Chazen Senior Scholars

The Chazen Institute draws on the expertise of world-class faculty members to help shape the thinking and discourse on major global business issues.

Modupe Akinola
Associate Professor of Management
Faculty Director, Sanford C. Bernstein Center for Leadership & Ethics
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Diversity, Human Resource Management, Leadership

Professor Akinola examines how organizational environments- characterized by deadlines, multi-tasking, and other attributes such as having low status- can engender stress, and how this stress can have spill-over effects on performance. She uses a multi-method approach that includes behavioral observation, implicit and reaction time measures, and physiological responses (specifically hormonal and cardiovascular responses) to examine how cognitive outcomes are affected by stress. In addition, Professor Akinola examines workforce diversity. Specifically, she examines the strategies organizations employ to increase the diversity of their talent pool. She also explores biases that affect the recruitment and retention of minorities in organizations.

Laura Boudreau
Assistant Professor; Economics Division
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Development economics, organizational economics, labor economics, political economy

Professor Boudreau's research primarily focuses on working conditions, labor rights, and firm productivity in developing countries. She is especially interested in how the intersection of global supply chains with local institutions affect firms’ and workers’ outcomes and how labor market institutions affect economic development.


Omar Besbes
Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Decision making/decision sciences, e-commerce, marketplace design, operations management, pricing and revenue management
Professor Besbes’s research interests are in the area of data-driven decision-making with a focus on applications in e-commerce, pricing and revenue management, online advertising, operations management, and service systems.

Patrick Bolton 
Barbara and David Zalaznick Professor of Business
Columbia Business School

Area of expertise: Corporate finance and international financial architecture
Professors Bolton’s research is in contract theory and contracting issues in corporate finance and industrial organization. A central focus of his work is on the allocation of control and decision rights to contracting parties when long-term contracts are incomplete. He is the author of Contract Theory, (2004) with Mathias Dewatripont and co-edited a second book with Howard Rosenthal, Credit Markets for the Poor.(2005).


Anu Bradford 
Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization
Director, The European Legal Studies Center
Columbia Law School

Areas of expertise: International trade law and international political economy, International antitrust law, international relations theory, European Union law

A leading scholar on the EU’s regulatory power and a sought-after commentator on the European Union and Brexit, Anu Bradford coined the term the Brussels Effect to describe the European Union’s outsize influence on global markets. Most recently, she is the author of The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World (2020).

Noel Capon 
R.C. Kopf Professor of International Marketing
Columbia Business School

Area of expertise: Marketing planning and strategy
Professor Capon’s research interests are in key/strategic account management, and marketing planning and strategy. Local versions of Professor Capon’s books have been published in Asia Pacific, Brazil (Portuguese), China (Mandarin), Russia, Spanish Latin America (Spanish), Western Europe, Middle East. Professor Capon’s most recent book is Customers Win, Suppliers Win: Lessons from One of IBM’s Most Successful Strategic Account Managers.

Richard Clarida
C. Lowell Harriss Professor of Economics and Professor of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University, Department of Economics

Area of expertise: International finance and open-economy macroeconomics
Professor Clarida has previously served as the Assistant Secretary of the United States Treasury for Economic Policy. In that position, he served as chief economic advisor to the Treasury Secretary on a wide range economic policy issues, including the U.S. and global economic prospects, international capital flows, corporate governance, and the maturity structure of U.S. debt. He has also published numerous articles in leading academic journals on monetary policy, exchange rates, interest rates, and international capital flows.

William Duggan
Senior Lecturer in Business
Columbia Business School

Area of expertise: Innovation
Professor Duggan spent 20 years in the field of African economic development, primarily with the Ford Foundation. He is co-author with Glenn Hubbard of the book The Aid Trap: Hard Truths About Ending Poverty (2009). He teaches innovation in three venues at Columbia Business School: MBA and Executive MBA courses, and Executive Education sessions. In 2014 he won the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He has given talks and workshops on innovation to thousands of executives from companies in countries around the world.

