New Faculty at Fisher College of Business
The Fisher community welcomed a number of new faculty in 2014. In addition to their achievements, research interests and thoughts on the classroom experience, they have offered to share why they came to Fisher and a little bit about their lives outside work.
Elliot Bendoly, Management Sciences
Elliot Bendoly joins the Department of Management Sciences as a full professor. Bendoly comes from the Emory University Goizueta Business School, where he was an associate professor of information systems and operations management as well as a Caldwell Research Fellow. He has also served as a visiting researcher at IE Business School in Madrid. Bendoly earned a PhD and MS in operations and decision technologies from Indiana University, and a BA in economics (industrial/development) as well as a BS in materials engineering from Case Western Reserve University.
His current research interests focus on the interface between operations, information technology and psychology (group and individual), including collaboration and group dynamics; work policies, task complexity and uncertainty; and operations/strategy/technology alignment.
Bendoly’s research has been published in numerous journals, including: Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, Information Systems Research, International Journal of Operations & Production Management, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, Management and Organization Review, Omega: The International Journal of Management Science and Production and Operations Management.
He has also published a number of chapters and books, including Excel Basics to Black Belt: An Accelerated Guide to Decision Support Designs (Cambridge University Press) and the upcoming Handbook of Behavior Operations Management: Social and Psychological Dynamics in Production and Service Settings (Oxford Press). He is the recipient of the Journal of Operations Management best published paper award of 2008, a finalist again in 2014, and earned runner-up honors for best published Information Systems Research paper of 2007. Bendoly currently serves as a senior editor of the Production and Operations Management Society’s Management of Technology and Behavior Operations departments, and associate editor of the Journal of Operations Management. He has also served as an associate editor for Decision Sciences (2006-2012) and Operations Management Research (2007-2012).
He is the recipient of a 2013 Crystal Apple Teaching Award from the Emory University Goizueta Business School as well as the 2000 William Panschar Associate Instructor Teaching Award from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.
Q&A with Elliot Bendoly
Zhan Shi, Finance
Zhan Shi joins the Department of Finance as an instructor. He pursued his PhD course work at the Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business after earning a BS in statistics from Fudan University in Shanghai, China.
His research interests include fixed income, macro-finance, asset pricing and financial econometrics. Shi’s research has been presented at the American Finance Association Meeting, Northern Finance Association Meeting, the Singapore International Conference on Finance, Western Finance Association Meeting and numerous additional professional conferences.
He is the co-author of the chapter “Model Selection for High-Dimensional Problems” in the Handbook of Financial Econometrics and Statistics.
Shi's research won the Cubist Systematic Strategies PhD Candidate Award from the WFA, 2014. His teaching experience includes courses on derivative markets as well as security analysis and portfolio management.
Q&A with Zhan Shi
Jim Hendrickson, Marketing and Logistics
Jim Hendrickson joins the Department of Marketing and Logistics as a senior lecturer. His recent industry experience includes roles as vice president and general manager of logistics solutions for Pitney Bowes; director of global B2B services product line for IBM; and senior vice president of corporate development and vice president of product management for Sterling Commerce.
He has also held leadership positions at Bank One, Ernst & Young, JPMorgan Chase, Trident Data Systems, and the General Electric Aerospace Division. He served as a captain in the Army Medical Services Corps for more than four years, and is an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from Vanderbilt University.
Hendrickson has an MS in management from National Louis University in Chicago, and a BS in business administration from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
His areas of expertise include C-level executive leadership, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, supply chain management, technology, team building and people development.
Q&A with Jim Hendrickson
Birsel Pirim, Finance
Birsel Pirim serves as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Finance. Her prior faculty positions include visiting assistant professor of finance at Fisher; assistant professor of international finance at Yeditepe University in Turkey; visiting assistant professor of finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and graduate instructor at the University of Mississippi. Pirim earned a PhD in finance and an MS in economics from Mississippi as well as a BS in physics from Manchester University.
