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Meet Our Four New Faculty Members

From the economics and interactions on digital platforms to the psychology of competition and technological change, we welcome four new faculty members who are blazing new trails. 

Associate Professor Stephen Garcia

steven garciaGarcia’s research explores the psychology of competition as well as judgment and decision-making. His work has implications for understanding competition and cooperation in business and organizational settings. He previously served on the faculty at the University of Michigan, where he most recently held a joint appointment as professor of psychology and organizational studies. His research has also been featured in major media, including The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and The Washington Post. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Garcia will teach the Negotiations course in the MBA program. Learn more on his faculty page.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Pontikes

Elizabeth PontikesPontikes studies market categorization, innovation, and technological change. She studies these topics with a “big data” approach using computational text analytics. Her industry experiences in software start-ups inform her research. Designing strategy for an entrepreneurial company requires carving out a market position for an innovative product. She was formerly an associate professor at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

She graduated with a Ph.D. in business administration from Stanford University. In her free time, Elizabeth practices yoga and is a long-distance runner. She completed the Nike Women’s Marathon in 2005. She also enjoys reading historical non-fiction, especially about the American Revolutionary period.

She will teach the Organizational Strategy and Structure course in the MBA program. Learn more on her faculty page.

Assistant Professor Jörn Boehnke 

Jorn BoehnkeBoehnke’s research focuses on the dynamics of marketing, pricing and consumer behavior in online platforms. These platforms foster direct interaction between retailers and their customers, reducing search costs and allowing consumers to compare many different items at once. Boehnke employs a variety of modern statistical tools to process and analyze these rich data, allowing him to gain insights into consumer behavior in today’s online world. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. 

He will teach the Machine Learning and Data Design & Representation courses in the Master of Science in Business Analytics program. Learn more on his faculty page

Assistant Professor Pantelis Loupos

Pantelis LouposLoupos’ 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.

For empirical investigation, Loupos is using data from Venmo, a peer-to-peer mobile payment application, to understand the impact of heterogeneous social networks on customer activity and acquisition.

Loupos received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

He will teach the Big Data course in the Master of Science in Business Analytics program and the Customer Relationship Management course in the MBA program.  Learn more on his faculty page.