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World-Renowned Faculty

Marshall faculty are top-tier professionals with a passion for academia and research. Currently, Marshall Faculty rank 8th in the world in terms of publication output in the top business journals. Many of our faculty are thought leaders in their profession, conducting innovative and influential research, serving as editors at top journals, and taking leadership roles in research bodies and associations. During the past few years, Marshall has engaged in an aggressive and successful strategy to recruit some of the top researchers in various areas of business. Below is a sample of our renowned faculty.

 

Mark DeFond

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

 

Mark DeFond’s 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. DeFond is a recipient of the AAA’s Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award and he has also won the Best Paper Award from the Journal of Accounting and Economics. With over 20,000 citations, Mark is one of the most highly cited researchers in accounting.

 

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Nathanael Fast

Nathanael Fast
Associate Professor of Management and Organization

 

Nathanael Fast studies the factors that facilitate and hinder effective leadership. His research examines the determinants and consequences of power and status in groups and organizations as well as the interpersonal processes that lead people, ideas, and practices to become and stay prominent. He is also interested in the psychological underpinnings of social networks as well as the individual and organizational implications of the adoption of new technologies. His findings have been published in top-tier academic journals and are featured regularly in popular media outlets. He earned his Ph.D. in organizational behavior at Stanford University and has received numerous awards for his teaching and research.

 

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Wayne Ferson

Wayne Ferson
Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Chair in Banking and Finance and Professor of Finance and Business Economics

 

Wayne Ferson does research on models for security returns and on methods for evaluating the performance of managed portfolios. He is highly regarded for his rigorous and mathematically oriented research in asset pricing, has published extensively in the top journals in finance, and is heavily cited. Ferson was formerly on the faculties of Boston College, the University of Washington, the University of Chicago and the Wharton School. He is a former President of the Society of Financial Studies and the Western Finance Association and a former Editor of the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Empirical Finance. He is the founding Executive Editor of the Review of Asset Pricing Studies. He has served as an Associate Editor for several journals and served for eight years as the Faculty Coordinator for the Ph.D. program in Finance at the Marshall School.

 

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Peer Fiss

Peer Fiss
Professor of Management and Organization

 

Peer Fiss’ current research focuses on framing & categorization and configurational theory and methods, especially set-analytic methods such as crisp and fuzzy set Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA). His recent work has focused on strategies for establishing business models in newly emerging industries, the challenges of configuring firms for high performance, and the intersectional nature of phenomena such as poverty. Fiss consults with Fortune 500 companies on a variety of issues around their strategic planning processes. In 2010, Fiss won the Top Gun Award for Excellence in Research, Teaching, and Service, and in 2015 he was awarded the USC Mellon Mentoring Award for mentoring graduate students.

 

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Gerard Hoberg

Gerard Hoberg
Associate Professor of Finance and Business Economics

 

Gerard Hoberg is a leading expert in using computational linguistics’ methods in the fields of corporate finance, industrial organization and accounting. His text-based approach provides new insights on industry classifications, innovation, financial constraints, and fraud. Hoberg’s research interests include mergers, payout policy and corporate liquidity, IPOs, empirical asset pricing and product markets. His recent work in IPOs examines the role of prospectus disclosure and the role of the underwriter in resolving IPO prices and mitigating litigation exposure. His work on product markets examines the role of competition in industry booms, merger decisions, product innovation, and how industries form. Hoberg has won the Oliver Williamson Award for best paper (ISNIE) and the Best Referee of the Year Award (Review of Financial Studies).

 

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Gareth James

Gareth James
E. Morgan Stanley Chair in Business Administration and Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

 

Gareth James is a leading expert in the areas of functional data analysis and high dimensional statistics. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Statistics from Stanford University after receiving a Fulbright Scholarship. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series B, and past Associate Editor for JASA Theory and Methods, JASA Case Studies and Applications, and Statistica Sinca. James has also served as the PI or Co-PI on several NSF research grants. He is an elected Fellow of the American Statistical Association and a life member of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.  He is the co-author of the highly successful book, “An Introduction to Statistical Learning”. James started the Ph.D. program in Statistics at Marshall and has won USC Mellon Mentoring Award for work with graduate students.

 

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Debbie MacInnis

Deborah MacInnis
Charles L. and Ramona I. Hilliard Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing

 

Debbie MacInnis is the Charles L. and Ramona I. Hilliard Professor of Business Administration and Professor of Marketing at USC’s Marshall School of Business. Her work focuses on the role of emotions in consumer behavior and branding. She has received the Journal of Marketing’s Alpha Kappa Psi and Maynard Awards for the papers that make the greatest contribution to marketing thought and the Long-Term Contribution Award from the Review of Marketing Research. She has served as Co-Editor and Associate Editor of the Journal of Consumer Research and Associate Editor for the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of Consumer Psychology. Debbie is co-author of a leading textbook on consumer behavior, several edited volumes on branding, and an upcoming book on developing, enhancing and leveraging brand admiration. She is former Treasure, and President of the Association for Consumer Research and former Vice President of Conferences and Research for the American Marketing Association’s academic council. Her consulting includes work with major consumer packaged goods companies, business-to-business marketers and advertising agencies.

