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

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

Associate 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. Her research interests include R&D investments, real earnings management, financial management tools, accounting value relevance, and underlying volatility. In her teaching, Dr. Fedyk combines her entrepreneurial consulting experience with her technical and business education to...

Education:

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

Thomas Grossman

Professor
(415) 422-6156

Professor Tom Grossman likes to see non-technical people harness the power of analytics and technology to lead their organizations. His interests include business analytics, spreadsheet engineering, spreadsheet information systems, managerial communication of analytical work, and analysis-driven process improvement. He spent the early years of his career at an analytics consulting firm working on large-scale systems for operations and planning in the United States and Scandinavia. His...

Education:

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

Keith Hunter

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5976

Keith Hunter's primary research interests revolve around organizational networks, culture, and leadership. He is particularly interested in how social networks both influence and reflect the active mental models and power dynamics within organizations. His investigations of the patterns of interaction among people and their implications for human behavior and organizational outcomes are of critical significance to tomorrow's business leaders. His rich background inspires his research and drives...

Education:

Carnegie Mellon University, PhD in Organizational Behavior and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, MPhil in Public Policy and Management, University of Central Florida, MS in Computer Science, University of Central Florida, BS in Computer Science, Valencia Community College, Associate of Arts

Expertise:

Social Network Analysis, Teaching and Facilitation, Team Leadership and Development, Agent-based Modeling

Nicholas Imparato

Professor
(415) 422-6740

Nicholas Imparato is a professor of marketing and management at the University of San Francisco and 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 Europe. As a speaker and adviser in over 35 countries with Visa, IBM, and other organizations, Professor...

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 emotional and cultural intelligence. Professor Lo has lived and worked in Beijing, Taipei, and Auckland and draws upon these international experiences to encourage his students to recognize a wide range of management and organizational...

Education:

University of Hawaii, PhD in International Management, 2007, University of San Francisco, MBA, 2001, University of San Francisco, MA in Asia Pacific Studies, 2001, Brown University, BA in East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature, 1996

Expertise:

Emotional and Cultural Intelligence, Mindfulness and Self-Care

Frank Ohara

Professor
(415) 422-6406

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 industries, he brings extensive...

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

Professor
(415) 422-2130

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, she 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. She employs the latest scholarly research to help...

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

Expertise:

Negotiation and Bargaining, Team Dynamics, Self-as Instrument, Consulting Practices, Mindful Leadership

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 / Associate 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.) Training, B.A., Economics, Minor in Computer Science, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA, 1986, Study Abroad, Tohoku Gakuin University, Sendai, Japan, 1985

Richard Stackman

Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
(415) 422-2148

Richard Stackman is a tenured professor in the Humanistic Management and Hospitality Department. 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:

University of California, Berkeley, BS in Business Administration (Cum Laude), Major in Organizational Behavior and Accounting, 1985, University of British Columbia, PhD in Business Administration, 1995

Neil Walshe

Associate Professor
(415) 422-4508

Neil's principle area of research is the role of virtue and morality (or the lack thereof) in organizations, specifically the presence of courage and cowardice within organizational life. His work explores the psychological mechanisms and consequences of virtuous behavior as part of expected occupational roles. By focusing on high-risk occupations such as ordnance disposal, private military contracting, and air-traffic control, Neil attempts to develop greater insight into how workers construct...

Education:

Birkbeck College, University of London, PhD. in Organizational Psychology, Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, MSc. Organizational Psychology, Queens' University of Belfast, BSc. Psychology

Expertise:

Ethics & Morality, Qualitative Data Analysis, Organizational Ethics, Evidence-based Management

Part-Time Faculty


Jonathan Reichental

Adjunct Professor

Professor Jonathan Reichental is a multiple-award-winning technology and business leader whose career has spanned both the private and public sectors. He’s been a senior software engineering manager, a director of technology innovation, and has served as chief information officer at both O’Reilly Media and the City of Palo Alto, California. He also creates online education for LinkedIn Learning and recently published Smart Cities for Dummies.

Education:

PhD, Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University, MS, Management Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University, BS, Computer Information Systems, University of Tampa, BS, Industrial Engineering, Technological University Dublin

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