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, University of Texas

John GriffinFinance

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.

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Sha Yang, University of Southern California

Sha YangMarketing and Logistics

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.

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Henock Louis, Penn State University

Henock LouisAccounting and MIS

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.

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Brian Dineen, Purdue University

Brian DineenManagement and Human Resources

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.

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Neeraj Arora, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Neeraj AroraMarketing and Logistics

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.

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Rachna Shah, University of Minnesota

Rachna ShahManagement Sciences

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).

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Scott Yonker, Indiana University

Scott YonkerFinance

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.

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Yaping Gong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Yaping GongManagement and Human Resources

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.

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Mark Nelson, Cornell University

Mark NelsonAccounting and MIS

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.

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Stephanie Eckerd, University of Maryland

Stephanie EckerdManagement Sciences

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.

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Gopesh Anand, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Gopesh AnandManagement Sciences

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.

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Jonathan Glover, Carnegie Mellon University

Jonathan GloverAccounting and MIS

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.

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Anil Shivdasani, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Anil ShivdasaniFinance

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.

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Douglas J. MIller, Rutgers

Douglas J. MIllerManagement and Human Resources

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.

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