Executive MBA Faculty

University of San Francisco Executive MBA faculty include current industry professionals, as well as PhD educated experts in a breadth of business fields.

Full-Time Faculty


Zachary Burns

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Zachary C. Burns specializes in managerial and organizational behavior with research in the psychology of morality and ethics, applications in law, and judgment and decision-making. His works surrounds behavioral patterns, intellectual property and intentionality. Dr. Burns previously taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Fellow at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. He has had articles on his research published in the Journal of...

Education:

Ph.D. Managerial and Organizational Behavior, University of Chicago Booth School of Business Center for Decision Research, 2013, Masters Business Administration, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2012, B.A. Mathematics, B.A. Economics, Cornell University, 2006

Mark Cannice

Department Chair / Professor
(415) 422-6785

Professor Mark V. Cannice is an internationally recognized scholar, teacher, and speaker on entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is Department Chair and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the University of San Francisco School of Management. Cannice writes the widely-followed quarterly Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index Report® which is published by ProQuest and EBSCO, indexed globally on Bloomberg Professional Services in 170 countries (Bloomberg ticker...

Education:

Ph.D., Indiana University (1997), M.S., Indiana University (1996), MBA, University of San Francisco (1992), B. S., United States Naval Academy (1984)

Roger Chen

Professor
(415) 422-6546

Roger Chen brings to USF forward-thinking expertise in the fields of corporate innovation and growth, competition and global strategy - areas he views as entirely interdependent. By developing a balanced approach to his research endeavors - devoting equal time and effort between pure quantitative/academic research and case research methods - Dr. Chen embodies academic rigor, benefiting his students, fellow academics, global corporations and communities with his egalitarian work philosophy....

Education:

Ph.D., Strategy and International Management, University of Texas at Dallas, 1996, M.S., Industrial Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, 1986, B.S., Operations Management, Shanghai Engineering and Science University, China, 1983

Tatiana Fedyk

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4697

Assistant Professor Tatiana Fedyk is an experienced financial analyst and consultant who, before teaching at USF, held teaching positions at the University of California at Berkeley and Arizona State University. She teaches accountancy, financial information analysis and cost management. Her research interests include R&D overinvestment, real earnings management, financial management tools, accounting value relevance and underlying volatility. In her teaching, Dr. Fedyk combines her...

Education:

B.S., Mechanics and Mathematics, Moscow State University, 1988, M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Moscow State University, 1990, C.P.A., Certified Public Accountant, Moscow, Russia, 1996, Ph.D., Accounting, University of California at Berkeley, 2008

Thomas Grossman

Professor
(415) 422-6156

Professor Thomas Grossman is a researcher and educator who enables students and alumni to harness the power of analytics to lead their organizations. His research and teaching encompasses spreadsheet engineering, business analytics, management of spreadsheets within organizations, analysis-driven process improvement, and the use of analytical spreadsheet models. One of Dr. Grossman's key specialties is helping students and organizations improve their managerial communication of analytic results...

Education:

PhD, Management Science & Engineering, Stanford University, 1994, MS, Engineering-Economic Systems, Stanford University, 1985, BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1984

Expertise:

Spreadsheet engineering, spreadsheet analytics, business analytics, and spreadsheet information systems

Nicholas Imparato

Department Chair / Professor
(415) 422-6740

Nicholas Imparato is a professor of marketing and management at the University of San Francisco and, since 2011, chair of the Department of Marketing (originally the Department of Marketing and Law). He is formerly a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University (1996 – 2012). During a lengthy series of special leaves of absence from the university, he held positions as a senior executive and board member at publicly listed (NYSE, NASDAQ) and closely held companies here and in...

Kevin Lo

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6139

Kevin Lo, Associate Professor in the Department of Organization, Leadership and Communication, is a graduate of the USF joint Master of Business Administration (MBA) - Master of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program. His scholarly work and teaching focus on cross-cultural management and intercultural communication. Professor Lo has lived and worked in Beijing, Taipei, and Auckland and draws upon these international experiences with cross-cultural communication, interpersonal networks and...

