Dean Geoffrey Garrett
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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BS Business Administration (BUAD)
BS Accounting (ACCT)
World Bachelor in Business (WBB)
BS Business of Cinematic Arts (BCA)
BS Artificial Intelligence for Business (BUAI)
Full-Time MBA (FTMBA)
Executive MBA (EMBA)
Part-Time MBA (MBA.PM)
International MBA (IBEAR)
Online MBA (OMBA)
MS Business Administration (MSBUSAD)
MS Business Analytics (MSBA)
MS Entrepreneurship + Innovation (MSEI)
MS Finance (MSF)
MS Global Supply Chain Management (MSGSCM)
MS Marketing (MSMKT)
MS Social Entrepreneurship (MSSE)
Master of Business for Veterans (MBV)
Master of Management Studies (MMS)
Master of Accounting (MAcc)
Master of Business Taxation (MBT)
Master of Business Taxation for Working Professionals (MBT.WP)
Data Sciences + Operations
Management + Organization
GC in Business Analytics
GC in Financial Analysis + Valuation
GC in Management Studies
GC in Marketing
GC in Optimization + Supply Chain Management
GC in Strategy + Management Consulting
GC in Sustainability + Business
GC in Technology Commercialization
GC in Library and Information Management – Online
Business Communication (BUCO)
Data Sciences and Operations (DSO)
Finance + Business Economics (FBE)
Leventhal School of Accounting (ACCT)
Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (BAEP)
Management and Organization (MOR)
Institutes + Centers
Randall R. Kendrick Global Supply Chain Institute
Peter Arkley Institute for Risk Management
VanEck Digital Assets Initiative
Institute for Outlier Research in Business
Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
USC Marshall Venture Fund
Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab
Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making
Center for Effective Organizations
Center for Global Innovation
Center for Investment Studies
Initiative on Digital Competition
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Alumni Engagement + Resources
Management and Organization: Faculty and Research
Welcome to the MOR Faculty and Research webpage.
As society faces unprecedented change in multiple areas, it is more important than ever that we have strong leaders that understand how to think strategically. Management encompasses key aspects of strategy and leadership that help firms thrive despite the level of change in the environment. Being able to align the organization with its dynamic environment is the ultimate goal of strategic leaders.
In the MOR department at Marshall, you will find a range of insights from scholars examining issues at the individual, team, organization, industry and national levels of analysis. Our faculty examine issues related to many areas within the broader areas of organizational behavior, organization theory and strategy. Research from faculty in MOR is focused on solving important business problems and may incorporate theories from economics, political science, psychology and/or sociology in addressing those problems.
Our faculty seek to better understand the behavior of people and organizations, with an eye towards understanding why some firms (and people) are more successful than others. We also seek to address important questions such as how individuals and organizations can create more inclusive environments where everyone can thrive as well as how firms can deal with external issues such as rapid technological innovation, climate change, a rapidly evolving political and regulatory landscape, demographic shifts and other changes.
You can learn more about our faculty, their research, and their outstanding scholarly achievements on this page and their linked personal websites below.
— Kyle Mayer, Department Chair and Professor of Management and Organization
Paul S. Adler is Professor of Management and Organization, of Sociology, and of Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California. He holds the Marshall Business School's Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy. He began his education in Australia and moved to France in 1974, where he received his doctorate in Economics and Management while working as a Research Economist for the French government. He came to the USA in 1981, and before arriving at USC in 1991, he was affiliated with the Brookings Institution, Columbia University, Harvard Business School, and Stanford's School of Engineering.
Eric Anicich studies the forms and functions of social hierarchy within groups. His research has been published in leading academic journals including Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Psychological Science. Additionally, accounts of his work have appeared in numerous popular media and business outlets including Forbes, The Economist, CNN, New York Times, TIME, Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, New York Magazine, Fast Company, and the Harvard Business Review. In 2021, Poets & Quants recognized him as one of the “Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors.”
Professor Aponte-Moreno specializes in leadership development, strategic management, and cross-cultural negotiations. His research is interdisciplinary and examines how the arts in general, and theater in particular, can contribute to the development of leadership skills in business settings. His work draws on more than twenty years of experience in the theater. Prior to joining academia, he worked in global corporate finance for international financial firms including Crédit Lyonnais (France), Mizuho (Japan) and ED&F Mann (UK). He is originally from Venezuela and has lived and worked in the US, France and the UK.
Part-Time + Adjunct Faculty
Reza Bavafa has twenty-five years of consulting and executive management experience. For six years he directed a strategic planning team at AT&T evaluating and recommending strategic opportunities for advanced communications services. He then joined IBM where he led strategic outsourcing accounts involving large global teams. His experience spans multiple industries--communications, health, aerospace, auto, media and entertainment-- and Fortune 500 companies including Providence Health, Kaiser Permanente, Boeing, Nissan, and The Walt Disney Company. For three years he also led the Executive Leadership Program for IBM Global Business Services on the effective leadership of global accounts.
