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May 01, 2007

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Ritu Agarwal, Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems,received her PhD from Syracuse University. She is founder and director of the school’s Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS) and is widely published. Her current research is focused on the use of IT in healthcare settings, technology-enabled transformations in the auto-retailing and printing sectors; and sponsored search markets.

Corey Angst, research assistant professor and associate director of CHIDS, received his PhD from Smith School of Business in 2007. His interests are in the transformational effects of IT, technology usage, and IT value—particularly in the health care industry. His research has been published in leading journals such as MIS Quarterly.

Gabriel Biehal, associate professor of marketing, received his PhD from Stanford University. His research interests include interests include corporate and brand communications, consumer purchase behavior, and retail shopping behavior. He currently serves on the editorial review board of the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science.

Mark Loewenstein, assistant professor of finance, received his PhD from Columbia University. His research interests include asset pricing, portfolio selection, and employee compensation valuation and design. His recent work focuses on asset pricing when there are limits to arbitrage, portfolio selection when investors face transactions costs, and valuation of employee stock options.

David Waguespack, assistant professor of management and organization, received his PhD from the University of Oregon. His research focuses on non-market influences, such as social networks and political institutions, on innovation and venture performance. His ongoing work pursues these questions in the domains of film production and distribution, internet technology development, international patenting, and environmental management.

Michel Wedel, PepsiCo Professor of Consumer Science, received his PhD from University of Wageningen, the Netherlands. He is interested in the application of statistical and econometric methods to further the understanding of consumer behavior and to improve marketing decision making. He has been honored with the Hendrik Muller Lifetime Award for the social and behavioral sciences, awarded by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences.

Gregory Willard, assistant professor of finance, received his PhD from Washington University. He studies the equilibrium properties of asset prices. He has shown that several of the phenomena that we see in actual financial markets may be natural consequences of optimal and rational economic behavior.

Jie Zhang, assistant professor of marketing, received her PhD from Northwestern University. Her research applies econometric and statistical models to study consumers’ purchase behavior and response to various promotion programs, and designs innovative decision support tools for marketers based on these models. She is particularly interested in their applications in the Internet shopping environment. Her research has won the Procter & Gamble Marketing Innovation Research Award and has been sponsored by the Marketing Science Institute.

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