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Faculty

Judith Blumenthal

Judith Blumenthal
· Management and Organization

PhD, University of Southern California

Judith Blumenthal is an expert in strategic management whose research has been published in a variety of scholarly journals. She previously served as a director of Guess?, Inc. as well as other for-profit and non-profit organizations, and has extensive consulting experience. She also served as associate dean and executive director of Marshall School MBA programs.

Course(s): GSBA 501 — The Role of the Manager

Miriam Burgos

Miriam Burgos
· Marketing

MBA, University of Southern California

Miriam Burgos is an expert in multicultural marketing, sales management, and virtual teams. Prior to joining USC, Professor Burgos worked in the consumer packaged goods industry with Procter & Gamble and Colgate Palmolive, where she honed her expertise in product marketing within a global economy. She was a project manager in Procter & Gamble’s multicultural business development organization, and also has experience in several areas of marketing strategy and development. Miriam teaches the “virtual collaboration” and “virtual teaming” components of GSBA 505, drawing from her first-hand experience.

Course(s): GSBA 505 — Fundamentals of Business, GSVA 538 — Managing Outside the Firm

Peter Cardon

Peter Cardon
· Management Communication

PhD, Utah State University

Peter Cardon is the author of Business Communication: Developing Leaders for a Networked World and numerous scholarly articles in information systems and communication. Before becoming a professor, he held marketing and management positions in the tourism and manufacturing industries. Before teaching at USC, he previously taught at the University of South Carolina and Utah State University. He currently serves as president of the Association for Business Communication.

Course(s): GSBA 501 — The Role of the Manager, GSBA 535 — Opportunity Recognition and Implementation, GSVA 538 — Managing Outside the Firm

Kerry Fields

Kerry Fields
· Business Law

JD, Santa Clara University

Kerry Fields is an expert on business, employment, and real estate law, with more than three decades of experience in the practice of corporate law and business transactions. Author of two leading textbooks, one on employment law and the other on real estate law. Frequently quoted by media, including ABC News, CBS News, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times. One of the Marshall School’s most decorated instructors, winner of multiple best teacher awards from students, parents, and from the Marshall School.

Course(s): GSBA 535 — Opportunity Recognition and Implementation, GSBA-537 — Managing Inside the Firm

Elissa Grossman

Elissa Grossman
· Entrepreneurship

PhD, UCLA

Elissa Grossman is an expert on entrepreneurship, with a focus on social network development and management in the context of new venture resource acquisition. Her work has been published in various top research journals. Before joining USC, she served on the faculties of Loyola Marymount University and Baruch College — and was recognized at each (as well as nationally) for excellence in teaching. Professor Grossman has also worked for companies including Procter & Gamble, Sun Microsystems, and LiveCapital (a startup acquired by Dun & Bradstreet).

Course(s): GSBA 535 — Opportunity Recognition and Implementation

Shane Heitzman

Shane Heitzman
· 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

Peter Kim

Peter Kim
· Management and Organization

PhD, Northwestern University

Peter Kim is an expert on organizational behavior, negotiations, and dispute resolution. One of world’s foremost authorities on power in organizations, whose research has been featured in numerous national media outlets including New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio, and has been widely published in leading scholarly journals. Previously taught at INSEAD, Washington University in St. Louis, and Northwestern University where he won a teaching award from the Kellogg School.

Course(s): GSBA 535 — Opportunity Recognition and Implementation

Kevin J. Murphy

Kevin J. Murphy
· 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

Richard W. Selby

Richard W. Selby
· Data Sciences and Operations

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. He has served in numerous program management, functional management, and business development roles including as an Integrated Project Team Manager, Center Director, and/or Chief Engineer for the Advanced Mission Program, Air Force Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite communications payload system, NASA Crew Exploration Vehicle replacement for the Space Shuttle, and NASA Prometheus spacecraft to Jupiter. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California in both the Marshall School of Business and Viterbi School of Engineering. His research and teaching at USC focus on technology management, analytics, and product development. He was previously the Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President at Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, visiting professor at Osaka University in Japan, professor at the University of California at Irvine, and founder of two technology start-ups. His consulting and executive advisory board clients have included over 25 Fortune 500 companies and numerous start-ups. He has authored over 125 refereed publications, authored or edited four books, and given over 260 presentations at professional conferences and symposiums. 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. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland.

Course(s): GSBA 505 — Fundamentals of Business

Kenneth A. Merchant

Kenneth A. Merchant
· Business and Accounting

PhD, University of California-Berkeley

Ken Merchant holds the Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair of Accountancy at the University of Southern California. He has taught mostly in USC’s executive and graduate business and accounting programs. Previously, he served as Dean of USC’s Leventhal School of Accounting and Senior Associate Dean-Corporate Programs in USC’s Marshall School of Business. Before joining USC in 1990, he taught at Harvard University and the University of California-Berkeley, as well as several overseas institutions.

