“I was impressed at how practical they were in their knowledge of the real
world. You expect faculty to be out of touch, but they were really valuable to
-- Matthew O’Brien, VP, Business Operations and CFO,
Sandia National Laboratories
Tyser Teaching Fellow and Associate Department Chair,
Management & Organization
Dr. Prochno earned his Ph.D. in management from INSEAD, his MBA from
Vanderbilt University and his B.Eng. in industrial engineering from the
University of São Paulo. He has successfully taught in Executive Development
programs, MBA, M.Sc. and undergraduate programs, having won the "Top 15%
Teaching Award" at the Smith school in 2008 and an award given for the best
Masters Program professor at Ibmec in 2006.
Additionally, through his consulting and executive education engagements he
has helped major companies in Brazil to shape and disseminate their strategies
and to foster innovation. His consulting and custom program clients include
Petrobr ás (energy), Telemar/Oi (telecommunications), Grupo Votorantim
(industrial/financial conglomerate), Furnas (energy), Samarco (mining), Correios
(postal services), and Grupo Santander (banking).
Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow, Management &
Dr. Oliver Schlake is a Tyser Teaching Fellow at Robert H. Smith School of
Business, a senior business consultant, entrepreneur and researcher. His
publications and research on scenario-based strategic planning and innovation
strategy have been featured in leading academic and practitioner journals
worldwide. Oliver has been an international management consultant and strategic
advisor for leading companies and government agencies in Europe and
His primary research subjects include Innovation Strategy, Scenario Planning,
R&D Portfolio, Optimization, Early Stages of Venture Creation and Business
Creativity. He consults for companies such as Astra Zeneca, Audi, Bosch,
Department of Defense, German Telekom, Junghans, Metso, Siemens, Thomson ISI and
Associate Professor, Management & Organization
Dr. Cynthia is an Associate Professor with the Department of Human Resource
Management and Organizational Behavior. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology from
University of Washington and her Masters from Miami University (Ohio).
Her current research focus is on cognitive and social factors that influence
motivation, decision making, and behavior across a variety of organizational
contexts, particularly staffing and recruitment, job search, work place
diversity, training, and work-group interactions.
Professor of the Practice in Systems Thinking & Design
Department of Management and Organization
Dr. J. Gerald Suarez is a premier educator, speaker and consultant in the
fields of Organizational Design, Systems Thinking and Total Quality Management.
Suarez earned the prestigious Allen J. Krowe Teaching Excellence Award and has
been consistently selected a Top 15% Faculty Member at the Smith School. He
teaches at the corporate, executive MBA, custom EMBA, international, and
undergraduate levels. He is also a Lockheed Martin Visiting Technical Fellow.
Prior to joining the Smith School, Suarez served for two administrations in
the White House as the Director of Presidential Quality -- the first such post
in the institution’s history, and as Director of Customer Support and
Organizational Development for the White House Military Office.
Smith Chair of Human Resource Management &
Co-Director, Center for Human Capital, Innovation and Technology
Department of Management and Organization
Dr. Susan earned her doctorate from Purdue University in I/O Psychology and
has also been a visiting faculty member at the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth
College, University of Washington, Seattle, School of Administration at Bocconi
University, Milan Italy, and the London Business School. Taylor's past research
has focused on organizational recruitment, the effects of performance feedback
and performance management systems, the procedural justice of organization's HR
systems and its impact on the employment relationship.
Her current research examines the nature of change leadership and its effects
on employee reactions and team performance and cross-cultural differences in the
nature of the organizational innovation process. Both the National Science
Foundation and the Kaufman Foundation have provided grant funding to support her