Top Faculty, Globally Recognized

Only the Marshall School's leading faculty are selected to teach in the GEMBA program.

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Join GEMBA and study with top faculty recognized for their teaching excellence and leading-edge business research.

The Marshall School selects only its leading faculty to teach in the GEMBA program—the same faculty team that teach in Marshall's top-10 ranked EMBA programs in Southern California. You learn classic business cases and theory, plus the latest perspectives and applications, from these top scholars, who:

  • Are consistently ranked among the world's best in relevant, published research
  • Have authored major textbooks used in MBA programs around the globe
  • Have extensive consulting experience with firms throughout the world, and are leaders of business study missions to Asia, Latin America and Europe

Yehuda Bassok

Chair of the Department of Data Sciences and Operations & Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, Carnegie Mellon University; BA, BS, The Hebrew University

Yehuda Bassok's research interests include supply chain management, design and analysis of purchasing contracts, management of centralized and decentralized inventory systems, and bargaining within supply chains. His research has been published in many top journals, including Management Science and Operations Research. Prior to joining USC, he was on the faculty of Northwestern University and a visiting professor at the University of Washington. Professor Bassok served as chief system analyst of SES, a company that specialized in developing real time data collection and scheduling systems. Professor Bassok has received several teaching awards, including Marshall's Golden Apple Award in 2003.

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.

Tyrone Callahan

Vice Dean for Undergraduate Programs & Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

PhD Finance, MBA, UCLA; MS EE, UC- Berkeley; BS EE, University of Michigan

Ty Callahan is a finance scholar with interests that include the behavior of traders, market liquidity and volume, and mergers and acquisition. He has published papers in the Review of Futures Markets and the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Professor Callahan has served as an ad-hoc referee for the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of Empirical Finance, and International Review of Finance. Before joining USC, he was on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

Fang Dai

Communications and Globalization

Mark DeFond

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

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

Mark DeFond studies financial accounting, auditing, and international accounting. He is widely published and one of the 25 most cited authors in accounting. Professor DeFond is a board member of several leading academic journals and a recipient of several research awards, including the Notable Contribution to Auditing Literature Award and the Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring Faculty. He has held visiting professorships at universities in Hong Kong and Singapore. He is also a CPA (inactive), a four time winner of the MBA Golden Apple teaching award, and was ranked among the ten most outstanding USC MBA faculty by BusinessWeek.

Thomas Knapp

Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship, Academic Director of the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program

MBA, BS, University of Southern California

Knapp is the former Associate Director and an Assistant Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship in the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. His teachings encompass all facets of entrepreneurial studies including Venture Management, Feasibility Analysis, Business Planning and Launching. Knapp developed the “E”-Challenge and a new course for students involved in a family firm: Entrepreneurial Family Business. A two-time Golden Apple Award winner for outstanding teaching as voted on by the student body. Knapp is founder of Club Sportswear and Honolua Surf Co, an Action Sports Industry leader, and partner in Blue Jay Bay Ventures a real-estate investment firm.

Joseph Nunes

Chair of the Department of Marketing & Professor of Marketing

PhD, MBA, University of Chicago; BS, Northwestern University

Joseph Nunes is an expert on loyalty programs, status and luxury goods, pricing, and consumer and managerial decision-making. He has published numerous papers in top marketing journals including the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research, Marketing Science, the Journal of Marketing, and Harvard Business Review. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Consumer Psychology and Marketing Science. In 2006, he received Marshall's Dean's Award for Excellence in Research. Professor Nunes has consulted for a variety of companies including Southwest Airlines, Kampgrounds of America, Nestlè, and Abbott Laboratories.

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.

Margot Schumacher

Communications and Globalization

Carl Voigt

Professor of Clinical Management and Organization

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.

Allen Weiss

Professor of Marketing

PhD, University of Wisconsin; MBA, University of Kansas; MA, The Ohio State University; BS, UC-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.

Jonathan Yormark

Associate Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, MS, Purdue University; BS, College of the City of New York

Jonathan Yormark has published papers in the Journal of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, Management Science, and OMEGA: The International Journal of Management Science.

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.