Heitor Almedia is a professor of finance and the Stanley C. and Joan J. Golder Chair in Corporate Finance. He is also a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research. He teaches courses in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance and maintains research interests in liquidity management, capital structure, corporate ownership structure, and corporate governance. His research has been cited by the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Financial Times, and by prominent policy authorities such as the President of the European Central Bank. His research has received numerous awards such as the Journal of Finance’s Brattle Prize and the Jensen Prize for the Journal of Financial Economics, and has received more than 4,000 citations by other researchers. He earned his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago, an MS in economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, a BA in economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and a BA in business administration from the College of Business and Administration, UNA-MG.
Marcelo Bucheli obtained his PhD from Stanford University and has a B.Sc and MA in Economics from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). He was the 2004-2005 Harvard-Newcomen Fellow in Business History at Harvard Business School where he taught at the MBA program. In 2013 he was a visiting professor at the École Polytechnique (Paris, France) and between 2014 and 2015 he was the John H. Dunning Fellow in International Business at Henley Business School, University of Reading (United Kingdom). Marcelo teaches international business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he won a teaching award for his 2014 MBA course. He has also taught courses on globalization at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and at Universidad de los Andes. Marcelo’s research focuses on the political strategies of multinational corporations, from which he has published more than thirty articles and essays including several award-winning ones, a book (Bananas and Business, New York University Press, 2005), an edited collection (Organizations in Time, Oxford University Press, 2015) and articles for practitioners in Harvard Business Review and Latin Trade. Marcelo is currently a senior consultant at the Winthrop Group (New York), was previously an associate at Shelley Taylor and Associates (Palo Alto, California), and has been hired as a consultant and expert witness for cases of political conflicts between oil and agricultural multinationals in developing countries.
Larry DeBrock is a dean emeritus and professor of finance in the College of Business, and professor of economics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He has long been associated with the Illinois MBA and has won many awards in graduate and professional teaching, including the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching, the MBA Faculty of the Year Award, and the Keith E. Sawyer Memorial Service Award from the Illinois Executive MBA. His research interests lie in the area of applied microeconomics and focus on topics in industrial organization, regulatory issues, and labor economics. Along with some of his colleagues in Business, he has also written articles on economic aspects of professional sports. He holds PhD and MA degrees in economics from Cornell University and earned a BS in economics from Bradley University.
Hadi Esfahani is a professor of economics in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His major research interests are in the arena of the political economy of development. He has published extensively on related topics in the Journal of Applied Econometrics, The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Middle East Development Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, and International Economic Review. He has won numerous awards for teaching, including Faculty of the Year for the Executive MBA program, Best Teacher Award for the Warsaw-Illinois Executive MBA, Professor of the Year for the Professional MBA, Economics Graduate Student Organization Award for Teaching Excellence at the Graduate Level, the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students, and the Omicron Delta Epsilon Award for Teaching Excellence at the Graduate Level. He has earned a PhD and an MA in economics from the University of California, and a BS in mechanical engineering from Tehran University.
Jack Goncalo joined the University of Illinois, College of Business in 2016. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2004, an M.S. in Organizational Behavior in 2001 and a B.A. in Psychology in 1999, all from the University of California at Berkeley. He conducts research on group processes and performance, particularly group creativity and the quality of group decision making. Although most research in Organizational Behavior emphasizes the value of being a “team player” his research suggests that in order to spark creativity, organizations should emphasize individualistic norms and individual achievement. He co-edited the book Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Creativity in Groups (vol. 12). His research has been published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Management Science, Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. It has also been featured on CNN, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Fast Company and Fortune.
Kevin Hartman is the Head of Industry at Google and adjunct instructor of business administration in the College of Business. He is a devoted and artistic practitioner of data who believes that data must express insights in ways that are just as creative as the ideas they activate. He specializes in program, project, and campaign management, account development and solution selling, customer segmentation and targeting, and customer value management. At Google, Hartman and his team partner with major advertisers, creative agencies, and media companies to develop digital solutions that build businesses and brands. His approach mixes science and art to deliver inventive, fact-based strategies that reduce uncertainty and increase effectiveness in the marketing and advertising programs they create. He received his BA from the University of Notre Dame and MBA and MPP at the University of Chicago.
