PhD, University of Picardie; DEA, EHESS
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.
PhD, Columbia University; MSc, Oxford University; BA, Northwestern University
Eric Anicich studies the forms and functions of social hierarchy within groups. His research draws from and contributes to knowledge on leadership, teams, and social cognition. Professor Anicich's research has been published in leading academic journals including Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, and Perspectives on 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, Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Scientific American, Inc. Magazine, and Times Higher Education (UK).
DBA, Harvard University; MM, Indian Institute of Management; BTech, Maharaja Sayajirao University
Arvind Bhambri specializes in strategic change, competitive strategy, global business development, and leadership. He has twice received the Golden Apple Award for MBA instruction. In a 2008 special report on executive MBA programs by the Wall Street Journal, Professor Bhambri was profiled as one of fourteen best EMBA professors worldwide. In 2009, he received the Evan C. Thompson Award for Learning and Teaching Innovation. Professor Bhambri has served on on the faculty of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute, Bocconi University, University of Hawaii's Advanced Management Program, and the Owner Managed Business Institute in Boston.
PhD, MBA, University of Southern California; BA, Hunter College of the City University of New York
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. In addition to her responsibilities at USC, she has served on Boards of Directors of several organizations, both public company and not-for-profit, including Guess?, Inc., the California Council on Economic Education and the Advisory Board of USC Radio (KUSC). From 1996 to 2000, she served as Associate Dean of the Marshall School of Business, and from 2000 to 2006, as USC's Chief Alumni Officer and Executive Director of the USC Alumni Association.
PhD, MSIA, Purdue University; BBA, New Mexico State University
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. He has published more than 200 books and articles, and his research has been featured in Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Business Week. Professor Boudreau serves as Research Director for Marshall's Center for Effective Organizations. He advises numerous organizations, including early-stage companies, global corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
Dr. Christopher Bresnahan is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Management and Organization department at the Marshall School of Business. Dr. Bresnahan teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level. His courses focus on organizational behavior, leadership, and understanding individual differences. His research interests focus on individual differences in the workplace.
PhD, SUNY-Buffalo; BA, University of Delaware
Peter Carnevale does research on negotiation, mediation, and organizational conflict resolution systems. He has published two books and more than 100 articles in leading scientific and management journals, often supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. He has served as the President of the International Association for Conflict Management as well as Chair of the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management.
MBA, BS, University of Southern California
David M. Carter is a national authority on sports business and strategic marketing, and the author of four books about the sport business industry. He founded the Sports Business Group in 1999 following more than ten years of consulting for the sports and entertainment industries. As a sports business consultant specializing in strategic marketing, Professor Carter has consulted for corporations, sports organizations, sports and entertainment venues, law firms, municipalities, and individual athletes. He regularly provides sports business commentary to national media concerns.
PhD, University of Southern California; MPA, BA, BS, Brigham Young University
Michael Coombs specializes in strategic management, individual and organizational development, globalization, and negotiation. He is the recipient of the Outstanding Young Man of America and of the U.S. Navy Achievement Medal. He has consulted for a variety of organizations, including ARCO Transportation Company and The Aerospace Corporation.
PhD, UCLA; MBA, BS, Cornell University
Tom Cummings is a leading expert in designing high-performing organizations and strategic change. He has published more than 20 books, including Handbook of Organization Development and Organizational Development and Change, and more than 60 articles. He has served on the editorial board or as editor for 10 journals, including Academy of Management Review. He received best paper awards in 1990 and 1994, and in 2007 received a Book of the Year Award from the Academy of Human Resource Management. Professor Cumming served as President of the Academy of Management, the leading professional organization for scholars in management and organization.
PhD, University of Southern California; MBA, BBA, American University of Beirut
Christine El-Haddad specializes in business, corporate and global strategy and has taught courses in strategy in Marshall’s undergraduate, MBA, and MS in Social Entrepreneurship programs. She has received the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching twice alongside multiple other teaching awards and media mentions. Dr. El-Haddad has substantial experience in designing educational programs and conferences. She has developed executive education programs for the USC Office of Continuing Education. She has also organized and delivered two highly successful day-long Marshall conferences featuring nationally renowned speakers. As a management consultant and strategist, she has advised businesses in various industries and leading nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity.
Ph.D., Stanford University
Nathanael Fast studies the factors that facilitate and hinder effective leadership. His research examines the determinants and consequences of power and status in groups and organizations as well as the interpersonal processes that lead people, ideas, and practices to become and stay prominent. He is also interested in the psychological underpinnings of social networks as well as the individual and organizational implications of the adoption of new technologies. His findings have been published in top-tier academic journals and are featured regularly in popular media outlets. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior at Stanford University and has received numerous awards for his teaching and research.
