From PhD Candidates to Top Tier Scholars
Our graduates Go Beyond.
Fisher's PhD program develops business scholars into some of the most sought-after thought leaders and faculty members at top research universities. Throughout, faculty serve as mentors, advisors and inspirations to help candidates reach their academic and career goals. Below are just a few of our extraordinary PhD alumni going beyond at today’s leading institutions.
We invite you to become one of them.
John Griffin received his PhD in finance from Fisher College of Business in 1997. He is currently a full professor of finance and holds a professorship at the University of Texas. Griffin is an expert in international finance, institutional investment and structured finance. He has written papers on topics including determinants of international returns and diversification, exchange rate exposure, pricing models, anomalies, co-movement, hedge fund performance, IPOs, investment banking, insider trading and CDOs. Griffin’s recent research focuses on understanding the role that potential conflicts of interest in investment banking and structured finance credit rating agencies played in the financial crisis.
He has also taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at Arizona State University, Yale University and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. In addition to his teaching and research, Griffin is an associate editor of the Review of Financial Studies. He has organized conferences including the Society for Financial Studies Cavalcade.
"Who Facilitated Misreporting in Securitized Loans?"
"Did Subjectivity Play a Role in CDO Credit Ratings?"
"Do Market Efficiency Measures Yield Correct Inferences? A Comparison of Developed and Emerging Markets" The Review of Financial Studies
"Are the Fama and French Factors Global or Country Specific?"
Q&A with John Griffin
Sha Yang is a professor of marketing at Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She earned a bachelor's degree in international economics from Renmin University of China; master's degrees in economics, statistics and marketing from Ohio State, and, in 2000, a PhD in marketing from Fisher College of Business. Yang's research focuses on developing models and making inferences on consumer purchase/ consumption behavior and interactions among consumers and firms. Her recent research interests include search engine advertising and social media.
Yang has published more than 20 articles and serves on the editorial board of Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Quantitative Marketing and Economics and Marketing Letters. She has also collaborated with various companies and organizations, including Visa, Miller Brewing Company, HP, PepsiCo, CBS, Nielsen Media Research, TNS, Kantar Group, epinions.com, Taobao.com and CCTV.
"Modeling Interdependent Consumer Preferences"
"Modeling the Intra-Household Behavioral Interaction"
"Modeling Competition and Its Impact in Paid-Search Advertising"
Q&A with Sha Yang
Henock Louis is the KPMG Professor of Accounting at Penn State University, where he teaches financial accounting and financial statement analysis. Professor Louis holds a PhD in accounting from The Ohio State University, and a master in accounting and a PhD in finance from the University of Mississippi. He has published extensively in leading accounting, business and finance journals. His current research focuses primarily on earnings management, managerial financial reporting incentives, M&A, auditing and corporate finance.
He received the 2005 Excellence in Accounting Research Award from the American Accounting Association Diversity Section. Louis is a member of the editorial boards of The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research, and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for all the major accounting and finance journals.
"Earnings Management, Lawsuits, and Stock-for-Stock Acquirers' Market Performance"
"Do Analysts Sacrifice Forecast Accuracy for Informativeness?"
"Earnings Management and the Market Performance of Acquiring Firms"
"Earnings Management and Firm Performance Following Open-Market Repurchases"
Q&A with Henock Louis
Brian Dineen is an associate professor of management at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, and received his PhD from Fisher College of Business in 2003. His research interests span issues related to recruitment, job search and employee retention. More specifically, Dineen investigates factors that influence the quality of initial applicant pools in organizations, including recruitment message orientation and mass customization, and effort expenditure and resume fraud among job seekers. He also studies employee retention issues related to human resource management inducements and investments as well as third party employment branding.
Dineen's research has been published in outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Resource Management, Research in Personnel and Human Resources Management, Organizational Psychology Review and the Journal of Management. His most recent work is a result of two research grants from the National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation. Additionally, Dineen recently served a three-year term as a member of the executive committee for the Academy of Management's Human Resources Division. He also serves as the student SHRM chapter advisor at the Krannert School of Management.
