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Drucker School Welcomes Renowned Visiting Professors for the Summer Session

Published on Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Registration for summer courses begins April 25, and the Drucker School is gearing up for a summer full of exciting subjects taught by some top-notch visiting professors.

Among some of the courses to look out for in the EMP program:

Lisa Barron’s Managerial Negotiations class will help students develop an understanding of different theoretical perspectives, gain insight into their own feelings and beliefs about negotiation, develop a repertoire of negotiation skills, and learn to analyze and put negotiation concepts into action to improve your ability to negotiate.

Dr. Lisa Barron is a faculty member of Organization and Management at The Paul Merage School of Business, at University of California, Irvine. Her principal research and teaching interests focus on negotiation, communication, and leadership. She has consulted with large and small organizations and has taught negotiation techniques to executives, career counselors, undergraduate and graduate students, academic staff and faculty.

John A. Pearce’s Entrpreneurship course examines the new venture process, from idea generation to startup to harvest. This course is designed to equip students with a thorough knowledge of the important issues surrounding new business ventures.

In Strategy Development students will develop skills in matching organizational capabilities with competitive opportunities to improve business performance. From the perspective of the general manager, emphasis is placed on learning to take entrepreneurial and socially responsible approaches to analyzing company options, to formulating innovative wealth-creating strategies, to implementing the strategies for optimal performance, and to managing unintended consequences.

Dr. Jack Pearce is the Villanova School of Business Endowed Chair in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship at Villanova University. Professor Pearce is coauthor of 32 books, including Strategy: A View from the Top, with Drucker prof Kees DeKluyver.

Brad Killally’s class, Improving Strategic Decision Making, is directed at evaluating and improving the quality of thinking and the system of decision making.

He is an assistant professor at UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business. Professor Killaly’s research is in the fields of strategy and organization theory, with specific interests in evolutionary theories of firm change. In particular, his current research involves evaluating the impact of a firm’s current performance and experience in undertaking change on the likelihood and direction of future change. 

Paul Zak’s course on Moral Leadership and the Brain takes a hard and pragmatic view of ethics and leadership, and reviews the brain-basis for moral values, how values can be measured, and uses exercises through which we can practice being ethical. It then relates these findings to issues business leaders face and shows how ethical environments can be created.

Zak is a professor of economics and the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies at Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Zak also serves as Professor of Neurology at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and is a Senior Researcher at UCLA. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard. His new book “Moral Markets: The Critical Role of Values in the Economy” appeared in 2008 from Princeton University Press. Professor Zak is credited with the first published use of the term "neuroeconomics" and has been a vanguard in this new discipline that integrates neuroscience and economics.

And don’t miss Dr. Dasgupta’s class, Global Supply Chain Management: Is the World Flat. In this class executives will define the supply chain and its significant impact on all aspects of their business while gaining an understanding of the synchronism and synergism of all its components.


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In the MBA program: 

When a “leader” of a nonprofit organization is referenced, often an image of the organization’s CEO or executive director first comes to mind. The focus of Sarah Smith Orr’s Nonprofit Leader course is on leadership in nonprofit organizations can take many forms. This course will explore the key areas of challenge and opportunity for nonprofit leaders and examine leadership theories, models and methods considered applicable for improving the effectiveness of organizations in the social sector.

Orr is the owner/principal in a management and planning consulting firm, Smith Orr & Associates. During her 18 years as a consultant and business owner, her major clients have been a municipality; mid-sized and large not-for-profit’s and academic institutions, located primarily in the greater Los Angeles area. Areas of specialty for her consulting work range from strategic planning, organizational and functional assessments, and executive coaching for top management and boards, to providing interim CEO/President/Executive Director leadership for organizations in transition.

Jakki Mohr will be teaching Marketing High-Technology Products. This class will explore concepts and practices related to marketing in this unique, fast-paced environment, including unique marketing research tools used to uncover customer needs and to develop break-through innovations and customer behavior issues in high-tech markets.

She is the Jeff and Martha Hamilton Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor of Marketing at the University of Montana. An innovator in the field of marketing high-technology products and services, Mohr has achieved international acclaim for Marketing of High-Technology Products and Innovations, a textbook that has become the work of choice in business schools at colleges and universities worldwide, as well as for private industry managers in company training sessions. She is the winner of numerous teaching awards, including the 2008 AMS Outstanding Marketing Teacher Award, 2005 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching "Montana Professor of the Year."


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