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.

Black School of Business Graduate Faculty

Kerry A. Adzima, Ph.D., West Virginia University. Public economics, regional and urban economics, managerial economics and the economics of education. She serves as a research associate for the Economic Research Institute of Erie.

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.

Charles A. Brown, Ph.D., CPA, Kent State University. Financial and managerial accounting, cost accounting, cost management, auditing. As a doctoral student, Dr. Brown received Kent State University's Graduate Student Senate Teaching Award. He has had professional auditing experience with a regional CPA firm in Ohio. Audit experience includes real estate developers, steel fabrication companies, thoroughbred horse racing tracks, and non-profit organizations. He is the president-elect for the Erie Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants.

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.

Jeffrey M. Coy, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University. Corporate finance. Published research is focused in the areas of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate exchange rate sensitivity, and leveraged buyouts. Current research is focused on risk and leverage dynamics of the firm around the exercise of real options as well as corporate diversification.

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.

Greg Filbeck, DBA, CFA, FRM, PRM, CAIA, University of Kentucky. Investments, portfolio theory, and corporate finance. Research studies are focused within the investments, portfolio management, and behavioral finance areas. In addition to ten years of experience in academia, he has seven years of experience as senior vice president of Schweser, a division of Kaplan, Inc. where he headed the content and curriculum areas and started and lead marketing and sales areas.

Varun Gupta, MS-SCM, MBA, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Dallas. Research interests include the role of consumer's willingness-to-pay in pricing for competing retailers, and developing models to study experiential products. He has two years of work experience as a Business Analyst in consumer goods and retail, and also worked closely with a US national retailer for research. He has also published on the supply uncertainty in supply chains.

William H. A. Johnson, Ph.D., Schulich School of Business, York University. Research and teaching interests include innovation, strategy, and international management. His research interests include international practices of New Product Development (NPD) and innovation in China. Dr. Johnson created the NPD&PM tract at the Decision Sciences Institute in 2005. He has consulted pharmaceutical companies and the National Research Council in Canada and has published in a number of respected research journals on innovation and knowledge management.

Timothy A. Krause, Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio. Investments, derivatives, portfolio management, and fixed income securities. Research focuses on derivatives and market microstructure. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Krause spent twenty years in the financial services industry as an investments professional. He held management positions at Zecco Trading, Vector Capital Markets, BNP Paribas, and Bank of America. He also serves as the faculty adviser for the Intrieri Family Student Managed Fund.

Shin Hyoung Kwon Ph.D., Boston University. Research: Financial Reporting, Earnings Quality, Mergers and Acquisition, Information Uncertainty, Internal Control Deficiency. Teaching: Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis. Previous work experience at Hyundai Motor Company, LG International Corporation and family business in South Korea.

Kenneth K. T. Louie, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. International trade and finance, labor economics, economic development. Professor Louie has received the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Guy W. Wilson Award for Excellence in Advising, and was a Fulbright Lecturer in the People's Republic of China in 1998. He has consulted for GTE.

Ido Millet, Ph.D., The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Millet has served as a systems analyst, project manager, and consultant to companies such as the Israeli Navy, Fidelity Bank, Yael Software and Systems, Liberty Mutual, and Petroleum Products Corporation. His research interests include the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP), reporting systems, and online reverse auctions. He developed several software tools ( that are currently in use by more than 4,000 organizations.

Diane H. Parente, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo (1997). Interdisciplinary research, business and engineering issues, functional and business-level strategy, business simulations, project management, and supply chain. She has received research awards including the Anbar Scientific Award and Best Paper in the Journal of Management Education. Dr. Parente has received numerous teaching awards at Penn State and the University at Buffalo for both online and residential teaching. She has worked in manufacturing, banking, and insurance, most recently as international business manager with Oxychem. She is the Samuel A. and Elizabeth B. Breene Professor of Management and developed the Interdisciplinary Business and Engineering program at Penn State Behrend. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the Academy of Management, and the Decision Sciences Institute.

Peerasit Patanakul Ph.D., Ph.D., Portland State University (2004): Research interests include project portfolio management, multiple project management, strategic and value-focused project management, and managing government projects. He has been engaged in several research projects, e.g. Building a strategic system approach to NASA’s project and program management (a grant from the Center for Program/Project Management Research, NASA, 2004-2005) and Effectiveness in project portfolio management, and Managing government project (2009 and 2010 grants from Project Management Institute). He teaches in the areas of project management and organizations since 2004. He also holds a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), and a MS in Engineering Management from Portland State University. He also has work experiences in petrochemical industries.

Jeffrey K. Pinto, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Project management, information systems implementation, power and political processes in organizations, diffusion of innovations. Dr. Pinto teaches project management, organizational behavior, and organization theory. He is the Samuel A. and Elizabeth B. Breene Professor of Management. He is a two-time recipient of the Project Management Institute's Distinguished Contribution Award and has also received the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Research Award. He has consulted for numerous corporate clients, including General Electric, Rolls-Royce Corporation, PPG Industries, Aker Rauma Offshore (Finland), Data General Corporation, Erie Press Systems, Repola Oy (Finland), and Zurn Industries. He is the author or editor of eighteen books and has developed Penn State's Master in Project Management program.

Mary Beth Pinto, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Consumer credit behavior, health care marketing, pharmaceutical marketing, advertising. Dr. Pinto has industry experience as an account executive with Illinois Bell and manager of professional services with the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Center. Dr. Pinto has more than fifteen years of teaching experience. She has done funded research for St. Vincent Health System and has served as a consultant for the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber Center, Erie Day School, MedRisk, James W. Sewall Company, E. C. Hart and Sons, and the Coalition for Maine's Children.

Sourish Sarkar Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2012): Research and teaching interests include operations and supply chain management, project management, inventory theory, and lean manufacturing. He previously taught engineering economy and data management as graduate student instructor. During his Ph.D., he was recipients of NIOSH Fellowship and Dover Corporation Endowed Fellowship. Dr. Sarkar also has several years of industry experience with an Indian manufacturing company.

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.

Xin (Jessica) Zhao, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo. Market microstructure, investment, and corporate finance. Research studies are focused within market microstructure and IPO area. Dr. Zhao has received the A. James Boness Research Paper Award in the field of Finance for the 2002-2003 academic year by State University of New York at Buffalo. She has worked for Da Hua CPA and taken part in several funded projects in China.