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Michigan Ross faculty are among the most influential in the world. Ross research impacts the way business is both taught and practiced. It makes headlines. It makes policy. It makes a difference.
Ross faculty members consistently report that they derive tremendous professional and personal satisfaction from teaching in the Executive MBA Program. Our faculty include respected scholars, successful consultants, and gifted teachers who are highly motivated to interact with the seasoned executives and high-potential leaders in the EMBA Program. Ross faculty find that working with EMBA students often stimulates provocative and relevant research questions and exploration. Peer-to-peer interaction and the mutual exchange of information is one of the most valuable takeaways for both faculty and students in the Ross EMBA Program.

Michigan Ross' top faculty teach in both the Ann Arbor and Los Angeles locations. Distinguished faculty include:

Sue Ashford
Michael and Susan Jandernoa Professor of Management and Organizations
Ashford teaches negotiations in the EMBA program.  An expert in the areas of organizational behavior and change management, her research focuses on leadership and managerial effectiveness, issue selling, self-management, and organizational change.

Gautam Ahuja
Harvey C. Fruehauf Professor of Business Administration; Chair and Professor of Strategy
A gifted teacher, researcher, and consultant in the areas of business strategy, Ahuja’s work has been cited in more than 5,000 publications, and he holds numerous awards from top scholarly associations and governments. Ross students honored him with the Executive MBA Teaching Excellence Award in April 2011; in August he was cited by BloombergBusinessweek as one of the five most popular business school professors in the nation.

Tom Buchmueller
Waldo O. Hildebrand Professor of Risk Management and Insurance; Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy; Chair of Business Economics
Buchmueller is a health economist whose research focuses on the economics of health insurance and related public policy issues. In 2011-12, Professor Buchmueller was the Senior Health Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President. Professor Buchmueller teaches Economics of Business in the EMBA Program.

Izak Duenyas
John Psarouthakis Professor of Manufacturing Management; Professor of Technology and Operations; Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering; Chair of Technology and Operations
Duenyas is an expert in supply chain management and coordination, investment decisions, and modeling and control of production systems. As president of the Manufacturing and Services Operations Society, he brings key practical knowledge into the EMBA classroom.

Raffi Indjejikian
Robert L. Dixon Collegiate Professor of Accounting
Indjejikian teaches EMBA students in the areas of advanced management accounting, auditing and assurance services, and financial accounting. He develops models and theories that illustrate the role of managerial accounting in decision-making and control and provides empirical evidence of current managerial accounting practices.

Aneel Karnani
Associate Professor of Strategy
Karnani brings insight to EMBA students in the areas of growth strategies, global competition, emerging economies, and the role of business in society. He studies how firms can leverage existing competitive advantages and create new ones. He also studies the roles of private and public organizations in tackling major societal problems.

Tom Kinnear
Eugene Applebaum Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies and Professor of Marketing; Director Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies
Kinnear is a distinguished entrepreneurial and marketing professor, researcher, writer, and consultant. He teaches marketing and entrepreneurship in the EMBA Program. He has amassed extensive experience with small business startups and larger corporations, and has founded and participated in numerous high-tech startups.

Shirli Kopelman
Clinical Assistant Professor Management and Organizations
Professor Kopelman is a core faculty member of the Center for Positive Organizations at the University of Michigan and the executive director of the International Association of Conflict Management. She received a prestigious teaching award for her outstanding achievements in the classroom, and her negotiation research has received multiple awards.

Andy Lawlor
Lecturer of Entrepreneurship and Strategy; Director, Global MBA Projects: Business School & The William Davidson Institute
Lawlor is facutly adviser or the Executive Multidisciplinary Action Projects course with Len Middleton.  His research focuses on entrepreneurship, new business development, corporate venturing, strategic planning, market development, and project and business planning.

Reuven (Roby) Lehavy
Victor L. Bernard-Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP Collegiate Professor of Accounting; Chair of Accounting
Lehavy's research interests include the usefulness of financial analysts' price targets, stock recommendations and earnings forecasts, earnings management, and the interaction between analysts' earnings forecasts targets and firms' reporting choices.

Maggie Levenstein
Executive Director, Michigan Census Research Data Center; Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research; Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Economics
Levenstein brings real-world relevance to sophisticated economic topics for EMBA students. Her research focuses on firm organization, historical changes in firm competition, information networks, contemporary international cartels, and the design of competition policies for the global economy.

Puneet Manchanda
Isadore and Leon Winkelman Professor of Marketing; Chair of Marketing
Manchanda’s research focuses on strategic marketing problems such as resource allocation, launch planning, and word-of-mouth marketing. Most recently his work has focused on social media and the pharmaceutical, hi-technology, gaming, and insurance industries. His work and commentary are regularly featured in top scholarly journals and business media outlets including The New York Times, Sloan Management Review, Investors Business Daily, and

Len Middleton
Lecturer of Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Len Middleton is faculty adviser for the Executive Multidisciplinary Action Projects course with Andy Lawlor.  His research focuses on corporate strategy, private equity, development, and funding of high-tech startup companies. He is a board member of the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ross, a faculty member with the William Davidson Institute, and a faculty adviser for the Tauber Institute for Global Operations.

