Faculty

AlmeidaHeitor Almedia

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 JournalUSA 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.

 

Anand

Gopesh Anand

Gopesh Anand is an associate professor of business administration in the College of Business. His research focuses on operations strategy and the strategic role of continuous improvement initiatives. Anand is a celebrated scholar who has won several awards for his excellence in teaching and for his outstanding achievements as associate editor and reviewer for Decision Sciences Journal and for Best Reviewer and the Chan K. Hahn Distinguished Paper awards for the Academy of Management. His work has appeared in numerous books and journals, recently including Production and Operations ManagementE-Learning and Digital Media, and the International Journal of Operations & Production Management. He received his MBA and PhD degrees from The Ohio State University. Prior to his doctoral studies, he worked as managing partner of a manufacturing and marketing firm in Mumbai, India.

 

CliftonRhiannon Clifton

Rhiannon Clifton is the Director of Strategic Programs and Outreach and an adjunct instructor in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising in the College of Media. Her research and teaching interests are in advertising and entrepreneurship. She was awarded the Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award in 2015 and was a finalist for the same award in 2013. She was also selected for the Central Illinois Business Forty Under Forty in 2009. She holds an MBA with a concentration in international business from Salem International University and a BS in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Debrock

Larry DeBrock

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.

 

Esfahani

Hadi Esfahani

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 EconometricsThe Quarterly Review of Economics and FinanceMiddle East Development JournalJournal of Development EconomicsReview 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.

 

Hartman

Kevin Hartman

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.

 

Hecht

Gary Hecht

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 ResearchThe Journal of Accounting ResearchThe 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.

 

Loewenstein

Jeff Loewenstein

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.

 

Mahoney

Joseph Mahoney

Joseph Mahoney is a professor of business administration and the Caterpillar Chair of Business. His research interest is organizational economics, which includes dynamic capabilities and resource-based theory, transaction costs theory, real-options theory, agency theory, property rights theory, stakeholder theory, and the behavioral theory of the firm. He has published over 60 articles in journal outlets, including Academy of Management ReviewIndustrial and Corporate ChangeJournal of Business VenturingJournal of ManagementJournal of Management StudiesOrganization ScienceStrategic Entrepreneurship JournalStrategic Management Journal, and Strategic Organization. His publications have been cited over 2,000 times in Web of Science, and over 8,500 times according to Google Scholar from scholars from 75 countries. Economic Foundations of Strategy, his book for first-year doctoral students, has been adopted by more than 35 doctoral programs worldwide. He has won awards for outstanding teaching in the Executive MBA and Professional MBA programs multiple times, as elected by his students. Mahoney earned a BA, MA, and PhD in economics and a doctorate in Business Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Noel

Hayden Noel

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.

 

Northcraft

Greg Northcraft

Greg Northcraft is a professor of business administration and the Harry J. Gray Professor of Executive Leadership. He holds a PhD and MA in social psychology from Stanford University and additional degrees from Dartmouth College and Oxford University. He has held visiting professorships at Stanford and Northwestern Universities, as well as at universities in Australia, Bulgaria, Israel, Thailand, and China. His research interests include conflict management, organizational behavior, managerial decision-making, process of collaboration and employee motivation, and job design, particularly in high-technology manufacturing settings. His published works have appeared in journals such as Administrative Science QuarterlyAcademy of Management Learning & Education, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

 

Rindfleisch

Aric Rindfleisch

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 ResearchJournal 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 MarketingJournal 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.

 

Somaya

Deepak Somaya

Deepak Somaya is an associate professor of business administration and the Stephen V. and Christy C. King Faculty Fellow. His research interests are in how companies strategize about and derive competitive advantage from their knowledge assets, particularly talent and intellectual property. Somaya has published extensively in such journals as the Journal of ManagementPersonnel PsychologyAdvances in Strategic ManagementAdvances in International Management, and Sloan Management Review. He has won several prizes for best paper at the Strategic Management Science Conference and has been elected to the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their students at Illinois every year since 2011. He holds a PhD in business administration from the University of California at Berkeley, an MBA from the Indian Institute of management at Calcutta, and a bachelors in technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology at Bombay.

 

Taghaboni-Dutta

Fataneh Taghaboni-Dutta

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 InformaticsExpert 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.

 

Viswanathan

Madhu Viswanathan

Madhu Viswanathan is a professor of business administration and the Diane and Steven N. Miller Centennial Chair in the College of Business. His research interests are in measurement and research methodology as well as in literacy, poverty, and subsistence marketplace behaviors. He has authored books in both areas: Measurement Error and Research DesignEnabling Consumer and Entrepreneurial Literacy in Subsistence Marketplaces, and Subsistence Marketplaces. He directs the Subsistence Marketplaces Initiative and has pioneered the area of inquiry and practice entitled subsistence marketplaces, taking a bottom-up approach to the study of the intersection of poverty and marketplaces and developing unique synergies between research, teaching, and social initiatives. He has received awards for research, teaching, curriculum development, social entrepreneurship, humanitarianism, leadership, public engagement, international achievement, and career achievement. He serves on the Livelihoods Advisory Board for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and is designing marketplace literacy education for refugees and a course for UNHCR staff on subsistence marketplaces. He holds a PhD in marketing from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor of technology degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology.

 

Weisbenner

Scott Weisbenner

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 ReviewThe Journal of FinanceThe 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.