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New Faculty Bring Wide Range of Expertise

September 26, 2011
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The School of Business Administration this fall welcomes seven new faculty members, whose areas of expertise range from multinational corporate management to consumer behavior and social psychology. The appointments include faculty who join the School’s accounting, economics, management science, management, and marketing departments.

Yongtao GuanYongtao Guan has been appointed as a professor of management science. Prior to joining the School, Guan was an associate professor of biostatistics at Yale University, where he was on the faculty since 2006. Guan, who earned his PhD from Texas A&M University, specializes in modeling data with correlation such as spatial, recurrent event and longitudinal data. Guan’s research has been widely published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B and Biometrika. Guan was a recipient of the prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and an R01 award from the National Institute of Health. He has also served as guest editor of Statistics and Its Interface and associate editor of the Annals of Applied Statistics. Guan is returning to UM, where he was an assistant professor of management science from 2003 – 2006.

Miguel IraolaMiguel Iraola joins the School as a visiting professor of economics. Iraola is an assistant professor (on leave) at Mexico’s Centro de Investigación Económica (ITAM), where he has been on the faculty since 2007. Iraola, whose research interests include monetary economics, financial economics, technological change, and computable general equilibrium, specializes in macroeconomics and financial economics.

Keri KettleKeri Kettle has been appointed as assistant professor of marketing after earning his PhD from the University of Alberta’s School of Business. Kettle, whose research focuses on people's thoughts and behavior are influenced by the interplay between aspects of their self-concept and the situation, specializes in consumer behavior and social psychology with an emphasis on judgment and decision making.

MigMiguel Minutti-Mezauel Minutti-Meza joins the School as an assistant professor of accounting after earning his PhD from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Minutti-Meza specializes in financial accounting and auditing and focuses his research on measuring audit quality, applied econometrics and research methodology, internal controls, and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and valuation of private firms.

Gergana TodorovaGergana Todorova joins the School as an assistant professor of management after earning her PhD from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. Todorova, whose research interests include team creativity, team cognition, and team dynamics, specializes in organizational behavior, innovation management, and conflict management.

Mehdi ShadmehrMehdi Shadmehr joins the School as an assistant professor of economics. Shadmehr has a PhD in economics from the University of Illinois. He specializes in game theory and political economics, and applies economics methods to study coordination and collective action in uncertain, risky environments. His research addresses a wide range of socio-political issues such as protests and revolutions, social movements, state repression, human rights, censorship, and the role of ideology.

Chei Hwee ChuaChei Hwee Chua joins the School as an instructor of management.  She is currently completing her dissertation for her PhD in international business at the University of South Carolina’s Moore School of Business. Her research interests include multinational corporation management, institutional theory and institutional work, international human resource management, intercultural communication and negotiation, and post-merger and acquisition integration management.

“The UM School of Business Administration is committed to excellence in both research and teaching -- creating high-impact ideas and delivering the best possible education experiences to our students,” said Gene Anderson, the School’s dean. “I am delighted to welcome these new faculty members whose expertise across a wide range of areas will further enrich learning for our students and enhance the exchange of cutting edge ideas we enjoy with the wider academic and business communities.”

The 2011 faculty appointments follow the recruitment over the past several years of faculty from these and a number of other leading business schools and universities including Harvard University, MIT, the University of Michigan, Duke University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

In its 2010 rankings of Executive MBA programs, The Financial Times ranked the School’s faculty and research No. 26 in the world, while the International Business Review named one of the School’s professors the world’s No. 1 international business scholar. Also in 2010, the International Business Review ranked the School No. 20 in the world for international research, ahead of such elite institutions as Harvard Business School and the London Business School.

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