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Faculty

The USC Marshall EMBA faculty is made up of leading scholars from a diverse array of business backgrounds and disciplines. Each is dedicated to building a truly unique experience for EMBA students. Although some EMBA professors teach in USC Marshall's other MBA programs, you'll find that each faculty member teaches classes within the distinct EMBA context, integrating material with that of other professors to create a cohesive learning experience in each theme. The program's faculty function as one team with a common objective - developing and refining your leadership skills. They meet regularly to coordinate materials, review content, and evaluate your progress.

Our faculty's work extends well beyond the case room and lecture hall. Many serve as consultants to a broad range of companies, both Fortune 500 and smaller. This is where much of our curriculum innovation comes from - our professors are in tune with what's really going in business. The inevitable intersection between practice and academia creates a learning environment that fosters both insight for innovative ways to improve business as it is practiced today and foresight for future curriculum changes.

To learn more about the USC Marshall EMBA faculty members, follow the links below:

Arvind Bhambri

Associate Professor of Management and Organization

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.

Judith Blumenthal

Professor of Clinical Management and Organization and Marketing

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.

Tim Campbell

Professor of Finance and Business Economics

PhD, UC-Santa Barbara; BA, University of Redlands

Tim Campbell is an expert on financial intermediation. His research has been published in numerous leading journals including the Journal of Finance, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of Financial Intermediation. He served as associate editor of the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Research, and Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. He has been Academic Director of Marshall's highly ranked Executive MBA program since 2003, and previously served as Marshall's Deputy Dean for Programs and Planning.

Baizhu Chen

Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

PhD, MA, University of Rochester; BS, Fudan University

Baizhu Chen studies macroeconomics and international economics, with an emphasis on China. His work has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, European Journal of Political Economy, China Economic Review, Applied Financial Economics, Social Choice and Welfare, and Journal of Macroeconomics. He is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Finance and Banking at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, chief economist of Sino-Century Capital, a VC firm in Shanghai, and former president of the Chinese Economists Society. He is academic director for Marshall's GEMBA program, and a recipient of the Golden Apple Award.

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.

Mark DeFond

A. N. Mosich Chair in Accounting and Professor of Accounting

PhD, University of Washington; BA, San Francisco State University

Professor DeFond is the A. N. Mosich Chair of Accounting, Leventhal School of Accounting, University of Southern California. His research investigates issues in auditing, international financial reporting, and earnings management. He is a former Senior Editor of The Accounting Review and has served on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals, including the Journal of Accounting Research and the Journal of Accounting and Economics. He is a recipient of the AAA’s Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award, and a four-time MBA Golden Apple teaching award winner. Professor DeFond has held visiting professorships in Hong Kong and Singapore, and is currently the Associate Dean of Faculty at the Leventhal School of Accounting. He received his PhD at the University of Washington and prior to that worked for several years as an auditor with Deloitte (formerly Touche Ross) and is a California CPA (inactive).

Gene Del Vecchio

Adjunct Professor of Marketing

MBA, USC; BA, Economics, UCLA

Gene Del Vecchio is an adjunct professor of marketing with emphasis in consumer behavior, research, youth marketing and entertainment. He conducted roughly a thousand research studies in his consulting practice that provided strategic and tactical marketing direction for industry giants across film, television, packaged goods, toy, and technology industries. He has written four business books and two novels. For many years Del Vecchio was the SVP, Director of Planning & Research at advertising giant Ogilvy & Mather in Los Angeles where he led strategic and research efforts on a variety of businesses. He began his career at General Mills.

David Logan

Lecturer in Management and Organization

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.

Morgan McCall

Professor Emeritus of Management and Organization

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.

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Steven Mednick

Steven Mednick is an expert in entrepreneurial start-ups, complex sales and the angel funding process.

Steven Mednick is an expert in entrepreneurial start-ups, complex sales and the angel funding process. He has over 25 years experience working with early stage ventures to large, complex global enterprises in the areas of corporate ventures, business development, sales leadership and corporate law. During the "dot.com" era, he established the corporate ventures office for Silicon Graphics, Inc. in Mountain View, CA, where he led its global strategic M & A and alliances initiative. His article, Bootstrapping Your Business. Get Real. Get Started, is used at numerous universities, and he is a frequent contributor to a number of major business publications. Professor Mednick currently teaches in the USC Marshall MBA, EMBA, Master of Business for Veterans and Master of Medical Management programs and is a two-time winner of the prestigious Marshall Golden Apple Award. Education: JD, MPA, University of Southern California; BA, UCLA. Outside of USC, Steven is a part-time senior consultant for TriTech Small Business Development Center (a SBA funded program), where for the past seven years he has advised over 300 emerging companies. During this time, his clients have reported approximately $140 million in economic impact to the Small Business Administration. As result of his outstanding performance, in 2011 Professor Mednick was awarded the "State Star" by the SBA.