"A Web of Applicant Attraction: Person-Organization Fit in the Context of Web-Based Recruitment"
"Aesthetic Properties and Message Customization: Navigating the Dark Side of Web Recruitment" Journal of Applied Psychology
"What Matters When: A Multi-Stage Model and Empirical Investigation of Job Search Effort"
Q&A with Brian Dineen
Neeraj Arora is the John P. Morgridge Chair in Business Administration at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has an undergraduate degree in engineering from Delhi University, and an MBA and PhD from Fisher College of Business in 1995. Arora's research focuses on marketing problems that require statistical models of consumer choice. Most of this research relies on choice experiments or behavioral data and builds upon psychological/ microeconomic theories and Bayesian statistics. Arora's research has appeared in Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Retailing, International Journal of Research in Marketing and Marketing Letters.
He currently serves on the editorial board of Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Quantitative Marketing and Economics (associate editor), Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing and Customer Needs and Solutions (senior editor). Arora also serves as chair of the marketing department and executive director of the A.C. Nielsen Center for Marketing Research at University of Wisconsin-Madison. His teaching interests include marketing research, brand analytics, mathematical models of consumer behavior and marketing strategy. He has served as a consultant in the areas of survey design, legal matters, marketing mix models, market segmentation and new product design using conjoint methodologies.
"Non-Compensatory Dyadic Choices"
"Predicting Joint Choice Using Individual Data"
"A Disaggregate Model of Primary and Secondary Demand"
Q&A with Neeraj Arora
Rachna Shah has been on the faculty at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota since she graduated with her PhD from Fisher College of Business in 2002. Prior to her PhD, she worked in the health care practice of a management consulting firm for more than four years. Shah is globally recognized for her research in lean operations both in manufacturing and service industries, and is widely published. In 2004, she received the prestigious Shingo Award for Excellence in Research for her paper "Lean Manufacturing: Context, Practice Bundles, and Performance," published in the Journal of Operations Management (JOM).
This and one other paper are among the journal's Top 10 Most Downloaded Papers since their publication online. In 2007, she received the "Wickham Skinner Early Career Research Accomplishments Award" from the Production and Operations Management Society. Shah is also a co-investigator on a research grant from the Medical Industry Leadership Institute to study one of the most effective heart attack treatment programs in the U.S. She has received grants from The McKnight Foundation and is a research fellow at the Center for Operational Excellence at Fisher. Shah has taught operations management, lean management and statistics courses at the undergraduate, graduate and PhD levels as well as in the degree and executive programs at Carlson and other schools, including INSEAD (France), IESE (Spain), and Ohio State. Additionally, Shah is involved in performing service in and outside the Carlson School. She is an associate editor for the Journal of Operations Management and Decision Sciences Journal, and is a senior editor for Production and Operations Management. She was selected to co-chair the 2010 Decision Sciences Institute Annual Meeting in San Diego. She is married to Jatin, a management consultant, and has two daughters in college. She enjoys reading, cooking and playing bridge and Sudoku in her free time.
"Lean Manufacturing: Context, Practice Bundles, and Performance"
"Defining and Developing Measures of Lean Production"
"Explaining Anomalous High Performance in a Health Care Supply Chain"
Q&A with Rachna Shah
Scott Yonker earned a PhD in business administration with a concentration in finance from Fisher College of Business in 2010 and now serves as an assistant professor in the finance department at Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Yonker conducts research on corporate and investment managers in the field of financial economics. Specifically, his research focuses on how differences in managers' traits and characteristics influence the important economic decisions that they make. Yonker is also currently the president and founder of Frontier Asset Management, Inc., a small registered investment advisor.
