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Recent Visiting Fellows

Donald Hambrick of The Pennsylvania State University

January 14, 2019 to January 18, 2019

Professor Donald Hambrick visited Marshall from January 14 to January 18, 2019. He is the Evan Pugh Professor and the Smeal Chaired Professor of Management, Smeal College of Business, at The Pennsylvania State University. He is also Bronfman Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University.  

Professor Hambrick is an internationally acclaimed scholar in the field of strategy. He has authored numerous articles and books on strategy formulation, strategy implementation, executive psychology, executive staffing and incentives, the composition and processes of top management teams, and corporate governance. Professor Hambrick’s book,  Strategic Leadership: Theory and Research on Executives, Top Management Teams, and Boards, is one of the most cited works in the field and is extensively used by scholars of executive leadership. His book with David Nadler, Navigating Change: How CEOs, Top Teams, and Boards Steer Transformation, presents leading-edge thinking for executives who are embarking on corporate change initiatives.

Professor Hambrick has received an array of major professional awards. The Academy of Management, the leading worldwide society of management scholars, has given him its two highest lifetime achievement prizes: The Distinguished Scholar Award and the Distinguished Educator Award. Additionally, Professor served as President of the Academy of Management and as Dean of the Fellows of the Academy. Professor Hambrick has also served on the Board of Directors of the Strategic Management Society, and on the editorial boards of almost all the major scholarly journals in his field. Professor Hambrick has received three honorary doctorates: The University of Paris (Panthéon-Assas) (Sorbonne) (2010), University of Antwerp (2013), and Erasmus University (Rotterdam) (2013).

During his January visit to the Marshall School, Professor Hambrick gave a series of talks ranging from a tour of his research program on values in strategic decisions, to mentoring talks on navigating the review process and the career challenges at different stages of academic careers. These talks provided unique opportunities for PhD students and junior and senior faculty to learn how to develop and manage a comprehensive research program in strategic management. They showed how unexpected and emergent findings can lead to entirely new streams of research and knowledge. Professor Hambrick also gave at talk for the general audience titled “Theory and Research on Strategic Leadership: Where from Here?” He presented an informative overview of what is currently known about strategic leadership and made a compelling case for more comprehensive inquiry into this key area of management and organizations. 

Dan Ariely of Duke University 

February 4, 2019 to February 8, 2019

Professor Dan Ariely visited USC Marshall as the iORB Distinguished Visitor during the week of Feb 3rd to 10th. He gave a specialty talk to the marketing department on his research program in behavioral decision making. He gave a general talk to the USC Marshall community on the Dishonesty of Honest People. In addition, he met with faculty and PhD students to mentor them and advise on their research.

Dan Ariely is a behavioral economist and the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. He has published widely in top peer reviewed academic journals. In addition, he has published in popular newspapers and magazines. He authors a weekly advice column in the Wall Street Journal titled “Ask Ariely” on common decision problems and animas that lay people face.

Dane Ariely is a highly impactful scholar. He is the founder or co-founder of several startups. His research has triggered an entirely stream of research on the rationality of irrational consumer decision making and the dishonest of honest people. His Google Scholar cites exceed 41,000. He has published 6 books, three of which have made the New York Times best seller list.  He has given several TED talks, which have totaled over a million views.

Kathy Eisenhardt of Stanford University 

March 19, 2018 to March 23, 2018

Professor Kathleen Eisenhardt, the Stanford W. Ascherman M.D. Professor and Co-Director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program visited Marshall from March 19 to March 23, 2018.

Professor Eisenhardt is the author of over 100 articles published in research and business journals. She has made fundamental contribution to strategy and organization research on technology-based companies and high-velocity industries. For her contributions, she has received the Career Scholarly Contribution Award from the Academy of Management, the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research, the Irwin Award for
contributions in strategy, the Distinguished Scholar Awards from the Organization Theory and Management (OMT), and Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) divisions of the Academy of Management, the Administrative Science Quarterly Scholarly Contribution Award for the most influential paper five years after publication, as well as the Strategic Management Society’s Schendel Best Paper Prize. She was recently noted as the most cited research author in strategy and organization research
for the past 25 years.

