Richard C. Thompson, Ph.D

Full Professor

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Areas of Expertise

  • General management
  • Strategic management


  • BS – Industrial Relations; Southeastern Massachusetts University, N. Dartmouth, MA
  • MBA, University of Massachusetts; Amherst, MA
  • PhD – Strategic Management; University of Colorado, Boulder, CO


  • The Influence of Venture Capital Funding on Firm Performance and time to Initial Public Offering

Research Areas of Interest

  • ​Assessment, CSR and Diversity, Board membership

Selected Publications

  • Thompson, J. K., & Thompson, R. C. (2021). Racial Diversity in Publicly Traded Companies. In Management Association, I. (Ed.), Research Anthology on Empowering Marginalized Communities and Mitigating Racism and Discrimination (pp. 1005-1025). IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-8547-4.ch047  (Reprinted from "Racial Diversity in Publicly Traded Companies". International Journal of Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility (IJSECSR), 5[2], 66-85. doi:10.4018/IJSECSR.2020070105)
  • Thompson, R.C. (2021).  Case Study: Northcentral University. Application of the Levelling Modules (White paper).  In Understanding Academic Leveling; Case Studies and Data Trends.
  • Thompson, J. K., & Thompson, R. C. (2020). Racial Diversity in Publicly Traded Companies. International Journal of Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility (IJSECSR), 5(2), 66-85. doi:10.4018/IJSECSR.2020070105
  • Scott, J., & Thompson, R. (2012, October.). Aligned: From learning outcomes to quality management in an online university.  18th Annual Sloan Consortium Conference. Orlando, FL.
  • Scott, J., & Thompson, R. (2012, June). Web-based learning assessment: A foundation for institutional improvement. EdMedia 2012: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology. Denver, CO.
  • Scott, J., & Thompson, R. (2012, June). The Competitive Edge: Web-based Assessment of Learning.
  • National Institute on the Assessment of Adult Learning 2012: Future Visions. Atlantic City, NJ.
  • Sheridan, J. E., Slocum Jr., J. W., Buda, R., & Thompson, R. C. (1990). Effects of Corporate Sponsorship and Departmental Power on Career Tournament. Academy of Management Journal, 33(3), 578–602.
  • J. Slocum, J. Sheridan, R. Buda, R. Thompson, "Effects of Corporate Sponsorship and Departmental Power on Career Tournaments: A Study of Intraorganizational Mobility." presented to the Southwest Academy of Management - meetings; Dallas, TX, March 2, 1990.
  • Feldman, H. & Thompson, R. (1990). Teaching Business Ethics: A Challenge for Business Educators in the 90's.  Journal of Marketing Education.  Summer 1990; p.10-22.
  • H. Feldman, R. Thompson, J. Pearson, "Classic Works and Significant Contributors to the Strategic Management Literature: An Objective Research Through Citation Analysis," 1986 Proceedings of the National Academy of Management - National  Meetings, Chicago, IL; 1986.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Southeastern Massachusetts University; Part-time faculty, 09/82-05/85
  • University of Colorado; Instructor, 09/85-05/89
  • University of Colorado – Financial Aid Office; Project Manager, 09/89-5/94
  • Resource Development Associates, Rochester, MA; Research Associate, 06/94-06/06
  • Virginia Tech; Part-time Instructor, 09/01-05/03
  • Jones International University; Faculty, Department Chair, Founding Dean of the School of Business, Dean of Academic Administration, 09/02-08/13
  • Member of Steering Committee for the Colorado Business Economic Outlook, 2014-present
  • Fortis College; Vice President – Academic Affairs for Online Programs, 09/13-12/15
  • Northcentral University; Assistant Dean, School of Business and Technology, 02/16-03/17
  • Northcentral University; Full Professor, 03/17-present