Education:

Ph.D., International Management, University of Hawaii, M.B.A., University of San Francisco, M.A.P.S., Master of Asia-Pacific Studies, University of San Francisco, B.A., East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, Brown University

Laurie MacPherson

Associate Professor
(415) 422-6364

Laurie MacPherson, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, is a greatly admired teacher and academic, joining USF as a faculty member in 1993. Serving as contributing member of the University's MBA and EMBA programs, she teaches applied creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial management in the Bay Area and the People’s Republic of China. With over fifteen years’ professional experience as a manager in the film and television industry in America, Europe, and Japan, Dr....

Education:

Ph.D., Management, Case Western Reserve University, 2002, M.A., Public and Private Management, Yale University, 1979, B.A., American Studies, Smith College, 1974

Frank Ohara

Department Chair / Professor
(415) 422-6406

Finance Department Chair Frank Ohara is recognized for his dedication to teaching excellence by the School of Management as the eight-time recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. Establishing the USF National Honor Society Chapter of the International Financial Management Association, Ohara continues to serve as faculty advisor for the organization today. With over fifteen years' financial management and administrative experience in the computer manufacturing and financial services...

Education:

Post Doctorate, Finance & Accounting, Hough Graduate School of Business, University of Florida, J.D., Santa Clara University, CA, B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Jennifer Parlamis

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2130

Associate Professor Jennifer Parlamis's academic career has centered on pioneering social-psychological research in the areas of negotiation, conflict resolution, communication, and organization dynamics. Specifically, Professor Parlamis studies the impact of technology on negotiation outcomes and the role of anger and incompetency emotions in negotiation and conflict contexts. In addition, she has written on ageism in organizations as well as negotiation pedagogy. Professor Parlamis employs...

Education:

PhD, Social and Organizational Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2001, The Moscow Institute of Social and Political Studies, Moscow Russian Language Certificate, Moscow, Russia, 1994 , BA, Psychology and Fine Arts (Magna Cum Laude), Georgetown University, Washington D.C., 1993

Anthony Patino

Professor / Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
(415) 422-4152

Anthony Patino is a renowned expert in entertainment, advertising, and promotion, consumer behavior, public policy and marketing analytics. He holds degrees in marketing, business administration, planning and social policy from Duke University, Harvard University, and Temple University. His widely-published research takes him to conferences all over the U.S. During his career in entertainment, Patino worked in marketing, sales and research at leading entertainment firms like Sony Picture...

Education:

PhD, Business Administration, Marketing, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2006, MBA, Marketing, Duke University, North Carolina, 1991, MA, Administration, Planning and Social Policy, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1989, BA, Mathematics, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, 1985

William Riggs

Program Director / Assistant Professor
(415) 422-2092

William (Billy) Riggs, PhD, AICP, LEED AP is a global expert and thought leader in the areas of autonomy and smart transportation, housing, economics and urban development. He has over 100 publications in these areas and has had his work featured in multiple national media outlets—including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and the Atlantic.  He is currently a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management, director of strategy and research at Sustinere...

Education:

Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 2011, Master of Urban Planning, Economics and Spatial Analysis, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2003, Bachelor of Arts, History, Ball State University, 2001

Claudia Roehl

Instructor
(415) 422-6561

Claudia Roehl, Instructor of Accounting, brings to USF over ten years of experience as a Finance Director, V.P., Financial Analyst Officer and Senior Accountant, with a research concentration in structured finance, and specifically, collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs) and asset-backed securities (ABS). Her work aims to leverage and combine economic and accounting studies with her extensive knowledge of financial investment instruments. Drawing from her own explorations into credit...

