James O'Rourke

Mendoza College of Business

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Professor of Management

  • Corporate communication
  • Reputation management
  • Public speaking
  • Business writing

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Corporate America mostly silent on recent mass shootings: Experts

"At the moment, most chief executives are deer in the headlights," said James O'Rourke, a professor of management at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. "They see the risk of taking a position as exceeding the return."

Starbucks joins McDonald's in exiting Russia

"This was the very best of a series of difficult choices," James O'Rourke, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, said in an email. 

McDonald's selling its Russian business

"This was the very best of a series of difficult choices," James O'Rourke, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, said in an email. 

Why are Americans still ignoring our junk mail?

Notre Dame management professor James O’Rourke feared the agency could “go out of business” within a year without this intervention.

Are These Global Companies On The Right Side Of History?

James O’Rourke, a professor of management at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, was quoted by The Washington Post as saying, "This may be one of the moments in history in which proactive disinvestment is the best option. If you can’t move money in and out of Russia in a convertible currency, what’s the point of being there?”

Disney's Reputation Will 'Outlast' Political Goals of DeSantis, Republicans

"I'm not worried for Disney," said James O'Rourke, a professor at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. "The Walt Disney Company will be around a lot longer than [Florida Governor] Ron DeSantis will."

DeSantis Feud Not First Time Disney Employees Pushed Company to Back Them

James O'Rourke, a professor at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, told Newsweek that the reason the pushback in the 1990s fell by the wayside was that then-Disney Chariman Michael Eisner had spoken out in support of his employees.

USPS gets a financial overhaul: Here's what we know about the Postal Service Reform Act

"The Postal Service is deeply in debt," said James O'Rourke, a management professor at the University of Notre Dame. 

Multinationals find quickly exiting Russia isn't so easy

“If Mr. Putin claims he’s going to expropriate those assets, you may as well act as though it’s going to happen,” said James O’Rourke, a professor at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. 

Companies That Haven't Left Russia May Be Too Late to Win Back Americans

"It matters a great deal, what the rest of the free world thinks of you," James O'Rourke, a management professor at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, told Newsweek.

Putin Threatens to Nationalize Western Companies that Exit Russia

"Some businesses, some manufacturing operations, might well fit the Russian model," James O'Rourke, a professor of Management at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, told VOA.

Dozens of corporations are still in Russia. It’s getting harder for them to leave.

“I would say to any corporate executive, you have to do what you think is right,” said James O’Rourke, a professor of management at University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. 

How will USPS reform affect postal workers?

Another financial challenge has been the requirement — imposed by Congress in 2006 — that USPS pre-fund retiree health care costs 75 years into the future, a practice basically unheard of elsewhere in the public sector, said James O’Rourke, a professor of management at Notre Dame.

‘There Isn’t A Both Sides Anymore:’ With Russia, Customers And Employees Demand Action From Corporations

James O’Rourke, a professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business who studies corporate communication, says some executives say clients have raised questions about doing business with companies that still have Russia ties.

Professor James O’Rourke joins Global Business Europe on March 8th 2022

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James O'Rourke is a professor at Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.

These are the corporations that have pulled out of Russia since its invasion of Ukraine

"It's really tough to do business in Russia under the best of conditions. Now it's become just crazy. So getting out is a smart business proposal," said James O'Rourke, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, who specializes in reputation management and business communications.

Samsung and Apple, which provide half of Russia’s smartphones, halt sales there

The lost sales in Russia are not much of a sacrifice for international smartphone manufacturers, but the potential reputational damage of continuing to sell there could be much more significant, said James S. O’Rourke, a professor of management at the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Oregon yanking pension investments from Russia over Ukraine war

“It’s really tough to do business in Russia under the best of conditions. Now it’s become just crazy. So getting out is a smart business proposal,” said James O’Rourke, a professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business specializing in reputation management.

Russia’s war spurs corporate exodus, exposes business risks

“It’s really tough to do business in Russia under the best of conditions. Now it’s become just crazy. So getting out is a smart business proposal,” said James O’Rourke, a professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business specializing in reputation management.

The Washington Commanders’ ’emotional rebranding’ could boost merchandise and ticket sales, experts say

James O’Rourke, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, thinks the Washington Commanders could enjoy similar success.

An electric-plane pioneer has a plan to transform package delivery. It might work.

James O’Rourke, a University of Notre Dame professor and retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel says a network of safety coordinators will be needed.

Biden’s Build Back Better bill would speed up conversion to electric mail trucks at struggling USPS

James S. O'Rourke IV, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, calls the proposal "a very big deal" for the postal service and its customers.

Column: Pull the plug on the chop -- and Braves name, too

“This is an existential moment for the Atlanta Braves,” said James O’Rourke, a professor of management at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. “They need to recognize that this problem is not going to go away.”

Slower mail delivery starting at USPS, temporary price changes start soon

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“The real problem, of course, with what the postal service is doing at the moment is it won’t solve their problems,” says James O’Rourke, management professor at the University of Notre Dame.

What the USPS’s future could mean for your holiday gifts

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“The issue of a slowdown and an increase in prices will only serve to disappoint USPS customers. It will not solve any of their problems,” said University of Notre Dame professor Dr. James O’Rourke.

Mail has been showing up on time, but don't be fooled: Slower days are coming

“Service performance continued to improve, but that was based on a comparison with a year in which performance has declined substantially,” said James O’Rourke, a management professor at the University of Notre Dame who has tracked the USPS for more than a decade.

Postal Service sees chance to turn the page after tumultuous year

James O’Rourke, professor of management at the University of Notre Dame, said the Postal Service still faces myriad problems even as Biden seeks to reshape it through the board of governors and as Congress aims to alleviate some of its financial burden.

Bipartisan deal on USPS reform could ease pressure for more drastic changes

“Whether we choose to communicate by smartphone and differences in generational habits are really beyond the reach of Congress,” said James O’Rourke, a professor of management at the University of Notre Dame.

Roughly 40% Of Post Offices Operate In The Red. Could Banking Offer Them A Way Out?

Rather than shutter offices, the Postal Service settled instead for service cutbacks, according to James O'Rourke, a professor at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business.

Thousands Of U.S. Post Offices Lose Money. Should Some Be Closed?

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James O'Rourke is a professor at Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business. He says the Postal Service settled for service cutbacks.

Speed of some mail delivery would decrease under proposal

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Interview with James O’Rourke, a professor of management at University of Notre Dame.

Postmaster general’s new plan for USPS is said to include slower mail and higher prices

“If suddenly some of your best customers quit putting things in the mail,” said James O’Rourke, a professor of management at University of Notre Dame, “or they decide they can do it faster, better, cheaper another way, then the post office has this huge infrastructure and the demand is not supporting all of it.”

Aunt Jemima Just Got a New Name and Logo

"Brand managers have been aware of that for years and have tried, largely through incremental updates to the character's image on the packaging, to modernize how she is seen. The headscarf is gone, they've added a lace collar, pearl earrings. But the effect, because of the name, is the same," James O'Rourke, professor at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, told the Associated Press in June.