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Faculty

Rao Unnava
Dean / Professor

Research expertise:  advertising, brand management, promotions, international marketing and consumer behavior.

Gallagher Hall
Dean's Suite
UC Davis
(530) 752-4600
Faculty

Kimberly D. Elsbach
Associate Dean and Professor

“Leadership happens every moment of every day. You always have an opportunity to influence what other people do and why they do it by being a role model. I help students understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses, pushing them to work outside of their comfort zones—for instance, by encouraging those who are not ‘natural leaders’ to take the initiative.”

Courses

  • The Individual & Group Dynamics
  • Negotiation in Organizations
  • Business Policy and Strategy

Research Expertise: Leadership in organizations; perception and management of individual and organizational images; identities and reputations, especially images of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University
  • M.S., Industrial and Management Engineering University of Iowa
  • B.S., Industrial and Management Engineering University of Iowa

Fast Facts

  • International Research Fellow, Centre for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University
  • NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and National Champion Masters Swimmer
  • Past UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow
  • Globally visible expert in organizational behavior

Professor Kimberly Elsbach focuses her research on the acquisition and maintenance of organizational images, identities and reputations, especially images of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity. She also teaches and studies negotiation skills in competitive business environments. Her research provides a framework for communicating with shareholders, customers and employees in the immediacy of a reputation crisis and through long-term recovery. In papers published in the Harvard Business Review and the Academy of Management Journal, Elsbach showed how Hollywood movie and television producers judge the creativity of people pitching story ideas.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3306
(530) 752-0910
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: 3:00pm-5:00pm, Mondays
Faculty

Brad M. Barber
Associate Dean / Professor of Finance

Course Taught: Financial Theory and Policy

Research Expertise: Finance, investments and financial markets, corporate financial policy, market for corporate control, analyst recommendations, investor behavior

Consulting: Litigation support for financial fraud, antitrust, lost profits cases

Degrees

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3218
(530) 752-0512
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Charles Ansbach
Lecturer

Charles Ansbach has worked with major corporations nationally and internationally representing not only their interests in discussions as donors to major nonprofits/NGOs but also in appeals for support and partnership made by community groups. In those many interactions, he learned why most corporate CSR programs fail and how to fix them. He has learned what CSR directors must do to manage their programs inside corporate structures and the practical sides of serving effectively in that role.

Faculty

Cyrus Aram
Lecturer

Education:

Master of Business Administration  - University of California, Davis – Graduate School of Management

Six Sigma Master Black Belt - American Society for Quality, Black Belt Certification

Project Management Professional - Project Management Institute (PMI), Project Management Certification

Bachelor of Arts - University of California, Davis – English, Political Science and Philosophy

Office hrs: 4:00pm-6:15pm, Thursdays & by phone
Faculty

Ashwin Aravindakshan
Associate Professor

Research Expertise: Advertising Allocation Models, Direct to Consumer Marketing, Dynamics of Customer Behavior and Loyalty, Time Series Analysis in Marketing, Dynamic Advertising Models, and SpatioTemporal Models

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3312
(530) 752-5767
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: 3-5pm, Tuesdays
Faculty

Brad M. Barber
Associate Dean / Professor of Finance

Course Taught: Financial Theory and Policy

Research Expertise: Finance, investments and financial markets, corporate financial policy, market for corporate control, analyst recommendations, investor behavior

Consulting: Litigation support for financial fraud, antitrust, lost profits cases

Degrees

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3218
(530) 752-0512
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Joanne Bethlahmy
Lecturer

Joanne Bethlahmy has 30 years of management consulting and marketing management experience. She has worked with large and small companies in CPG, Retail and technology on growth strategies, digital innovation and new product development.

Joanne is the Global Vice President Customer Experience for Capgemini’s Applied Innovation Exchanges. In this role, she leads the planning and implementation of the AIEs’ capabilities and design and hosts innovation clients and partners from around the world in the San Francisco AIE.

Faculty

Hemant Bhargava
Professor

Research Expertise: Technology management, management information systems, economics of information technology industry, pricing and product design decisions, management decision technologies

Professor Hemant Bhargava is an expert in technology management and the information technology industry. He also studies the use of IT in clinical health care, and has previously worked on data-driven and analytical decision making in organizations.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3306
(530) 754-5961
Faculty

Nicole Woolsey Biggart
Research Professor and Professor Emerita

Course Taught: Strategic Innovations in Energy Efficiency

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., University of California, Davis
  • B.A., Simmons College | Boston, Mass.

Research Expertise: Organizational theory, management of innovation, economic and organizational sociology, firm networks, industrial change, social bases of technology adoption

Fast Facts

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3320
(530) 752-7378
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

David S. Bunch
Professor

Research Expertise: Marketing research, marketing science, decision and management sciences, consumer choice behavior, choice modeling, new product development and introduction

Professor David Bunch is an internationally recognized expert on marketing research,marketing science and decision and management sciences. His research interests include consumer choice behavior, choice modeling, new product development and introduction, travel behavior, and vehicle choice and alternative fuel vehicles.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3402
(530) 752-2248
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: By appointment
Faculty

Joe DiNunzio
Assistant Adjunct Professor

Teaching Field: Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, IMP Project Faculty Advisor

Joe DiNunzio is an assistant adjunct professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, where he leads the IMPACT Consulting program for MBA students. DiNunzio also serves as a director at the startup business accelerator Davis Roots, and as a speaker and mentor at the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3415
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: By appointment
Faculty

Eamonn Dolan
Lecturer and 2016 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

A UC Davis alumnus and investment industry leader, Eamonn Dolan served as chief investment officer and managing director of CM Capital, where he was responsible for asset allocation, strategy formulation, portfolio management, manager selection, process design, and leading the investment team.

