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Ross School Welcomes New Faculty Members

8/25/2008 --

Six full-time faculty join the areas of accounting, finance, marketing and entrepreneurial studies.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Six new faculty members have joined the Ross School of Business, Dean Robert Dolan has announced. They are:

Ran Duchin, assistant professor of finance, earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. His research interests lie in corporate finance and corporate governance. His recent work in corporate finance explores the connection between the organization form of the firm and its cash policy. He shows that diversified firms hold less cash when their investment opportunities are less correlated across divisions. Duchin's recent work in corporate governance looks at the effectiveness of outside directors in different information settings. Using the exogenous impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley act of 2002, he finds that increasing outside representation on the board of directors benefits firms with little information asymmetry and hurts firms with high information asymmetry.

Erik Gordon, clinical assistant professor at the Zell Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, holds degrees in economics and law. His areas of interest are entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, including marketing, intellectual property strategy and licensing, alliances, joint ventures, venture finance, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions, particularly in the biomedical and technology space. Gordon was the first holder of the Shulman Family Chair in Technology and Business Innovation and an associate dean at Stevens Institute of Technology, and served on the faculty as director of the Graduate Division of Business & Management at Johns Hopkins University's Carey Business School.

Greg Miller, associate professor of accounting, has taught at the Harvard Business School for the past 10 years. His research focus is on financial communication, that is, the process through which managers communicate their view of the firm and its activities to external shareholders. His work has been designed to understand both the end result of effective communication and the mechanisms through which the effectiveness is achieved. Miller earned his Ph.D. in 1998 at the University of Michigan. Prior to that, he received a bachelor's in accounting at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and spent four years as an auditor in the Cincinnati office of Arthur Andersen.

Srinvasaraghavan Sriram, assistant professor of marketing, spent the past three years at the business school at the University of Connecticut. His research focuses on using state-of-the-art econometric models to understand how consumers make decisions and to use this understanding to investigate issues pertaining to strategic decision-making. Substantively, his research interests include dynamics of brand preferences, consumer adoption of technology products, understanding the drivers of buyer-seller relationships in business-to-business markets, consumer learning and spatial competition between retail outlets. Sriram's research has been published in journals such as Marketing Science, Management Science, Journal of Consumer Research and the Journal of Marketing.

Denis Sosyura, assistant professor of finance, completed his Ph.D. in financial economics at Yale University. His research interests include empirical asset-pricing, mutual funds and financial media and his recent work examines the impact of marketing incentives on the portfolio choice of mutual funds. His papers have also focused on developing international sentiment indicators from analyst forecasts and explaining discounts on closed-end funds. Currently, Sosyura is studying the impact of financial media on investors' trading decisions and the heterogeneity of investors' beliefs. Prior to attending Yale, he earned an MBA in finance and accounting from Vanderbilt University and a master's degree in Finance from Kharkiv State University of Economics.

Hal White, assistant professor of accounting, recently taught financial accounting at Michigan State University. His research interests include earnings management, financial accounting and disclosure. He earned his bachelor's in accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1998 and went to work in public accounting as an auditor, first with Deloitte & Touche and then with Pearce, Beville, Leesburg and Moore. A certified public accountant, White left the field to earn his MBA from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa in 2002 and his Ph.D. from Penn State University in 2007.

In addition to these tenured or tenure-track faculty, the Ross School welcomes the following adjunct, lecturer and visiting faculty:

Marta Dapena-Baron, lecturer of marketing

Simon Evenett, visiting professor of strategy

Mark Jones, adjunct associate professor of management and organizations

Michael Lechner, lecturer of management and organizations

Douglas McClure, visiting assistant professor of law, history and communication

Peter Shedd, visiting professor of law, history and communication

Visaria Sujata, visiting assistant professor of business economics

Tony Tsai, adjunct lecturer of strategy

Michael Tschirhart, lecturer of management and organizations

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