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.
JD, MPA, University of Southern California; BA, UCLA
Steven Mednick is an expert in entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, strategic alliances and angel funding. He is the past Associate Director of Marshall’s Center for Global Innovation and is an author and frequent speaker in the field. Professor Mednick currently teaches in the Marshall MBA, EMBA and Master of Medical Management programs and is a two-time winner of the Marshall Golden Apple teaching award. Outside of USC, he has advised over 500 early stage companies through his ten-year relationship with the Small Business Administration. Steve’s clients have reported over $620 million in economic impact to the SBA, and he has been awarded the SBA’s State Star for outstanding performance.
MA, BA, CSU-Fullerton
Stacy Geck is an expert in organizational communication effectiveness, intercultural communication, managerial communication (written, oral, and interpersonal), executive presence coaching, effective mentoring techniques, and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) as a certified facilitator and practitioner. Her research has been published in Journal of Cooperative Education, the Western Speech Communication Association, and the American Society of Trial Consultants. Outside of USC, she frequently works as an independent management consultant specializing in executive effectiveness and organizational change.
MPW, University of Southern California; MBA, Columbia University; BA, Bates College
James J. Owens is an expert in professional management communication. He has published 100+ articles in national and international publications. Professor Owens has appeared on CNN and has interviewed numerous Fortune 500 CEOs. He worked in the UK, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and Africa for companies including Bain Consulting, Agfa-Gavaert, Coco-Cola, and Louis Vuitton, and consults with corporations on topics ranging from communication to leadership. He is Founder and CEO of The World is Just a Book Away, a non-profit literacy organization. Since 2008, WIJABA has launched programs for 25,000+ children with 40,000+ books through libraries and mobile libraries.
PhD, Michigan State University; MS, BA, Western Michigan University
Merle Hopkins conducts research on support for the hypothesized importance of expected cash flows to firms, and has published in The Corporation Law Review. Professor Hopkins served as Assistant Dean in the Leventhal School of Accounting, and is actively and extensively involved with several on-going programs conducted by the USC Office of Executive Development. Former clients include Amgen, Security Pacific Bank, Union Bank among others. He has consulted for a variety of organizations, including the Security Pacific National Bank and Union Bank in Los Angeles.
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.
MBA, University of Southern California; BS, California State University, Fresno
Rex Kovacevich specializes in the direct marketing of retail and small business financial products. He is a recipient of the Golden Apple Award and the Faculty Award for Innovation in Teaching and created Marshall's first online undergraduate core course. While in the corporate world, he progressed through different product management and sales management positions with a major California bank. He has also done consulting work for several small and large organizations in the financial services industry.
PhD, University of Picardie; DEA, EHESS
Paul S. Adler is Professor of Management and Organization, of Sociology, and of Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California. He holds the Marshall Business School's Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy. He began his education in Australia and moved to France in 1974, where he received his doctorate in Economics and Management while working as a Research Economist for the French government. He came to the USA in 1981, and before arriving at USC in 1991, he was affiliated with the Brookings Institution, Columbia University, Harvard Business School, and Stanford's School of Engineering.
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.
PhD, MS, UC-Berkeley; BS, UC-Davis
Kyle Mayer studies how firms govern relationships with other firms, with particular attention to the contract and its role in establishing a framework for the relationship. His research has been published in Organizational Science, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, and Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. He served on the editorial board of Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Review, and Strategic Management Journal. He received a Golden Apple Award in 2003, Marshall's Educator of the Year Award in 2006, and a Mellon Mentoring Award from USC in 2006.
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 Provost’s Mentoring Award. She is past Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal.
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.
PhD, AM, Stanford University; MBA, INSEAD; AB, Harvard University
Scott Wiltermuth researches how socio-environmental factors affect people’s reactions to unethical behavior and their likelihood of behaving unethically themselves. He also researches how interpersonal dynamics, such as synchrony and dominance, affect people’s willingness to cooperate with others. He has published papers in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and numerous other academic journals. His work has been reported in many media outlets, including: The Economist, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. Previously, he worked in the airline industry as a strategy consultant.
PhD New York University
Cheryl Wakslak’s research focuses on basic questions of cognition and interpersonal connection, establishing the way that people use different styles of thinking to help them connect with those closer to them and those farther away. In much of this work she explores the role of abstraction in facilitating connections across distance. She uses these insights to look at a range of organizationally relevant outcomes, including communication, learning, leadership, venture-capital investment, and decision-making. Her findings have been published in numerous scholarly outlets, including top journals in management, marketing, and psychology.