Office hrs:
Mon. 5:15-6:15 rm 1213, Fri 1:15-2:15 p.m.by phone
Faculty

Richard C. Dorf
Professor Emeritus and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Expertise: Entrepreneurship, innovation, nonprofits, new ventures, technology management, venture capital

Professor Emeritus Richard Dorf researches and has taught entrepreneurship, innovation management, management of nonprofits, new venture management, venture capital management, and technology policy and technology management. He is a consultant in engineering project development, commercialization, innovation, management and new business ventures. He has taught courses in New and Small Business Ventures, and Sustainable and Responsible Business.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3411
(530) 754-9061
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Roger M. Edelen
Associate Professor

Teaching Field and Research Expertise: Finance

Associate Professor Roger Edelen’s primary research interest is institutional investing. Much of his work has focused on the influence of operational and organizational factors on mutual fund performance, particularly relating to funds’ trading practices and shareholder flow. His research also includes the role of agency conflicts in secondary-market trading, and pricing dynamics in primary security offerings. His teaching interests are investments and derivative securities.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3214
(530) 754-8407
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: By appointment
Faculty

Crystal A. Ekanayake
Lecturer

Crystal Ekanayake is an audit partner with GALLINA LLP, a regional accounting firm with offices throughout Northern California, Nevada and Washington.  Ekanayake earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and earned Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accountancy degrees from California State University, Sacramento.

Faculty

Kimberly D. Elsbach
Associate Dean and Professor

“Leadership happens every moment of every day. You always have an opportunity to influence what other people do and why they do it by being a role model. I help students understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses, pushing them to work outside of their comfort zones—for instance, by encouraging those who are not ‘natural leaders’ to take the initiative.”

Courses

  • The Individual & Group Dynamics
  • Negotiation in Organizations
  • Business Policy and Strategy

Research Expertise: Leadership in organizations; perception and management of individual and organizational images; identities and reputations, especially images of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University
  • M.S., Industrial and Management Engineering University of Iowa
  • B.S., Industrial and Management Engineering University of Iowa

Fast Facts

  • International Research Fellow, Centre for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University
  • NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and National Champion Masters Swimmer
  • Past UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow
  • Globally visible expert in organizational behavior

Professor Kimberly Elsbach focuses her research on the acquisition and maintenance of organizational images, identities and reputations, especially images of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity. She also teaches and studies negotiation skills in competitive business environments. Her research provides a framework for communicating with shareholders, customers and employees in the immediacy of a reputation crisis and through long-term recovery. In papers published in the Harvard Business Review and the Academy of Management Journal, Elsbach showed how Hollywood movie and television producers judge the creativity of people pitching story ideas.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3306
(530) 752-0910
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: 3:00pm-5:00pm, Mondays
Faculty

John Goldberg
Lecturer

John Goldberg has over 20 years of experience as an instructor and manager of corporate universities, including in a Fortune 500 company and in the higher education and public sectors.

John earned an MBA in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, a top school in the field. He also earned certificates in Leadership, Manager and Supervisor Training, and Train-the-Trainer. John teaches Management at UC Davis Graduate School of Management and Management and Organizational Behavior at University of Phoenix.

Faculty

Steven J. Green
Lecturer

JD, University of Southern California
BA, University of California, Berkeley

Teaching Field: Business Law

Since 1988, Green has been a Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice. In this capacity, Green’s practice has been entirely devoted to federal and state litigation on behalf of California’s tax, insurance and business agencies.

(916) 324-5157
Office hrs: By appointment
Faculty

Andrew B. Hargadon
Professor of Technology Management

Research Expertise: The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies

Professor Andrew Hargadon has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering and the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3316
(530) 752-2277
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: 1:00 - 3:00 pm Mon. & by appt.
Faculty

Brian Kennedy
Lecturer

JD, McGeorge Law School, Sacramento

Teaching area: The development of persuasive, professional speaking and writing skills for business, as well as critical thinking protocols to optimize decision-making. 

Brian Kennedy is an attorney, focusing on criminal defense.  He has his own law practice in San Diego.   He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific.  Kennedy is also the head rugby coach at UC San Diego. 

Faculty

Ceren Kolsarici
Lecturer

Ceren Kolsarici specializes in advertising, diffusion of new products, and pharmaceutical marketing. Her current research encompasses several critical areas including design and evaluation of integrated marketing communications campaigns, media selection and scheduling, marketing budgeting, and development of advertising creative strategies. In her research, she develops new models and methods to improve managerial decisions and marketing applications in practice, by helping managers better understand how marketing affects performance.

Profile

Steve Lewis
Lecturer

Steve Lewis has spent three decades helping build successful operations- and technology-intensive companies. He sits on  Procter & Gamble’s External Board for Supply Innovation and has been a board member of several public and private technologies companies, including Axcient, Borland and PC Helps.

