At Bentley, your research will probe some of the most compelling issues in business today, all under the umbrella theme of business, technology, and society. You will be working with members of the Bentley faculty who are committed to disciplinary rigor in a trans-disciplinary environment focused on the individual student. Selecting faculty advisers at the very outset of your PhD studies establishes an early basis for a true partnership.
Your faculty team will comprise professors with national and international reputations in their respective fields — whether from business departments, or from the arts or sciences — experts who have distinguished themselves through teaching, research, and corporate leadership experience. For example, in exploring global outsourcing, you might employ sociological theory and research, and consider different political and cultural contexts. Your supervisory team might include faculty from various academic departments. Search our faculty database for more information about other Bentley faculty and their research interests.
Bentley PhD Advisers, Committee Members, and Course Faculty
Computer Information Systems (CIS)
Monica Garfield is an associate professor of computer information systems. Her research focuses on the use of IT to enhance team formation and knowledge building as well as socio-technical issues that impact the use and implementation of IT systems. She has worked in the field of telemedicine and team formation for over 20 years, resulting in numerous publications, invited talks, and presentations. Her work has appeared in such journals as Information System Research, MIS Quarterly, Communications of the ACM and Journal of Management Information Systems. She is also the international director of the IT PhD program at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.
Wendy Lucas is a professor of computer information systems. Her research interests are in the areas of interface usability, with a current focus on systematically addressing usability issues inherent to ERP systems, and information visualization.
Heikki Topi is a professor of computer information systems. His primary teaching interests include telecommunications and networking, data management, and systems analysis & design. Research interests include the usability of data management tools and methodologies, the use of wireless technologies in e-business, and global telecommunications industry. He is the co-editor of Auerbach's IS Management Handbook.
Jennifer Jie Xu is an associate professor of computer information systems. Her research interests include business intelligence, data mining, business analytics, social network analysis, human-computer interaction, and enterprise systems. She has published more than 50 articles in Information Systems journals, books, and conference proceedings.
Dhaval Dave is the Stanton Research Professor of Economics, Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). His research is in the areas of health and labor economics, with a particular focus on quantitative methods and econometrics, policy analysis, and the economics of behavioral health and human capital. Some of Dhaval's current research topics relate to analyzing the links between health and labor markets, studying the broader effects of labor policies such as welfare reform and the minimum wage, evaluating effects of public insurance programs and the Affordable Care Act, studying the market for e-cigarettes, and investigating criminal justice policies and interventions.
Patricia Flynn is Trustee Professor of Economics and Management at Bentley University, where she served as Dean of the McCallum Graduate School of Business from 1992 to 2002. Pat’s research and teaching focus on corporate governance, technology-based economic development and women in business. Her work has been widely cited in the media including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Business Week, The Irish Times, Harvard Business Review, Board IQ, Time Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Accounting Today. She has testified before Congress and appeared on NBC’s The Today Show discussing the impacts of technological change on jobs and workers. Pat has served on numerous corporate and not-for-profit boards.
Pat is co-author of The Boston Club’s Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers, published annually since 2003. She serves as co-chair of the Working Group on Gender Equality for the United Nation’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which encompasses 600+ business schools in over 80 countries. She is co-editor of two PRME books on Gender Issues in management education and in the workplace across the globe. She is currently editing two more PRME books on Sustainability Issues. In 2016, Pat became the first recipient of the annual Patricia M. Flynn Distinguished Women Leader in Business Education Award presented by the Women Administrators in Management Education at AACSB-International.
Aaron Jackson is a professor of economics, and Director of the Honors Program. He is a member and primary advisor of dissertation committees. His research is focused primarily on macroeconomics and monetary policy, as well as information and decision-making. Some of Aaron’s research topics include monetary policy efficacy, central bank institutional frameworks, and market-based decision-making.
Jeff Livingston is an associate professor of economics. Jeff’s publications are primarily in the areas of behavioral and experimental economics, online markets and field experiments. Jeff currently teaches an elective in the doctoral program on behavioral/experimental research.
