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Business Faculty

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. 

Bentley PhD Advisers and Course Faculty

Computer Information Systems (CIS)

Monica Garfield is an associate professor of computer information systems. Her research is centered on creativity, team work and team formation, knowledge creation, and cross-cultural work.

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.


Dhaval Dave is a professor of economics and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  His research is in the areas of health and labor economics, with a particular focus on quantitative methods, 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 welfare reform, evaluating effects of public insurance programs and the Affordable Care Act, 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, women in business, and technology-based economic development. Pat chairs the Advisory Committee that oversees the Index of the MA Innovation Economy, an annual publication of the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC). She is co-author of The Boston Club’s Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers, published annually since 2003.  She is co-chair of the Working Group on Gender Equality for the UN’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), which encompasses 550 business schools in over 80 countries. She is currently co-editing two PRME books on gender issues in management education and in the workplace.

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 and chair of the Philosophy Department. He is also Research Scholar at the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley, editor of the journal Business and Society Review, and immediate past chair of the Bentley College Faculty Senate. He co-teaches the Ethics & Corporate Social 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.

Global Studies

Christine B. Williams is a professor of government in the Global Studies Department. She currently serves as an associate editor and on the senior Editorial Board of the Journal of Information Technology and Politics and on the Meetup Politics and Governance Advisory Council. Her research area is political communication, with emphasis on new and emerging technologies.

Information and Process Management (IPM)

Jane Fedorowicz is the Charles B. Slade Professor of Accounting and Information Systems at Bentley University. 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 MarketsGovernment Information QuarterlyInformation Systems Frontiers, International Journal of Electronic CommerceJournal 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 visiting scholar at the London School of Economics. 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.

Management (includes Organization Studies, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility)

Susan Adams is a professor of management, 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 the relationship of career advancement and leadership styles with 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.  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.

Jill Brown is an associate professor of management. Her research and teaching interests include strategic leadership, ethics, corporate social responsibility and corporate governance.  Brown’s recent work has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Management Studies, Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Organization, and Corporate Governance: An International Review (where she also serves on the Editorial Board). She is an elected Representative-at-Large for the Social Issues in Management division of the Academy of Management, as well as the International Association for Business & Society.

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 Clark is an associate professor of management and also serves as the director of the Harold S. Geneen Institute of Corporate Governance, a research fellow at the Center for Business Ethics and the director of the Bentley Alliance for Ethics and Social Responsibility. Cynthia’s research interests concern ethical issues in organizations with a particular focus on how firms address conflicts of interest, stakeholder/stockholder tensions and disclosing information within current voluntary and mandatory environments.  Recently published work has appeared in Business Ethics Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, MIS Quarterly and Business & Society.

She is also an active member of the International Association of Business and Society, the Academy of Management (serving on the Social Issues in Management board), the Strategic Management Society and the Society for Business Ethics. Last year Cynthia was elected to the editorial board of Business & Society, a major research journal.  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 Secretaries and Governance Professionals.  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.

Linda F. Edelman (MBA, DBA; Boston University) is an associate professor of strategic 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 is the author of over 15 book chapters and 30 peer reviewed journal articles.  In addition she has made over 50 scholarly and professional international presentations.  Her work has appeared in many of the top management and entrepreneurship journals such as Journal of Business Venturing; Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Industrial and Corporate Change, and Organization Studies.  She serves on three editorial boards, is an ad hoc reviewer for the NSF and other scholarly organizations.  Currently, Dr. Edelman teaches strategic management to undergraduates, graduates, doctoral students and executives.  Her recent research examines strategic industry dynamics, women and nascent entrepreneurs, SME internationalization and entrepreneurial finance.

Patricia Flynn is Trustee Professor of Economics and Management at Bentley University. For details on her full bio, please see the Economics section above.

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 current research focuses on diversity, leadership, social justice and career management.


Pierre Berthon is the Clifford F. Youse Professor of Marketing 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.

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, marketing analytics, living standards analytics, data mining, and model selection.  United States co-editor of Case Studies in Business, Industry and Government Statistics (CSBIGS).  Over sixty articles have appeared in journals such as The American Statistician, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis,  Journal of Interactive Marketing, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Studies in Family Planning, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Biosocial Science, Annals of Statistics, Sankhya. Fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Mingfei Li is an associate professor of mathematical sciences. Her research interest includes both methodology and applications studies in applied game theory, applied statistics and simulations, especially on sequential prediction, repeated games, empirical Bayes. She is also interested in analytics in business and healthcare applications.

Sam Woolford is a professor of mathematical sciences and Director of the Center for Quantitative Analysis. Prior to Bentley, he spent over 20 years in consulting, utilizing data analysis, statistical modeling and optimization to help clients solve complex business problems, improve performance and enhance their competitive position. His consulting experience spans financial services, healthcare, high-tech and manufacturing, as well as non-profit organizations and government agencies.  

Sam’s research interests encompass a broad range of theoretical topics in statistics and operations research and their applications. He is an Accredited Professional Statistician (American Statistical Association) and a Certified Quality Engineer (American Society for Quality). Sam is a Fulbright Scholar and received the Distinguished Science Alumni Award from the School of Science at Purdue University. He serves on the Advisory Boards for Ninah Consulting, a global management consulting firm dedicated to partnering with clients to drive profitable growth, and for the Purdue Statistics Department.


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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