Faculty

Michael W. Maher
Professor Emeritus

Research Expertise: Accounting, cost-effectiveness of online education, healthcare costs, corporate crime and misconduct

A recognized expert on managerial accounting, Professor Michael Maher is also an authority on corporate crime (e.g., fraud, bribery, antitrust). He develops profiles on companies and managers that commit corporate misconduct, and studies and lectures on corporate ethics and the responsibilities of business and auditors to stakeholders.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3412
(530) 752-7034
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Robert Marquez
Professor

Research Expertise: Banking, corporate finance

A leading expert in banking and corporate finance, Professor Robert Marquez tries to uncover the mechanisms that underlie the behavior of financial institutions. One important focus of his research now is the effect low interest rates have on banks and whether they encourage banks to take on more leverage.

Room 3410 Gallagher Hall
(530) 752-9022
(530) 752-2924 fax
Office hrs: Before/after class, odd Sat & by appt.
Faculty

Nishith Mathur
Lecturer

Nishith Mathur has extensive experience leading large organization change programs for implementation of business strategy, business processes, and IT systems in several domains including Electronics, High-Tech, Manufacturing, and Automotive sectors.

He has worked at companies such as Accenture, IBM, and Satyam (now Tech Mahindra). Currently, he is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Blue Star Infotech, a global IT services company where he is responsible for all Operations including sales, delivery, solutions, and human resources.

 

Faculty

Alexander F. McCalla
Professor Emeritus

Active efforts to organize the Graduate School of Administration, as it was known in 1981, were launched under the leadership of Alexander F. McCalla, professor of agricultural economics and former dean of the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. McCalla was asked to serve as the founding dean of the nascent program from 1979 to 1981. Together with a 13-member planning committee, McCalla was responsible for the School’s initial organization and development.

Social Sciences & Humanities Building
Room 3121
(530) 752-1529
(530) 752-5614 Fax
Faculty

Dr. Yu (Ben) Meng
Lecturer, Summer 2015

Ph.D., Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis
M.S., University of California, Berkeley
M.S., China Academy of Railway Science

Dr. Yu (Ben) Meng is a Senior Portfolio Manager at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) where he is responsible for Asset Allocation. At CalPERS, Asset Allocation encompasses various assets such as domestic and international equity, Treasury and agency debt, corporate bonds, mortgage backed securities, CDOs, private real estate, currency overlay, venture capital, leveraged buyouts, and hedge funds.

Faculty

Todd Mirell
Lecturer

BS, MBA, University of California, Davis

Teaching Field: Real Estate Finance and Development

Currently a Vice President at Union Bank where he manages relationships with several of the top real estate developers in Northern California, Todd has held previous positions with Preferred Capital Advisors as a Senior Associate, McMorgan & Company as a Real Estate Investment Analyst and with CB Richard Ellis, Incorporated as a Property Tax Assistant/Marketing Specialist. He has a BS in managerial economics and an MBA from UC Davis.

Faculty

Jim Olson
Lecturer

MS, MBA, Santa Clara University.
BS, University of California, Davis

Jim Olson founded the WestShore Management Group in April of 2007, continuing a distinguished career after leading several high technology businesses for two Fortune companies and serving for nine years as CEO of SkyStream Networks, the top rated IPTV video head-end provider worldwide. WestShore Management Group provides Interim CEO, corporate consulting, and executive development services for both public, and private, venture-financed companies.

Office hrs: 5:00pm-6:00pm, Wednesdays & by appt.
Faculty

Mike Palazzolo
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Mike Palazzolo’s research examines how consumers make intertemporal trade-offs. He has two streams of research stemming from this over-arching interest. The first explores consumer search behavior and the trade-off between short-term effort and long-term outcomes. The second explores consumer financial decision making and the trade-off between short-term expenditure and long-term savings.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Ln
Room 3308
(530) 752-6962
Faculty

Donald A. Palmer
Professor

Teaching Field: Organizational Behavior

Research Expertise: Organizational behavior, role of power and politics in corporate decision making, causes of organizational wrongdoing

Consulting: Community health needs assessments, group decision-making facilitation

Gallagher Hall
Room 3108H
(530) 752-8566
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Gregory Perelman
Visiting Faculty, Spring 2016

Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank

Dr. Gregory Perelman has worked in the U.S. banking industry since 1990. For the last 15 years he has been employed by Wells Fargo Bank in various finance and management positions. Currently he is based in San Francisco where he conducts analysis of small business credit markets in the U.S. and internationally.

Office hrs: Before/after class & by appt.
Faculty

Kay Peters
Visiting Assistant Professor

MBA, Ph.D., Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany

Teaching Field: International Marketing

Kay Peters is the founder and CEO of DMC Dialogmarketing Consulting GmbH and had previously founded and sold a company. He has previously worked at Accenture as a specialist for Marketing Strategy in the Telecommunications & eCommerce Sector. He also worked as marketing-controller for BASF AG in Caracas, Venezuela. He received his MBA and Ph.D from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel.

Faculty

Mehul Rangwala
Lecturer

Mehul Rangwala has nearly 20 years of experience in information technology and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Currently, an Information Technology Manager at the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Mehul researches, plans, and provides insights to the executive management on IT strategy and the latest technology trends, while providing leadership in areas of IT investments, cost/benefit analysis, asset management, IT operations, and support.

Faculty

Olivier Rubel
Associate Professor

Research Expertise: Competitive strategy, game theory and applied optimal control

Associate Professor Olivier Rubel is fascinated by two related questions: How can firms make better decisions in highly competitive environments? And what are the optimal strategies for implementing these decisions over time?

