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Faculty

Our faculty has significantly impacted the world of business. Each faculty member expertly integrates knowledge with practical application and competitive insights. Their experience is drawn from superior academic backgrounds, coupled with real world business experience.

MBV Faculty Director

Kevin Fields

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HOH
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230
Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

JD, Chapman University; BS, University of Southern California

Kevin Fields is the Academic Director of the Masters of Business for Veterans (MBV) program. He teaches business law and real estate law to Marshall’s undergraduate and graduate students. Professor Fields is a practicing attorney specializing in real estate and business litigation. He has tried real estate, employment and business cases in state and federal courts and administrative forums. He is also a licensed California broker. He has received several Golden Apple teaching awards as well as being named the Professor of the Year by Gamma Sigma Alpha (the National Academic Greek Honor society). He is an AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a co-author of several real estate law textbooks including Contemporary Real Estate Law 2nd Edition, and Essentials of Real Estate Law. Both textbooks are published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. He is currently completing a business law textbook scheduled for national release in 2020.

MBV Faculty

Scott Abrams

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HOH
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219
Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

MBA, University of Southern California; BA, UCLA

Scott Abrams is an Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics. He specializes in corporate finance, financial analysis and valuation, and portfolio management. Professor Abrams teaches these subjects in the MBA, MS Finance, and Undergraduate programs. He is a two-time winner of the Golden Apple Teaching Award for the Full-Time MBA Core Program (2016 and 2021). Prior to joining the faculty at USC Marshall, he worked in the corporate finance groups at Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. and is an alumnus of Deloitte. He is a CFA Charterholder and is a licensed CPA.

James Bogle

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Other
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2900
Director, Master of Business for Veterans program, and Adjunct Professor of Management and Organization

MBV, MA, University of Southern California; BA, Arizona State University

James Bogle joined Marshal in 2013 with a background in leadership, public policy and international affairs following 25 years of service in the U.S. Army. James commanded two artillery units and led troops in combat in Iraq. Later, he served on the staff of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld in the Office of European and NATO Policy. He also served at the U.S. Embassy in Paris coordinating a range of conventional and special military operations with the French Joint Staff. He completed his military career as an instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. James is now the Director of the Master of Business for Veterans program and an Adjunct Professor at Marshall. He holds a BA in History from Arizona State University, an MA in International Relations from USC Dornsife and a Master of Business for Veterans from the USC Marshall School of Business.

George Braunegg

Associate Professor of the Practice

B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; MBA, University of Southern California

George Braunegg has 40 years of consulting experience in Corporate and Distribution Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Risk Management, and Delivery Model Optimization.

After 6 years at KPMG, Professor Braunegg Co-Founded CAST Management Consultants, a highly regarded boutique consulting firm. CAST was sold in 2017 after 31 years serving the largest and most successful financial services companies.

Professor Braunegg earned a B.S. magna cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a MBA from USC. He is a CPA in California & Pennsylvania, serves on the Boards of Mercury Insurance and two not-for -profits (VOALA & SCADP) and is an advisor to Terafina a Silicon Valley Fintech firm.


Stephen Byars

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ACC
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405
Professor of Clinical Business Communication

PhD, University of Southern California; MA, University of San Diego; BA, Claremont McKenna College

Stephen Byars has received the Outstanding Assistant Lecturer Award from the Writing Program at USC as well as the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award from the School of Religion at USC. He also nominated in May 2010 by the USC Parents Association for its Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award. Since joining USC full-time in 1997, Professor Byars has spent considerable time in the teaching and administration of different versions of Writing 340, including Advanced Writing for Business.

Baizhu Chen

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211
Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

PhD, MA, University of Rochester; BS, Fudan University

Baizhu Chen studies macroeconomics and international economics, with an emphasis on China. His work has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, European Journal of Political Economy, China Economic Review, Applied Financial Economics, Social Choice and Welfare, and Journal of Macroeconomics. He is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Finance and Banking at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, chief economist of Sino-Century Capital, a VC firm in Shanghai, and former president of the Chinese Economists Society. He is academic director for Marshall's GEMBA program, and a recipient of the Golden Apple Award.

