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Featured Researchers

Oct 01, 2009


Michael Faulkender, assistant professor of finance, received his PhD from Northwestern University. Faulkender’s research focuses on empirical corporate finance, primarily in the areas of capital structure, risk management, corporate, liquidity, and executive compensation. He was awarded a research grant from the FDIC Center for Financial Research, which was accompanied by an appointment to serve as a fellow of the center during the term of the grant.


Sunil Mithas, assistant professor of decision, operations and information technology, received his PhD from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on strategic management and impact of information technology (IT) resources such as IT spending, IT applications and IT human capital, tracing the impact of IT resources on firm performance and shareholder value through revenue growth, cost reduction and intangibles such as customer satisfaction and organizational capabilities.


Joyce Russell, Distinguished Tyser Teaching Fellow, is a licensed industrial and organizational psychologist and has over 25 years of experience consulting with both private and public sector organizations. Her expertise is primarily in the areas of leadership and management development, negotiation tactics, executive coaching, training, career development, work teams, and change management.


Roland Rust, Distinguished University Professor, David Bruce Smith Chair in Marketing and executive director of Center for Excellence in Service, received his PhD from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His research focuses on customer equity and the services discipline.


Paul Tesluk, Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management and co-director of the Center for Human Capital, Innovation and Technology (HCIT), received his PhD from the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on strategies to enhance team effectiveness and innovation, the assessment and development of management and leadership talent, and organizational culture and climate in organizations transitioning to high-involvement workplace systems.


Michel Wedel, PepsiCo Professor of Consumer Science, received his PhD from the University of Wageningen, Netherlands. His main research interest is in consumer science: the application of statistical and econometric methods to further the understanding of consumer behavior and to improve marketing decision making.

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