PhD, UCLA; MDance, CSU-Long Beach; BA, UC-Berkeley
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. She serves on the Board of L.A. Best and Ready Set Read.
PhD, Northwestern University; MA, University of Hamburg
Peer is broadly interested in how meaning structures shape organizational actions, his current research topics include framing and social categorization. His work has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Organizations Science, and the Strategic Management Journal, among others.
Peer has also been working for almost two decades on the use of set-analytic methods in the social sciences, specifically on the use of fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) in management and related fields. Most recently he has been working on applying set-analytic methods to policy analysis, specifically the intersectionality of poverty. His recent book with Charles Ragin (UCI) is entitled “Intersectional Inequality: Race, Class, Test Scores, and Poverty” (University of Chicago Press, 2017).
Ph.D., University of Southern California; MBA, Pepperdine University; B.S. Business Administration, Redlands University
Katharine Harrington is Professor of Clinical Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. She came to USC in 1992 after a career in consumer and mortgage banking. Her scholarly interests include organizational ethics, social entrepreneurship and crisis management. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Katharine currently serves as USC’s chief enrollment officer.
MS, PhD, Cornell University; BA, MPA, Brigham Young University
Shon Hiatt is an assistant professor of business administration at USC Marshall School of Business and faculty affiliate of the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. An expert in the agribusiness and energy sectors, he explores issues related to entrepreneurship, new-market emergence, and innovation, and his award-winning research has been published in scholarly journals and featured in media outlets.
He is the recipient of numerous scholarly and teaching honors, including the 2015 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research, the 2016 Academy of Management Emerging Scholar Award, the 2018 Golden Apple MBA Teaching Award, and the 2018 ARCS Emerging Sustainability Scholar Award. Prior to joining USC, Professor Hiatt was on the faculty at Harvard Business School.
PhD, University of Toronto; BA, Peking University
Associate Professor Nan Jia holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto (Canada). Her research interests include corporate political strategy, business-governance relationships, and corporate governance in international business. Nan’s research has been published in the Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Science, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of Politics. She serves on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and the Journal of International Business Studies. Nan’s teaching interests and experience encompass Strategic Management and International Business.
PhD, MS, Northwestern University; BA, Wesleyan University
Peter Kim studies the dynamics of interpersonal perceptions and their implications for negotiations, work groups, and dispute resolution. His research has been published in numerous scholarly journals, received ten national/international awards, and has been featured by the New York Times, Washington Post, and National Public Radio. He serves as an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management Review and the Journal of Trust Research, on the editorial boards of Organization Science and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research, and as Chair of the Academy of Management’s Conflict Management Division. He received a teaching award from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
PhD, UC-Berkeley; BA, Brown University
Ed Lawler is Director of the Center for Effective Organizations and Distinguished Professor at the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. He is the author of over 450 articles and 52 books; his most recent book is Human Resource Excellence: An Assessment of Strategies and Trends (2018). For more information, visit http://www.edwardlawler.com and http://ceo.usc.edu.
PhD, MS, UC-Berkeley; BS, UC-Davis
Kyle Mayer studies how firms govern relationships with other firms, with particular attention to the contract and its role in establishing a framework for the relationship. His research has been published in Organizational Science, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, and Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. He served on the editorial board of Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Review, and Strategic Management Journal. He received a Golden Apple Award in 2003, Marshall's Educator of the Year Award in 2006, and a Mellon Mentoring Award from USC in 2006.
Serving on the Marshall faculty since 1997, Michael teaches management consulting, strategy, team performance and turnarounds. As a former consulting partner/principal in the global firms of SCG, KPMG and A. T. Kearney, Michael brings over 35 years of experience in management consulting into the classroom. Michael has worked on M&A transactions and strategic repositioning efforts for some of the most well-known and respected companies in the world and has consulted to a wide range of organizations, including Fortune 500 companies, prominent management consulting and investment banking firms, state and local governments and global companies. Michael has testified before legislative and judicial bodies as an expert witness and in a number of litigation cases. His primary teaching and research interests are in management consulting and professional services firms and strategy.