Professor Eisenhardt is also an award-winning book author, having won the George R. Terry Book Award for outstanding contribution to management thinking for her book titled “Competing on the Edge: Strategy as Structured Chaos,” which is also among Amazon’s Top 10 Annual Business and Investing book. Her recent book (w/Don Sull) is “Simple Rules: How to Survive in a Complex World” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) explores how simplicity tames complexity in business, life, and nature.

During hes March visit to the Marshall School, Professor Eisenhardt gave a series talks ranging from methodological talks on qualitative research methods and studying start-ups, to mentoring talks on navigating the review process and the career challenges at different stages of academic careers. These talks provided unique opportunities for PhD students and junior and senior faculty to learn about principles and techniques involved in theory building from multi-case method research designs, and their applications to the study of nascent markets, the development and evolution of start-up strategies, and other difficult to observe organizational processes. Professor Eisenhardt also gave a talk aimed at a general audience titled ““Simple Rules: How to Manage in a Complex World” based on her recent book that uncovers the surprising efficiency and adaptive robustness of simple rules that help individuals and organizations alike, navigate complexity and ambiguity. In addition to the formal talks, Professor Eisenhardt met with a large number of doctoral students, providing feedback on ongoing research projects.

George Loewenstein of Carnegie Mellon University

February 5, 2018 to February 9, 2018

Professor George Loewenstein, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, visited Marshall from February 5, 2018 to February 9, 2018.

Professor Loewenstein is co-director of the Center for Behavioral Decision Research at Carnegie Melon University and the Director of Behavioral Economics at the Center for Health Incentives at the Leonard Davis Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. He is one of the foremost thinkers in the field of behavioral economics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has published more than 200 journal articles in fields as diverse as economics, psychology, law, medicine and neuroeconomics.

During his February visit to the Marshall School, Professor Lowenstein participated in numerous activities, ranging from one-on-one meetings with Marshall faculty, spending time with Ph.D. students, as well as giving two formal research presentations. The first, titled Thanking, Apologizing, Bragging and Blaming involved his current research exploring how what many people consider “cheap talk” can carry so much value. That work proposes a theory of responsibility exchange that draws connections between thanking, apologizing, bragging, and blaming, integrating these four forms of communication into a single framework. That work explains how these forms of communications are tools used to transfer responsibility from one person to another, and thus are so valued and consequential despite the fact that their physical utterance is virtually costless. The second talk, titled The New New Economics of Information, is work Prof. Loewentsein is conducting that challenges traditional economic accounts of how people deal with information, as in when people seek out information that has no value for decision-making or avoid information that could inform decisions.

Professor Sheridan Titman of The University of Texas at Austin

September 25, 2017 to September 29, 2017

Professor Sheridan Titman visited Marshall from September 25-29, 2017.  Professor Titman holds the Walter W. McAllister Centennial Chair in Financial Services at the University of Texas where he also serves as Director of the Energy Management and Innovation Center.  He is a past president of the American Finance Association.  He has served as Editor of the Review of Financial Studies, a leading finance journal, and held positions as Editor or Associate Editor at 11 other prominent academic journals. 

Professor Titman has made important research contributions on a broad set of topics in Finance, Real Estate, and Energy Economics.  His most important work in corporate finance concerns that nature of the indirect costs of financial distress that encourage firms to limit their use of debt financing.  His most impactful work on the pricing of financial assets concerns the identification of momentum trends in security prices, i.e. the tendency of financial assets that have recently appreciated in value to continue to appreciate.  Professor Titman’s evidence on momentum effects almost certainly constitutes the most convincing large-sample challenge to the Efficient Markets Hypothesis, which has been the dominant capital-markets paradigm in academic finance since the 1960s.