M.P. Narayanan
Faculty Director, Executive MBA Program; Robert Morrison Hoffer Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Finance
Narayanan’s research focuses on corporate governance, managerial compensation, capital allocation, and other key topics in finance. His research with Ross professor Nejat Seyhun has been instrumental in exposing the practice of executive option backdating.

Nejat Seyhun
The Jerome B. & Eilene M. York Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Finance
Seyhun’s research focuses on risk-return trade-offs in asset prices, insider trading, long-run performance of IPOs, managerial overconfidence, and conflicts of interest. His work with Ross colleague M.P. Narayanan on backdating helped uncover one of the biggest corporate scandals in recent years with significant legal, ethical, and corporate governance implications.

George Siedel
Williamson Family Professor of Business Administration; Thurnau Professor of Business Law
Siedel brings key knowledge of the legal implications for business leaders in the EMBA Program. He is an expert in international business law, negotiation, and dispute resolution, and his most recent work focuses on the ways business leaders can use of law to gain competitive advantage. His research and publications have been cited by appellate courts in the United States and abroad. Professor Siedel has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and in Michigan, Ohio, and Florida.

Amitabh Sinha
Associate Professor of Technology and Operations
Sinha’s research interests include optimizing the operations of supply chains, using analytical modeling. He teaches Decision-Making Under Uncertainty in the EMBA Program.

Kathleen Sutcliffe
Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration; Professor of Management and Organizations
Sutcliffe’s research interests and expertise are in the areas of strategic management and organization theory, and are broadly focused on organization, adaptability, reliability, and resilience. Sutcliffe has published her research widely in management and healthcare, and has presented her research nationally and internationally.

Dave Wright
Associate Professor of Accounting
Wright is an expert in off-balance sheet financing, delayed recognition of corporate defined benefit pension obligations, corporate governance, and the quality of financial reporting and auditing.

Minyuan Zhao
Assistant Professor of Strategy
Zhao researches the interaction between firm strategies and external environments in a global context. Her papers on multinational research and development organizations have received awards from the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society.

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  • "The once-a-month format is a huge differentiator."

    Earning an MBA while staying on top of work and family commitments seemed like a tall order to Ryan Majkrzak, MBA '13, but Ross’ once-a-month format made it possible.

  • "I was able to apply Ross tools to my work right away."

    Matt Denninger, MBA '13, is a senior marketing manager for Advanced Energy Industries Inc.'s solar energy business. He says the tools he's gained at Ross already have enabled him to apply strategic change within his company.

  • "I'm gaining the business skills I need to manage change in healthcare."

    Betty Chu, MBA '13, is a physician and medical staff president. She says she knew that to be a successful leader and change agent, she had to expand her education beyond medicine.

  • "Faculty are very focused on practical, real-world application."

    Preston Young, MBA '13, says the Ross EMBA program is teaching him to see management and leadership strategy from entirely new angles.

  • "I'm tackling our toughest issues with confidence now."

    Tessa Myers, MBA '13, says she's at a point in her career where she's striving to contribute more value to the organization and take on more strategic responsibility over larger areas.

  • "My new position came as a direct result of the program."

    Prasanna Kumar, MBA '11, says he pursued an EMBA program to give him the skills and credibility to take his career further. In just a short time, the Ross experience delivered.

  • "Every part of the curriculum touched on an important aspect of my work."

    Luke Nachtrab, MBA ’11, describes how he looked at 25 of the top EMBA programs and chose Ross because of its strong emphasis on strategy and general management.

  • "I got a comprehensive set of tools I've been able to apply immediately in my work."

    The general management curriculum gave Larry Pemble, MBA ’11, knowledge he says he’s putting to use across his organization.

  • "I'm a stronger consultant to my clients and better business owner."

    Keisha Strong, MBA ’11, says the Ross EMBA is helping her make real world impact. As a consultant, she’s helping clients leverage her new knowledge for global expansion.

  • "The FBI is run like a business."

    FBI agent Jeff Brown, MBA '11, knows how to tackle bad guys. But the Ross EMBA Program has taught him to tackle finance, accounting, and other business fundamentals.

  • "Ross gave me great problem-solving tools."

    Mike Carscaddon, MBA '08, has nailed a solid foundation in international operations at Habitat for Humanity International. The Ross EMBA Program gave him the data-driven outlook needed for his nonprofit.

  • "The monthly format was ideal."

    John Chang, MBA '09, became a doctor in order to help people. But a contentious meeting with hospital administrators made him realize his profession is evolving — physicians now need a head for business.

  • "Ross made me a more effective leader."

    As a doctor and professor, Edith Mensah-Osman, MBA '11, is leveraging her MBA to lead the business side of research.
    She calls the Ross EMBA Program the best gift she's ever given herself.

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