DBA/PhD, University of Southern California; MBA, UCLA
Thomas Hilton Olson's research and consulting focus is on strategy development and implementation, organization and human capital, leading change, and psych assessment and intervention. He has authored four books in the last five years, written 100+ scholarly articles, and made numerous presentations at national and international conferences. He was a founding member, Careers Division, and Officer/Representative-at-Large, of the Academy of Management, Officer of the Personnel Testing Council, and member of the Board of the APA and three corporations. Professor Olson is the Director of the Consulting Concentration at USC, prior equity holder (Partner) with Booz and has led hundreds of consulting engagements for private and public organizations across the globe in industry and for USC.
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Joe Raffiee is an Assistant Professor of Strategy in the Management and Organization Department within the Marshall School of Business at USC. He earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016. Joe's research is focused on understanding how and when human assets lead to superior firm performance and sustainable competitive advantage with an emphasis on the antecedents and implications associated with employee mobility and employee entrepreneurship. Joe's research has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and the Academy of Management Perspectives. His research has also been covered and cited by media outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, Inc. magazine, and Wired.
PhD, University of Pittsburgh; MBA, Indian Institute of Management - Ahmadabad; BC, Bombay University
Nandini Rajagopalan is the Joseph A. DeBell Chair in Business Administration and Professor of Management and Organization. Her research examines platform-based markets, diversification and strategic alliances, CEO succession, and corporate governance. She has published in the Academy of Management Review, the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of International Business Studies, the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Management, and Business Horizons among others. She is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, and recipient of USC’s Provost’s Mentoring Award. She is past Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal.
Violina Rindova teaches and studies strategic innovation -- how firms create value, intangible assets, and new market opportunities through unconventional strategies across a variety of industry contexts. Her work has been published in the premier management journals and has been covered frequently in the business media, including the Economist, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including the “Thought Leadership” award from the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management (2009), and the award for outstanding scholarly contribution from Strategic Organization (2012). She served as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review and is currently part of the leadership team of the Behavioral Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society.
Ph.D., University of Toronto; MBA, York University; BS University of Bucharest
Florenta Teodoridis is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. She completed her Ph.D. degree in Strategy from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto in 2014. Florenta’s main areas of interest are the economics of innovation, scientific productivity, and entrepreneurship. Her research explores the drivers and consequences of technological innovation and entrepreneurship primarily related to the organization of knowledge creation with a focus on collaboration. Prior to her Ph.D., Florenta was a technical consultant and project manager for various data-driven large-scale business decision-making projects in a variety of industries such as market-research, publishing, automotive and health-care.
MBA, University of Southern California; BA, Smith College
Jody Tolan specializes in leadership and organizational development. She has created programs to build leadership skills among emerging managers, middle managers, and senior executive teams to meet strategic and organizational goals. She has also led workshops on leading teams, management communications and strategy development. She has designed and facilitated programs in Marshall’s Office of Executive Education and consulted with Wescom Credit Union, Honda Financial Services, Allergan, BDO Seidman and Thailand Government Savings Bank. Professor Tolan began her career on Capitol Hill followed by positions in several boutique consulting firms in New York City.
PhD, Business Administration, Duke University
Leigh Plunkett Tost studies the psychological and sociological dynamics of power and status in organizations, with a particular focus on how hierarchy affects team functioning, moral judgments, and ethical decision making. She also examines the motivations underlying individuals' pursuits of prosocial change, focusing her research at the intersection of social psychology and institutional theory. Her research has been published in a broad range of academic journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Psychological Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Personality and Social Psychology Review. In addition, the implications of her research have been discussed in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review.
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara; BA, MA, Stanford University
Sarah Townsend is the Kenneth King Stonier Assistant Professor of Business Administration. Her research reveals the dysfunctional behaviors and physiological costs that can result when individuals’ cultural beliefs collide with the dominant cultural beliefs of organizations. She studies these “cultural divides” in the context of diversity in organizations, differences in meritocracy beliefs, social class, gender, and race. Her work demonstrates how cultural divides can be both a source of and solution to inequality. Dr. Townsend's research has been published in numerous scholarly outlets, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
PhD, UCLA; MBA, Andrews University; BA, Pacific Union College
Carl Voigt teaches business policy, competitive strategy, entrepreneurship and venture initiation, and global strategy and international management. He is a three-time winner of the Golden Apple Award, and has served as Associate Dean for the undergraduate, executive MBA, and Marshall MBA programs.
PhD New York University
Cheryl Wakslak’s research focuses on basic questions of cognition and interpersonal connection, establishing the way that people use different styles of thinking to help them connect with those closer to them and those farther away. In much of this work she explores the role of abstraction in facilitating connections across distance. She uses these insights to look at a range of organizationally relevant outcomes, including communication, learning, leadership, venture-capital investment, and decision-making. Her findings have been published in numerous scholarly outlets, including top journals in management, marketing, and psychology.
