MBA Faculty

MBA Faculty

To help students succeed in an increasingly global marketplace, Penn State Behrend has assembled an exceptional faculty with business experience in nearly every part of the industrialized world. Educated at leading universities, Penn State Behrend faculty members value high-quality teaching and research. To further ensure excellent instruction, almost all MBA classes are taught by full-time faculty.

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Academic Program Chair, MBA Program

Alfred Warner, Ph.D., The Ohio State University. Business policy and strategy, innovation management. Dr. Warner, director of the MBA Program, conducts research that focuses on the effect of innovation on firm competitiveness and technology sourcing and governance choices. He has prior experience with a number of manufacturing firms including Butler Manufacturing and Holophane Lighting. Dr. Warner has consulted with several startup firms and with Q-Multimedia, a subsidiary of WQLN public broadcasting in Erie.

Administrative Program Chair, MBA Program

Eric Robbins

Black School of Business Graduate Faculty

Brian Boscaljon, Ph.D., Texas Tech University. Investments, portfolio theory, and corporate finance. Research studies are focused within the investments and portfolio theory area. Current projects include common stock price reactions to various events, diversification, and asset allocation models. Dr. Boscaljon obtained the Charter Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and uses his knowledge in this area to incorporate practical applications as well as theory into the classroom discussions. He has professional experience as a financial analyst for Comerica Bank and has also been involved in several consulting projects for Johnson Control Interior Systems World Wide, a private endowment fund, and Kaplan, Inc.

Michael E. Brown, Ph.D., Penn State University. Ethics, organizational behavior, leadership, ethical leadership. Dr. Brown has received the Graduate Assistant Award for Outstanding Teaching and has also received the Center for Creative Leadership Kenneth Clark Research Award. He received the Best Paper Award, Social Issues in Management Division, at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting. He has done research and consulting for numerous companies and has done research work for the Ethics Resource Center in Washington, D.C.

Ozgun Caliskan-Demirag,Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology. Research interests include the role of promotions in demand management for supply chains, developing models to control logistics and transportations systems, and modeling to control decentralized systems. She has also researched and published on the effects of customer rebate and retailer incentives.

Ashutosh V. Deshmukh, Ph.D., University of Memphis. Assurance services, accounting information systems, and financial electronic commerce. Professor Deshmukh has previous industry experience as an audit manager, management accountant, and systems consultant. He has worked with leading ERP systems such as SAP R/3 and Oracle. Due to his research in financial statement fraud, he was invited to be an expert witness by the U.S. House of Representatives.

James F. Fairbank, Ph.D., Penn State University. Strategic management and entrepreneurship. Dr. Fairbank has received teaching awards at both West Virginia University and Penn State. He was a U.S. Naval officer and has previous professional experience as a marketing engineer at Texas Instruments, Inc., and as a business development manager at Eldyne, Inc. Dr. Fairbank is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma and the Academy of Management.

KJ Koo, Ph.D.

Matthew E. Swinarski, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo. Information systems and technology (ITS) outsourcing, IT service provider capabilities, IT service contact and relationship management, IT service level agreements (SLAs). Dr. Swinarski's research, part of a larger project in the area of ITS outsourcing, has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He has served as issue managing editor for the Journal of Information Technology Theory and Application (JITTA) and as editor-in-chief of INFORMS OR/MS Tomorrow Newsletter. Dr. Swinarski has worked as an IT consultant for Perfect Fit Glove Co., LLC, a division of Bacou-Dalloz, customizing and developing applications and was the lead technology adviser for the Year 2000 and EDI projects.

Ray Venkataraman, Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology. Operations planning and control, supply chain management, operations strategy, purchasing, business statistics, project management. Professor Venkataraman has more than 20 years of teaching experience and has received the Ideal Industries Award for Excellence in Business Teaching at Northern Illinois University. He has several research publications in top-tier operations management journals. He also has five years of previous industry experience as an assistant manager with a multinational bank in India.

Hyunsoon (Sean) Yim, Ph.D.