Her primary area of research examines financial markets and the trading of securities commonly referred to as market microstructure research.
Pirim’s research has been presented at numerous seminars and presentations, including the Financial Management Association (FMA) Annual Meeting and the Eastern Finance Association (EFA) Annual Meeting, and has been published in journals such as the International Research Journal of Finance and Economics and Banking and Finance Review.
Pirim is a member of the American Finance Association, EFA, FMA and Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society, and has won numerous teaching honors. She was rated excellent by students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2007-2009, and has taught courses for MBA and SMF students at Fisher.
Q&A with Birsel Pirim
John Draper, Management Sciences
John Draper joins the Department of Management Sciences as a senior lecturer. He comes from The Ohio State University’s Department of Statistics, where he served as visiting faculty and taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in statistical theory and application. His teaching experiences at Ohio State also include statistics in business, engineering and sports as well as biostatistics courses for graduate-level students in the College of Public Health and Dentistry.
Draper has a PhD and MS in statistics from Ohio State as well as BS degrees in mathematics and statistics from Florida State University.
His professional experiences include roles as a statistical consultant as well as positions at Battelle Memorial Institute and Cengage Learning. Draper is a member of the American Statistical Association, and the recipient of the Thomas E. and Jean D. Powers Award for Outstanding Teaching Associate.
Draper is a proud alum of The Ohio State University Marching Band (2003-07) and the Florida State University Marching Chiefs (1999-2003). He has also worked closely with the OSUMB in halftime show design since 2006.
Q&A with John Draper
Roger Bailey, Marketing and Logistics
Roger Bailey serves as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Logistics. Previously, he was a lecturer at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business and an instructor of economics at Vanderbilt University, where he earned a PhD in economics. Bailey also has an MS and BS in mathematics from Northern Arizona University.
His research focuses on the application of structural models built from microeconomic principles to marketing problems.
Specifically, he is interested in consumer heterogeneity and its effects on demand, investigating the structure of markets, and the identification of niche markets and/or unmet demand. His areas of expertise also include exploratory analysis, product analysis, and structural modeling.
Bailey’s teaching experience includes courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He was the recipient of the Harold Stirling Vanderbilt Fellowship at Vanderbilt University from 2007-2012.
Q&A with Roger Bailey
Thien T. Nguyen, Finance
Thien T. Nguyen joins the Department of Finance as an assistant professor. He pursued his PhD course work at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania after earning a BA in mathematics and economics from the University of California, San Diego. His teaching experience includes undergraduate, MBA and PhD courses in such topics as empirical methods in finance, monetary economics and the global economy, fixed income securities and corporate finance.
Nguyen’s research interests include macroeconomics, financial markets, asset pricing, public finance and financial institutions.
His work has been published in the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Monetary Economics. He has served as a PhD summer intern at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Nguyen is also the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including the Winkelman Fellowship and the Rodney L. White Center for Financial Research Grant at Wharton.
Q&A with Thien T. Nguyen
Nathan Craig, Management Sciences
Nathan Craig joins the Department of Management Sciences as an assistant professor. He earned a DBA in Technology and Operations Management from Harvard Business School as well as an MS in Operations Research and a BS in Integrated Systems Engineering from The Ohio State University.
His teaching experience includes courses in operations management and stochastic modeling as well as custom and executive-education programs at Harvard Business School and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
His current research interests focus on retail supply chains, including capital structure and liquidation in the retail industry as well as mechanisms for improved manufacturer service levels and their impact on retailer demand. Craig’s research has been presented at various conferences and seminars, including annual meetings of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) as well as the Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).
His work has been published by Harvard Business School Press, and he is the recipient of the Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research presented by Harvard Business School.
Xiang (Sean) Wan, Marketing and Logistics
Xiang (Sean) Wan serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Logistics. He comes from the College of Business Administration at the University of Tennessee, where he served as an assistant professor of supply chain management. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor of supply chain management at Marquette University.