Gallagher Hall
Room 3310
(530) 752-3739
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: 11:00am -12:00pm, Wednesdays.
Faculty

Anna Scherbina
Associate Professor

Research Expertise: Investment management, capital markets, behavioral finance, empirical asset pricing

Anna Scherbina has studied why even seemingly sophisticated mutual fund managers may irrationally hold onto stocks that have decreased in value. Her most recent research looks at price determination for luxury real estate, how news events impact stock prices and how the difference of opinion in financial markets effect asset returns.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3212
(530) 754-8076
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: Before/after class, odd Sun & by appt.
Faculty

Harold Schmitz
Ciocca Visiting Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Senior Scholar

A 20-year veteran at Mars, Harold Schmitz has been chief science officer since 2005. His responsibilities include strategy development, program alignment and quality control of the company’s multidisciplinary scientific research programs. He has previously held various positions within Mars in Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Fundamental Research, Analytical and Applied Sciences and Corporate functions.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 3414
Davis, CA
Faculty

Hollis Skaife
Professor of Accounting

Hollis Skaife’s research addresses international financial reporting issues and corporate governance, including the role of internal control and auditing in the development of high quality financial information. She serves as a consultant on these topics.

As a former CPA and CMA, Skaife has taught various accounting courses at the undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. levels and currently teaches financial accounting to MBA students. She has received numerous teaching awards.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 3304
Davis, CA
(530) 752-6997
Faculty

Will Snyder
Executive Director, Master of Professional Accountancy

Areas of expertise: Financial and tax accounting

Snyder served as a fulltime member of the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy at San Diego State University (SDSU) for the past 24 years. Prior to that, he was an adjunct faculty at SDSU as well as a partner with Deloitte Haskins and Sells. He was also a professor at the University of Southern California, his alma mater, from 1992 to 1994.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3417
(530) 752-7403
Faculty

Lindsey Spice-Zich
Lecturer

Before her current role as HR & People Operations Manager at EatWith, Lindsey Spice-Zich enjoyed a decade-long career in nonprofit management with Resources Legacy Fund in Sacramento, CA. In addition to managing an international portfolio of conservation-focused philanthropic programs, she also worked cross-functionally with various business units as a human resources liaison to develop and implement effective solutions to enhance organizational success.

Faculty

Victor Stango
Associate Professor

Research Expertise: Consumer and firm behavior in banking markets, the design of sound public policy in banking

Associate Professor Victor Stango’s current research focuses on household financial decision making over both short- and long-term time horizons. His other current work, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, examines how information technology outsourcing affects firms and consumers in the financial services industry. Stango has also studied the credit card and ATM markets, and has a side interest in sports economics.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3202
(530) 752-3535
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: 11:30am -12:30pm, Wednesdays & by appt
Faculty

R. Scott Strait
Lecturer

Strait is a senior IT executive with over 25 years of experience leading technology organizations. He is currently the Chief Information Officer at Renewable Funding, the leader in the administration and financing of clean energy retrofits using property taxes. At Renewable Funding, he oversees technology strategy, development and infrastructure; product management; call center; and lien and lending operations.

 

Faculty

B.J. Susich
Lecturer

MBA, JD, University of California, Davis
BS, California State University, Humboldt

An associate at Boutin Jones Inc. in Sacramento, Susich was previously a staff accountant at Demello, Dominguez, & Co. CPA, Accountancy Corporation. He teaches a graduate accounting course at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He has a BS in business administration from Humboldt State, an MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management and and a JD from the UC Davis School of Law.

Office hrs: 9:30 - 10:30am Wednesdays & by appt.
Faculty

Suzy Taherian
Lecturer, Winter 2015

Suzy Taherian has over 20 years of experience across the international finance spectrum. She started her career with Exxon and Chevron in various roles, including controller, M&A, international financing, trading, and internal controls. Looking for a different challenge, she transitioned to small rapidly-growing companies. She is currently CFO of eCullet, a technology company in glass processing with several plants across US.

Faculty

Alan M. Taylor
Professor of Economics and Finance

Alan Taylor is a professor of economics and finance at the University of California, Davis, with appointments in the Department of Economics and the Graduate School of Management. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a research fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research in London. He currently serve as a co-editor at the Journal of International Economics.

Department of Economics
1 Shields Ave
(530) 752-9241
Faculty

Chih-Ling Tsai
Distinguished Professor

Research Expertise: Regression analysis, model selection, high-dimensional data, time series, biostatistics, application of statistics in business.

Teaching Field: Statistics

Gallagher Hall
Room 3210
(530) 752-8565
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Rao Unnava
Dean / Professor

Research expertise:  advertising, brand management, promotions, international marketing and consumer behavior.

Gallagher Hall
Dean's Suite
UC Davis
(530) 752-4600
Faculty

Hemant Vaidya
Lecturer

Hemant Vaidya, Ph.D., is an independent consultant in the in-vitro diagnostics (IVD) space and a lecturer at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He has worked in the IVD Industry for 24 years in various capacities. He started out as a bench scientist developing Immunoassays for cardiac and thyroid markers and grew in the ranks to become the director of clinical and scientific affairs for chemistry/ immunochemistry diagnostics business and then the vice-president of R&D for the molecular and microbiology diagnostics business.

