Women @ UC Davis
Elizabeth Pontikes is Associate Professor of Management at The University of California, Davis, which she joined in 2019. She was formerly on the faculty of The University of Chicago Booth School of Business as Associate Professor, and was a Visiting Professor at the Kellogg School of Management.
Prior to academia, Pontikes developed sales strategies and competitive positioning at software start-ups. She is the former Director of Solution Engineering at Coremetrics, Inc., in California (acquired by IBM), and former Program Manager at MicroStrategy, Inc.
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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.
Research Expertise: Leadership in organizations, perception and management of individual and organizational images, identities and reputations, especially images of legitimacy, trustworthiness and creativity
Courses Taught: The Individual & Group Dynamics, Negotiation in Organizations, Business Policy and Strategy
- 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, and 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.
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Research Expertise: Empirical analysis of quantitative and qualitative field-based data as well as survey data to study performance management and cost accounting in and at the boundaries of the firm (e.g., lean production, supplier performance management, customer profitability and lean consumption), integration of strategy, operations management and management accounting practices, and design of cost accounting systems, cost allocation mechanisms, and cost-based transfer pricing policy
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Sue Miller-Sylvia has 25 years of experience in consulting, information systems design, development and implementation with organizations in the education, government, finance, media and entertainment, aerospace, insurance, retail and travel and transportation industries.
“Great leaders embrace opportunities to learn and grow each day and challenge and empower everyone around them to do the same.”
B.A., Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
The UC Davis MBA provided me with unequaled knowledge and experience. The small class sizes and case-study based approach encourage personal accountability and promote teamwork—both critical to my career in management.