Wan earned his PhD in business administration with a major in supply chain management from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland; an MS in economics from Xi'an Jiaotong University in China; and a BS in computer science from Nanchang University in China.
His research interests include product and service variety management, inventory management, supply chain coordination, and transportation management. Wan’s work has been published in the Journal of Operations Management and the Journal of Business Logistics, among other publications.
Wan’s research impacts both academia and industry. In 2012, he received the Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals. Additionally, one of his papers was cited and discussed in the practitioner article, “SKU Proliferation: Too Much or Not Enough?” published at Deloitte University Press. Furthermore, an article from The Wall Street Journal recognized Wan as one of “12 Academic Experts (Who) Make Sense of Consumer-Centric Big Data with Adaptive Analytics.”
He had worked at Letop Inc., an international logistics company in China, and has been working on research projects with the soft drink industry in the United States. He earned Top 15% Teaching Awards in 2009 and 2010 at the Robert H. Smith School of Business as well as the Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence in 2010 and the Allan N. Nash Award for outstanding doctoral student in 2011.
Q&A with Xiang Wan
Greg Sabin, Finance
Greg Sabin joins the Department of Finance as a senior lecturer. He comes from Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business, where he served since 2008 in a number of roles within the finance department, including administrative director, professor of practice, director of the Financial Analysis Lab and faculty advisor to the Student Investment Association. He also brings more than a decade of professional experience, holding leadership positions at companies such as Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Honeywell International, INERGY and Ford Motor Company.
Sabin pursued his PhD course work in business administration at Michigan State, where he earned an MBA in finance and BA in interdisciplinary studies.
He is the winner of numerous teaching awards, including the 2010 Senior Class Council’s Outstanding Faculty Award, recognizing the top instructor across the entire Michigan State campus. Sabin also received Michigan State’s Finance Department Teaching Excellence Award in 2010 and 2013.
Sabin has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management as well as the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals Educators’ Conference.
Q&A with Greg Sabin
Nilesh Khare, Management and Human Resources
Nilesh Khare joins the Department of Management and Human Resources as a visiting assistant professor. He comes back to Fisher with additional teaching, consulting, and diverse international experience gained over the last five years in the United Arab Emirates. He continues to consult companies in the UAE and India, and earlier worked with consulting majors such as KPMG in South Africa and PricewaterhouseCoopers in India.
Khare earned a PhD from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business, an MBA in finance and marketing, and a CFA from ICFAI Business School-Hyderabad in India, and a BE in electronics and telecommunications from Malaviya National Institute of Technology in India.
His research interests include theories and perspectives that shed light on issues such as vertical integration, diversification and strategic alliances. He is also keen on examining strategic issues in the context of microfinance. His professional affiliations include the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society and Council of Chartered Financial Analysts of India.
Khare brings teaching experience in strategy, international business management, managing corporate performance and innovation and change management.
Natasha Burns, Finance
Natasha Burns joins the Department of Finance as a visiting associate professor. She comes from University of Texas at San Antonio College of Business and, prior to that, the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. She has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including courses on cases in finance, principles of business finance, international finance and financial management. Burns earned a PhD from The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business; an MBA from Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business; and a BS in computer information science from Ohio State.
Her research interests include corporate governance and international finance.
Her research has been presented at professional seminars and conferences nationally and internationally, and has been published in numerous journals, including: Financial Review; Journal of Banking & Finance; Journal of Corporate Finance; Journal of Financial Economics; Journal of Financial Intermediation and Quarterly Journal of Finance. She currently serves on the editorial review board of Corporate Governance: An International Review.
Burns is a recipient of the KPMG Diversity Research Award for Best Paper, received the Summer Research Award from the University of Texas at San Antonio from 2009-2013, and was awarded the UTSA Internal Research Award Grant in 2014. In 2007, she received the Terry-Sanford Research Award from the Terry College of Business.
Q&A with Natasha Burns