Gary Hecht is an associate professor of accountancy in the College of Business. He earned his PhD in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his BS in accountancy from Illinois State University. His teaching and research interests lie in risk measurement and reporting. Hecht is a prolific author who has published his research in Contemporary Accounting Research, The Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, and other scholarly journals. He co-won the Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award in 2012, the Best Conference Paper award from the American Accounting Association Management Accounting Section’s Mid-Year Meeting in 2011, and has made the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students numerous times at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Jeff Loewenstein is an associate professor of business administration. His research examines how people generate, learn, and apply knowledge, primarily through studying analogy, categories, and vocabularies. His work provides guidance for negotiating, making decisions, communicating, and working together more effectively. A prolific author, he has published extensively and won awards such as the EGOS Conference Best Subtheme Paper, Most Downloaded Article of the Year in Cognitive Science, and numerous grants for his excellence in research. He received his PhD from Northwestern University and taught previously at the Kellogg School of Management, Columbia Business School, and The University of Texas at Austin.
Love started his career as an entrepreneur. While an undergraduate at Harvard, he wrote software that that managed back-office functions (e.g., insurance processing) for dental offices. This led to a seven-year entrepreneurial journey that included founding a firm in Boston, selling the software to a Chicago firm and joining that firm as it marketed the software nationally, and then finishing the project in the San Francisco Bay area working with yet another firm that acquired the Chicago one. Love then returned to Harvard where he received a Ph.D. in organizational behavior. He subsequently joined the faculty at Rice University and finally moved to the University of Illinois, where he has worked for over 15 years. His research has examined organizational renewal and change as well as downsizing and corporate reputation. He has taught courses in strategic innovation, managing innovation, management, organizational design, leadership, and entrepreneurial management.
Hayden Noel is the Academic Director of the Full-Time and Professional MBA Programs and an assistant professor of business administration. He has consistently been featured among the university-wide list of faculty ranked as excellent from 2007 to 2013, was elected MBA professor of the Year by the MBA Student Advisory Committee 2013-2014, and was nominated for the Illinois Student Senate Teaching Excellence Award in 2012. His teaching and research interests include marketing management, consumer behavior and information processing, and memory. He has published several articles on these topics in journals such as the Journal of Advertising Research and Psychology & Marketing, and his research has become required reading in doctoral programs at multiple institutions. Before teaching in the Executive MBA program, Noel taught in similar programs in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. He holds a PhD in marketing with a concentration in consumer behavior from the University of Florida. He has also worked as an account executive for a New York-based advertising firm.
Professor Udatta Palekar is an Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Supply Chain Management in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Professor Palekar is an expert in Supply Chain Management and Optimization and teaches and researches in that area. His work has appeared in leading journals in business and industrial engineering. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Army and the US Air Force and numerous large corporations. He has also consulted for a number of Fortune 100 companies on supply chain optimization.
Thomas E. Parkinson is Senior Director of Illinois VENTURES, based in Champaign-Urbana. He has been investing in, mentoring and advising technology-based startup companies in the Chicago area, the broader Midwest and in Central Appalachia for more than 30 years. He was a partner with Woodland Venture Management, based in Chicago, where he helped raise and manage two venture capital funds that invested in high-growth companies in under-served and fly-over regions of the country. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of a successful seed capital fund affiliated with Northwestern University and the CFO of an award-winning technology business incubator. Mr. Parkinson has taught courses in entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Ohio University, and most recently at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. He taught the capstone class in Kellogg’s Discover-Test-Launch sequence for student entrepreneurs for four years. His students have gone on to raise several million dollars in startup capital and launch more than a dozen new businesses in the US and around the world. He has a BA from Northwestern and an MBA from Kellogg, with a specialization in Urban Economic Development. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee for Pipeline, a prestigious entrepreneurial fellowship program based in Kansas City.
Aric Rindfleisch is a professor of business administration and department head, and John M. Jones Professor of Marketing. He has dozens of publications in highly regarded journals, including the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, and Journal of Marketing Research. He has won several teaching and research awards, including the Harold Maynard Award for the best paper in the Journal of Marketing. In 2012, he was listed in Princeton Review’s “The Best 300 Professors.” He serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and the International Journal of Research in Marketing. He has also organized and chaired several conferences, including the 2013 AMA Winter Conference. Rindfleisch holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MBA from Cornell University, and a BS from Central Connecticut State University.
Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta is a clinical professor of business administration. She holds a PhD, MS, and BS in industrial engineering from Purdue University. Her research interests focus on the integration of technology with management and process movement, particularly the development and deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in manufacturing and the global supply chain. Her teaching interests are mainly in operations process management, including product development and design, operation and technology strategy, and project management. Her work has been published in such journals as Advanced Engineering Informatics, Expert Systems with Applications, and Management Research News. Taghaboni-Dutta has consistently been featured on the university-wide list of faculty rated as excellent by their students from 2009 to 2014.
Carlos Torelli is a Professor of Marketing in the Department of Business Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focuses on cross-cultural consumer psychology. Specifically, he tries to identify the key cultural factors that drive consumers’ reactions in a globalized economy. His research specialties include global branding, the social psychology of power, cross-cultural consumer behavior, and persuasion.
Oktay Urcan is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of Illinois. He holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas. Prof. Urcan teaches financial accounting related classes at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD levels. He has been associated with the University of Illinois since 2014. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the London Business School in the United Kingdom. Prof. Urcan conducts research in the archival capital markets area. His recent research interests are in the growing interdisciplinary research area called macro-accounting, which studies the interaction between macro-economy and accounting. His research investigates how aggregated accounting numbers help predict important macroeconomic variables including GDP growth, employment growth, and inflation.
Scott Weisbenner is a professor of finance and James F. Towey Faculty Fellow. Before coming to Illinois, he worked as an economist for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in the capital markets section. His research studies household portfolio decisions and the financial and operational decisions made by corporate executives and other institutional managers. He has published articles in several leading finance and economics journals, including The American Economic Review, The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics, and several others. His papers have won multiple “Best Paper” awards at various conferences around the world and his research has been heavily cited in academic finance and economics literatures. He is also an award- winning teacher at Illinois, where he has been consistently elected to the List of Teachers Rated as Excellent at the University of Illinois every year since 2002 and elected “Best Professor” in finance several years in a row. He also won the College of Business Alumni Association’s Excellence-in-Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching in 2011 and was selected the Best Professor in the Full-Time MBA Program in 2014. He holds a PhD in economics from MIT and BAs in economics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Patricia H. Werhane is Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at the University of Illinois, Ruffin Professor Emerita at the University of Virginia, and Wicklander Chair Emerita at DePaul University. She has written or edited 30 books and over a hundred articles and book chapters, including Adam Smith and his Legacy for Modern Capitalism and Moral Imagination and Management Decision-Making, both at Oxford University Press. Werhane is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Business Ethics Quarterly, the leading journal of business ethics, and was a founding member and past president of the Society for Business Ethics. Before joining the Darden faculty in 1993, Werhane served on the faculty of Loyola University Chicago, was a Rockefeller Fellow at Dartmouth College, and a visiting scholar at Cambridge University. Her latest book is Obstacles to Ethical Decision-Making with L. Hartman, C. Arher, E. Englehardt, and M. Pritchard, published by Cambridge University Press. She is currently Co-Producer of a documentary television series on global poverty alleviation: Big Questions.
Dr. Mike Yao is Associate Professor of Digital Media in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is an Affiliate Researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advance Science and Technology, the Institute of Communications Research, and the Cline Center for Democracy, and a Specially-Appointed Research Fellow at the Shanghai Institute of Computing Technology. He is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, a flagship journal in the field of communication science. Dr. Yao’s research focuses on technology-mediated social behavior and computer-mediated human communication. His interdisciplinary work spans across psychology, communication, information science, advertising, and marketing. He has a strong international background with a deep understanding of the media markets and consumer culture in China and the U.S. Before joining the University of Illinois, Dr. Yao taught at the City University of Hong Kong, a top-ranked university in Asia, for over nine years. He was the program director of the BA in Strategic Communication program and worked closely with many advertising, PR, and marketing partners in Greater China. In addition to his academic endeavors, Dr. Yao is actively involved in community development and social justice on issues such as gender and racial diversity. He served two-terms on the Board of Governors of The Women’s Foundation Hong Kong and chaired its Research and Communication Committee for over four years. Dr. Yao was born in China. He moved to the U.S. with his family as a teenager. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double-major BA in Psychology and Film Studies, and a Ph.D. in Communication.