Mark DeFond

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HOH
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816
A. N. Mosich Chair in Accounting and Professor of Accounting

PhD, University of Washington; BA, San Francisco State University

Professor DeFond is the A. N. Mosich Chair of Accounting, Leventhal School, University of Southern California. His research investigates issues in auditing, international accounting, and earnings management. He has served as Senior Editor of The Accounting Review and on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals. He is a recipient of the AAA’s Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award, and a four-time MBA Golden Apple teaching award winner. He is currently the Associate Dean of Faculty at the Leventhal School. He received his PhD at the University of Washington and prior to that worked as an auditor with Deloitte (formerly Touche Ross).

Nathanael Fast

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404
Associate Professor of Management and Organization

Ph.D., Stanford University

Nathanael Fast studies the underpinnings of power and influence in organizations and society. His research examines the psychological determinants and consequences of hierarchy, social networks, and new technology adoption, with implications for the future of work. He directs the Hierarchy, Networks, & Technology Lab (HiNT Lab) at USC and is Co-Director of the Psychology of Technology Institute. He received his PhD in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University and has been recognized for both teaching and research, including USC’s Golden Apple Teaching Award, the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, and Poets & Quants "best 40 b-school profs under the age of 40."

Kevin Fields

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HOH
Room / Office
230
Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

JD, Chapman University; BS, University of Southern California

Kevin Fields is the Academic Director of the Masters of Business for Veterans (MBV) program. He teaches business law and real estate law to Marshall’s undergraduate and graduate students. Professor Fields is a practicing attorney specializing in real estate and business litigation. He has tried real estate, employment and business cases in state and federal courts and administrative forums. He is also a licensed California broker. He has received several Golden Apple teaching awards as well as being named the Professor of the Year by Gamma Sigma Alpha (the National Academic Greek Honor society). He is an AV Preeminent rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. He is a co-author of several real estate law textbooks including Contemporary Real Estate Law 2nd Edition, and Essentials of Real Estate Law. Both textbooks are published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. He is currently completing a business law textbook scheduled for national release in 2020.

Robertas Gabrys

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BRI
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401O
Associate Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations

PhD, Utah State University; MS, BS, Vilnius University

Robertas Gabrys has research interest in functional data analysis and its applications in environmental sciences, financial econometrics, and space physics; statistical computing, and actuarial mathematics. His work has been published in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Journal of the American Statistical Association, and Austrian Journal of Statistics.

Christopher Harrer

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JFF
Room / Office
506
Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship

BBA, Loyola Marymount University; MBA University of Southern California; MSBA University of Southern California

Christopher J. Harrer is a successful entrepreneur and educator with over 30 years experience in the finance, real estate, and service industries. He is an Adjunct Professor at the USC Marshall School of Business and has been teaching at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies since 2002 and has won the student-voted Golden Apple Teaching Award. An accomplished entrepreneur in the hospitality and information management industries, Harrer was the founder of United Document Storage LLC and Pacifico’s LLC prior to successfully selling both companies.

Thomas Knapp

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JFF
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521
Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship, Academic Director of the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program

MBA, BS, University of Southern California

Knapp is the Academic Director of the Master's of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and an Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship in the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. His teachings encompass all facets of entrepreneurial studies including Venture Management, Feasibility Analysis, Business Planning and Launching. Knapp developed the “E”-Challenge and a new course for students involved in a family firm: Entrepreneurial Family Business. A three-time Golden Apple Award winner for outstanding teaching as voted on by the student body. Knapp is founder of Club Sportswear and Honolua Surf Co, an Action Sports Industry leader, and partner in Blue Jay Bay Ventures a real-estate investment firm.