Education:

Advanced Business Analyst (ABA); General Electric Capital Corporation's Executive MBA Program; included two years of coursework with Harvard, Wharton and Kellogg Schools of Business, 1994 – 1995, Certified Financial Analyst (C.F.A.) TrainingB.A., Economics, Minor in Computer Science, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, 1986, B.A., Economics, Minor in Computer Science, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, 1986, Study Abroad, Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai, Japan, 1985

Mouwafac Sidaoui

Department Chair / Professor
(415) 422-6787

Mouwafac Sidaoui, Department Chair and Professor of Business Analytics and Information Systems, is a greatly respected teacher of quantitative analysis, decision modeling and algebra/statistics for business, renowned for his expertise in entrepreneurship around the world, particularly in the Middle East. He strives to teach his students how to approach the concepts of strategic thinking and analysis of global business from more dynamic and socially conscious vantage points. Sidaoui makes every...

Education:

Post Doctorate, Finance & Accounting (with an emphasis on Business Analytics), Hough Graduate School of Business, University of Florida, FL, 2011, EdD, Education, Academic Global Leadership, University of San Francisco, CA, 2007, MBA, emphasis in Innovation Technology, Boston University, MA, 1991, BS, Technical Management, Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA, 1991, BS, Mechanical Engineering, Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA, 1990, AA, Associate Degree in Mechanical Design (minor in Mathematics), Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA, 1988, Minor in Mathematics, Wentworth Institute of Technology, MA, 1988

Richard Stackman

Professor
(415) 422-2148

Richard Stackman is a professor in the Department of Organization, Leadership, and Communication. His coursework focuses on topics that include organizational behavior, organizational change and development, leadership versus management, and complexity science. Stackman’s recent research with Dr. Linda Henderson explores the gender differences on project team membership, and his scholarly activities underscore personal value systems and complexity theory in organizational functioning. This...

Education:

PhD, Business Administration, University of British Columbia, Canada, 1995, BS, Business Administration (Cum Laude), Major in Organizational Behavior and Accounting, University of California at Berkeley, 1985 (member of Phi Beta Kappa)

Neil Walshe

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4508

Professor Neil Walshe addresses the role of morality and virtue in organizational life, exploring the psychosocial processes and mechanisms through which moral constructions become moral behaviors. Dr. Walshe's research and teaching investigate the role of courage and cowardice in the workplace, as well as the subject of ethics in such contentious industry sectors as armaments and defense. Dr. Walshe aims to develop greater insight into how employees construct and exhibit virtuous behavior at...

Education:

PhD, Organizational Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London, London, United Kingdom, 2010, MS, Occupational Psychology, Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 2002, BS, Psychology, Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2001

Part-Time Faculty


Jonathan Reichental

Adjunct Professor

Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the City of Palo Alto Jonathan Reichental is an award-winning technology leader whose 25-year career has spanned both the private and public sectors. In 2017 he was named one of the top 100 CIOs in the world and in 2016 he was named one of the top 20 most influential CIOs in the United States. Reichental is also recognized as a global thought leader on a number of emerging trends including urban innovation and blockchain technology. In 2013 he was recognized...

David Ryan

Assistant Professor
(415) 422-5524

David Ryan serves as the Academic Director and Faculty Chair for the Professional Communication and Certificate in Professional Communication programs. He teaches undergraduate courses in rhetoric, focusing on orality and literacy studies, and graduate courses in strategic and technical communication, specializing in strategic planning and usability/UX studies. His research interests relate the intellectual history of technical communication with classicism, human enhancement technologies, and...

Emeriti Faculty


John Veitch

Professor

John Veitch, Professor of Finance, and Director of the M.S. in Financial Analysis program, is an esteemed faculty member with over two decades of academic and chief administrative service to the university. Specializing in financial analysis and risk management, Dr. Veitch is the co-author of a number of articles on country risk in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa due to contributing factors of financial integration, currency devaluation and currency contagion. Professor Veitch served...

Education:

C.F.A. (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation, 1999, Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1985, Degree: B.A., Economics and Mathematics, Trinity College, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1981