Michael Quinn is a professor of economics. He teaches the Microeconomics comprehensive course for the PhD program and is a member of dissertation committees. His research is focused primarily on international and development economics. Some of Michael’s research topics include immigration, foreign direct investment and international trade.
Ethics and Philosophy
Robert E. Frederick is a professor of philosophy. He is also Research Scholar at the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University, editor of the journal Business and Society Review, and a past chair of the Bentley Faculty Senate. He co-teaches the Ethics and Corporate Responsibility course.
Axel Seemann is an associate professor of philosophy and teaches the Philosophy of the Social Sciences foundation course. He is interested in questions that arise in the broad context of social cognition. In particular, he is working on the notions of joint attention and action.
Information and Process Management (IPM)
W. Alec Cram is an assistant professor of information & process management. Alec’s research focuses on how information systems governance and control initiatives can contribute to improving the performance of organizational processes. His work has been published or is forthcoming in a variety of outlets, including the Information Systems Journal, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Information & Management, and Journal of Information Systems.
Jane Fedorowicz is the Charles B. Slade Professor of Accounting and Information Systems. Her primary research area encompasses the technical, organizational, regulatory and environmental factors that promote and impede successful interorganizational information sharing and collaboration. Her work examines interorganizational systems across several public and private sector domains, including supply chains, health care, and digital government. Currently, she is studying the design and use of cross-agency public safety networks, and social media adoption by police and communities.
Janis Gogan is a professor of information & process management at Bentley University, and holds EdM, MBA, and DBA degrees from Harvard University. Her publications include teaching cases which have been taught in American, European, Australian and Asian business schools, 70+ papers in conference proceedings such as AoM, AMCIS, ECIS, ICIS, HICSS and NACRA and 40+ papers in Business Process Management Journal, Communications of the Association for Information Systems, Electronic Markets, Government Information Quarterly, Information Systems Frontiers, International Journal of Electronic Commerce, Journal of Information Technology, JMIS, The Information Society and elsewhere. She serves as a Senior Editor at Journal of Information Technology and is President-Elect for the North American Case Research Association. At Bentley University she received the Excellence in Scholarship Award for her qualitative field studies and teaching cases. Her current research interests include organizational and clinical aspects of health IT and managerial aspects of information security.
M. Lynne Markus is the John W. Poduska, Sr. Professor of Information and Process Management at Bentley University and a research associate at MITSloan’s Center for Information Systems Research. She was named Fellow of the Association for Information Systems in 2004 and received the AIS LEO Award for Exceptional Lifetime Achievement in Information Systems in 2008. Her current research focuses on the organizational, interorganizational, and societal consequences of data, systems, and standards. Particular interests include Big Data and technology for risk management (e.g., automated underwriting, automated trading) and regulatory compliance (e.g., legal entity identifiers, consolidated audit trail) in the financial services industries.
Sandeep Purao is a Trustee Professor of information and process management at Bentley University. Sandeep holds a PhD in management science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His previous posts were at Georgia State University, as an assistant and then associate professor, and at Pennsylvania State University, as an associate professor and professor in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. He also served as research director for the Center for Enterprise Architecture and coordinator for international programs at Penn State, and held visiting or advisory positions in Hong Kong, Singapore, Finland, Norway and Thailand, among other locations. Sandeep’s research deals with the design and evolution of complex technologies at larger scales such as organizations, governments and cities. He received the Pioneer award from the Design Science research community, as well as several grants from industry consortia and the National Science Foundation.
Management (includes Organization Studies, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility)
Susan Adams is a professor and chair of the management department, former senior director, Center for Women and Business and associate editor of the Journal of Management Inquiry. She teaches and consults on leadership issues. Her research concentrates on organizational/societal change necessary for career advancement and effective leadership that leads to business success.