PhD, AM, Stanford University; MBA, INSEAD; AB, Harvard University
Scott Wiltermuth researches how socio-environmental factors affect people’s reactions to unethical behavior and their likelihood of behaving unethically themselves. He also researches how interpersonal dynamics, such as synchrony and dominance, affect people’s willingness to cooperate with others. He has published papers in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and numerous other academic journals. His work has been reported in many media outlets, including: The Economist, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. Previously, he worked in the airline industry as a strategy consultant.
PhD, Columbia University; MA, Peking University; BA, Renmin University
Qingyuan (Lori) Yue has published widely on businesses' collective action strategies. She has studied business and community relationship, elites, networks, social movements, industry self-regulation, and moral market. Her recent research investigates platform-based markets and emerging economies like China. Lori is an associate editor of Management Science, a consulting editor of the American Journal of Sociology, and has served in the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly and Organization Science. She chairs the Research Committee of the Organization and Management Theory Division of the Academy of Management. Lori is also a two-time recipient of the Dean's Congratulation for excellence in teaching.
PhD, University of Washington; BA, UC-Berkeley
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. He served as associate editor of the IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management and on the editorial board of the Academy of Management Review, Human Relations, and the Journal of High Technology Management. Business Week twice named Professor Birnbaum-More as one of the top faculty members at Marshall. Before joining USC, he was on the faculty at Indiana University.
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.
PhD, Cornell University; BS, Yale University
The assessment, development, and derailment of executive talent is the focus of Morgan's research and writing. Winner of the "Distinguished Professional Contributions Award" from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Marion Gislason award for "Leadership in Executive Development" from The Executive Development Roundtable at Boston University, his authored or co-authored books include the trilogy on developing executive talent, The Lessons of Experience ("New Perspectives on Executive Leadership Award"), High Flyers (Athena Award for Excellence in Mentoring), and Developing Global Executives. "Developing the Expert Leader," co-authored with George Hollenbeck, received the Human Resource Planning Society's Walker Award.
Morgan is on the editorial boards of Leadership Quarterly and Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and was as an expert judge in Fortune's ranking of the "Top Companies for Leaders" in North America. He is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
Jim O'Toole is Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, where he was Founding Director of the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership. He began his academic career at the USC business school in 1973 where he held the University Associates' Chair of Management, served as Executive Director of the Leadership Institute, and editor of New Management magazine.
O'Toole's research and writings have been in the areas of leadership, ethics, and corporate culture. He has addressed dozens of major corporations and professional groups, and has over one hundred published articles. Among his seventeen books.
Ph.D (with distinction) University of Massachusetts, Amherst; BA, University of Connecticut
Kathleen Kelley Reardon, Professor of Management and Organization in the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business has served on the faculty of the MBA, Executive MBA International MBA Programs and the faculty of Preventive Medicine. She is a leading authority on persuasion, politics in the workplace, negotiation, health and interpersonal communication. She is the author of seven books and numerous articles published in communication and business journals, including the Harvard Business Review reprint “Bestseller” case The Memo Every Woman Keeps in Her Desk and the book following from that, They Don’t Get it, Do They? Communication in the Workplace - Closing the Gap Between Women and Men. The Secret Handshake: Mastering the Politics of the Business Inner Circle released in early 2001, rapidly became a business best seller in the United States. She published It’s All Politics and The Skilled Negotiator (Doubleday and Jossey-Bass/Wiley) and in 2007 wrote Courage As A Skill published in The Harvard Business Review. She is co-author of Childhood Denied released in 2009 as part of her philanthropic work to better the lives of children at risk.
PhD, MBA, BS, UCLA
Bob Turrill specializes in organizational behavior and design. He has won numerous awards for his teaching, including a Golden Apple Award and the Evan C. Thompson Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching.
Adjunct and Part-time
Quentin Fleming has taught courses in Strategic Management and in Global Leadership since Spring 2001. He is also a management consultant with nearly thirty years of experience. Quentin has worked with wide a rage of clients across diverse industries – from Fortune 500 companies to small entrepreneurial firms – to identify and understand the root cause of their challenges and to create a strategy for improved profitability. In addition, Quentin is the author of three business books and is a sought after expert both as a speaker and as a media resource.
