University of Southern California

Faculty & Staff

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]

Greg AutryGreg Autry is a serial technology entrepreneur, writer, and educator. He publishes on business, economics, trade policy, China and New Space. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship with the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, where he teaches small business management and technology entrepreneurship. Greg’s research is focused on innovation policy and the influences of government on entrepreneurial environments.  [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]

Steve 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. Steve has also made a significant service contribution to the school by serving as director of the Marshall Consulting Program 2006-2008. [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]

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Christine El Haddad specializes in business and corporate strategy and has taught courses in strategy in Marshall’s undergraduate, MBA, and MS in Social Entrepreneurship programs. She has received several awards for excellence in teaching including the Marshall School’s Golden Apple Award. [read more]  [email]





Abby Fifer Mandell is the Executive Director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab (BSEL) at USC's Marshall School of Business. Abby oversees all BSEL staff, academic offerings, co-curricular programs, events, and initiatives. She designs curriculum for affiliated courses and teaches BAEP 471: Social Innovation Design Lab, an undergraduate course in which interdisciplinary teams of students use design thinking to create product solutions to poverty in California's Central Valley.



Ira Kalb is a professor, consultant, writer, and speaker who authored 10 books and over 240 published articles – contributing frequently to Huffington Post and Business Insider. He has over 43 years of marketing and management experience as President and VP of marketing of COMPAL Computer Systems and a senior management consultant for Accenture. He was president of the Southern California American Marketing Association in 1995, and received the Golden Apple Award for teaching in 2009, 2011, and 2014. [read more]  [email]

Jessica Levine is the MSSE Program Director at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab. She oversees recruiting, admissions, academic advising, and student services for the Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship at USC Marshall.





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 an adjunct 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. [read more][email]

Mick Swartz is a financial economist whose research has been published in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance and Financial Review. In 1997, he won the ANBAR Award for a paper that is listed as among the top 150 business papers in the world. Professor Swartz has made over twenty presentations at finance conferences, has consulted the US Senate on derivatives legislation, appeared on CNN and NBC and appeared before state legislators concerning executive compensation and merger legislation. [read more] [email]

Zivia Sweeney Sweeney is an expert in strategic planning and budgeting, mergers and acquisitions, and accounting and finance operations for manufacturing, healthcare, service, and nonprofit organizations. She has served in senior management roles in public corporate and nonprofit arenas, and has held the of Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, and Corporate Controller. Professor Sweeney is a PriceWaterhouseCoopers alumnus.


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]