Business School Professors You Should Know (2018)
For many aspiring entrepreneurs, a master of business administration (MBA) represents a milestone that helps open up new opportunities. While an undergraduate degree in business allows graduates to enter the world of business, an MBA is often crucial in obtaining executive and management-level roles.
There are many benefits to obtaining an MBA. An MBA provides practical leadership and management skills, acts as a credential that sends a signal to the marketplace, and offers access to an alumni network.
Ultimately, an MBA provides education and experience that are unmatched by nearly all other programs. And, perhaps one of the most compelling reasons to pursue this type of degree is the quality of education offered by the professors. Many MBA programs nationwide and those that provide online degrees are well-known for the talent of their educators.
To highlight this, these 15 renowned professors are more than just educators; they are researchers, authors, and valuable members of the business community.
15 Exceptional Business School Professors and Leaders
Dr. Gene Anderson is the dean at the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Before that, he served as dean of the University of Miami School of Business Administration and a distinguished professor of business at the University of Michigan. He has also held many leadership roles that include senior associate dean for academic affairs, associate dean for degree programs, and academic director for the executive MBA. He is widely regarded as an excellent researcher as three of his papers are ranked among the most impactful articles on research and practice. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Chicago and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana‐Champaign.
Dr. Somer Anderson currently serves as assistant dean for the Simon School of Business and a professor of accounting. Before moving into academia, she worked as an auditor at a public accounting firm and a finance manager at a large healthcare organization. She retains affiliation with several professional organizations, including the American Council on Consumer Interests, the American Institute of CPAs, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. She also serves as a Board Member of the Maplewood Parks and Recreation Board. Dr. Anderson earned her bachelor's and master's in accountancy from the University of Missouri Trulaske and her doctorate in personal financial planning at Kansas State University.
Johns Hopkins University
Well-known for his expertise in the areas of leadership development, community economic development, and nonprofit organizations, Dr. James R. Calvin has been a professor at the Carey Business School since 1996. He is also a widely-published author, with his works featured in the Society for Advancement of Management Journal, the American Journal of Community Psychology, and the Academy of Business Research Journal. Dr. Calvin has also received many recognitions and awards throughout his career, including a best paper award in management from the Academy of Business Research, an excellence in teaching award from Johns Hopkins University, and an outstanding leadership and service award from the Academy of Management. Dr. Calvin obtained his doctorate in communication, culture, and phenomenology from New York University.
University of Denver
Dr. Brent Chrite is dean of the Daniels College of Business, where he is currently leading the school through a strategic overhaul of its programs. He previously served as dean of Montclair State University's school of business and associate dean and Gemelli faculty fellow at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. During his career, he has led research and development projects in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia. He has also worked to harness the energy and the dynamism of the private sector to alleviate poverty and invest in human capital. Notably, he helped launch a new MBA program at Herat University in Afghanistan. Dr. Chrite has a doctorate in management from the University of Michigan, a master's in healthcare administration and finance from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a bachelor's in community health services from Michigan State University.
Washington State University
Dr. Deborah Compeau is a distinguished professor of information systems in the Carson College of Business, where her research focuses on the interaction between people and information technologies (IT) in organizations. Before joining the faculty at WSU, she served on the faculty at the University of Western Ontario, University of Calgary, and Carleton University. Her research has appeared in many publications, including the MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research, the Journal of Management Information Systems, and the European Journal of Information Systems. Dr. Compeau obtained her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from The University of Western Ontario.
Dr. John Draut is a professor and the program director of the accountancy and taxation master's programs at the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business, where he has served on the faculty since 1996. He has almost 40 years of corporate experience, during which he has held positions ranging from chief operating officer, vice president of finance, divisional controller, and chief financial officer across many industries, from financial printing to agricultural equipment manufacturing. He is currently affiliated with the American Management Association and National Center for Continuing Education, and he has authored a text that centers on the role of the CFO in today’s business world. He completed his bachelor's degree in finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MBA with a concentration in accounting at DePaul University.
Before becoming dean of the School of Business Administration at Widener University, Dr. Jayati Ghosh served in several leadership roles, including director of faculty development, founding executive director of internationalization office, and associate dean at the Dominican University of California. She also currently serves on the board of directors of the Middle Atlantic Association of Colleges of Business Administration (MAACBA) and the Steering Committee of the Small Schools Network Affinity group of AACSB. One of the most distinguished awards that Dr. Ghosh received over her tenure is the researcher of the year award from the Barowsky School of Business. She has also appeared in a variety of news publications, such as the Delaware County Daily Times, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Dr. Ghosh completed her doctorate at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
Dr. Candace T. Grant is associate dean of the business programs and a professor of practice in computers and ethics at Utica College. She also currently sits on the Academic Assessment Coordinating Committee (AACC) at the school. During her time in academia, she has led courses on professional ethics in IT management programs, managing information technology in business management programs, and corporate ethics in MBA programs. Her research interest focuses on the ethical use of technology in business. Her published work has appeared in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Cyber Ethics in Education, the Information Systems Education Journal, and Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology. Dr. Grant earned her doctorate in computer ethics from De Montfort University, her MBA in knowledge management from Royal Roads University, and her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Queen’s University.