Office hrs:10:00am-12:00pm, Wednesdays
Faculty

Paul A. Wong
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Financial reporting, financial analysts, corporate disclosures, auditor/audit firm networks, the role of the audit committee 

Paul Wong received his bachelor of science in accounting from DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) in 2007 and earned his CPA in 2008. He worked for Crowe Horwath (formerly Crowe Chizek) from 2007–2011 as a senior staff auditor in the not-for-profit and higher education group.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3204
(530) 752-4983
Faculty

Ayako Yasuda
Associate Professor

Research Expertise: Economics of financial intermediation, particularly investment banking, commercial banking, and venture capital/private equity; corporate finance

Associate Professor Ayako Yasuda wants to shed light on the economic roles played by financial intermediaries such as banks, venture capital/private equity funds, and institutional investors that influence a firm’s access to capital. She also wants to examine how incentives (given through compensation contracts, reputation, etc.) impact the actions of specific agents within these institutions.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3206
(530) 752-0775
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Michael W. Maher
Professor Emeritus

Research Expertise: Accounting, cost-effectiveness of online education, healthcare costs, corporate crime and misconduct

A recognized expert on managerial accounting, Professor Michael Maher is also an authority on corporate crime (e.g., fraud, bribery, antitrust). He develops profiles on companies and managers that commit corporate misconduct, and studies and lectures on corporate ethics and the responsibilities of business and auditors to stakeholders.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3412
(530) 752-7034
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Hollis Skaife
Professor of Accounting

Hollis Skaife’s research addresses international financial reporting issues and corporate governance, including the role of internal control and auditing in the development of high quality financial information. She serves as a consultant on these topics.

As a former CPA and CMA, Skaife has taught various accounting courses at the undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. levels and currently teaches financial accounting to MBA students. She has received numerous teaching awards.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 3304
Davis, CA
(530) 752-6997
Faculty

Will Snyder
Executive Director, Master of Professional Accountancy

Areas of expertise: Financial and tax accounting

Snyder served as a fulltime member of the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy at San Diego State University (SDSU) for the past 24 years. Prior to that, he was an adjunct faculty at SDSU as well as a partner with Deloitte Haskins and Sells. He was also a professor at the University of Southern California, his alma mater, from 1992 to 1994.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3417
(530) 752-7403
Faculty

Paul A. Wong
Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Financial reporting, financial analysts, corporate disclosures, auditor/audit firm networks, the role of the audit committee 

Paul Wong received his bachelor of science in accounting from DePaul University (Chicago, Ill.) in 2007 and earned his CPA in 2008. He worked for Crowe Horwath (formerly Crowe Chizek) from 2007–2011 as a senior staff auditor in the not-for-profit and higher education group.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3204
(530) 752-4983
Faculty

Hemant Bhargava
Professor

Research Expertise: Technology management, management information systems, economics of information technology industry, pricing and product design decisions, management decision technologies

Professor Hemant Bhargava is an expert in technology management and the information technology industry. He also studies the use of IT in clinical health care, and has previously worked on data-driven and analytical decision making in organizations.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3306
(530) 754-5961
Faculty

Chih-Ling Tsai
Distinguished Professor

Research Expertise: Regression analysis, model selection, high-dimensional data, time series, biostatistics, application of statistics in business.

Teaching Field: Statistics

Gallagher Hall
Room 3210
(530) 752-8565
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Rao Unnava
Dean / Professor

Research expertise:  advertising, brand management, promotions, international marketing and consumer behavior.

Gallagher Hall
Dean's Suite
UC Davis
(530) 752-4600
Faculty

Alexander F. McCalla
Professor Emeritus

Active efforts to organize the Graduate School of Administration, as it was known in 1981, were launched under the leadership of Alexander F. McCalla, professor of agricultural economics and former dean of the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. McCalla was asked to serve as the founding dean of the nascent program from 1979 to 1981. Together with a 13-member planning committee, McCalla was responsible for the School’s initial organization and development.

Social Sciences & Humanities Building
Room 3121
(530) 752-1529
(530) 752-5614 Fax
Faculty

Victor Stango
Associate Professor

Research Expertise: Consumer and firm behavior in banking markets, the design of sound public policy in banking

Associate Professor Victor Stango’s current research focuses on household financial decision making over both short- and long-term time horizons. His other current work, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, examines how information technology outsourcing affects firms and consumers in the financial services industry. Stango has also studied the credit card and ATM markets, and has a side interest in sports economics.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3202
(530) 752-3535
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: 11:30am -12:30pm, Wednesdays & by appt
Faculty

Alan M. Taylor
Professor of Economics and Finance

Alan Taylor is a professor of economics and finance at the University of California, Davis, with appointments in the Department of Economics and the Graduate School of Management. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a research fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research in London. He currently serve as a co-editor at the Journal of International Economics.

Department of Economics
1 Shields Ave
(530) 752-9241
Faculty

Brad M. Barber
Associate Dean / Professor of Finance

Course Taught: Financial Theory and Policy

Research Expertise: Finance, investments and financial markets, corporate financial policy, market for corporate control, analyst recommendations, investor behavior

Consulting: Litigation support for financial fraud, antitrust, lost profits cases

Degrees

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3218
(530) 752-0512
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Roger M. Edelen
Associate Professor

Teaching Field and Research Expertise: Finance

Associate Professor Roger Edelen’s primary research interest is institutional investing. Much of his work has focused on the influence of operational and organizational factors on mutual fund performance, particularly relating to funds’ trading practices and shareholder flow. His research also includes the role of agency conflicts in secondary-market trading, and pricing dynamics in primary security offerings. His teaching interests are investments and derivative securities.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3214
(530) 754-8407
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: By appointment
Faculty

Robert Marquez
Professor

Research Expertise: Banking, corporate finance

A leading expert in banking and corporate finance, Professor Robert Marquez tries to uncover the mechanisms that underlie the behavior of financial institutions. One important focus of his research now is the effect low interest rates have on banks and whether they encourage banks to take on more leverage.

