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Ross School Welcomes New Faculty Members for Fall

8/27/2007 --

Ten faculty join the areas of operations and management science, marketing, finance, business law, management and organizations, business economics and strategy.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.---Ten new faculty members have joined the Ross School of Business, Dean Robert Dolan recently announced. They are:

Wallace J. Hopp, the Herrick Professor of Management and professor of operations and management science, taught at Northwestern University for 23 years. His widely published expertise lies in the design, control and management of production, supply chain and work systems. He is editor-in-chief of Management Science and co-author of the books "Supply Chain Science" and the award-winning "Factory Physics." Hopp is an active industry consultant for companies such as Abbott Laboratories, Bell & Howell, Black & Decker, Case, Dell, Ford, Eli Lilly, Emerson Electric, General Motors, John Deere, IBM, Intel, Motorola, Owens Corning, Texas Instruments, Whirlpool and Zenith.

Puneet Manchanda, associate professor of marketing, taught at the University of Chicago for nine years. His research focuses on solving strategic marketing problems, such as resource allocation, launch planning, word-of-mouth marketing and customer relationship management. His recent work has centered on the pharmaceutical, high technology, gaming and insurance industries, and on developing strategy for privately held companies. Manchanda serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and Review of Marketing Science.

Kenneth Ahern, assistant professor of finance, recently completed his Ph.D. in finance at the University of California-Los Angeles. His research interests lie in empirical corporate finance, particularly mergers and acquisitions, as well as corporate governance and restructuring. His recent work examines organizational learning through M&As and shows that the average firm learns how to make better deals by adjusting M&A practices based on prior market responses. Currently, Ahern is studying the influence product market relations have on merger activity and returns.

Norman Bishara, assistant professor of business law, is an expert on corporate governance, international legal reform and business ethics in the developing world, with a focus on the Middle East, the role of law and ethics in the commercialization of new technologies, and non-compete covenants. He recently worked at the Lebanese Transparency Association in Beirut, where he co-wrote the first Lebanese Code of Corporate Governance for small/medium businesses, and conducted related governance, business development and anti-corruption research in the region. Bishara also is a Social Enterprise Research Fellow with the William Davidson Institute.

Scott DeRue, assistant professor of management and organizations, recently received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His research seeks to understand how individuals develop the capability to effectively manage and lead in today's highly dynamic and diverse organizations. He also studies issues related to team learning and adaptation in organizational environments. He currently is working on a stream of research that examines how leaders grow and develop through their experiences at work. DeRue previously held leadership positions at the Monitor Group and Hinckley Yacht Co.

Xuenan (Erica) Li, assistant professor of finance, recently graduated with a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Rochester's Simon Graduate School of Business Administration. She also has a doctorate in physics from the University of Massachusetts. Her research focuses on developing theoretical models to understand the economic determinants of firms' investment and financing policies, as well as their risk and expected stock returns. In her finance dissertation, Li explains how corporate governance affects firms' costs of capital.

Mario Macis, assistant professor of business economics, recently earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago. His dissertation tested the empirical implications of implicit contracts in employment relationships with two-sided limited commitment. He also has analyzed the effects of unemployment insurance schemes on labor market flows and examined the labor market consequences of centralized wage bargaining in Italy. Currently, Macis is studying the effects of import competition on between-firm and within-firm wage inequality, the effect of unemployment benefits on migration decisions, incentives for blood donors, and the impact of penalties on unfair behavior in professional soccer.

Anirban Mukhopadhyay, assistant professor of marketing, has research interests in two main areas. One stream investigates aspects of consumer self-control and goal-directed behavior, including how consumers respond to temptations over time and how their lay theories affect setting and striving toward personal goals and product selection. His other research area looks at agents and interpersonal influence, and investigates how actual and inferred asymmetries in preference structures can influence perceptions of consensus and the acceptance of recommendations.

Francisco Palomino, assistant professor of finance, recently received a Ph.D. in financial economics from Carnegie Mellon University. He has conducted research on developing economic theories to study the interaction between macroeconomic conditions and the valuation of financial assets. In particular, his award-winning dissertation focused on the effects of a welfare-maximizing monetary policy on long-term interest rates. He also worked at the central bank of Colombia investigating adequate investment opportunities for Colombia's international reserves.

Xun (Brian) Wu, assistant professor of strategy, recently completed his doctoral work at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His research examines the impact of firm capabilities on firms' decisions to undertake new activities and the associated performance implications. This research addresses issues such as market entry, corporate diversification and firm innovation. Wu's work on market entry has been published in Management Science and his research has garnered several best paper awards.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone:(734) 936-1015 or 647-1847