"No Place Like Home: Familiarity in Mutual Fund Manager Portfolio Choice"
"Behavioral Consistency in Corporate Finance: CEO Personal and Corporate Leverage"
Q&A with Scott Yonker
Yaping Gong is an Associate Professor of business and management at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). He received his PhD from Fisher College of Business in 2002. His research interests include goal orientation, employee creativity, strategic human resource management, international human resource management and expatriate management. Dr. Gong served as co-chair for the Ph.D. program in the management department at HKUST. He is currently the Associate Director for the Hang Lung Center for Organizational Research, a Senior Editor for Asia Pacific Journal of Management, an incoming Senior Editor for Management and Organization Review, and a contributing editor for Journal of Applied Psychology.
"Employee Learning Orientation, Transformational Leadership, and Employee Creativity: The Mediating Role of Employee Creative Self-Efficacy" (2013 Emerald Citation of Excellence Award)
"A Multilevel Model of Team Goal Orientation, Information Exchange, and Creativity"
"Can't Get It Out of My Mind: Employee Rumination After Customer Mistreatment and Negative Mood in the Next Morning"
Q&A with Yaping Gong
Mark W. Nelson, the Eleanora and George Landew Professor of Accounting at the Cornell University S. C. Johnson Graduate School of Management, received his PhD from Fisher College of Business in 1990. Nelson teaches intermediate financial accounting to MBA and undergraduate students, and has received several teaching awards at Cornell as well as the Coopers & Lybrand teaching award while a PhD student at The Ohio State University. He is a coauthor (with J. David Spiceland and James F. Sepe) of Intermediate Accounting. Nelson's research examines psychological and economic factors that influence how people make decisions; interpret and apply accounting, auditing and tax regulations; and trade in financial markets.
His research has been published in scholarly journals in accounting and psychology, and has been acknowledged with the American Accounting Association's Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature Award, the Wildman Medal, AJPT's inaugural Best Paper Award, and the Johnson School's Faculty Research Award. Nelson served for four years on the FASB's Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council. He also served three terms as an area editor of the Accounting Review and is a member of the editorial boards of several accounting journals. Nelson served as the Johnson School's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2007-2010, overseeing the tenure-track faculty and research functions.
"A Model and Literature Review of Professional Skepticism in Auditing"
"Evidence From Auditors About Managers' and Auditors' Earnings-Management Decisions"
"Auditors' Incentives and Their Application of Financial Accounting Standards"
Q&A with Mark Nelson
Stephanie Eckerd received her PhD from Fisher College of Business in 2011. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business where she teaches courses in supply chain management. Eckerd’s research uses survey and experiment methodologies to investigate how social and psychological variables affect buyer-supplier relationships. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, and International Journal of Operations and Production Management.
In addition to research, Eckerd teaches in the undergraduate and PhD programs and is involved in service work for the business school. One activity she has particularly enjoyed has been serving as the faculty advisor to the Smith School's Biz Quiz team for the last two years. This annual competition, hosted by Fisher, gives her the opportunity to work closely with students from the Smith School's Honors Program as they intensely study The Wall Street Journal for six weeks leading up to the competition. Eckerd feels that serving as the team’s advisor has been an extremely rewarding experience for both her and the students on the team.
"The Relative Impact of Attribute, Severity, and Timing of Psychological Contract Breach on Behavioral and Attitudinal Outcomes" Journal of Operations Management
"The Effect of Unethical Behavior on Trust in a Buyer-Supplier Relationship: The Mediating Role of Psychological Contract Violation" Journal of Operations Management
Q&A with Stephanie Eckerd
Gopesh Anand received his MBA from Fisher College of Business in 1992, and managed a small manufacturing business in Mumbai, India, thereafter until 2001, when he returned to The Ohio State University for his doctoral studies. Anand completed his PhD at Fisher in 2006 and has since been teaching and researching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are in operations management and focus on two of its elements: operations strategy and process improvement. In addition to teaching, Anand participates in administrative work at the University of Illinois. Outside the university, he reviews papers for journals and takes organizational responsibilities in academic conferences in the area of operations management.
Anand also works with companies on operations problems to provide input based on his research and to inform his research based on the companies' experiences.
