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To help students succeed in an increasingly global marketplace, Penn State Behrend has assembled an exceptional faculty with business experience in nearly every part of the industrialized world. Educated at leading universities, Penn State Behrend faculty members value high-quality teaching and research. To further ensure excellent instruction, almost all MBA classes are taught by full-time faculty.

Black School of Business Director

Balaji Rajagopalan, Ph.D., University of Memphis. Open-source software, data mining, new communications technologies.  Member of a research team that studied online investing and the impact that rumors and real-time social-media feedback have on markets, projects supported by a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

MBA Program Director

John Fizel, Ph.D., Michigan State University. Research and teaching interests include applied microeconomic analysis; industrial organization and behavior; managerial economics and decision analysis; econometrics; and sports economics. Dr. Fizel is the former director of the Penn State iMBA program and has been a consultant for major league baseball players' agents and the Attorney General's office of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Black School of Business Graduate Faculty

Kerry A. Adzima, Ph.D., West Virginia University.  Public economics, regional and urban economics, managerial economics and the economics of education.  She serves as a research associate for the Economic Research Institute of Erie.

Pelin Bicen,Ph.D., Texas Tech University. Dr. Bicen’s research interests include marketing strategy (e.g., competition, market orientation, resource advantage theory), innovation management, macro marketing, marketing education, and methodology. Her teaching interests include marketing strategy, marketing research, international marketing, business to business marketing, new product development, marketing theory, integrated marketing communications (IMC), and macro marketing. Before joining academia, Dr. Bicen worked as a database administrator and statistical consultant for a top-tier international advertising agency.

Brian Boscaljon, Ph.D., Texas Tech University.  Investments, portfolio theory, and corporate finance.  Research studies are focused within the investments and portfolio theory area.  Current projects include common stock price reactions to various events, diversification, and asset allocation models.   Dr. Boscaljon obtained the Charter Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and uses his knowledge in this area to incorporate practical applications as well as theory into the classroom discussions.  He has professional experience as a financial analyst for Comerica Bank and has also been involved in several consulting projects for Johnson Control Interior Systems World Wide, a private endowment fund, and Kaplan, Inc.

Charles A. Brown, Ph.D., CPA, Kent State University.  Financial and managerial accounting, cost accounting, cost management, auditing.  As a doctoral student, Dr. Brown received Kent State University's Graduate Student Senate Teaching Award.  He has had professional auditing experience with a regional CPA firm in Ohio.  Audit experience includes real estate developers, steel fabrication companies, thoroughbred horse racing tracks, and non-profit organizations.  He is the president-elect for the Erie Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants.

Michael E. Brown, Ph.D., Penn State University.  Ethics, organizational behavior, leadership, ethical leadership.  Dr. Brown has received the Graduate Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching and has also received the Center for Creative Leadership Kenneth Clark Research Award.  He received the Best Paper Award, Social Issues in Management Division, at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting.  He has done research and consulting for numerous companies and has done research work for the Ethics Resource Center in Washington, D.C.

Ozgun Caliskan-Demirag,Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology. Research interests include the role of promotions in demand management for supply chains, developing models to control logistics and transportations systems, and modeling to control decentralized systems. She has also researched and published on the effects of customer rebate and retailer incentives.

Amit V. Deokar Ph.D., The University of Arizona. Business analytics, business process management, decision support, collaboration processes and technologies. Prior research and consulting experience in application areas including healthcare informatics, IT service management, and e-business. Executive Board member of the AIS Special Interest Group on Decision Support and Analytics (SIGDSA).

Ashutosh V. Deshmukh, Ph.D., University of Memphis.  Assurance services, accounting information systems, and financial electronic commerce.  Professor Deshmukh has previous industry experience as an audit manager, management accountant, and systems consultant.  He has worked with leading ERP systems such as SAP R/3 and Oracle.  Due to his research in financial statement fraud, he was invited to be an expert witness by the U.S. House of Representatives.

James F. Fairbank, Ph.D., Penn State University.  Strategic management and entrepreneurship.  Dr. Fairbank has received teaching awards at both West Virginia University and Penn State. He was a U.S. Naval officer and has previous professional experience as a marketing engineer at Texas Instruments, Inc., and as a business development manager at Eldyne, Inc.  Dr. Fairbank is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and the Academy of Management.

Greg Filbeck, DBA, CFA, FRM, PRM, CAIA, University of Kentucky. Investments, portfolio theory, and corporate finance. Research studies are focused within the investments, portfolio management, and behavioral finance areas. In addition to ten years of experience in academia, he has seven years of experience as senior vice president of Schweser, a division of Kaplan, Inc. where he headed the content and curriculum areas and started and lead marketing and sales areas.

William H. A. Johnson, Ph.D., Schulich School of Business, York University. Research and teaching interests include innovation, strategy, and international management.  His research interests include international practices of New Product Development (NPD) and innovation in China.  Dr. Johnson created the NPD&PM tract at the Decision Sciences Institute in 2005.  He has consulted pharmaceutical companies and the National Research Council in Canada and has published in a number of respected research journals on innovation and knowledge management.

