Academic Director, Online MBA
Associate Professor of Clinical Marketing
MBA, University of Southern California
Miriam Burgos specializes in multi-cultural marketing and sales management. Prior to joining USC, she worked in the consumer packaged goods industry with Procter & Gamble and Colgate Palmolive, where she developed expertise in how a multi-national corporation successfully takes a product to market in a global economy — from initial concept, to branding, and ultimately to consumers’ homes and workplaces. She was a project manager in Procter & Gamble’s multicultural business development organization, and also has experience in marketing strategy, cause-marketing, and small-business marketing plan development. Professor Burgos also has extensive experience managing virtual teams, and enjoys teaching the “virtual collaboration” and “virtual teaming” components of GSBA-505.
Course(s): GSBA-505 Fundamentals of Business (Virtual Teams), GSBA-538 Managing Outside the Firm (Marketing Strategy)
Professor of Clinical Business Communication
PhD, Utah State University
Peter Cardon teaches management communication, international business communication, and advanced business writing. His primary research interests are intercultural communication and computer-mediated communication. Professor Cardon is the Academic Director for the MBA for Professionals & Managers (MBA.PM) program. He has also served as President for the Association of Business Communication and is on the board of the Orchid Foundation. Prior to joining USC, Professor Cardon taught at the University of South Carolina for six years and Utah State University for three years. Before working in higher education, he held several marketing and management positions in the tourism and manufacturing industries. Along the way, he worked in China for three years and has traveled to approximately forty countries for work and research. He is the author of Business Communication: Developing Leaders for a Networked World.
Course(s): GSBA-501 The Role of the Manager (Communication), GSBA-538 Managing Outside the Firm (Communication)
Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics
JD, Santa Clara University
Kerry Fields teaches business law, employment, and real estate law courses in the undergraduate and MBA programs. He has extensive experience in corporate law and business transactional matters. He is a frequent media commentator on business ethics issues. He has been recognized with several awards, including the Golden Apple Award, Evan C. Thompson Faculty Teaching and Learning Innovation Award, the USC Parents Association Teaching and Mentoring Award, and the Gamma Sigma Alpha Professor of the Year Award. He is a co-author of two leading university level textbooks, Contemporary Employment Law, Second Edition (2013) Wolters, Kluwer and Contemporary Real Estate Law (2013), Wolters, Kluwer.
Course(s): GSBA-535 Opportunity Recognition and Implementation (Business Law & Contracts), GSBA-537 Managing Inside the Firm (Employment Law & Business Ethics)
Associate Professor of Accounting
PhD, University of Arizona
Shane Heitzman has substantial expertise in tax accounting, earning numerous publications in elite accounting journals. As a result of his published work, he received the Outstanding Article Award from the National Tax Association in 2013. Before joining USC, he held a tenured position at University of Rochester. In addition to teaching, he serves on the editorial board of the top two journals in accounting.
Course(s): GSBA-505 Fundamentals of Business (Financial Accounting)
Professor of Finance and Business Economics
PhD, University of Minnesota
Ayse Imrohoroglu is a macroeconomist who specializes in understanding business cycles, inflation, unemployment insurance, and social security. Her work has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, and Journal of Monetary Economics. She received a National Science Foundation grant in 1992 to investigate the effects of social security programs on economies with imperfect insurance. From 2004 to 2007, she was Chair of the Department of Finance and Business Economics.
Course(s): GSBA-539 Business Environment and Leadership (Macroeconomics)
Associate Professor of Finance and Business Economics
PhD, Stanford University
Scott Joslin is a financial economist whose research focuses on capital markets, in particular, the study of bond and options markets and their interaction with the macroeconomy. His research involves sophisticated econometric and statistical techniques, and development of methods to solve computationally difficult problems. Professor Joslin’s work has been published in journals that include American Economic Review and Review of Financial Studies. Prior to joining USC, he was on the faculty of MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
Course(s): GSBA-539 Business Environment and Leadership (Financial Markets)
Professor of Management and Organization
PhD, Northwestern University
Peter Kim studies the dynamics of interpersonal perceptions and their implications for work groups, negotiations, and dispute resolution. His research has been published in numerous scholarly journals, has received nine national or international awards, and has been featured by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio. He serves on the editorial board of Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. Professor Kim also serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Trust Research. He received a teaching award from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Course(s): GSBA-535 Opportunity Recognition and Implementation (Organizational Behavior & Negotiations)
Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship
JD, University of Southern California
Steve Mednick is an expert in entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, strategic alliances and angel funding. He is the past Associate Director of Marshall’s Center for Global Innovation and is an author and frequent speaker in the field. Professor Mednick currently teaches in the Marshall MBA, EMBA and Master of Medical Management programs and is a two-time winner of the Marshall Golden Apple teaching award. Outside of USC, he has advised over 500 early stage companies through his ten-year relationship with the Small Business Administration. Steve’s clients have reported over $620 million in economic impact to the SBA, and he has been awarded the SBA’s State Star for outstanding performance.