"Job Autonomy, Trust in Leadership, and Continuous Improvement: An Empirical Study in Health Care" Operations Management Research
"Role of Explicit and Tacit Knowledge in Six Sigma Projects"
Q&A with Gopesh Anand
Jonathan Glover is the Richard M. Cyert Professor of Management and Economics and a professor of accounting at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his PhD in accounting from Fisher College of Business in 1992, with minors in microeconomics and mathematical economics. Glover joined the faculty at Carnegie Mellon in 1992 and has served the university in numerous capacities, including as chair of the PhD Committee at the Tepper School from 2008-2011. He also held visiting positions at the University of California, Berkeley in the spring of 2000 and as academic fellow at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2004-2005.
Glover has published more than forty papers in peer reviewed journals such as The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Economic Theory, Management Science, and Review of Accounting Studies. His research has been focused on expanding our understanding of the economics behind accounting practice. The topics Glover has studied include earnings management, financial accounting standard setting and regulation, accounting history, corporate governance, managerial accounting, capital budgeting, individual vs. team incentives, incentive theory and mechanism design. He has advised or co-advised six PhD students and has served on the dissertation committees of another 16 PhD students. Glover has served on eight editorial boards, including The Accounting Review and Review of Accounting Studies, and as an associate editor for Management Science and an ad-hoc editor for Contemporary Accounting Research. He is a member of the board of nominations of the Accounting Hall of Fame and has served as a trustee for the Academy of Accounting Historians. Glover has also served on a wide variety of American Accounting Association committees, including as the 2007 Doctoral Consortium Committee Chair, as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Committee from 2009-2012, and as Chair of the Outstanding Accounting Educator Award Committee in 2014.
"A Simpler Mechanism That Stops Agents from Cheating"
"Teams, Repeated Tasks, and Implicit Incentives"
"Earnings Management and the Revelation Principle"
Q&A with Jonathan Glover
Anil Shivdasani received his PhD from Fisher College of Business in 1991. His research focuses on corporate valuation, capital structure, financing strategies, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. Shivdasani has published more than 25 articles in leading journals, including the Harvard Business Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies and Journal of Business. He was recently the recipient of the Bullard Research Award at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for research that has had significant impact on business practices.
In addition to his teaching and research, Shivdasani was a managing director in the investment banking division at Citigroup and advised and assisted companies across the globe on strategic financial issues, including valuation, mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, capital structure, credit ratings, financial policy, liquidity management, acquisition financing and pensions. He has worked on several M&A and capital market financing transactions, including IBM’s acquisition of PwC Consulting, which received the Investment Dealer Digest Award for Best Technology Deal of the Year in 2002. Shivdasani was recently the exclusive financial advisor to the U.S. Navy in its evaluation of Northrop Grumman’s spin-off of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
"CEO Involvement in the Selection of New Board Members"
"Are Busy Boards Effective Monitors?"
"Did Structured Credit Fuel the LBO Boom?"
Q&A with Anil Shivdasani
Douglas J. Miller is an associate professor in the Department of Management & Global Business at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He earned a PhD in business administration from Fisher College of Business in 2000. His research investigates the role of technological resources in corporate strategy decisions such as vertical integration, diversification, acquisitions and alliances. Miller has published papers in the Strategic Management Journal and the Academy of Management Journal.
He served as coordinator of the Strategy PhD program at the University of Illinois for three years, and has also served on curriculum and recruiting committees at Illinois and Tulane University. In the broader academic community, Miller has served as a member of the Research Committee of the BPS division of the Academy of Management as well as a representative-at-large in the Competitive Strategy and Corporate Strategy Interest Groups of the Strategic Management Society (SMS). He is the incoming associate program chair for the Corporate Strategy Interest Group of the SMS.
"An Empirical Examination of the Transaction and Firm-Level Influences on the Vertical Boundaries of the Firm" Strategic Management Journal
"The Use of Knowledge for Technological Innovation Within Diversified Firms"
"Firms' Technological Resources and the Performance Effects of Diversification: A Longitudinal Study" Academy of Management Journal
"Technological Diversity, Related Diversification, and Firm Performance"
Q&A with Douglas J. MIller