School of Business

John Voyer

Professor Emeritus of Business Administration

Office Location

113 Luther Bonney

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2020

By appointment only



Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Policy and Administration, University of Massachusetts 1986
  • M.B.A., Organization Studies, Clark University 1981
  • A.B., Sociology, Harvard University 1973



Professor Voyer likes to take tourists on walking tours in Portland. He does tours of the Old Port for the Maine Historical Society and of the Eastern Cemetery for Spirits Alive. He and his wife also like to travel, having visited Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Iceland, England, Ireland and Scotland in the last few years. They hope to visit the Netherlands and re-visit Switzerland in the next few years. When he’s not traveling, Prof. Voyer likes to read non-fiction books (on history, society and business) and a variety of novels. He also likes to watch television series—some broadcast network, but also cable network and Netflix original series--and the Red Sox and Patriots.

Areas of Expertise

Strategic management, organization theory, entrepreneurship
System dynamics (a computer modeling approach to systemic phenomena)

Systemic phenomena in organizations
The links among organizational learning, organizational strategy and entrepreneurship, with particular focus on dialogue, scenario planning and system dynamics

Business and corporate strategy
Organizational theory
Corporate Venturing
Systems Thinking

Professional Activity

A frequent adviser to public and private concerns, such as AAA of Northern New England, Fairchild Semiconductor, National Semiconductor, the Camden and Rockland Water Company, the Maine Medical Center, Wang Laboratories, various colleges at USM, J.E. Goold & Co., Olamon Industries, and Mountain Valley Property, Dr. Voyer is also the author or co-author of many monographs and journal articles. He co-authored the book The Strategy Process: Collegiate Edition, as well as the Instructor's Manual for that and other editions of that text, and also jointly wrote the Strategy Process Analyzer, an electronic publication. Professor Voyer has made numerous refereed presentations before professional organizations in his field, among them the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society, the Midwest Academy of Management, and the System Dynamics Society. He serves as a reviewer for a number of academic journals in management as well as for conference papers and is a member of the editorial board of Problems and Perspectives in Management and a former member of the editorial board of Group and Organization Management. Dr. Voyer has held the title of Price-Babson Fellow (2000) and Sam Walton Fellow (2003) and has participated (2003) and taught (2005) in the executive course in the Art and Practice of Leadership Development (J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University). He served as Associate Dean of USM's School of Business from 2007-2010, as Director in 2011 and 2012, and as Interim Dean during the 2005-2006 academic year.