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    Michael Coombs

    Associate Professor of Clinical Management and Organization

    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.

    William Crookston

    Professor Emeritus of Clinical Entrepreneurship

    PhD, Claremont Graduate School; MS, MBA, University of Southern California; BA, Stanford University

    Bill Crookston combines a career in sales, sales management and entrepreneurship with teaching, consulting and coaching emergent companies. His interest is in sales and sales management and social entrepreneurship. He serves on various NFP boards. Professor Crookston received Marshall's Golden Apple Award in 2004 and 2010. In 2003 he received the Community Service Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice. Professor Crookston is the former owner and president of Western Badge and Trophy Company. He has consulted for a variety of programs and continues to consult in managing and marketing at WHC Associates.

    Thomas Cummings

    Professor of Management and Organization

    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.

    James Cunningham

    Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

    PhD, MBA, MA, University of Chicago; BA, University of Notre Dame

    Jim Cunningham is an economist who specializes in macroeconomics and public finance, and has conducted research on taxes, interest rates, and health economics, among other topics. He teaches in the undergraduate, full-time MBA, PM.MBA, and EMBA programs. In 2010, he received Marshall's Golden Apple award for MBA instruction, and the "Par for the Course" award from the San Diego EMBA program. In addition to his extensive teaching experience, Professor Cunningham has worked as a financial analyst and consulted extensively on antitrust issues.

    Jeremy Dann

    Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Director, Case Program

    BA, MBA, Harvard University

    Jeremy Dann has served as an innovation consultant from 2000 to the present, working with such companies as Daimler-Benz, Levi Strauss, Spalding, Lockheed Martin, Guidant and General Electric. Jeremy has collaborated closely with Harvard Business School professor and innovation authority Clayton Christensen—author of The Innovator’s Dilemma—on many research, case development and consulting projects. Jeremy launched and currently leads the case study development program at the Greif Center and USC Marshall. He is the author or co-author of over 30 case studies used in MBA instruction around the world. He also developed Harvard Business School Publishing’s Strategy & Innovation periodical.

    Tathagata Dasgupta

    Dr. Tathagata Dasgupta is an Adjunct Professor in the DSO and as a full-time Associate Principal in McKinsey & Company, he is also a leader in the Americas Operations Practice. Prior to this role, he was an Executive Director of Strategy Practice at Ernst & Young, where he led Global Transformation initiatives and Supply Chain Management programs for Fortune 100 companies. He has over 17 years of experience in helping  organizations with their Operational performance improvement, Supply Chain Management, and restructuring initiatives. He has Dual Ph.D. titles in Operations Research and in Management Science from Penn State University.

    Sriram Dasu

    Associate Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

    PhD, MIT; MBA, Indian Institute of Management - Calcutta; BTech, Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay

    Sriram Dasu's research has been published Queuing Systems, Operations Research, and Management Science. He has served as associate editor of Management Science and senior editor of Manufacturing and Service Operations. His research interest are healthcare operations, global health, service operations with focus on customer psychology, and supply chain management.

    Ruben Davila

    Professor of Clinical Accounting

    JD, BS, Loyola Marymount University; MBA, University of Southern California

    Ruben Davila is an expert on financial accounting and reporting, management control issues, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate governance. He is a forensic accountant who has served as a consultant and expert witness in a variety of complex business litigation matters including: fraudulent financial reporting, embezzlement, economic damages, solvency, business valuation, and corporate governance. Professor Davila served on the California Board of Accountancy from 2003 to 2007. He has been highly involved with professional activites including the AICPA Board of Examiners, NASBA's Global Strategies Committee, NASBA's International Qualifications Board including Task Force Leader for the MRA review of the Chinese Institute of CPAs.

    Harry DeAngelo

    Kenneth King Stonier Chair in Business Administration and Professor of Finance and Business Economics

    PhD, BA, UCLA

    Harry DeAngelo specializes in corporate finance, with a focus on payout policy, capital structure, and corporate governance. His work has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Finance, and American Economic Review, and he received the Jensen Prize for best corporate finance paper in the Journal of Financial Economics in 2004 and 2011. He served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Financial Economics and Journal of Finance, and as an American Finance Association director. Professor DeAngelo received a Golden Apple Award in 1999, and Business Week named him one of Marshall's two most popular teachers in 2000.