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Hemant Bhargava named the Jerome J. and Elsie Suran Chair in Technology Management

Dean Steven C. Currall of the UC Davis Graduate School of Management is pleased to announce that Associate Dean and Professor of Management and Computer Science Hemant Bhargava has been named the Jerome J. and Elsie Suran Chair in Technology Management

Professor Bhargava, a leading expert in technology strategy and the economics of information technology products and industries, joined the School’s faculty in 2003. His innovative research in technology management highlights distinctive characteristics of technology goods, and their impact on operations, marketing and competitive strategy. He has applied this research in areas such as search advertising, telecommunication services, IT outsourcing, and entertainment and media industries

Professor Bhargava has published in and holds editorial positions at top journals, including the Journal of Management Information Systems, International Journal of eBusiness Research, Management Science and INFORMS. He earned his Ph.D. in decision science from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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The Jerome J. and Elsie Suran Chair in Technology Management

This endowment was established by a generous gift from Jerome J. and Elsie Suran. Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Suran moved to Davis in 1982, so that he could accept a joint appointment in the Graduate School of Management and the College of Engineering. Mr. Suran’s career in private industry spanned 34 years―30 years of which were with the General Electric Company. He was recognized for his pioneering work in transistor and integrated circuit technology and the development of the GE implantable cardiac pacemaker. He is the former president of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the largest technical society in the world. Mrs. Suran worked side-by-side with her husband, hosting dinner meetings for GE employees, customers and colleagues and organizing programs for the IEEE. Mr. Suran is a dedicated teacher of management students and was instrumental in establishing a course that applies classroom knowledge to real-world experiences in the work place. The faculty, staff and students of the School appreciate the Surans’ philanthropic spirit in making this gift possible.

Learn more about Senior Lecturer Emeritus Jerome Suran

Endowed Chairs

Endowed chairs are a time-honored method for building an academic program and the prestige of an institution. At the University of California, Davis, an endowed chair provides support for the chair holder’s specific area of research and teaching, and provides an opportunity to honor the donor or the donor designee in perpetuity.