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Ross Faculty Honored with Annual Awards

4/11/2008 --

Exceptional scholars are recognized for research, teaching and service.

Ann Arbor, Mich.—The Ross School of Business honored eight faculty members for exceptional research, teaching and service at its annual Faculty Awards Dinner April 8.

Anirban Mukhopadhyay, assistant professor of marketing, received the first Arnold M. & Linda T. Jacob Faculty Development Award. The Jacobs established the award to provide resources for a faculty member to reach beyond the comfort zone of incremental findings, to take risks, and explore new ideas. Mukhopadhyay is seen as a leader in the emerging area of consumer self-control and goal-directed behavior, and he's had seven articles accepted in top journals. He joined the marketing faculty in fall 2007 and is recognized by peers as a collegial team player. Prior to Ross, Mukhopadhyay spent three years at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology.

Baker Wayne Baker was named the Sparks Whirlpool Corporate Research Professor, an honor created to recognize excellence in scholarly research (including an outstanding record of scholarship) and an ongoing scholarly research program. Baker is a professor of management and organizations at Ross, as well as a professor of sociology and professor of organizational studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. He also is a faculty associate of the Institute for Social Research and director of the Center for Positive Organizational Leadership. Baker joined Ross in 1995 after eight years on the faculty at the University of Chicago. He is one of the best-known and most widely published scholars in economic sociology, social networks, social capital, and values. Baker's impact in this arena is both theoretical and practical, and his books The Crisis of American Values and Achieving Success through Social Capital are among his most widely read publications. (Baker, right, is pictured at the Faculty Awards Dinner with Ross School Dean Robert Dolan.)

Krishnan The Senior Faculty Research Award went to M.S. Krishnan, the Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow and professor of business information technology at Ross. Krishnan also is the chair of Ross' business information technology area. He received the award in recognition of his sustained, exceptional, and continuing contributions to scholarly research in the field of business. He also was cited for noteworthy contributions to building and maintaining a strong research environment in the school. Krishnan is a prodigiously productive academic who has, without question, elevated the Ross School's profile in the information systems community. He has published more than 35 papers of which more than 20 have appeared in top journals within three disciplines. He also is an outstanding mentor for doctoral students and recently co-authored two papers with Ross PhDs; both studies have been nominated for the best paper award at the IS research academic conference. In addition, Krishnan co-authored the forthcoming book The New Age of Innovation: Mobilizing Global Networks to Unlock Co-Created Value in Your Company with C.K. Prahalad, the Paul and Ruth McCracken Distinguished University Professor of Strategy at Ross. Krishnan, who joined the faculty in 1996 upon earning his PhD from Carnegie Mellon, also has been recognized as a “power thinker” on business technology by Information Week and Optimize. (Krishnan, right, is pictured at the Faculty Awards Dinner with Ross School Dean Robert Dolan.)

Paula Caproni, lecturer of management and organizations, was honored with the Victor L. Bernard Teaching Leadership Award for her outstanding teaching and research on leadership, interpersonal skills, and team development. She is particularly interested in understanding and teaching the characteristics that enhance work success (job effectiveness), career success (salaries, promotions, and job satisfaction), and general well-being (health, longevity, and happiness). Caproni published the book The Practical Coach: Management Skills for Everyday Life and is writing another titled What Predicts Success. She has taught in the Brazil, Hong-Kong (Cathay-Pacific), and Asia global MBA programs offered by the Ross School. In addition, she is director of the school's Evening MBA Program and the Professional Development Course for the Executive MBA Program, as well as the academic director of the MBA Executive Skills Program. The teaching leadership award was established in 1994 to honor the memory of Professor Victor Bernard, a beloved member of the Ross faculty. The honor recognizes one's broad range of teaching endeavors, work with PhD students, course design, and work with colleagues.

PurnanandamAssistant Professor of Finance Amiyatosh Purnanandam was named the Bank One Corporation Assistant Professor of Business Administration. This one-year appointment recognizes promising junior faculty conducting high-potential scholarly research. Purnanandam's area of expertise focuses on how firms make financial decisions and the implications of those decisions on value and stock returns. He joined the Ross faculty in 2004 after completing his PhD at Cornell University. He has had a phenomenal start to his academic career with nine accepted/published papers in top journals, as well as seven active working papers in development. He has presented at top conferences, and his output and visibility make him a top researcher in his cohort. In addition, Purnanandam contributes to the intellectual vitality of the Ross finance group in many ways – he's even started a reading group for the faculty. (Purnanandam, left, is pictured at the Faculty Awards Dinner with Ross School Dean Robert Dolan.)

Dittmar The Sanford R. Robertson Assistant Professor in Business Administration, a one-year named professorship, was presented to Bob Dittmar, assistant professor of finance. Viewed by colleagues as the resource in econometric methodology, Dittmar's research addresses the central issue in asset pricing: the appropriate discount factor to value assets --- focusing on the impact of modifying the functional form of the discount factor and the dynamics of its risk factors for the pricing of assets. He has published nine papers in top journals, regularly presents at leading conferences, and is viewed as one of the top young researchers in the profession. Dittmar joined the Ross faculty in 2003. He received his PhD from the University of North Carolina in 2000. (Dittmar, right, is pictured at the Faculty Awards Dinner with Ross School Dean Robert Dolan.)

Lyon The CORE Award went to Thomas Lyon, the Dow Professor of Sustainable Science, Technology, and Commerce; professor of business economics; and professor of natural resources. He also is director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. The CORE Award (which is not given every year) is based upon exceptional merit, and recognizes the creative, substantive, and high-impact contributions of individual faculty members in improving the research environment at the Ross School. Under Lyon's leadership the Erb Institute has gained significant recognition and contributed to the research environment at the University through a visiting scholars program, sponsorship of high-profile conferences, presentation of research grants to faculty affiliates, and development of a cross-campus research community. As a result of Lyon's efforts, the topic of sustainable enterprise at Ross and the University continues to gain international prominence. (Lyon, left, is pictured at the Faculty Awards Dinner with Ross School Dean Robert Dolan.)

Dungan Kelli Dungan, lecturer of accounting and program director for the Ross Master of Accounting Program, received the Andy Andrews Distinguished Faculty Service Award. This award was created as a lasting memorial to the late Andy Andrews, a beloved Ross professor who embodied the spirit both of service – benefiting others – and distinguishment – meaning excellence and dignity. Dungan has taught introductory accounting for both business and non-business majors at Ross since 1997. Prior to teaching, Dungan worked for close to five years in public accounting in the assurances practice at Ernst & Young focusing her efforts in the financial services industry. At Ross, she is responsible for the management and administering of the MAcc Program, as well as teaching introductory financial accounting. She received her MAcc and BBA degree from the Ross School. (Dungan, right, is pictured at the Faculty Awards Dinner with Ross School Dean Robert Dolan.)

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