PhD, Columbia University
Yongxiang Wang is a financial economist whose main work is about how corruption and politics affect resource allocation and efficiency. To this end, he has studied a range of prominent social, economic and political phenomena in China, including privatization, business groups, workplace safety, the death ceiling program, Sino-Japanese conflict, fellow selection at the China Academy of Science, air pollution, and the Sent-down Youth program during the Cultural Revolution. He has published in top economics, finance and strategy journals, including JPE, ReStud, AEJ: Applied, JLEO, RFS, JFE, Administrative Science Quarterly, and Management Science.
PhD, Anderson Graduate School of Management, UCLA. MS, Shanghai University of Technology.
Prior to joining USC, Robert has 7 years of management consulting experience with Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touch. In 2001, he joined the Business Analytics and Optimization Group of Nestle USA. As a principal of the group, Robert is the mastermind behind many holistic solutions for some of the very complex business problems. He specializes in using OR, large-scale optimization, machine learning, statistics, visualization, and other analytic techniques on complex business problems. He has successfully lead the design, development, and implementation of solutions for Supply Chain Network Design, Inventory Optimization, Supply Planning, Deployment Planning, Network Capacity Planning, Trade Optimization, and Transportation.
PhD, MA, Stanford University; BA, Claremont McKenna College
Amy Ward's research focuses on the approximation and control of stochastic systems, with applications to the service industry. Much of her past work has focused on the impact of customer impatience and abandonments on performance. Her recent work investigates the interactions between behavioral incentives and operational efficiency in service systems, with a focus on call centers. Her research has been published in Operations Research, Mathematics of Operations Research, and Manufacturing & Service Operations Management. She is an associate editor for Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Stochastic Systems.
PhD, University of Texas at Austin; MA, CSU-Los Angeles; BS, Portland State University
Naomi Warren specializes in communication issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a particular emphasis on race, gender, social class, media representations, politics, and policy. Her teaching, research, and consulting are informed by her professional experience as an accountant in the transportation, manufacturing, health care, service, retail, entertainment, and legal sectors and her doctoral research in communication studies, rhetoric, race, and the politics of representation. She was honored with a Golden Apple Teaching Award in 2005 and 2010. Service commitments include advising Marshall’s international case competition teams and serving on the University Diversity Committee.
PhD, MA, Harvard University; MBA, Harvard Business School; BSE, Penn Engineering; BS, Wharton School of Finance
Noam Wasserman is founding director of USC’s Founder Central initiative. Before returning home to L.A., he was a professor at Harvard Business School for 13 years. His book, The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup, was an Amazon #1 bestseller in Management and won the Academy of Management’s Impact on Practice award. Noam created HBS’s most popular entrepreneurship elective, “Founder’s Dilemmas,” for which he won the Faculty Teaching Award. He also taught the course at Stanford Engineering, where he received a perfect teaching rating. Noam’s research has been published in top academic journals and national periodicals.
PhD, University of Pennsylvania; BS, Bocconi University
Max develops economic and statistical models to analyze consumer and firm data. His research focuses on understanding the network structures in markets (e.g., social networks) and how managers and policy makers can make use of or even engineer these networks for better outcomes. The markets that he has studied include the airlines, credit scoring, motion pictures, institutional investors, and most recently, online communities. Max's research has been published in Marketing Science and the Economic Journal. He teaches the undergraduate core classes in marketing.
MBA, BS, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; MA, University of Pennsylvania
Mr. Weinbach has 20+ years’ experience in senior roles in private equity and investment banking.
He is a Senior Managing Director at Rippowam Partners, Managing Director/Co-Founder of Yankee Hill Capital and Vice Chairman/Board Member of Great Western Products. Previously, Mr. Weinbach was a Managing Director and Investment Committee Member at AIG Horizon Partners and Vice President of Apax Partners. He’s served on Boards of Directors for a range of industries including consumer, media and software. Mr. Weinbach was a Director of Furman Selz’s Investment Banking Group and a Vice President at Citibank/Salomon Smith Barney’s Investment Bank in Mergers and Acquisitions.
PhD, MBA, SB, University of Chicago; MSIA, Carnegie-Mellon University
Mark Weinstein's main research interests lie in the relation between law and finance and how this affects corporate governance. His research has appeared in, among others, The Journal of Finance, The Journal of Financial Economics, The American Law and Economics Review, and The Journal of Legal Studies. He is currently on the editorial board of the Pacific Basin Finance Journal, and previously served as Book Review Editor for the Journal of Finance. Professor Weinstein has been Secretary/Treasurer of the Society for Financial Studies since its founding in 1987. He has consulted with numerous firms and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Prof. Weinstein is also Associate Professor of Business and Law in the USC Gould School Law.
PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison; MBA, University of Kansas, Lawrence; MA, The Ohio State University; BS, University of California, Santa Barbara
Allen Weiss studies technology marketing, particularly how firms make decisions in technologically sophisticated markets. His research has published in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Management Science, Organization Science, and Journal of Financial Economics. Professor Weiss consults with high-technology and internet firms, including Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments, COMPAQ, and IBM.