During his September visit to the Marshall School, Professor Titman gave two talks and conducted a small seminar session in which he critiqued the research of current PhD students and offered suggestions about how to refine their work.  In one of his talks, Professor Titman presented research in progress about the manner in which disruptive innovations can affect the systematic risk and long-run expected returns of investment portfolios.  This talk, which was titled “A Dynamic Model of Characteristic-Based Return Predictability,” was a highly technical presentation for faculty and PhD student researchers who are seeking to understand the latest developments in asset pricing.  Professor Titman’s second talk was aimed at a general audience and was titled “What Makes Cities Prosper and their Real Estate Appreciate?”  The issues considered in this talk include the efficiency that comes from better matching of workers and firms that occurs in technology “hubs” in metropolitan areas such as San Francisco and Seattle, which attract both highly competent workers and firms that require such workers in order to be competitive.

Professor Jianqing Fan of Princeton University

January 24, 2017 to February 2, 2017

Professor Jianqing Fan visited Marshall from Jan 24-Feb 2, 2017. Jianqing Fan is a distinguished statistician, financial econometrician, and data scientist. He is Frederick L. Moore '18 Professor of Finance, Professor of Statistics, and Professor of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, where he chaired the department from 2012 to 2015. He is a leading scholar on statistical theory and methods in data science, finance, economics, machine learning, computational biology, and biostatistics. Professor Fan is Co-Editor of the Journal of Econometrics and associate editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association. He has also previously served as Co-Editor(-in-Chief) of the Annals of Statistics, Co-Editor of the Econometrics Journal, and Editor of Probability Theory and Related Fields.  He was President of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (2006-2009) and President of the International Chinese Statistical Association (2008-2010). Professor Fan has been consistently ranked as a top 10 highly-cited mathematical scientist since the existence of such a ranking. His published work on statistics, financial econometrics, and computational biology has been recognized by the 2000 COPSS Presidents' Award, given annually to an outstanding statistician under age 40. He won the the Guy Medal in Silver in 2014, presented once a year by the Royal Statistical Society. He has been elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Statistical Association. 

During his visit, Professor Fan gave a school wide talk titled “Challenges in Analysis of Big Data with Applications to Finance and Economics”. He also gave a statistics seminar titled “A principle of Robustification for Big Data”. He had one-one-one meetings and networking with faculty from several departments, and provided career advice for junior faculty. He also had meetings with PhD students and provided career advice for them. Moreover, two mini-conferences on Big Data in Business and Data Sciences were organized during his visit at which researchers from different areas within Marshall presented their work. Professor Fan provided feedback on the research presentations. These mini-conferences also brought together researchers in different departments within Marshall. Professor Fan also had meetings with faculty at USC outside Marshall such as Math, Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. 

Professor Andrei Shleifer of Harvard University

January 23, 2017 to January 27, 2017

Professor Andrei Shleifer visited Marshall from Jan 23-27, 2017. Professor Shleifer is a distinguished economist who is the most cited economist in the world with over 225,000 Google Scholar citations. He is an Editor of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and a fellow of the Econometric Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Finance Association. In 1999, Professor Shleifer won the John Bates Clark medal of the American Economic Association that is awarded annually to an American economist under the age of forty who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. He is known for designing conceptual frameworks that lend structure to new perspectives in comparative corporate governance, law and finance, behavioral finance, as well as institutional economics. He has published six books and more than 100 articles.

During his visit, Professor Shleifer gave two talks, the first one entitled “Bubbles for Fama” to a finance audience and a second entitled “Educated Entrepreneurs” to a more general audience. The first talk evaluated Eugene Fama’s claim that stock prices do not exhibit price bubbles. The second talk provided strong evidence from a variety of sources that more highly educated managers and entrepreneurs can help lead to greater economic progress.  He presented evidence using critical episodes from economic history, from the comparison of growth experiences across countries, from evidence on which cities and regions of a country are rich and which are poor, as well as from studies of which companies grow.  Professor Shleifer also met and exchanged ideas with doctoral students and faculty at the Marshall school.