James Bogle joined Marshal in 2013 with a background in leadership, public policy and international affairs following 25 years of service in the U.S. Army. James commanded two artillery units and led troops in combat in Iraq. Later, he served on the staff of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in the Office of European and NATO Policy. He also served at the U.S. Embassy in Paris coordinating a range of conventional and special military operations with the French Joint Staff. He completed his military career as an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. James is now the Director of the Master of Business for Veterans program and an Adjunct Professor at Marshall. He holds a BA in History from Arizona State University, an MA in International Relations from USC Dornsife and a Master of Business for Veterans from the USC Marshall School of Business.
Courtney M. Brunious is the Associate Director of the University of Southern California’s Sports Business Institute and instructor at the Marshall School of Business. Mr. Brunious is also a consultant on issues involving non-profit organizations, sports business, and real estate. He has continued to study the sports business industry for years and has provided insight into issues ranging from sports anchored real estate development to technology. He has also spoken on or moderated panels at the USC Body Computing Conference, NBPA Tech Summit, and USC Marshall Diversity conference. His media work has included appearances on the CBS evening news and KTLA as well as radio and print such as NPR, CNBC, ESPN, Variety, Fast Company, the Los Angeles Times, and the Los Angeles Business Journal. He is also admitted to the state bar of Illinois.
Phil Birnbaum-More specializes in competitive strategy formulation and implementation, especially in high technology firms in global markets. He has published three books on R&D management and organization design and more than 100 articles in scholarly and practitioner journals.
Judith Blumenthal is an expert in strategic management; organizational design and implementation; corporate governance; and retailing. Her research has been published in the Journal of Management Inquiry, the Journal of Organizational Change Management, Performance Improvement Quarterly, and Human Resources Management, among others.
John Boudreau is recognized for breakthrough research on human capital, talent, and sustainable competitive advantage. His research studies the future of the global HR profession, HR measurement and analytics, decision-based HR, executive mobility, HR information systems, and organizational staffing and development.
Trudi Ferguson has consulted widely with large and small organizations in many areas of organizational development including strategic planning, team building, executive coaching, diversity, and woman's issues.
Warren Bennis is one of the world's leading experts on leadership. A lecturer, consultant, and writer, Professor Bennis has been an advisor to four U.S. presidents, including John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic On Becoming a Leader. He chairs the advisory board of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University Kennedy's School of Government. Professor Bennis is a former Distinguished Research Fellow at Harvard Business School, former president of the University of Cincinnati, as well as the former Provost and Executive Vice-President of SUNY-Buffalo.
Robert E. Coffey, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, retired from USC’s Marshall School of Business in 1998 after 35 years of service. During his USC career he was an early director of the Entrepreneur Program, Director of the M.B.A. Program, and served twice as department chair. He co-authored two textbooks in organization and management, was President of the USC Faculty Senate, and served several years on the Senate Executive Board. He was elected to the Fellows of The Academy of Management in 1976.
Larry Greiner is an expert on strategic change, organization growth and management consulting. He has published in Harvard Business Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, and Journal of Management Inquiry, and serves on the editorial boards of Academy of Management Education and Learning Journal and the Strategic Management Education Journal. His article, "Evolution and Revolution as Organizations Grow," was named a "classic" by Harvard Business Review. Professor Greiner received an award for outstanding service to the Management Consulting Division of the Academy of Management, and chaired of two divisions of the Academy of Management.
RESEARCH + PUBLICATIONS
This paper examines how people price the resale of durable goods in systematically biased ways. We show across four studies that the anchoring effect of durable goods’ prior sales prices on subsequent valuations is discontinuous at psychologically-salient round number reference points (e.g., $10,000 increments) because these numbers create qualitative differences in how people perceive values below them vs. values at/above them. Resellers set disproportionately larger subsequent prices when previous prices move from just below round-number thresholds (e.g., $349,000) to those at or just above these thresholds (e.g., $351,000). The findings show that buyers who pay a price just below a round number therefore may sacrifice money because they receive disproportionately less when reselling the good. Market forces only partially attenuate this pricing bias, but valuator experience seems to play moderating role. Archival data shows that home buyers who previously paid just under a $10,000 reference point subsequently listed their homes for about 1.8 percent (over $3700) less on average than did buyers selling comparable homes who previously paid at or above a round number threshold. This drop is observable controlling for home characteristics and the general relationship between previous and current prices. Three experimental studies looking at housing and used car markets replicate these findings, highlight the mechanism, and increase confidence in causality. Market mechanisms and the negotiation process attenuate discontinuities by about 30%, but lower initial listing prices persist to final sales prices. We find additional weak evidence suggesting valuator experience may attenuate intergenerational pricing bias.
This paper is a 10-year synthesis of 3 different rankings of the world's top 5 most innovative companies and the countries of origin, political & economic systems in which they were founded and operate and the speed at which they created shareholder value as measured by market cap growth.
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