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Ross School Welcomes New Faculty Members

8/28/2006 --

Seven professors join the areas of business law, operations and management science, strategy, risk management and insurance, and finance.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Dean Robert J. Dolan recently announced the addition of seven new faculty members to the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Lou Mulligan, assistant professor of business law, served as a judicial clerk to the Hon. Deanell Reece Tacha, Chief Judge of the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He received a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Colorado, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Mulligan's research focuses on the special organizational and ethical dilemmas faced by nonprofit organizations, as theoretical foundations of organizational ethics.

Ozge Sahin, assistant professor of operations and management science, completed her graduate work in the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department of the Columbia Graduate School of Business. Her research focuses on the interface of operations management and marketing, and integrating consumer choice models into more classical operational problems. Her dissertation addresses the pricing of perishable capacity assets.

Jim Westphal joins the school as a tenured professor of strategy. He previously held the Ed and Molly Smith Chair in business Administration at the University of Texas. Westfall has an M.S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a B.A. from the University of California at Davis. He conducts research in the areas of strategic management and organizational theory, with a focus on corporate governance. His research has been referenced in a variety of leading media outlets and he currently is president-elect of the business policy and strategy division of the Academy of Management.

Owen Wu, assistant professor of operations and management science, completed his graduate work at the University of British Columbia with dual interests in empirical studies of optional behaviors and market equilibria in production-inventory systems. He also has a minor in finance. Wu's analytical work addresses equilibrium pricing in industries that can choose different production levels and can inventory production for future release, such as with petroleum or natural gas.

Lu Zhang joins the school as a tenured associate professor of finance. Zhang served on the faculty at the University of Rochester's William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration. He graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 with a Ph.D. in finance. He conducts research in asset pricing, both applied theoretical and empirical, in connection with corporate finance, macroeconomics and capital markets research, and accounting. His research program applies neoclassical economics to understand the driving forces behind the cross section of average stock returns.

Minyuan Zhao, assistant professor of strategy, served as an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Zhao obtained her Ph.D. in economics and international business from New York University. She also received an M.A. from Fudan University and a B.A. from Xi'an Jiaotong University, both in China. In her research, she examined multinational firms' R&D organization in countries with weak intellectual property rights protection, as well as how internal linkages among firms' geographically dispersed units allow them to alleviate uncertainties at the local level.

Thomas Buchmueller, the Waldo O. Hildebrand professor of risk management and insurance, joins the Ross School in fall 2007. He previously was a faculty member at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. Buchmueller received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin. His work focuses on consumer and employer decisions in the area of health insurance, and the government policies that affect these decisions. His research goal is to assist governments with designing better policies that will eventually allow employers to design the best cost-efficient health insurance plans for themselves and their employees.

For more information, contact:
Heather Thorne
Phone: (734) 936-8421