Course(s): GSBA-535 Opportunity Recognition and Implementation (Entrepreneurship)
Kevin J. Murphy
Kenneth L. Trefftzs Chair in Finance and Professor of Finance and Business Economics
PhD, University of Chicago
Kevin J. Murphy is one of the world’s most knowledgeable experts in executive compensation and labor markets. He is the author of more than 40 articles, cases, and books. Before joining USC, he was a faculty member at Harvard Business School and the University of Rochester. In addition to his teaching experience, he has an extensive consulting background, including time spent with the U.S. Department of the Treasury in the Office of the Special Master for Executive Compensation. He previously served as Vice Dean of the Marshall School.
Course(s): GSBA-505 Fundamentals of Business (Microeconomics)
Joseph A. DeBell Chair in Business Administration and Professor of Management and Organization
PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Nandini Rajagopalan’s research examines platform-based markets, diversification and strategic alliances, CEO succession, and corporate governance. She has published in the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Management, and Business Horizons among others. She is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, and recipient of USC’s Provost’s Mentoring Award. She is past Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal.
Course(s): GSBA-501 The Role of the Manager (Strategy)
Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
Sampath Rajagopalan’s research covers capacity and technology acquisition, supply chain management, and product variety and its impact on operations performance. He has published in journals such as Management Science, Production and Operations Management, and Operations Research. He served as a Department Editor at IIE Transactions, Senior Editor at Production and Operations Management, and as an Associate Editor at Management Science and Operations Research. Professor Rajagopalan has consulted for Johnson and Johnson, Fidelity Investments, and Hewlett Packard. He has taught courses in operations and supply chain management in the MBA and Executive MBA programs.
Course(s): GSBA-537 Managing Inside the Firm (Operations Management)
Richard W. Selby
Adjunct Professor of Data Sciences
PhD, University of Maryland
Richard W. Selby is a Director of Engineering at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California. His interests and expertise focus on development, management, and economics of large-scale mission-critical systems, software, hardware, and processes. His research and teaching at USC focus on technology management, analytics, and product development. He co-authored an international best-selling book that analyzed Microsoft’s technology, strategy, and management that was entitled Microsoft Secrets: How the World’s Most Powerful Software Company Creates Technology, Shapes Markets, and Manages People. He serves on the editorial board for the IEEE Transactions on Big Data.
Course(s): GSBA-505 Fundamentals of Business (Statistics & Analytics)
Associate Professor of Clinical Business Communication
MA, Pepperdine University
Kirk Snyder is nationally recognized as an expert on the contemporary workplace. The author of two critically acclaimed books, The G Quotient and Lavender Road to Success, his work has generated attention from prestigious publications including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, TIME Magazine, Fortune, and Publisher’s Weekly. As a corporate speaker Professor Snyder has been sought out by organizations that include Cisco Systems, McDonald’s, McKinsey & Company, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Morgan Stanley, Commonwealth Club of California, Unilever, and Warner Brothers.
Course(s): GSBA-535 Opportunity Recognition and Implementation (Communication)
Professor of Clinical Management and Organization
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
Carl Voigt has been with Marshall for more than 20 years. He teaches strategy and management courses. He has developed and taught more than 20 different classes at USC Marshall. Of late, he has concentrated more on global business topics. He teaches in all our programs from the Dean’s freshmen Global Leadership Program, to our undergraduates, to Full-time MBA, MBA.PM, IBEAR MBA, and GEMBA, and in our executive education program. He has also participated in the PRIME, GLOBE, GLP, LINC, and ExCEL international business programs that have focused on China, South East Asian, Latin America, and Cuba. His academic interests are in business, corporate, and global strategy, and in particular in small business and corporate entrepreneurship
Outside of the classroom, Professor Voigt previously served for seven years as the Associate Dean in our USC Marshall undergraduate program, MBA.PM and EMBA programs, and our USC Marshall full-time MBA program. He also directs our APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) MBA research program which focuses on cross-border commerce, trade, and investment issues among the 21 APEC economies. These practical research projects focus on how business, working closely with governments, can improve the individual and national prosperity within and across economies. He has consulted with numerous firms and organizations in the entertainment, food processing, tourism, health care, engineering, telecommunications, defense, and not-for-profit sectors. He has been an executive board member for a New Zealand government program designed to assist NZ businesses attempting to enter the US market.
Professor Voigt is a native New Zealander, although he completed his undergraduate work in the humanities and secondary education at Avondale College in New South Wales, Australia. In his early career he was a high school teacher on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. During that time he served as chair of the business studies curriculum committee for the entire country. He also coached the Solomon Islands national basketball team for 2 ½ years.
Professor Voigt has received the Golden Apple Teaching Award ten times, and has received numerous other Marshall School faculty awards for teaching and learning innovations. He loves learning with his students, particularly when traveling internationally. He has led groups of students on business visits to Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, China, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Mexico City, Havana, Beijing and Shanghai have become four of his favorite cities.