Kyle Mayer

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HOH
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502
Chair and Professor of Management and Organization

PhD, MS, UC-Berkeley; BS, UC-Davis

Kyle Mayer studies how firms govern relationships with other firms, with particular attention to the contract and its role in establishing a framework for the relationship. His research has been published in Organizational Science, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, and Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization. He served on the editorial board of Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Review, and Strategic Management Journal. He received a Golden Apple Award in 2003, Marshall's Educator of the Year Award in 2006, and a Mellon Mentoring Award from USC in 2006.

Milan Miric

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BRI
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306C
Assistant Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
Milan Miric joined the IS Group within the DSO Department in 2016. His research tries to understand basic questions about how firms can capture and create value in digital industries. In particular, his research tries to understand how the unique structural features of digital industries (network effects, low costs of innovating, non-monetary motivations) influence the process by which firms capture and create value. His work is largely empirical combining large-scale panel datasets with interviews and field work. His research work draws heavily on insights from psychology, economics, and sociology but tries to contribute to the literature on information systems and innovation.

Julia Plotts

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221
Academic Director for the Masters of Finance Program and Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics

MBA, University of Southern California; BA, Loyola Marymount University

Julia Plotts specializes in financial analysis and valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance. She has received numerous teaching awards including the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence (12 times). Before joining USC, she worked in the investment-banking group of Banc of America Securities, where she was involved in the execution of M&A and capital raising via private/public offerings of equity and debt. She has consulted on shareholder value creation for a variety of firms.

Violina Rindova

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511
Interim Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Captain Henry W. Simonsen Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship, Director of Research for the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Professor of Management and Organization

PhD, NYU

Violina Rindova teaches and studies strategic innovation -- how firms create value, intangible assets, and new market opportunities through unconventional strategies across a variety of industry contexts. Her work has been published in the premier management journals and has been covered frequently in the business media, including the Economist, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She is the recipient of multiple grants and awards, including the “Thought Leadership” award from the Entrepreneurship Division of the Academy of Management (2009), and the award for outstanding scholarly contribution from Strategic Organization (2012). She served as an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review and is currently part of the leadership team of the Behavioral Strategy Interest Group of the Strategic Management Society.

Kathy Takayama

Adjunct Professor of Data Science and Operations

MBV, USC; BS Applied Mathematics with an emphasis in Computer Science and Statistics, UC Davis

Kathy Takayama always wanted to teach. That dream started immediately out of college when she was recruited to be a US Naval Nuclear Power School Instructor, where she trained enlisted and officer students on how to operate nuclear-powered submarines and aircraft carriers. She transitioned out of the military into a career in program management, initially at a large corporate bank running IT programs, and later as an R&D program manager at Hewlett Packard, eventually taking on roles as Chief of Staff and Operations Officer for a large business unit. Today, she is living her dream, sharing decades of business experiences with future business leaders at the USC Marshall School of Business.

Scott Wiltermuth

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405
Associate Professor of Management and Organization

PhD, AM, Stanford University; MBA, INSEAD; AB, Harvard University

Scott Wiltermuth researches how socio-environmental factors affect people’s reactions to unethical behavior and their likelihood of behaving unethically themselves. He also researches how interpersonal dynamics, such as synchrony and dominance, affect people’s willingness to cooperate with others. He has published papers in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Psychological Science, Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and numerous other academic journals. His work has been reported in many media outlets, including: The Economist, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post. Previously, he worked in the airline industry as a strategy consultant.

S. Mark Young

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ACC
Room / Office
123
George Bozanic and Holman G. Hurt Chair in Sports Entertainment Business & Professor of Accounting

PhD, University of Pittsburgh; MAcc, The Ohio State University; BA, Oberlin College

S. Mark Young studies management control system design in entertainment. He has published in JAR, TAR and JMAR. His book, The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America, is a New York Times Best Seller. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Management Accounting, the Notable Contributions to the Accounting Literature Award, and the Notable Contributions to the Management Accounting Literature Award (three times). He is the Official Historian of the USC Men’s Tennis Team and author of, Trojan Tennis: A History of the Storied Men’s Tennis Program at the University of Southern California. Young is also a distinguished fellow of the Center for Excellence in Teaching.