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Stanford GSB Welcomes New Faculty to Enrich, Broaden its Educational Experience


Stanford GSB Welcomes New Faculty to Enrich, Broaden its Educational Experience

New faculty and lecturers offer unique perspectives and experience to augment program offerings.
October 6, 2015

This fall, Stanford Graduate School of Business welcomed 14 tenure-line faculty members who will enrich the school in its seven academic areas and allow the continued delivery of a diverse elective curriculum. They bring the total number of tenured and tenure-line faculty members at the school to 124. The remarkable group of new faculty has research interests ranging from computer science to behavioral economics. In addition, 24 new lecturers joined Stanford GSB, bringing the total lecturer count to 121. These practitioners bring leadership experience and best practice relevance into the classroom, invaluable to students as they work through their degree programs.

We are extremely pleased with the breadth and depth of our tenure-line faculty this year. We’ve worked very hard to increase our numbers and at the same time maintain our high standards.
Dean Saloner

Faculty research remains at the center of Stanford Graduate School of Business’s efforts to create knowledge across all management disciplines.

“We are extremely pleased with the breadth and depth of our tenure-line faculty this year. We’ve worked hard to increase our numbers and at the same time maintain our high standards,” said Dean Garth Saloner. “Whether teaching on their own or co-teaching with experienced practitioners, our tenure-line faculty consistently push the boundaries of research as well as teaching in the classroom.”

New Faculty Members

Stephen Anderson-Macdonald, Assistant Professor of Marketing, is a quantitative marketing researcher. His work has been primarily in two areas: behavioral economics in the context of managerial decision-making, and marketing and small businesses in emerging markets.

Justin Berg, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, focuses his research on creativity, specifically investigating the critical process of idea evaluation. His primary focus has been on how employees and managers can accurately forecast the success of novel ideas, and how idea creators can deal with the challenge of generating ideas that are both novel and useful.

David Broockman, Assistant Professor of Political Economy, studies the quality of representation of political institutions. Most of his research has focused on American political institutions; he has pioneered the application of randomized field experiments in his work.

Svetlana Bryzgalova, Assistant Professor of Finance, is a financial economist focused on topics related to asset pricing and financial econometrics. Her current work examines the types of risks that impact asset prices and their estimated effect on expected returns.

Michal Kosinski, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, is a social psychologist with a background in psychometrics, computational methods, and consumer behavior. His research focuses on developing reliable assessments of psychological traits to ultimately improve performance and life satisfaction of individuals.

Rebecca “Becky” Lester, Assistant Professor of Accounting, is an empiricist who focuses on tax accounting, with a particular interest in the effects of tax policy on the investment strategies of multinational corporations.

Hanno Lustig, Professor of Finance, has a diverse research portfolio that includes both applied theoretical work and empirical studies. His work falls at the confluence of macroeconomics, asset pricing, and international finance.

Aruna Ranganathan, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, focuses on questions of work and employment in the context of economic development, and investigates the ways workers and entrepreneurs navigate the market in an emerging economy.

Daniela Saban, Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Technology, addresses problems at the intersection of operations research, computer science, and economics.

Paulo Somaini, Assistant Professor of Economics, is an applied economist who works in industrial organization. His recent work has shifted focus from empirical auctions to empirical mechanism design.

Adina Sterling, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, studies social structures in labor markets, drawing on sociological approaches to interpersonal networks, on network analysis, and on network concepts to investigate the antecedents and consequences of people’s networks.

Kuang Xu, Assistant Professor of Operations, Information and Technology, has interests that include analysis, design and decision-making in large-scale stochastic systems, as well as applications drawn from engineering, operations, and management.

The following two have deferred their appointments for one year:

Mohammad Akbarpour, Assistant Professor of Economics, is a microeconomic theorist whose interests include market design, social and economic networks, and allocation mechanisms.

Benjamin Hébert, Assistant Professor of Finance, focuses on macroeconomics and finance in his research. He has worked on optimal security design and developed a general theoretical model that shows that the simple debt contract is the optimal security to issue in many settings.

New Lecturers

Richard Abramson is a senior staff advisor at SRI International, Menlo Park. Abramson will teach Protecting Ideas, in winter quarter.

Anne Marie Burgoyne (MBA ’96) manages the innovation initiative of the Emerson Collective, an organization that supports social entrepreneurs. She will co-teach, with Jane Leu, Driving Resources to Your Social Venture — Using Your Network to Ignite Fund Development, Board Development, and A Web of Mission-Based Evangelists in the winter quarter.