Professor Merchant started his professional career at Texas Instruments, Inc. and Ernst & Ernst (now EY). He has worked as a freelance consultant and teacher for many organizations, including the World Bank. His board service has included three public corporations, two private corporations, one mutual fund, and three non-profit organizations. His research interests are span the areas of management accounting, corporate governance, and more. Professor Merchant has published eleven books and monographs, including Management Control Systems: Performance Measurement and Evaluation and Incentives (3rd edition, 2012). He is currently serving as a member of the editorial boards of 13 academic research journals.

Professor Merchant has served in several leadership positions and has received awards from a plethora of organizations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). In 2010, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in economics by the Turku School of Economics in Finland. He received his PhD from the University of California-Berkeley.

Course(s): GSBA-537 — Managing Inside the Firm

Arif Ansari

Arif Ansari
· Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, University of Southern California

Arif Ansari is an expert in the area of data mining, business intelligence, data warehousing, and intelligent systems and technologies, a field in which he has fifteen years of research experience. He has published in IEEE Transactions on Systems and Man and Cybernetics. Professor Ansari received Marshall’s Golden Apple Award in 2006.

Course(s): GSBA-537 — Managing Inside the Firm, GSBA 539 — Business Environment and Leadership

Zal Phiroz

Zal Phiroz
· Data Sciences and Operations

MBA, Wayne State University

Zal Phiroz is an established specialist in marketing and global supply chain practices within the fast moving consumer goods and data science industry. He has held a number of executive and senior management roles at companies including Proctor & Gamble and TELUS. Zal is a graduate of the University of Windsor’s Computer Science program and holds an MBA in Business Strategy. He has previously taught at Harvard University and has been a speaker at TEDx, OPAL and the United Nations. As a member of faculty at USC, Zal teaches Data Science and Operations courses at the Marshall School of Business.

Course(s): GSBA-537 — Managing Inside the Firm

Dina Mayzlin

Dina Mayzlin
· Associate Professor of Marketing

Dina Mayzlin research focuses on how businesses manage social interactions. She also studies advertising and communication strategies. Professor Mayzlin’s 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 joining USC, Professor Mayzlin served on the faculty of Yale University’s School of Management.

Course(s): GSBA-538 — Managing Outside the Firm

Stephen G. Moyer

Stephen G. Moyer
· Finance and Business Economics

Steve Moyer is an Adjunct Professor at the Marshall School of Business at USC where he teaches undergraduate, MBA and EMBA courses on Corporate Finance, Financial Analysis and Valuation, Fixed Income Securities, and Venture Capital and Private Equity.

Prior to joining the faculty at USC, he was a Portfolio Manager with PIMCO where he helped establish and manage the PIMCO Distressed Credit Fund. Before joining PIMCO, he was a Director with Tennenbaum Capital Partners, a private investment and hedge fund complex with over $7.5 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining TCP, Mr. Moyer was the Director of Research at Imperial Capital, a boutique investment bank focusing on distressed securities investment opportunities. In his over 20 years of experience in the investment industry he has also been affiliated with Banc of America Securities, Kemper Securities (now Wells Fargo), Drexel Burnham Lambert and The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse). Mr. Moyer began his career as a lawyer, initially with Jones Day and later with Riordan & McKenzie.

Mr. Moyer received his B.A. from Grinnell College, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has passed the Uniform Public Accounting Examination. Steve is a frequent speaker on the topic of distressed securities investing at industry conferences and academic institutions and is the author of Distressed Debt Analysis: Strategies for Speculative Investors; “Distressed Debt Investments” (with J. Martin) in Private Equity: Opportunities and Risks; “A Primer on Distressed Investing: Buying Companies by Acquiring Their Debt” (with J. Martin) Journal of Applied Corporate Finance; and several other publications in the field.

Mr. Moyer founded Distressed Debt Alpha following his retirement from PIMCO to provide consulting services to institutional investors and others relating to investment management and distressed securities.

Administrators

Sandra Chrystal - Vice Dean of Online Education

Sandra Chrystal
· Vice Dean of Online Education
· Chief Information Officer
· Professor of Clinical Management Education

PhD, MA, Notre Dame

As Vice Dean, Sandra Chrystal leads Marshall’s efforts in online learning and oversees the school’s Centers of Excellence and academic information services. She 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. Professor Chrystal’s 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, she taught at Clayton State University, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame. Her professional background includes experience in corporate marketing and ownership of her own business.


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