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Steve Moyer

Lecturer of Finance and Business Economics

Steve Moyer is an Adjunct Professor. Prior to joining the faculty at USC, he was a Portfolio Manager with PIMCO where he managed the PIMCO Distressed Credit Fund. In his over 30 years of experience in the investment industry he has also been affiliated with Tennenbaum Capital, Imperial Capital, BAML, Drexel Burnham Lambert and First Boston. Mr. Moyer began his career as a lawyer.

Mr. Moyer received his B.A. from Grinnell College, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Stanford. Steve is the author of Distressed Debt Analysis and several other publications in the field.

Greg Patton

Professor of Clinical Business Communication

PhD, University of Southern California

Greg Patton is an expert in communication, and interpersonal and leadership effectiveness. He has received numerous teaching awards, been ranked as one of the top three professors at USC, and helped USC’s Executive MBA Program achieve a #1 worldwide ranking by the Wall Street Journal for Leadership and Management skills instruction. Professor Patton has extensive international experience, has trained thousands of leaders worldwide, and has advised on several hundred consulting engagements throughout the Pacific Rim. He has held more than twenty leadership positions in national and international organizations and conducts applied research in behavioral skill development.

Julia Plotts

Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

MBA, University of Southern California; BA, Loyola Marymount University

Julia Plotts specializes in financial analysis and valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. She is the author of several valuation case studies and contributed to Valuation: The Art and Science of Corporate Investment Decisions. Professor Plotts has been teaching corporate finance and financial analysis and valuation in the EMBA, GEMBA, MBA.PM, IBEAR, and undergraduate programs since 2002. She has received the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence eight times and the Evan C. Thompson Teaching & Learning Innovation Award for Teaching (2011) and Mentoring (2012) and the Dean’s Award for Community (2010). Prior to joining the faculty at USC, Plotts worked within the investment-banking group of Banc of America Securities LLC, where she was involved in the execution of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyout/recapitalization and capital raising via private/public offerings of equity and debt. She has consulted on shareholder value and corporate strategy for a variety of firms.

Dawn Porter

Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations Management

PhD, MPhil, MS, New York University; BA, Cornell University

Dawn Porter is a statistician who has published in Management Science and is the coauthor of Basic Econometrics (fifth edition). Prior to joining USC, she served on the faculty at Georgetown University. Professor Porter has consulted for KPMG Consulting, Ginnie Mae, Inc., and Toys R Us.

Nandini Rajagopalan

Joseph A.DeBell Chair in Business Administration

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 Mellon Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring Award. She is past Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal.

Sampath Rajagopalan

Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, MS, Carnegie Mellon University; MBA, Indian Institute of Management - Ahmedabad; BTech, Indian Institute of Technology - Madras

Raj Rajagopalan's research covers capacity and technology acquisition, supply chain management, and product variety and its impact on operations performance. He has published in journals such as Management Science, Production and Operations Management, and Operations Research. He served as a Department Editor at IIE Transactions, Senior Editor at Production and Operations Management, and as an Associate Editor at Management Science and Operations Research. Professor Rajagopalan has consulted for Johnson and Johnson, Fidelity Investments, and Hewlett Packard. He has taught courses in operations and supply chain management in the MBA and Executive MBA programs.

Henry Wasiak

Adjunct Professor of Marketing

MBA, Baruch Business College; BA, Pace University

Hank Wasiak is an Adjunct Professor of marketing at USC’s Marshal School of Business teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is a communications industry leader who has worked with the corporate elite of global businesses. Hank is a partner at the award winning Concept Farm agency in NYC, best selling author, teacher, keynote speaker, and Emmy award winning television host. Hank retired as Vice Chairman of McCann Erickson World Group and served on that company's board playing an integral role in the management of McCann's global clients including Nestle, Johnson and Johnson, Sony, Bacardi, L'Oreal and Boeing.

Mark Young

George Bozanic and Holman G. Hurt Chair in Sports Entertainment Business & Professor of Accounting

PhD, University of Pittsburgh; MAcc, The Ohio State University; BA, Oberlin College

S. Mark Young studies management control system design and has conducted research in the automobile, airline, high tech, and entertainment industries. He has published in Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, and Academy of Management Review, and served as associate editor of The Accounting Review. His book with Dr. Drew Pinsky, The Mirror Effect, was a New York Times Best Seller. Professor Young received the Notable Contributions to the Accounting Literature Award and the Notable Contributions to the Management Accounting Literature Award. He is a distinguished fellow of the Center for Excellence in Teaching at USC.

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