Ed.D USC; MS Regis Univ; BA Univ Iowa
Deborah Glynn is a seasoned executive with comprehensive experience in developing and executing talent acquisition and management strategy. She has experience working in the marketing, hospitality and technology industries and is currently a consultant working with scaling technology companies in growth mode. Deborah received her B.A. in Communications from the University of Iowa, her M.S. in Organizational Leadership from Regis University, and her Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Leadership from USC.
Dave Logan is co-founder and president of CultureSync, a Senior Lecturer at University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business, and New York Times bestselling author.
He is co-founder and president of CultureSync, a management consulting firm focused on the intersection of strategy and culture. CultureSync has consulted dozens of Fortune 500 companies, major nonprofits, and governments around the world.
He has been on the USC faculty since 1996 and has a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the Annenberg School at USC.
Dave authored or co-authored six books, including the bestseller Tribal Leadership and The Three Laws of Performance.
BS USC; MBA UCI
Cynthia McCloud joined Marshal in 2014 with a background in the food retail and manufacturing industries. She has leadership experience in both the U.S. and international markets including: France, UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Singapore and Australia. She has held executive roles in several startups as well with large retail and marketing services organizations.
Cynthia is the Director, Food Industry Management programs and an Adjunct Professor at Marshall. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California and later completed her MBA from the University of California, Irvine. She is also a 1990 graduate of the USC Food Industry Management program.
Ph.D. SUNY at Albany; M.P.A, SUNY at Albany; B.A. Siena College
Michael is an Adjunct Professor in the Management & Organization Department. Prior to rejoining USC in August, 2017 he was an Adjunct Professor of Executive Education at the Ross Graduate School of Business. He has worked, taught, coached and consulted in executive, management & organization development for over 30 years. Michael was the faculty director & principle faculty member for the Ross School’s Leadership in Action & Driving Organizational Change & Culture programs. Michael served as Vice-President of Executive Education & Development at Charles Schwab Company and Senior Vice President & Executive Consultant at Personnel Decisions International (now Korn Ferry).
Doctor of Public Administration, University of Southern California
Master of Public Administration, University of Southern California
Bachelor of Science, B.A., California State University at Long Beach
Robert Myrtle is the former Director of the Executive Master of Leadership programs and Prof. Emeritus of Public Administration in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. His key research interests are leadership, executive development, and organizational and management effectiveness. His current projects include the influence of managers’ behaviors on perceptions of overall leadership effectiveness, factors influencing the performance of surgical teams; the analysis of the influence of job change on career growth and progression; and the assessment of the factors influencing organizational legitimacy during and following major natural disasters.
EdD, University of San Diego; MA, CSU Sacramento
Alan E. Nelson teaches leadership, org change, human performance and motivation, communication for managers and OB as an adjunct professor at USC Marshall School of Business and as a Lecturer of Management at the Naval Postgraduate School. His primary research interest the last decade focuses on identifying and developing students gifted in organizational leadership, between ages 3-18. He’s the founder of KidLead Inc. (501.c.3) and LeadYoung Institute and has written a number of books and articles in the professional and popular arena, related to these topics.
Ken Perlman is a consultant, facilitator and presenter with 25 years’ experience consulting to executives and teams at Fortune 500 companies. Ken has built his expertise in leadership, change, program management, culture, organization design, communication, innovation, business process improvement and technology adoption. His clients include Levi Strauss & Co., Warner Bros., Kaiser Permanente, NetApp, Coty, Nordstrom, Southern California Edison, and Nestlé.
Bringing in his experience implementing large IT systems like SAP, and with process improvement methodologies like Lean Six Sigma, Ken recognizes that leadership is the greatest single differentiator between high-performing organizations and those that that struggle.
Ken earned his M.B.A. from USC and his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, where he served as research assistant at the Kravis Leadership Institute.
EdD USC Rossier; MBA, USC Marshall, BA, University of Michigan
Arvind Ramakrishnan is an Adjunct Professor of MOR teaching Strategy related courses at both the Undergraduate and Graduate level. Mr. Ramakrishnan has 15 years of global business experience working for Fortune 500 companies across Strategy, Operations, and Finance roles. He is currently working in the Management Consulting industry for EY’s Advisory Services practice within the Strategy group. His experiences span an array of sectors focusing primarily on the Technology, Media & Entertainment, and the Manufacturing industry with global experience across Europe, South America, Asia, and the Middle East.
MBA U Chicago; BBA Acctg, Texas Tech
Bob Zukis has twenty-five years of applied business strategy and operations experience as a management consultant, business executive, author and speaker with extensive experience in Asia and Europe. His past employers have included PwC Management Consulting. He is a prolific author and speaker.