 

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John Matsusaka

John Matsusaka
Charles F. Sexton Chair in American Enterprise, Professor of Finance and Business Economics, and Executive Director of Initiative and Referendum Institute

 

John Matsusaka is an expert on corporate finance, corporate governance, and the political economy. He publishes extensively in economics, finance, law, and political science. He is the author of For the Many or the Few: The Initiative, Public Policy, and American Democracy. He was awarded the Merton Miller Prize for best paper in Journal of Business in 2001, and the Duncan Black Prize for best paper in Public Choice in 2016. He provides commentary to several media outlets. Matsusaka has held visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, Stanford, UCLA, and Caltech, and consulted for the White House Council of Economic Advisors. He has received a variety of awards for mentoring including USC's Provost Mentoring Award. Professor Matsusaka directs the Ph.D. program in Finance. His Ph.D. students have taken jobs at the University of Michigan, Emory University, and Cornell University, among others.

 

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Kenneth Merchant

Kenneth Merchant
Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair in Accountancy and Professor of Accounting

 

Ken Merchant is an expert in management accounting, management control systems, and corporate governance. He has published in many journals, including Accounting, Organizations and Society, The Accounting Review, Industrial Relations, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Marketing, and Management Science. He has received numerous awards, including five Notable Contributions to Research awards from the American Accounting Association, two for lifetime contributions to the management accounting and behavioral accounting fields. He also received an honorary doctorate from the Turku School of Economics (Finland) in 2010. Merchant is the winner of the Interdisciplinary Accounting Research Hall of Fame (AAAJ), Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award (AICPA), and the R. Lee Brummet Distinguished Award for Educators (IMA)

 

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Hamid Nazerzadeh

Hamid Nazer-Zadeh
Dean’s Associate Professor in Business Administration and  Associate Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

 

Hamid Nazerzadeh is an Associate Professor in the Data Sciences and Operations department at USC Marshall School of Business. His research focuses on mechanism design and optimization algorithms and their applications in operations and monetization of online markets. He has worked at Microsoft, Yahoo!, and Google research labs. He is the recipient of the Yahoo! Ph.D. Student Fellowship Award (2007), Honorable Mention in George Dantzig Dissertation Awards (2009), Google Faculty Research Award (2013), Marshall Dean's Award for Research Excellence (2014), and INFORMS Revenue Management and Pricing Section Prize (2014).

 

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Joseph Nunes

Joseph Nunes
Joseph A. DeBell Endowed Professorship in Business Administration and Professor of Marketing

 

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.

 

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Sampath Rajagopalan

Sampath Rajagopalan
Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

 

Raj Rajagopalan's research covers capacity and technology acquisition, supply chain management, and product variety and its impact on operations performance. He has published extensively in top 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.

 

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Rindova Violina

Violina Rindova
Captain Henry W. Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship,  Professor of Management and Organization and Director of Research for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

 

Violina Rindova teaches and studies strategic innovation -- how firms create value, intangible assets, and new market opportunities through unconventional strategies across a variety of industry contexts. Her work has been published in the premier management journals and has been covered frequently in the business media, including the Economist, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including the “Thought Leadership” award from the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management (2009), and the award for outstanding scholarly contribution from Strategic Organization (2012). She served as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review and is currently part of the leadership team of the Behavioral Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society.

 

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Gerard Tellis

Gerard Tellis
Jerry and Nancy Neely Chair in American Enterprise and Professor of Marketing, Management & Organization, Director of the Center for Global Innovation

 

Gerard Tellis is an expert in innovation, advertising, social media, new product growth, and global market entry. He is one of the most prolific and impactful researchers in marketing, having published 6 books and over 200 papers (http://www.gtellis.net ) that have garnered over 18,000 citations in Google Scholar. He is the recipient of over 20 awards including Fellow of INFORMS Society of Marketing Science, the Frank M. Bass Award, the William F. Odell Award, the Harold D. Maynard Award and the Paul D. Converse Award. Tellis is Vice President of External Affairs of ISMS and an Associate Editor of Marketing Science and Journal of Marketing Research.

 

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Sha Yang

Sha Yang
Ernest Hahn Professor of Marketing

 

Sha Yang's research focuses on modeling consumer purchase behavior and market competition. Her recent research interests include search engine advertising and social network. She is a leader in developing models with sophisticated interactions among consumers and firms, and is a pioneer in introducing Bayesian methods into estimation of such interactions. Professor Yang has published more than 20 articles, and serves on the editorial board of Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, and Quantitative Marketing and Economics. Professor Yang has collaborated with many companies including Visa, Miller Brewing Company, HP, Pepsi Co., CBS, TNS, McCann Ericson, epinions.com, Taobao.com, and China Mobile.

 

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