Nader Asgary is a professor of management and economics and the President of Cyrus Institute of Knowledge. Dr. Asgary has published in numerous national and international journals, such as Economic Inquiry, Journal of Business Ethics, Tourism Economics, and Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management and has participated in many international and national conference presentations and has been a guest speaker. Dr. Asgary was named Associate Provost for International Relations and Director of the Cronin International Center in 2006 at Bentley University. As Associate Provost, he managed all “international” areas at Bentley, and led many initiatives to enhance the globalization agenda of the University. He was instrumental in applying for and receiving two grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education to build comprehensive relations between Bentley and Universities in Europe and Brazil. He has taught courses in International Business, International Management, Economics, and Finance at the undergraduate and graduate levels and has been the recipient of many educator awards. Dr. Asgary also have had several years of private entrepreneurial activities.
Jill Brown is an associate professor of management at Bentley University and the Harold S. Geneen Research Professor of Corporate Governance. Her scholarly interests include corporate governance, ethics, corporate social responsibility, and strategic leadership. Brown’s work has been published in Organization Science, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization, Corporate Governance: An International Review (CGIR), California Management Review, to name a few. She is an Associate Editor for CGIR and serves on the editorial review board of Business & Society. She is Division Program Chair-Elect for the Social Issues in Management Division (SIM) of the Academy of Management. She is also co-author of the 10th edition of the textbook Business & Society: Ethics, Sustainability and Stakeholder Management with Archie Carroll, forthcoming in 2017. Prior to her career in academe, Jill was a commercial banker and consultant.
Anthony F. Buono is a professor of management and sociology, and founding coordinator of the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility, which he directed from 2003 through 2013. He co-teaches the Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility course. His research interests include institutionalization of business ethics and CSR programs, interorganizational strategies, organizational change and management consulting.
Cynthia E. Clark is an associate professor of management and also serves as the director of the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance and the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility. She is also a research fellow at the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics. Cynthia’s research interests concern ethics and governance issues in organizations with a particular focus on how firms do or do not address them such as conflicts of interest, stakeholder/stockholder tensions and disclosing information. Recently published work has appeared in Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, MIS Quarterly and Business & Society among others. Cynthia serves on the editorial board of Business & Society. She is an active member of the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society and the Society for Business Ethics, having served on all three boards. She is on the steering committee of the Boston Regional Business Ethics Network (BRBEN). Additionally, Cynthia is a Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and a member of the Effective Disclosure Task Force of the Society for Corporate Governance. Prior to Bentley, she worked in the financial services industry for Prudential-Bache Securities and Bank of Boston. She holds a B.A. from Boston College, an M.A. from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. from Boston University.
Martin Conyon is the Director of the PhD Program and a Trustee Professorship in Corporate Governance. Martin studies organizations and corporate governance. He has written extensively on boards of directors, executive compensation, leadership and top management teams, stakeholder interests, organizational restructuring, society and ethics. Martin's current research investigates how corporate governance shapes organizational outcomes and performance. Martin's research has appeared in leading academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, the Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, the Economic Journal and the Review of Financial Studies. He serves on the editorial board of major journals including the Strategic Management Journal and Long Range Planning. His recent book, entitled Corporate Governance: Mechanisms and Systems, investigates the implications of corporate governance.
Linda F. Edelman is a professor of management at Bentley University. Before coming to Bentley she studied at London Business School and was a research fellow at the Warwick Business School for two years. Professor Edelman publishes in the top journals in her field. In addition, she sits on three editorial boards and reviews for the NSF, Kauffman Foundation and the FWO in Belgium. She is also a research fellow at St. Petersburg University, Russia. Professor Edelman teaches strategic management and strategic innovation. Her recent research examines women and nascent entrepreneurs, SME internationalization and entrepreneurial finance.
Tatiana S. Manolova is an associate professor of strategic management. Her research focuses on the competitive strategies of new and small companies, international entrepreneurship, and management in transitional economies.
Euthemia (Effie) Stavrulaki is an associate professor of operations management. Her research aims to understand the strategic and operational implications of optimizing the supply chain as well as integrating the supply chain with other important functional areas such as marketing and new product development. She also investigates how sustainable and socially responsible supply chains can operate profitably. Her work spans both manufacturing and service organizations.
