. (2017) Unasked questions: What student success issues face non-elite schools?  Organization Management Journal, 14: 7-21Finalist for OMJ Best Research Article Award.
  • Arbaugh, J. B., Asarta, C. J., Hwang, A., Bento, R. F., Fornaciari, C. J., & Lund Dean, K. (2017) Key authors in business and management education research: Productivity, topics, and future directions.  Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education, 15: 268-292.
  • Fornaciari, C. J., Arbaugh, J. B., Asarta, C. J., Bento, R. F., Hwang, A., & Lund Dean, K. (2017) Key institutions in business and management education research. Journal of Education for Business, 92: 220-229.

  • Arbaugh, J. B., & Bielinska-Kwapisz, A. (2016) Delineating research forums for business and management education scholars: The business and management education influence index. Journal of Education for Business, 91: 295-302DOI:10.1080/08832323.2016.1197877

  • Arbaugh, J. B., Fornaciari, C. J., & Hwang, A. (2016) Identifying research topic development in business and management education research using legitimation code theory. Journal of Management Education, 40: 654-691.

  • Arbaugh, B. (2016). Where are the dedicated scholars of management learning and education?. Management Learning.

  • Arbaugh, B. (2014). Scholar, software, or students? Which most influences online MBA course effectiveness. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning.
  • Desai, A.B., Tippins, M., & Arbaugh, B. (2014). Learning through collaboration and competition: Incorporating problem-based learning and competitive-based learning in a capstone course. Organization Management Journal.
  • Arbaugh, B., DeArmond, S.E., & Rau, B.L. (2013). New Uses for Existing Tools? A Call to Study Online Management Instruction and Instructors. Academy of Management Learning & Education.
  • Arbaugh, B. (2013). Uses of multivariate analytical techniques in online and blended business education: An assessment of current practice and recommendations for future research. Journal of Management Education.
  • Arbaugh, B. (2013). Emerging from the black box: AMLE’s continuing influences on its newest past editor. Academy of Management Learning & Education.
  • Arbaugh, B. (2013). Does academic discipline moderate CoI-course outcome relationships in online MBA courses. The Internet and Higher Education/Elsevier.
  • Arbaugh, B. (2011). Post-MBA Industry Shifts: An investigation of career, educational, and demographic factors. Career Development International/Emerald.
  • Arbaugh, B. (2010). Does the MBA experience support diversity? Demographic effects on program satisfaction. Decision Sciences Journal of Innovative Education.
  • Arbaugh, B. (2010). Sage, guide, both, or even more? An examination of instructor activity in online MBA courses. Computers & Education/Elsevier.
  • Arbaugh, B. (2010). Do Undergraduates and MBAs Differ Online? Initial Conclusions from the Literature. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.
  • Arbaugh, B., Desai, A.B., Rau, B.L., & Sridhar, B. (2010). A review of research on online and blended learning in the management discipline: 1994-2009. Organization Management Journal.
  • Arbaugh, B. (2010). Subject matter effects and the community of inquiry (CoI) framework: An exploratory study.. The Internet and Higher Education/Elsevier.
  • Arbaugh, B. (2009). A response to the review of the community of inquiry framework. Journal of Distance Education.
  • Arbaugh, B. (2009). Is entrepreneurial orientation a global construct? A multi-country study of entrepreneurial orientation, growth strategy, and performance. Journal of Business Inquiry.
  • Arbaugh, B., Godfrey, M., Johnson, M., Leisen Pollack, B., Niendorf, B., & Wresch, B. (2009). Research in online and blended learning in the business disciplines: Key findings and possible future directions. The Internet and Higher Education/Elsevier.


  • Arbaugh, B. (2010). Online and Blended Business Education for the 21st Century. Chandos Publishing.

Book Chapter

  • Arbaugh, B. (2009). Distance learning and web-based instruction in management education. London, UK: The SAGE Handbook of Management Learning, Education, and Development.


  • Arbaugh, B. Development Patterns in Business and Management Education Research: Knowledge-based or Knower-based? . Paper presented at 2014 Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, "Academy of Management" Philadelphia, PA. August 2014.


  • External. (2009). "Disciplinary Effects on the Design of Online and Blended MBA Courses" Awarded by GMAC Management Education Research Institute. Teaching and Learning Scholarship.


  • Department: Chair, Management and Human Resources Department, August 2015 - 2018