Room 3410 Gallagher Hall
(530) 752-9022
(530) 752-2924 fax
Office hrs: Before/after class, odd Sat & by appt.
Faculty

Anna Scherbina
Associate Professor

Research Expertise: Investment management, capital markets, behavioral finance, empirical asset pricing

Anna Scherbina has studied why even seemingly sophisticated mutual fund managers may irrationally hold onto stocks that have decreased in value. Her most recent research looks at price determination for luxury real estate, how news events impact stock prices and how the difference of opinion in financial markets effect asset returns.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3212
(530) 754-8076
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: Before/after class, odd Sun & by appt.
Faculty

Alan M. Taylor
Professor of Economics and Finance

Alan Taylor is a professor of economics and finance at the University of California, Davis, with appointments in the Department of Economics and the Graduate School of Management. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a research fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research in London. He currently serve as a co-editor at the Journal of International Economics.

Department of Economics
1 Shields Ave
(530) 752-9241
Faculty

Ayako Yasuda
Associate Professor

Research Expertise: Economics of financial intermediation, particularly investment banking, commercial banking, and venture capital/private equity; corporate finance

Associate Professor Ayako Yasuda wants to shed light on the economic roles played by financial intermediaries such as banks, venture capital/private equity funds, and institutional investors that influence a firm’s access to capital. She also wants to examine how incentives (given through compensation contracts, reputation, etc.) impact the actions of specific agents within these institutions.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3206
(530) 752-0775
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Ashwin Aravindakshan
Associate Professor

Research Expertise: Advertising Allocation Models, Direct to Consumer Marketing, Dynamics of Customer Behavior and Loyalty, Time Series Analysis in Marketing, Dynamic Advertising Models, and SpatioTemporal Models

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3312
(530) 752-5767
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: 3-5pm, Tuesdays
Faculty

David S. Bunch
Professor

Research Expertise: Marketing research, marketing science, decision and management sciences, consumer choice behavior, choice modeling, new product development and introduction

Professor David Bunch is an internationally recognized expert on marketing research,marketing science and decision and management sciences. His research interests include consumer choice behavior, choice modeling, new product development and introduction, travel behavior, and vehicle choice and alternative fuel vehicles.

Gallagher Hall
Room 3402
(530) 752-2248
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: By appointment
Faculty

Mike Palazzolo
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Mike Palazzolo’s research examines how consumers make intertemporal trade-offs. He has two streams of research stemming from this over-arching interest. The first explores consumer search behavior and the trade-off between short-term effort and long-term outcomes. The second explores consumer financial decision making and the trade-off between short-term expenditure and long-term savings.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Ln
Room 3308
(530) 752-6962
Faculty

Olivier Rubel
Associate Professor

Research Expertise: Competitive strategy, game theory and applied optimal control

Associate Professor Olivier Rubel is fascinated by two related questions: How can firms make better decisions in highly competitive environments? And what are the optimal strategies for implementing these decisions over time?

Gallagher Hall
Room 3310
(530) 752-3739
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: 11:00am -12:00pm, Wednesdays.
Faculty

Nicole Woolsey Biggart
Research Professor and Professor Emerita

Course Taught: Strategic Innovations in Energy Efficiency

Degrees

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • M.A., University of California, Davis
  • B.A., Simmons College | Boston, Mass.

Research Expertise: Organizational theory, management of innovation, economic and organizational sociology, firm networks, industrial change, social bases of technology adoption

Fast Facts

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3320
(530) 752-7378
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Kimberly D. Elsbach
Associate Dean and Professor

“Leadership happens every moment of every day. You always have an opportunity to influence what other people do and why they do it by being a role model. I help students understand their leadership strengths and weaknesses, pushing them to work outside of their comfort zones—for instance, by encouraging those who are not ‘natural leaders’ to take the initiative.”

Courses

  • The Individual & Group Dynamics
  • Negotiation in Organizations
  • Business Policy and Strategy

Research Expertise: Leadership in organizations; perception and management of individual and organizational images; identities and reputations, especially images of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, Stanford University
  • M.S., Industrial and Management Engineering University of Iowa
  • B.S., Industrial and Management Engineering University of Iowa

Fast Facts

  • International Research Fellow, Centre for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University
  • NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative and National Champion Masters Swimmer
  • Past UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow
  • Globally visible expert in organizational behavior

Professor Kimberly Elsbach focuses her research on the acquisition and maintenance of organizational images, identities and reputations, especially images of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity. She also teaches and studies negotiation skills in competitive business environments. Her research provides a framework for communicating with shareholders, customers and employees in the immediacy of a reputation crisis and through long-term recovery. In papers published in the Harvard Business Review and the Academy of Management Journal, Elsbach showed how Hollywood movie and television producers judge the creativity of people pitching story ideas.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3306
(530) 752-0910
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: 3:00pm-5:00pm, Mondays
Faculty

Andrew B. Hargadon
Professor of Technology Management

Research Expertise: The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies

Professor Andrew Hargadon has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering and the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3316
(530) 752-2277
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: 1:00 - 3:00 pm Mon. & by appt.
Faculty

Donald A. Palmer
Professor

Teaching Field: Organizational Behavior

Research Expertise: Organizational behavior, role of power and politics in corporate decision making, causes of organizational wrongdoing

Consulting: Community health needs assessments, group decision-making facilitation

Gallagher Hall
Room 3108H
(530) 752-8566
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Chih-Ling Tsai
Distinguished Professor

Research Expertise: Regression analysis, model selection, high-dimensional data, time series, biostatistics, application of statistics in business.