Dr. Stavrulaki also holds a certificate in positive psychology from Whole Being Institute. She is interested in exploring how positive psychology can be used to improve the well-being of individuals, employees and organizations, as well as to improve supply chain processes. Dr. Stavrulaki has published articles in many peer reviewed journals such as Management Science and the European Journal of Operational Research and has served as the area editor of IIE Transactions.
Marcus M. Stewart is an associate professor of management. His doctoral degree is in Organizational Behavior from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and he has an M.B.A. and B.S. in Marketing, both earned at Bentley University. He teaches courses in leadership, organizational behavior, human resource management, organizational change, and diversity. Dr. Stewart is a member of the Academy of Management Learning and Education and Human Resources Development Quarterly editorial boards, and his current research focuses on leadership, teams, cross-cultural skill development, diversity and social justice. He is coauthor of an organizational behavior primer currently in its 7th edition and his research has been published in the Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology among other journals, and in several edited volumes.
Nada Nasr Bechwati is an associate professor of marketing. Her primary research interests include consumer post-purchase behavior, customer lifetime value, and attitude strength. She has articles published in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Interactive Marketing, and Journal of Business Venturing. She Is an international fellow of the American Association of University Women.
Pierre Berthon is the Clifford F. Youse Chair of Information Design, Marketing and Strategy at the McCallum Graduate School of Business, Bentley University. His research is eclectic and encompasses the themes of consumers and technology, electronic commerce, market information processing, organization and strategy, management decision-making, and marketing and ethics. He has published over 150 articles in peer reviewed journals, including top journals in Marketing, Management, Information Systems and International Business.
Mathematical Sciences and Business Analytics
Dominique Haughton is a professor of mathematical sciences and global studies, the Graduate Coordinator for Business Analytics at Bentley University, and an affiliated researcher at the Université Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and UniversitéToulouse 1, France. Major areas of interest are applied statistics, statistics and marketing, the analysis of living standards surveys, data mining, and model selection. United States co-editor of Case Studies in Business, Industry and Government Statistics (CSBIGS). Over sixty refereed articles have appeared in journals such as The American Statistician, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Studies in Family Planning, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Biosocial Science, Annals of Statistics, Sankhya, Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, Communications in Statistics, Statistica Sinica. One book and two edited collections. Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
Mingfei Li is an associate professor of mathematical sciences. Her research interests include both methodology and applications studies in applied game theory, applied statistics and simulations, especially on sequential prediction, decision theory, and business analytics. Currently co-investigator in Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), ENR Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford), Department of Veterans Affairs.
Victoria Steblovskaya is a professor of mathematical sciences. Her research interests include various topics of financial market modeling and risk management, such as optimal hedging in an extended binomial market with transaction costs, volatility target risk minimization strategies, investment products with capital protection. Numerous refereed papers have been published in top journals such as Finance and Stochastics, The Journal of Risk, Quantitative Finance, The International Journal of Theoretical and Applied Finance. Spent 1996 to 1998 as the Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Universitat Bonn and Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, both in Germany. Before that, spent six years as an associate professor and four years as an assistant professor at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine.
Sam Woolford is a professor of mathematical sciences. His research interests include applied statistics, Stochastic models performance optimization, and market research and customer profitability. He has more than 20 years of consulting experience using business analytics to help clients solve complex problems, improve performance and enhance their competitive position. He has applied statistical methods and operations research to market research, litigation support, customer economics, operations analysis, performance metrics, modeling and simulation. Prior to joining the faculty at Bentley, Professor Woolford held senior positions at Abt Associates Inc, KPMG LLP and Watson Wyatt Worldwide after serving on the faculty at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Gary C. David is an associate professor of sociology. His research focuses on the role that interpersonal interactions play in the formation of intergroup relations, as well as ethnographic studies of the workplace. He has conducted research primarily in workplace settings where intercultural/intergroup interactions take place on a regular basis. Present projects include examining globally distributed collaborative software development teams, focusing on the role of information and communication technologies. Other workplace research includes examinations of enterprise system design and implementation, as well as the use of technology in developing social relationships.
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