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School Welcomes Eight New Assistant Professors

9/17/2003 --

The University of Michigan Business School welcomes eight new assistant professors this fall. They are:

Hyun-Soo Ahn, Operations and Management Science (OMS). After earning a PhD from the University of Michigan College of Engineering's industrial and operations engineering department in 2001, he was an assistant professor of industrial engineering and operations research at the University of California, Berkeley. His research focuses on modeling and analysis of production/service systems.

Damian Beil, OMS. Beil earned an MA in mathematics from New College in Florida and a PhD in operations research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier this year. Beil has worked for Boeing in Seattle and Analytics Operations Engineering in Boston. His two major research areas are procurement auctions and applications of operations management in healthcare.

Katherine Burson, Marketing. Burson is completing her PhD in marketing at the University of Chicago. She explores judgment and decision making in consumer behavior, specifically examining consumers¿ ability to evaluate themselves. She has found that biases in self-assessment cause consumers to systematically misestimate their abilities. This results in the worst performers consistently overestimating their ability on easy tasks, but the best performers consistently underestimating their ability on hard tasks. She finds these biases ultimately influence product choice.

Amy Dittmar, Finance. Dittmar, who earned a PhD in finance from the University of North Carolina in 2000, comes to Michigan from the Indiana University School of Business. Her research in corporate finance includes exploring issues related to the motives corporations have for repurchasing stock, capital structuring decisions and divestiture. She has published articles in The Journal of Finance, Journal of Business and

Robert Dittmar, Finance. Dittmar, who received his PhD from the University of North Carolina in 2000, taught at Indiana University. He also was a financial analyst at First Chicago Corporation and First Union Corporation. His research findings regarding term structure models, nonlinear pricing kernels and trading strategies have been published in the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial Studies.

David Hess, Law, History and Communication. Hess holds a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law and a PhD from the Wharton School. His research focuses on the corporate and legal mechanisms most appropriate for controlling corruption in international business, and his reform proposals for controlling the supply side of bribery have been endorsed by the Caux Round Table, a group of senior business leaders from Europe, Japan and North America who promote principled business leadership. Hess also has written about the competitive advantages of corporate community involvement.

Michal Matejka, Accounting. Matejka taught a year at the University of Southern California after completing his PhD at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He also holds an MS in Business Administration and a BS in economics from Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. Matejka's research and teaching interests are in managerial accounting and include the application of organizational economics theories, the role of accounting information flow in organizational design and the value of accounting for internal decision making and control.

Paolo Pasquariello, Finance. Pasquariello earned a BA in economics from Bocconi (Italy) and an MBA in 1998 and PhD in 2003, both from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University. His research focuses on financial contagion, central bank interventions in the currency markets and the propagation of financial crises in emerging markets. He received the Lehman Brothers 2002 Fellowship for Research Excellence in Finance for his paper "Imperfect Competition, Information Heterogeneity and Financial Contagion." He has published articles in Journal of Business and Real Estate Economics.

For more information, contact:
Mary Jo Frank
Phone: 734.647.4626