Teaching Field: Statistics

Gallagher Hall
Room 3210
(530) 752-8565
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Hemant Bhargava
Professor

Research Expertise: Technology management, management information systems, economics of information technology industry, pricing and product design decisions, management decision technologies

Professor Hemant Bhargava is an expert in technology management and the information technology industry. He also studies the use of IT in clinical health care, and has previously worked on data-driven and analytical decision making in organizations.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3306
(530) 754-5961
Faculty

Richard C. Dorf
Professor Emeritus and Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Expertise: Entrepreneurship, innovation, nonprofits, new ventures, technology management, venture capital

Professor Emeritus Richard Dorf researches and has taught entrepreneurship, innovation management, management of nonprofits, new venture management, venture capital management, and technology policy and technology management. He is a consultant in engineering project development, commercialization, innovation, management and new business ventures. He has taught courses in New and Small Business Ventures, and Sustainable and Responsible Business.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3411
(530) 754-9061
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Faculty

Andrew B. Hargadon
Professor of Technology Management

Research Expertise: The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies

Professor Andrew Hargadon has written extensively on knowledge and technology brokering and the role of learning and knowledge management in innovation.

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3316
(530) 752-2277
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: 1:00 - 3:00 pm Mon. & by appt.
Faculty

Harold Schmitz
Ciocca Visiting Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Senior Scholar

A 20-year veteran at Mars, Harold Schmitz has been chief science officer since 2005. His responsibilities include strategy development, program alignment and quality control of the company’s multidisciplinary scientific research programs. He has previously held various positions within Mars in Scientific and Regulatory Affairs, Fundamental Research, Analytical and Applied Sciences and Corporate functions.

Gallagher Hall
Rm 3414
Davis, CA
Faculty

Gregory Perelman
Visiting Faculty, Spring 2016

Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank

Dr. Gregory Perelman has worked in the U.S. banking industry since 1990. For the last 15 years he has been employed by Wells Fargo Bank in various finance and management positions. Currently he is based in San Francisco where he conducts analysis of small business credit markets in the U.S. and internationally.

Office hrs: Before/after class & by appt.
Faculty

Charles Ansbach
Lecturer

Charles Ansbach has worked with major corporations nationally and internationally representing not only their interests in discussions as donors to major nonprofits/NGOs but also in appeals for support and partnership made by community groups. In those many interactions, he learned why most corporate CSR programs fail and how to fix them. He has learned what CSR directors must do to manage their programs inside corporate structures and the practical sides of serving effectively in that role.

Faculty

Cyrus Aram
Lecturer

Education:

Master of Business Administration  - University of California, Davis – Graduate School of Management

Six Sigma Master Black Belt - American Society for Quality, Black Belt Certification

Project Management Professional - Project Management Institute (PMI), Project Management Certification

Bachelor of Arts - University of California, Davis – English, Political Science and Philosophy

Office hrs: 4:00pm-6:15pm, Thursdays & by phone
Faculty

Joanne Bethlahmy
Lecturer

Joanne Bethlahmy has 30 years of management consulting and marketing management experience. She has worked with large and small companies in CPG, Retail and technology on growth strategies, digital innovation and new product development.

Joanne is the Global Vice President Customer Experience for Capgemini’s Applied Innovation Exchanges. In this role, she leads the planning and implementation of the AIEs’ capabilities and design and hosts innovation clients and partners from around the world in the San Francisco AIE.

Faculty

Joe DiNunzio
Assistant Adjunct Professor

Teaching Field: Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, IMP Project Faculty Advisor

Joe DiNunzio is an assistant adjunct professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, where he leads the IMPACT Consulting program for MBA students. DiNunzio also serves as a director at the startup business accelerator Davis Roots, and as a speaker and mentor at the UC Davis Child Family Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Gallagher Hall
540 Alumni Lane
Room 3415
(530) 752-2924 Fax
Office hrs: By appointment
Faculty

Eamonn Dolan
Lecturer and 2016 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

A UC Davis alumnus and investment industry leader, Eamonn Dolan served as chief investment officer and managing director of CM Capital, where he was responsible for asset allocation, strategy formulation, portfolio management, manager selection, process design, and leading the investment team.

Office hrs:
Mon. 5:15-6:15 rm 1213, Fri 1:15-2:15 p.m.by phone
Faculty

Crystal A. Ekanayake
Lecturer

Crystal Ekanayake is an audit partner with GALLINA LLP, a regional accounting firm with offices throughout Northern California, Nevada and Washington.  Ekanayake earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and earned Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Accountancy degrees from California State University, Sacramento.

Faculty

John Goldberg
Lecturer

John Goldberg has over 20 years of experience as an instructor and manager of corporate universities, including in a Fortune 500 company and in the higher education and public sectors.

John earned an MBA in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, a top school in the field. He also earned certificates in Leadership, Manager and Supervisor Training, and Train-the-Trainer. John teaches Management at UC Davis Graduate School of Management and Management and Organizational Behavior at University of Phoenix.