Dr. Sonya Grier is a professor in the department of marketing at the Kogod School of Business, where she conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to target marketing, race in the marketplace, the social impact of commercial marketing, and social marketing. Dr. Grier is also currently the director of food marketing research for the African American Obesity Research Collaborative Network. She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing and is a member of the Institute of Medicine Food forum. She previously was a member of the board of scientific counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Health Marketing. She has also provided expert analysis for many news pieces, including those featured in Newswise and the Washington Post. Dr. Grier received her doctorate in marketing and social psychology and her MBA with a focus on marketing, non-profit management and international business from Northwestern University.
University of Saint Mary
Dr. Mark Harvey is the director of graduate and undergraduate programs at the University of Saint Mary, where he teaches courses for the business department in international political economy, international business, law and ethics, and leadership. His publications are well-known, including his book titled Celebrity Influence: Politics, Persuasion, and Issue-based Advocacy. He has experience as a small business owner and professional consultant, where his work focused on political marketing, conflict forecasting and management, technical marketing, corporate social responsibility and the environment, and competitive benchmarking. Dr. Harvey completed a doctorate in political science at the University of Kansa, two master's (one in international relations at Swansea University, another in political science from the University of Missouri-Kansas City) and a bachelor's in political science at Washburn University.
Seton Hall University
Dr. Anthony Loviscek is a professor in the Stillman School of Business, where he teaches financial, economic, and portfolio analyses. He also serves as the chair of the finance department. He previously was the director of the Center for Securities Trading and Analysis and his work has been featured in many peer-reviewed journals, including "An Examination of Hedge Fund Survivorship Bias and Attrition Before and During the Global Financial Crisis," published in the Journal of Alternative Investments. Dr. Loviscek has also been the recipient of multiple Stillman School teaching awards from 1999 to 2011. He completed his master’s and doctorate at West Virginia University and his bachelor's at the University of Southern Indiana.
University of Scranton
Before his appointment as dean of the Kania School of Management, Dr. Michael Mensah was an accounting professor and chair of the department at the school. Throughout his career, he has led courses on financial reporting, accounting for management, and enterprise resource planning applications at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His research focuses on financial instruments in corporate financial reporting, and he has authored articles in several influential journals, including the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Business Insights, the International Journal of Business and Economic Research, the Journal of Applied Business and Economics, and Information and Management. Dr. Mensah obtained his doctorate in accounting and quantitative management science from the University of Houston and his bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Ghana.
University of Alabama at Birmingham
At the Collat School of Business, Dr. Arline Savage serves as chair of the accounting and finance department. As a professor, she has led courses on many subjects, and in multiple locations, including universities in the United States, Canada, and South Africa. Dr. Savage has more than 40 academic and professional publications to her credit, including in the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Accounting Education, and the Journal of Forensic Studies in Accounting and Business, and she has received several honors for her research in the United States, including six best conference paper awards. Dr. Savage completed the majority of her education at the University of Port Elizabeth Port Elizabeth in South Africa, including a bachelor's, a post-graduate certificate, a master's and a doctorate all in accounting.
Dr. Owen P. Hall Jr. holds the Corwin D. Denney Academic Chair position at the Graziadio School of Business and Management, where he also serves as a professor of decision sciences. Additionally, as a Julian Virtue Professor and a Rothschild Applied Research Fellow, he has more than 35 years of academic and industry experience in computer decision systems and information technology. Notably, he received the Howard A. White Teaching Excellence Award in 2009 and 2017, and the Sloan-C Effective Teaching Practice Award in 2013, among numerous other recognitions. Currently, Dr. Hall’s research focuses on the application of artificially intelligent agents to integrated learning systems and cloud-based computing. Dr. Hall completed his bachelor's and MBA at California State University and his doctorate at the University of Southern California.
University of Delaware
Dr. Bruce Weber is dean of the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics, where he also serves as a professor of business administration. He has experience in and teaches trading technology and electronic markets, financial services operations, and performance metrics for digital businesses. Dr. Weber previously held positions at New York University's Stern School of Business, the Zicklin School of Business, and the London Business School, where he was the chair of management science and operations subject area. His published work has appeared in the Journal of Trading, the MIS Quarterly, and the Journal of Management Information Systems. Dr. Weber obtained his undergraduate degree in applied mathematics from Harvard University and his doctorate in decision sciences at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
To select the renowned business school professors for this list, BSchools.org used the following criteria:
- University Affiliation - The professors teach at universities with top-ranked accredited online MBA programs.
- Leadership Experience - They all hold (or have held) prominent positions in academia and/or companies.
- Accolades - They have received numerous institutional and peer recognitions for their work.
- Publications - They are not only renowned educators, but they’re widely published researchers who have made impactful contributions to their field.
- Professional Commitment - Finally, they have demonstrated an unshakable professional commitment to practice and are active members of societies, associations, community organizations, and other types of groups.