University of Southern California

Faculty

We are proud to highlight a few of the many Marshall professors who are integrating business and society within their classrooms, their research, and other projects.



Paul AdlerPaul Adler is the Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy in the Department of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.  He received his doctorate in economics and management from the University of Picardie in France in 1981, and held appointments at Stanford University, Harvard Business School, and the Brookings Institution before joining Marshall faculty in 1991. Professor Adler is an innovative and creative scholar who is most noted for his research in understanding the social factors leading to organizational effectiveness and the way technology and innovation impact business.  He has made significant contributions in teaching and was recognized for his commitment to helping develop junior faculty by the receipt of a Mellon Faculty Mentoring Award from the University. Professor Adler has also been influential in leading initiatives to bring social and ethical considerations into the classroom.  [read more]  [email]

Yehuda Bassok is a Professor of Information and Operations Management at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.  He received his Ph.D. in Operations Management, Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University.  His current research focuses on the analysis and design of incentives to coordinate the different activities in supply chains.  He is working on a project with Professor Dasu to train business educators in developing countries in applying operations management principles to the healthcare systems in their region.  The project would provide a sustainable solution to health and poverty issues impacting third world countries. [read more]  [email]

Stephen ByarsSteve Byars is an Associate Professor of Clinical Management Communication. He received his Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics from USC in 1997, and has been a writing instructor at the University since then. He is an expert on oral and written communication, ethics, and religion.  Last year, he received a grant from the University's Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching. Steve has also made a significant service contribution to the school by serving as director of the Marshall Consulting Program 2006-2008 and is now coordinator of community consulting in for the Society and Business Lab. [read more]  [email]


Sriram Dasu is an Associate Professor of Information and Operations Management at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.  He received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Professor Dasu has published papers in journals that include Queuing Systems, Operations Research, and Management Science.  In addition to teaching and research, Professor Dasu has led initiatives to apply business principles to healthcare organizations.  Along with Professor Bassok, he is currently developing a proposal to train business educators in developing countries in applying operations management principles to the healthcare systems in their region.  The project would provide a sustainable solution to health and poverty issues impacting third world countries. [read more]  [email]

Shantanu Dutta is Vice Dean for Research Strategy & Advancement and the Dave and Jeanne Tappan Chair in Marketing.  He received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Minnesota and has done extensive research on strategic marketing issues.  As Vice Dean, Professor Dutta oversees and advises the Society and Business Lab.  [read more]  [email]




Omar El SawyOmar El Sawy specializes in IT-enabled business strategy in turbulent environments, and business models for digital platforms. He is the author of over 100 papers, serves on several editorial boards, and is a six-time winner of the Society for Information Management's Annual Paper Award. He served as Director of Research for Marshall's Institute for Communications Technology Management. Prior to joining USC, Professor El Sawy worked as an engineer at NCR Corporation, and as manager of computer services at Stanford University. He served as an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme in Egypt, and was a Fulbright scholar in Finland.  [read more]  [email]

Jessica Jackley is a part time lecturer for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Marshall School of Business. She has an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and it was while she attended school that she became convinced of the power of micro-financing. Jessica is co-founder of Kiva.org, a non-profit that alleviates poverty by facilitating "micro-loans" from individual lenders to entrepreneurs in the developing world. By matching the entrepreneur's nominal capital needs with the lender's desire to make a difference, Kiva has become one of the most successful social benefit websites in history – facilitating nearly a million dollars in loans per week.  [email]

Lucy LeeLucy Lee is an Associate Professor of Clinical Management Communication. Professor Lee brings to the classroom her considerable experience as a journalist and public relations professional. Her management background is primarily in the nonprofit sector, and she continues to provide strategic communication consulting services for organizations in the arts and education through her firm, LVL Associates. Her doctoral work at UCLA focused on organizational change in higher education and the link between service learning curricula and levels of student civic engagement. [read more]  [email]


Michálle Mor Barak is the Lenore Stein-Wood and William S. Wood Professor in Social Work and Business in a Global Society at the University of Southern California.  She received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley and is in the vanguard of a new breed of management experts focusing on global workforce diversity. In her award-winning book, Managing Diversity: Toward a Globally Inclusive Workplace (2006), she proposes an original model for creating an "inclusive workplace" – one that helps businesses integrate with society via expanding circles of inclusion at the organizational, community, state/national and international levels. She also provides leadership for the USC School of Social Work's Work & Life concentration as well as for the university's joint MBA/MSW dual-degree program. [read more]  [email]

Fran Seegull is a part time lecturer for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Marshall School of Business and leads the Investments team at ImpactAssets. At ImpactAssets, she oversees product development and manages the Impact Manager Strategies (IMS) platform. She also heads investment management for The Giving Fund including investment selection, monitoring and reporting.
Prior to joining ImpactAssets, Fran was managing director, COO and venture partner at Funk Ventures, an early-stage venture capital and acceleration firm, targeting clean technology, sustainable living, health and wellness, and medical technologies. Fran has consulted to a range of purpose-driven organizations including National Geographic, NPR West and many family foundations and offices. She also served as vice president of business development at Novica United, a venture-backed social enterprise that retails and wholesales products made by artisans in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Fran has a Bachelor of Science in economics from Columbia University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She serves on the board of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation and is Senior Advisor to the Social Financial Innovation group at Ashoka and a Senior Fellow at the USC Marshall Society & Business Lab. [email]

Greys SosicGreys Sosic conducts research in the area of supply chain management, competition and cooperation in supply chains, and applied game theory, with particular emphasis on coalition formation and stability. Her work has been published in Management Science, Operations Research, and M&SOM. She was a finalist in the 2006 JFIG competition, and has received Dean's Awards for Research Excellence in 2007. She is an Associate Editor for Manufacturing and Service Operations Management (MSOM) and the Decision Sciences Journal. She is the recipient of the 2006, 2007 and 2009 MSOM Meritorious Service Award, and of 2009 Management Science Distinguished Service Award.   [read more]  [email]

Adlia WertmanAdlai Wertman Adlai Wertman is a Professor of Clinical Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.  In this position, Professor Wertman originated and spearheads the Marshall School's efforts in the growing field of social enterprise and corporate social responsibility.  He is also the founding Director of the Society and Business Lab at Marshall – a center focused on using business education and resources to address global community needs.  [read more]  [email]