Faculty

Steven J. Green
Lecturer

JD, University of Southern California
BA, University of California, Berkeley

Teaching Field: Business Law

Since 1988, Green has been a Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice. In this capacity, Green’s practice has been entirely devoted to federal and state litigation on behalf of California’s tax, insurance and business agencies.

(916) 324-5157
Office hrs: By appointment
Faculty

Brian Kennedy
Lecturer

JD, McGeorge Law School, Sacramento

Teaching area: The development of persuasive, professional speaking and writing skills for business, as well as critical thinking protocols to optimize decision-making. 

Brian Kennedy is an attorney, focusing on criminal defense.  He has his own law practice in San Diego.   He has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, San Diego, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific.  Kennedy is also the head rugby coach at UC San Diego. 

Faculty

Ceren Kolsarici
Lecturer

Ceren Kolsarici specializes in advertising, diffusion of new products, and pharmaceutical marketing. Her current research encompasses several critical areas including design and evaluation of integrated marketing communications campaigns, media selection and scheduling, marketing budgeting, and development of advertising creative strategies. In her research, she develops new models and methods to improve managerial decisions and marketing applications in practice, by helping managers better understand how marketing affects performance.

Profile

Steve Lewis
Lecturer

Steve Lewis has spent three decades helping build successful operations- and technology-intensive companies. He sits on  Procter & Gamble’s External Board for Supply Innovation and has been a board member of several public and private technologies companies, including Axcient, Borland and PC Helps.

Faculty

Nishith Mathur
Lecturer

Nishith Mathur has extensive experience leading large organization change programs for implementation of business strategy, business processes, and IT systems in several domains including Electronics, High-Tech, Manufacturing, and Automotive sectors.

He has worked at companies such as Accenture, IBM, and Satyam (now Tech Mahindra). Currently, he is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Blue Star Infotech, a global IT services company where he is responsible for all Operations including sales, delivery, solutions, and human resources.

 

Faculty

Todd Mirell
Lecturer

BS, MBA, University of California, Davis

Teaching Field: Real Estate Finance and Development

Currently a Vice President at Union Bank where he manages relationships with several of the top real estate developers in Northern California, Todd has held previous positions with Preferred Capital Advisors as a Senior Associate, McMorgan & Company as a Real Estate Investment Analyst and with CB Richard Ellis, Incorporated as a Property Tax Assistant/Marketing Specialist. He has a BS in managerial economics and an MBA from UC Davis.

Faculty

Jim Olson
Lecturer

MS, MBA, Santa Clara University.
BS, University of California, Davis

Jim Olson founded the WestShore Management Group in April of 2007, continuing a distinguished career after leading several high technology businesses for two Fortune companies and serving for nine years as CEO of SkyStream Networks, the top rated IPTV video head-end provider worldwide. WestShore Management Group provides Interim CEO, corporate consulting, and executive development services for both public, and private, venture-financed companies.

Office hrs: 5:00pm-6:00pm, Wednesdays & by appt.
Faculty

Kay Peters
Visiting Assistant Professor

MBA, Ph.D., Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany

Teaching Field: International Marketing

Kay Peters is the founder and CEO of DMC Dialogmarketing Consulting GmbH and had previously founded and sold a company. He has previously worked at Accenture as a specialist for Marketing Strategy in the Telecommunications & eCommerce Sector. He also worked as marketing-controller for BASF AG in Caracas, Venezuela. He received his MBA and Ph.D from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel.

Faculty

Mehul Rangwala
Lecturer

Mehul Rangwala has nearly 20 years of experience in information technology and quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Currently, an Information Technology Manager at the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, Mehul researches, plans, and provides insights to the executive management on IT strategy and the latest technology trends, while providing leadership in areas of IT investments, cost/benefit analysis, asset management, IT operations, and support.

Faculty

Lindsey Spice-Zich
Lecturer

Before her current role as HR & People Operations Manager at EatWith, Lindsey Spice-Zich enjoyed a decade-long career in nonprofit management with Resources Legacy Fund in Sacramento, CA. In addition to managing an international portfolio of conservation-focused philanthropic programs, she also worked cross-functionally with various business units as a human resources liaison to develop and implement effective solutions to enhance organizational success.

Faculty

R. Scott Strait
Lecturer

Strait is a senior IT executive with over 25 years of experience leading technology organizations. He is currently the Chief Information Officer at Renewable Funding, the leader in the administration and financing of clean energy retrofits using property taxes. At Renewable Funding, he oversees technology strategy, development and infrastructure; product management; call center; and lien and lending operations.

 

Faculty

Suzy Taherian
Lecturer, Winter 2015

Suzy Taherian has over 20 years of experience across the international finance spectrum. She started her career with Exxon and Chevron in various roles, including controller, M&A, international financing, trading, and internal controls. Looking for a different challenge, she transitioned to small rapidly-growing companies. She is currently CFO of eCullet, a technology company in glass processing with several plants across US.

Faculty

Hemant Vaidya
Lecturer

Hemant Vaidya, Ph.D., is an independent consultant in the in-vitro diagnostics (IVD) space and a lecturer at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management. He has worked in the IVD Industry for 24 years in various capacities. He started out as a bench scientist developing Immunoassays for cardiac and thyroid markers and grew in the ranks to become the director of clinical and scientific affairs for chemistry/ immunochemistry diagnostics business and then the vice-president of R&D for the molecular and microbiology diagnostics business.

Office hrs:10:00am-12:00pm, Wednesdays

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