A critical part of the learning happens in the classroom where sustainability is embedded and integrated. The faculty members of the Center for Sustainable Business Practices are active researchers as well as dedicated teachers. The following are the faculty members from the Lundquist College of Business affiliated with the center. Click their names for more detailed profiles and research citations.
John Hull comes to the college from Nike, Inc., where he served as the first partner at its Sustainable Business and Innovation Lab. Hull brings with him ten years of experience in venture capital as well as a multiyear post directing a $500 million corporate strategic equity fund for Intel.
Laura Strohm comes to us from Monterey, California, where she was owner and principal of Strohm Sustainability Consulting. Along with consulting, Strohm also served as executive director at The Sustainability Academy, a nonprofit organization that teaches sustainable business practices, green building, and other integrated systems. She has previously held faculty positions at Indiana University and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, earning awards for teaching excellence at both institutions.
Dr. Aydinliyim has been a member of the Department of Decision Sciences since August 2007. Prior to joining the University of Oregon, he received his Ph. D. in operations research from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a minor in economics, with an emphasis on economic policy. Professor Aydinliyim’s main research interests include coordination and competition issues in production planning and supply chain management, with particular emphasis on outsourcing and subcontracting. As opposed to the common approach in supply chain management research, which focuses on coordination at the aggregate inventory level, his approach puts more emphasis on the timeliness of the production activities and the coordination benefits at the shop floor level.
Beth Hjelm has more than twenty years of experience in financial management, marketing strategy, organizational planning, and performance improvement. Prior to joining the faculty at the Lundquist College of Business, she headed a consulting firm focused on strategic management and new venture start-ups. Hjelm was a member of Coopers & Lybrand Consulting for fourteen years. Her functional practice focused on delivering services to the chief financial officer and the financial organization, and her industry focus was the telecommunications industry. Hjelm is a co-author of Reinventing the CFO: Moving From Financial Management to Strategic Management (McGraw-Hill), which presents a vision and an implementation methodology to develop best practices in the financial function.
Dr. Howard-Grenville received her PhD in Technology, Management, and Policy from MIT. She studies how cultural and institutional processes constrain or advance organizational change, with a focus on changes in corporate environmental practice, industrial ecology, business and environmental change. Her work has examined change processes in the semiconductor industry, and other manufacturing organizations, as well as explored the influence and effectiveness of voluntary environmental programs. Prior to academia, Howard-Grenville worked as a strategy consultant.
Dr. Jiang received her PhD in Marketing from the University of British Columbia. She also holds a master's and bachelor's degree in economics. Professor Jiang conducts research related to consumer psychology and behavior. Her primary research interests are in the areas of buyer/seller interaction, interpersonal influences, and customer equity. She is also interested in consumer-brand relationship, anthropomorphism, and context effects. Jiang's research has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research and covered by various press.
Professor Kahle has been a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan's Survey Research Center and was a faculty member in psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research has been published in such journals as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Consumer Research, Public Opinion Quarterly, and the Journal of Marketing.His research topics include international marketing, lifestyles and psychographics, sports marketing, attitudes and values, sustainability and communication. He serves on several editorial boards and has been editor of Sport Marketing Quarterly. He served as president of the Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP). He is a fellow in SCP as well as the American Psychological Association and American Psychological Society. He is an executive member of the American Marketing Association.
Dr. Murthy received his Ph.D. in operations management from The Ohio State University. His interdisciplinary research interests fall in the areas of supply chain management, revenue management, and new product development. His prior work experience includes faculty positions at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Michigan State University, along with management positions in Indian Railways and Sundaram Clayton Ltd. In addition to publishing in premier refereed journals, he has consulted with several Fortune 100 firms and taught in both general and custom executive education programs. He has also engaged with numerous major firms to offer experiential learning opportunities for students by incorporating plant tours, guest speakers, and real-world problem-solving projects in his operations and supply chain management courses. Since his arrival at the Lundquist College of Business in 2003, he has engaged with senior executives and organized over a 100 company sponsored projects in the areas of facility operations, supply chain management, and sustainability using a pool of firms that include Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Tektronix, JELD-WEN, Keen, States Industries, Weyerhaeuser, Monaco Coach, Columbia Distributing, Myers Container/CMS, Parr Lumber, Xerox, PCC Structurals, Shindaiwa, Kettle Foods, Organically Grown Company, Growing Solutions, Invitrogen, and PSC among others.
Dr. Nelson joined the Lundquist College of Business in 2008 from Stanford University. He researches technology entrepreneurship, focusing on the diffusion and commercialization of university-developed technologies. With Tom Byers (Stanford University) and Dick Dorf (University of California, Davis) Professor Nelson is the author of Technology Ventures (McGraw-Hill, 2009). His doctoral dissertation on technology transfer in the digital audio and biotechnology sectors won the 2008 Best Dissertation Award from the Technology Management Section of INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences). He has also been named one of five inaugural Kauffman Foundation junior faculty fellows for promising research in the field of entrepreneurship. Nelson holds a Ph.D. in management science and engineering from Stanford University, an M.S. from Oxford University, and a dual B.A. from Stanford.
Dr. Pangburn completed his Ph.D. in management from the University of Rochester. Professor Pangburn teaches courses in both the operations and MIS (Management Information Systems) domains.His research interests include retail inventory management, supply chain coordination, capacity and pricing strategies, product versioning, and operations/marketing interfaces. Currently he is researching how operational decisions regarding inventory and capacity shape demand for a firm's products as well as how consumer uncertainty impacts the expected demand pattern across a firm's product line. In another project, he is analyzing the conditions under which it is advantageous for a supplier to fully share inventory information with its customers.
Dr. Parmigiani received her Ph.D. in management from the University of Michigan and her M.B.A.from Penn State University. She conducts research involving vertical interfirm relationships, procurement decisions, knowledge transfer, and firm capabilities. One of her current research interests is the complexity and interfirm relationships in the supply chain of the recreational vehicle industry. Formerly a market analyst and then a procurement manager, she has worked in various manufacturing industries for ten years and is certified as a professional purchasing manager.
Dr. Russo earned his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His current research focuses on strategies for environmental management, policies for clean technology, and social entrepreneurship. In the recent past Russo has worked with the Mexican government to improve markets for environmentally certified wood products. Prior to his academic career, Russo worked to commercialize wind and solar energy.
Dr. Zhibin (Ben) Yang joined the Lundquist College of Business in fall 2009. He holds a PhD in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, a master's degree in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University, and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southwest Jiaotong University in China. Zhibin worked in China for six years as an engineer, technical salesperson, and consultant. Zhibin is interested in decentralized supply chain management with an emphasis on supply chain risk management. His recent research effort is focused on supply-disruption risk management where the buyer lacks information about its suppliers' probability of disruption. Zhibin is also interested in the design and management of sustainable supply chains. Zhibin mainly uses game-theoretic models to analyze managerial decisions of the supply chain firms. He has published in Management Science, and is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS), the Manufacturing and Service Operations Management Society (M&SOM) and Production and Operations Management Society (POMS).