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Ross Welcomes New Faculty to the Roster

7/20/2009 --

Scholars hail from Wharton, Kellogg, and more.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — In preparation for the 2009-10 academic year, six new tenure-track faculty join Ross in the areas of finance, operations and management science, management and organizations, marketing, and accounting.

Ing-Haw Cheng, assistant professor of finance, earned his PhD from Princeton University in 2009. His research focuses on corporate governance, executive compensation, and applied econometrics. He currently is researching executive compensation at financial firms and the effects of short-term debt on incentives for inefficient risk-taking.

Stephen Leider, assistant professor of operations and management science, received a PhD in business economics from Harvard University in 2009. He researches and analyzes how psychological factors, such as reciprocity, social norms, and overconfidence, affect economic behavior. He also has studied behavior in social networks as well as individual decision-making about risk and uncertainty.

David Mayer, assistant professor of management and organizations, joins Ross from the University of Central Florida. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2004 with a doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology. His research concerns social and ethical issues in organizations, focusing on behavioral ethics, organizational justice, and workplace diversity.

Scott Rick, assistant professor of marketing, recently served as a lecturer in the department of operations and information management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD in 2007 from Carnegie Mellon University. His research focus is on the emotional causes and consequences of spending money. His current work on "fatal (fiscal) attraction" examines how feelings about spending money influence the formation and quality of romantic relationships.

Maxim Sytch, assistant professor of management and organizations, comes to Ross from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He received his PhD from the Kellogg School in 2009. His research focuses on how networks of collaborative and conflictual interorganizational relationships emerge and shape firms' behavior and performance.

Christopher Williams, assistant professor of accounting, earned his PhD in 2009 from the University of North Carolina's Kenan-Flagler Business School. His areas of interest include the role of accounting information in capital markets, the reporting and regulation of financial institutions, and international financial reporting issues.

Ross also welcomes the following adjunct, lecturer, and visiting faculty members: David Canter, director of healthcare research at the William Davidson Institute and lecturer of business administration; Steven Feenstra, lecturer of law, history, and communication; Ramesh Garg, visiting professor of finance; Steve Morris, visiting professor of finance; Steven Slezak, visiting professor of finance; and Frances Zollers, visiting professor of law, history, and communication.

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