Susan Colby (MBA ’87) is a partner in McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office and leads the firm’s North American Education Practice. Colby will co-teach, with Tia Martinez, Education Leadership in spring quarter.

Marissa Duswalt (MBA ’15) is a registered dietician. Duswalt will co-teach, with Sarah Soule, Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship in winter quarter.

Charles Ewald (MBA ’83) was the founding CEO of New Island Capital Management in San Francisco from 2006 to 2014. Ewald will teach Foundations of Impact Investing in winter quarter.

Sadiq Gillani is Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Lufthansa Group. He will co‐teach, with Harikesh Nair, The Travel and Airline Industry, in autumn quarter.

Ann Grimes is the Lorry I. Lokey Professor of the Practice in the Department of Communication and Associate Director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Stanford. Grimes will be teaching Media Entrepreneurship, in winter quarter.

Nitsa Lallas (MBA ’78) is a partner at Senn Delaney, a management consulting company that focuses on creating healthy, high-performing cultures. Lallas will co-teach, with Glenn Carroll, Leading Through Culture in winter quarter.

Jane Leu is founder of Upwardly Global, a nonprofit organization that helps immigrant, refugee, and asylee professionals rebuild their careers in the United States. Leu will co-teach, with Anne Marie Burgoyne, Driving Resources to Your Social Venture — Using Your Network to Ignite Fund Development, Board Development, and A Web of Mission-Based Evangelists in winter quarter.

Aaron Levie is CEO, Chairman and Cofounder of Box. Levie will co‐teach, with Rob Siegel, The Industrialist’s Dilemma, in winter quarter.

John Lilly is partner at Greylock Partners, a company that invests in consumer internet and enterprise software companies. He will co-teach, with Huggy Rao and Sujay Jaswa, HR for Startups in winter quarter.

Robert (Bob) Lisbonne (MBA ’91) serves on the Board of Directors of the Mozilla Foundation, best known for its Firefox browser. Lisbonne will co‐teach, with Russ Siegelman, The Startup Garage: Design in autumn quarter and The Startup Garage: Testing and Launch in winter quarter.

Emily Ma (MBA ’10) is Business Designer and Operations Lead at Google[X]. Ma will co‐teach, with Jennifer Aaker, Rethinking Purpose, in winter quarter.

Chris Mahowald (MBA ’89) is the managing partner of RSF Partners, a series of six real estate private equity funds. He will co-teach, with Douglas Abbey, Real Estate Investment in winter quarter.

Tia Martinez is a strategic consultant to nonprofits and foundations focused on reform of school discipline policies and practices, ending mass incarceration, movement building, and improving life chances for boys and men of color. She will co‐teach, with Susan Colby, Education Leadership, in spring quarter.

Lenny Mendonca (MBA ’87) is director emeritus from the Washington, D.C., and San Francisco offices of McKinsey & Company. Mendonca will co-teach, with Paul Oyer, Business and Public Policy Perspective in spring quarter.

Allison Kelly O’Hair is a Lecturer of Operations Research and Statistics at MIT Sloan School of Management. She will teach Optimization and Simulation Modeling in autumn quarter.

Abhishek Pani is Senior Director, Data Science & New Products at Adobe Systems, where he heads the Data Science & New Products team for Adobe’s Marketing Cloud platform. Pani will co‐teach, with Sridhar Narayanan, Digital Marketing, in spring quarter.

Heidi Patel (MBA ’04) is President of New Island Capital Management in San Francisco,an institutional‐scale, mission‐focused investment advisor. Patel will co‐teach, with Charles Ewald, Foundations of Impact Investing, in winter quarter.

Gerald Risk (MBA ’96) was formerly Vice Chairman, and previously President, of Asurion. Risk will co‐teach, with Jim Ellis and David Dodson, Entrepreneurial Acquisition, in spring quarter.

Heiner Schulz was most recently macro strategist for the CEO of Point72 Asset Management (formerly SAC Capital Advisors) in Stamford, Conn. He will co‐teach, with Anat Admati, The Political Economy of Banking Regulation in US and Europe, in winter quarter.

Leslie Simone is Executive Vice President, West Coast, for Handel Group. Simone will co‐teach, with Brian Lowery, Inside Life and Leadership, in autumn quarter.

John Stanton is a member of Trilogy Partnership and Trilogy International Partners. He will teach Managerial Skills, in autumn quarter.

Andrew Youmans is an investor and operations management consultant. Youmans will co‐teach, with Brian Lowery, Cultural Imperative: the Ideal of Organizational Design, in autumn quarter.

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