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Marybeth Kavanagh joined the Graduate School of Management as a lecturer in 2018 after spending 30 years with IBM Corporation leading numerous software development and technical consulting engagements.
Her extensive experience working with clients to achieve critical business goals through technological improvement and organizational change strategies gives her an excellent foundation for advising MBA student teams’ Integrated Management Practicum consulting projects for client organizations.
Gareth Keeves’ research interests include impression management and impression formation in the context of corporate leadership. His first stream of research draws from social and psychological theories to examine interpersonal interactions between top managers. The second stream of research examines the linguistics of organizational communications, using computational linguistics to characterize the nature of company filings.
Teaching Expertise: The development of persuasive, professional speaking and writing skills for business, and critical thinking protocols to optimize decision making
Lecturer Brian Kennedy is an attorney, focusing on criminal defense. He has his own law practice in San Diego.
Research Expertise: The development of persuasive, professional speaking and writing skills for business, and the use of critical thinking protocols that optimize decision.making
Judy Kjelstrom (aka Dr. Judy) has a rich background in health science and biotechnology education and training, clinical laboratory science, microbiology, program administration, mentoring and leadership. From 2004 to 2018 she directed the UC Davis Biotechnology Program (est. 1986), a novel program that partners effectively across the campus and with the life sciences industry. Although the program is small in the number of personnel, it is involved in a large number of cross-disciplinary projects:
Research Expertise: executive coaching, performance management, leadership, teamwork, life planning, corporate culture and developing strategy.
Lecturer Dickson Louie is principal of Louie & Associates, a boutique San Francisco Bay Area consultancy that provides strategic planning, competitive analysis, and executive development services to start-ups, nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies.
Research Expertise: Social Customer Relationship Management, Digital Platforms, Business Analytics
Pantelis Loupos’ research interests focus on understanding consumer behavior in digital platforms and in particular networked services. In particular, services whose value is a function of the number of customers they have and their underlying network topology.
Courses Taught: New venture formation, business planning and product management
Lecturer Marc Lowe is managing partner and founder of Praxis Ventures, a consultancy advising high-potential technology companies on strategy development, venture capital financing and M&A transactions. Praxis Ventures has been instrumental in raising more than $150 million in venture capital financing for its clients, and has advised on M&A transactions and initial public offerings valued in excess of three billion dollars.
Research Expertise: Accounting, cost-effectiveness of online education, healthcare costs, corporate crime and misconduct
A recognized expert on managerial accounting, Professor Emeritus 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.
Marc Ross Manashil is a consultant and educator specializing in leadership and organizational development. His background is in global health and philanthropy, having served in director roles with an international grant-making foundation, a medical relief organization, and an NGO preventing child mortality in West Africa.
Research Expertise: Banking and 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 is the effect low interest rates have on banks and whether they encourage banks to take on more leverage. Marquez joined the Graduate School of Management faculty in July 2012.
Sorin Maruster is a senior manager in KPMG’s Silicon Valley tax practice, with more than five years of experience in valuation of complex securities, including earnouts, convertible bonds, put/call arrangements and equity-based compensation, under ASC 718, ASC 805 and ASC 820.
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 Tech Mahindra.
Currently, he is Chief Solutions Officer at Infogain Inc., a Los Gatos headquartered software engineering services company where he is responsible for all technology solutions for their clients.
Ms. Mazzacurati is the founder and CEO of Four Twenty Seven, an award-winning market research and advisory firm that brings climate risk analytics to private sector decision-makers to enable the incorporation of climate science into economic and financial decisions. Her work mixes rigorous economic analysis and creative data visualization to help businesses and communities understand climate risks and develop an effective climate resilience strategy. Ms.
Active efforts to organize the Graduate School of Administration, as it was known in 1981, were launched under the leadership of Professor Emeritus 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.
Teaching Field: Real Estate Finance and Development
A vice president at Union Bank, where he manages relationships with several of the top real estate developers in Northern California, Lecturer Todd Mirell 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 Inc. as a property tax assistant/marketing specialist.
Mirell earned both his MBA and B.S. in managerial economics from UC Davis.
Ms. Morris is an experienced technology executive with over 25 years in leadership roles ranging from startups to large Fortune 500 companies. She is currently Academic Coordinator of the Food & Agriculture Industry Immersion at the Graduate School of Management, UC Davis, having previously served as Director, Technology Innovation at the World Food Center at UC Davis. Prior to joining UC Davis, Morris was with Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.
Research Expertise: Marketing and advertising strategy, integrated marketing communications, and dynamic market response models, including preparing for product harm crisis
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.