Shin Hyoung Kwon Ph.D., Boston University. Research: Financial Reporting, Earnings Quality, Mergers and Acquisition, Information Uncertainty, Internal Control Deficiency. Teaching: Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis. Previous work experience at Hyundai Motor Company, LG International Corporation and family business in South Korea.

Kenneth K. T. Louie, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  International trade and finance, labor economics, economic development.  Professor Louie has received the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Guy W. Wilson Award for Excellence in Advising, and was a Fulbright Lecturer in the People's Republic of China in 1998.  He has consulted for GTE.

Phylis M. Mansfield, Ph.D., The University of Memphis.  Consumer satisfaction, consumer complaint behavior, ethical and social issues in marketing, and corporate culture.  Dr. Mansfield received the Distinguished Paper Award for the Marketing Management Association in 2002.  She has worked as a business analyst and product manager for First Kentucky National Corporation and Sun Trust Bank and as a manager of financial systems education for Vanderbilt University and Medical Center.

Ido Millet, Ph.D., The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Millet has served as a systems analyst, project manager, and consultant to companies such as the Israeli Navy, Fidelity Bank, Yael Software and Systems, Liberty Mutual, and Petroleum Products Corporation.  His research interests include the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), reporting systems, and online reverse auctions.  He developed several software tools ( that are currently in use by more than 4,000 organizations.

Diane H. Parente, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo (1997). Interdisciplinary research, business and engineering issues, functional and business-level strategy, business simulations, project management, and supply chain. She has received research awards including the Anbar Scientific Award and Best Paper in the Journal of Management Education. Dr. Parente has received numerous teaching awards at Penn State and the University at Buffalo for both online and residential teaching. She has worked in manufacturing, banking, and insurance, most recently as international business manager with Oxychem.  She is the Samuel A. and Elizabeth B. Breene Professor of Management and developed the Interdisciplinary Business and Engineering program at Penn State Behrend.  She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the Academy of Management, and the Decision Sciences Institute.

Jeffrey K. Pinto, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh.  Project management, information systems implementation, power and political processes in organizations, diffusion of innovations.  Dr. Pinto teaches project management, organizational behavior, and organization theory.  He is the Samuel A. and Elizabeth B. Breene Professor of Management.  He is a two-time recipient of the Project Management Institute's Distinguished Contribution Award and has also received the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Research Award.  He has consulted for numerous corporate clients, including General Electric, Rolls-Royce Corporation, PPG Industries, Aker Rauma Offshore (Finland), Data General Corporation, Erie Press Systems, Repola Oy (Finland), and Zurn Industries.  He is the author or editor of eighteen books and has developed Penn State's Master in Project Management program.

Mary Beth Pinto, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh.  Consumer credit behavior, health care marketing, pharmaceutical marketing, advertising.  Dr. Pinto has industry experience as an account executive with Illinois Bell and manager of professional services with the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Center.  Dr. Pinto has more than fifteen years of teaching experience.  She has done funded research for St. Vincent Health System and has served as a consultant for the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Center, Erie Day School, MedRisk, James W. Sewall Company, E. C. Hart and Sons, and the Coalition for Maine's Children.

Matthew E. Swinarski, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo.  Information systems and technology (ITS) outsourcing, IT service provider capabilities, IT service contact and relationship management, IT service level agreements (SLAs).  Dr. Swinarski's research, part of a larger project in the area of ITS outsourcing, has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has served as issue managing editor for the Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application (JITTA) and as editor-in-chief of INFORMS OR/MS Tomorrow Newsletter. Dr. Swinarski has worked as an IT consultant for Perfect Fit Glove Co., LLC, a division of Bacou-Dalloz, customizing and developing applications and was the lead technology adviser for the Year 2000 and EDI projects.

Ray Venkataraman, Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology.  Operations planning and control, supply chain management, operations strategy, purchasing, business statistics, project management.  Professor Venkataraman has more than 20 years of teaching experience and has received the Ideal Industries Award for Excellence in Business Teaching at Northern Illinois University.  He has several research publications in top-tier operations management journals.  He also has five years of previous industry experience as an assistant manager with a multinational bank in India.

Alfred Warner, Ph.D., The Ohio State University. Business policy and strategy, innovation management. Dr. Warner, director of the MBA Program, conducts research that focuses on the effect of innovation on firm competitiveness and technology sourcing and governance choices. He has prior experience with a number of manufacturing firms including Butler Manufacturing and Holophane Lighting. Dr. Warner has consulted with several startup firms and with Q-Multimedia, a subsidiary of WQLN public broadcasting in Erie.

Xin (Jessica) Zhao, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo.  Market microstructure, investment, and corporate finance.  Research studies are focused within market microstructure and IPO area. Dr. Zhao has received the A. James Boness Research Paper Award in the field of Finance for the 2002-2003 academic year by State University of New York at Buffalo.  She has worked for Da Hua CPA and taken part in several funded projects in China.

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