Course(s): GSBA-539 Business Environment and Leadership (Corporate Strategy)
Kenneth A. Merchant
Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair in Accountancy and Professor of Accounting
PhD, University of California-Berkeley
Ken Merchant is an expert in management accounting, management control systems, and corporate governance. He has published in many journals, including Accounting, Organizations and Society, The Accounting Review, Industrial Relations, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Marketing, and Management Science. He has received numerous awards, including three Notable Contributions to Research awards from the American Accounting Association, one for lifetime contributions to the field. He also received an honorary doctorate from the Turku School of Economics (Finland) in 2010. Professor Merchant served as Dean of the Leventhal School of Accounting from 1994 to 2001. Before joining USC, he taught at Harvard Business School and UC Berkeley.
Course(s): GSBA-537 Managing Inside the Firm (Managerial Accounting)
Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations
PhD, University of Southern California
Arif Ansari is an expert in the area of Big Data Business Analytics and Intelligent Systems Technologies. He holds multiple US and International patents in the area of Advanced Real-time Machine Learning Systems and has published articles on Learning Algorithms. His research and professional interests are Creative Analytics, Big Data, Business Analytics, Intelligent Learning Systems, and Control Systems. He has developed a framework for Creative Analytics and has built advanced analytics engines for challenging problems including his real-time Viral Prediction Engine, Super Relevance Engine and Internet web address price valuation engine. He has developed custom-built Advanced Analytical Engines for the Retail, Finance and Media sectors. His Digital Innovation for predicting Viral Contents and Topics was selected as a top 5 innovation among 250 innovative ideas by Thomson Reuters for presentation at the GIES Summit for Innovation 4 Impact competition in Dubai in 2016.
Professor Ansari is also the founding adviser for the Data Analytics Club (the largest graduate student club at Marshall). He envisioned and recently conducted the first Annual Business Analytics Model Building and Business Insights Competition in the US with live data from Paramount Pictures USA. Now this competition is conducted twice a year for Undergraduate and Graduate Students.
Course(s): GSBA-537 Managing Inside the Firm (Statistics & Analytics), GSBA-539 Business Environment and Leadership (Statistics & Analytics)
Professor of Marketing
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dina Mayzlin’s research focuses on how businesses manage social interactions. She also studies advertising and communication strategies. Her research has won a number of awards, including the John D.C. Little Best Paper Award, the ISMS Long Term Impact Award, the O’Dell Long Term Impact Award, and the Frank M. Bass Outstanding Dissertation Award. She serves on the editorial boards of Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, and International Journal of Research in Marketing. Prior to joining USC, Professor Mayzlin served on the faculty of Yale University’s School of Management.
Course(s): GSBA-538 Managing Outside the Firm (Social Media & Internet Analytics)
Stephen G. Moyer
Adjunct Professor of Finance and Business Economics
PhD, Stanford University
Steve Moyer teaches a variety of courses in both the undergraduate and graduate program including valuation, venture capital and private equity, and fixed income securities. Professor Moyer is the author of Distressed Debt Analysis, a leading text in the field of distressed debt investing. He has also contributed to Private Equity: Opportunities & Risks. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Professor Moyer had a 30-year career in law and finance including positions as a securities attorney, investment banker, high yield credit analyst, equity analyst, and portfolio manager at such notable firms as Jones Day, First Boston, Drexel Burnham, BancAmerica Securities, and PIMCO.
Course(s): GSBA-538 Managing Outside the Firm (Corporate Finance)
Vice Dean for Online Education and Centers of Excellence
Professor of Clinical Business Communication
PhD, University of Notre Dame
As Vice Dean, Sandra Chrystal teaches management communication classes focused on technology-enhanced and community-based learning. She has received USC’s Teaching with Technology and Teaching Has No Boundaries awards, Marshall School’s Evan C. Thompson Teaching and Learning Innovation award, and the Dean’s Award for Community. Her articles and research on the topics of online learning and the impact of technology on organizational synergy have been featured in national publications. She previously served as Director of the Center for Management Communication within the Marshall School of Business. Before joining USC, Dean Chrystal taught at Clayton State University, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame. Her professional background includes experience in corporate marketing and ownership of her own business.
Assistant Dean, Online Learning
Program Director, Online MBA
MBA, University of Southern California
Philip Griego leads Marshall’s in-house team of instructional designers and video production professionals who work with faculty to create Marshall’s online courses. He also serves as Program Director of the Online MBA which includes overseeing admissions, advising, and general program management. Over the course of his 20 years working at USC Marshall, he has served in various roles including Director of Academic & Technology Administration, Director of IT User Support, and Interim Chief Technology Officer. Before joining USC, Mr. Griego was with the Walt Disney Company for 13 years which included various leadership positions at the Disneyland Resort. His professional background includes academic administration, information technology, service operations management, and human resource management.
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