R.A. Farrokhnia
Executive Director at the Dean's Office of Advanced Projects & Applied Research in Fintech at Columbia Business School
Adjunct Associate Professor of Business
Columbia Business School and Columbia Engineering

Areas of expertise: Economics, engineering, and fintech.
R.A. Farrokhnia, a recipient of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence, is an Executive Director at the Dean's Office of Advanced Projects and Applied Research in Fintech. He also teaches courses at Schools of Business and Engineering; in addition, he is a lecturer and board member of the Knight-Bagehot Program at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Nelson Fraiman
Professor of Professional Practice
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Retailing, consulting and process industries
Professor Fraiman joined the faculty after a 17-year career at International Paper Company, where his most recent position was chief technology officer for eight manufacturing divisions. His research explores institutionalizing quality improvement.

Geoffrey Heal
Donald C. Waite III Professor of Social Enterprise, Economics
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Economic theory and resource and environmental economics
The author of eighteen books and about two hundred articles, Professor Heal's research focuses on resource allocation in the presence of increasing returns to scale, growth theory, and the economics of exhaustible and renewable resources.

Jonas Hjort
Gary Winnick and Martin Granoff Associate Professor of Business

Areas of expertise: Firms and labor markets in developing countries
Professor Hjort teaches Managerial Economics and a Global Immersion course on East Africa. His research focuses on firms, organizations and workers in developing countries.

Glenn Hubbard
Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics
Faculty Director, Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business
Co-Director, Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy, Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Public finance and macroeconomics
Glenn Hubbard, faculty director for the Jerome A. Chazen Institute for Global Business, is dean emeritus and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School. Hubbard received his BA and BS degrees summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida and also holds AM and PhD degrees in economics from Harvard University.  

In addition to writing more than 100 scholarly articles in economics and finance, Glenn is the author of three popular textbooks, as well as co-author of The Aid Trap: Hard Truths About Ending PovertyBalance: The Economics of Great Powers From Ancient Rome to Modern America, and Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: Five Steps to a Better Health Care System.  His commentaries appear in Business Week, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Washington PostNikkei, and the Daily Yomiuri, as well as on television and radio.

From 2001 until 2003, he was chairman of the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers.  In the corporate sector, he is on the boards of ADP, BlackRock Fixed Income Funds, and MetLife (where he is chair).

Hubbard is co-chair of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation; he is a past chair of the Economic Club of New York and a past co-chair of the Study Group on Corporate Boards.

Paul Ingram
Kravis Professor of Business
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Exchange and trade relationships, networks and institutions
Paul Ingram is the Kravis Professor of Business at Columbia Business School, and Faculty Director of the Advanced Management Program, Columbia’s flagship residential program for senior executives from around the globe. His PhD is from Cornell University, and he was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University before coming to Columbia. He has held visiting professorships at Tel Aviv University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Toronto. The courses he teaches on management and strategy benefit from his research on organizations in the United States, Canada, Israel, Scotland, China, Korea and Australia. His research has been published in more than sixty articles, book chapters and books. His publications have received numerous distinctions, including Gould Prize, and best paper awards in the areas of Organization and Management Theory, and Collective Behavior and Social Movements. Ingram’s current research examines the intersection between culture and social networks. Recent papers investigate questions such as the role of value similarity to foster business networks, determinants and outcomes of individuals’ fit in organizational cultures, and influences on ethical decision making.

Sheena Iyengar
S. T. Lee Professor of Business
Columbia Business School

Area of expertise: Consumer choice models
Professor Iyengar has taught courses in leadership and entrepreneurial creativity. Her research addresses the implications of offering people, whether they be employees or consumers, choices. She has examined choice in a multitude of contexts ranging from employee motivation and performance in a global organization, Citigroup, to chocolate displays at Godiva, to the magazine aisles of supermarkets, and to mutual fund options in retirement benefit plans. Professor Iyengar received the Presidential Early Career Award for her ongoing work in examining cultural, individual, and situational factors that influence people''s choice-making preferences and behaviors.

Merit Janow
Professor of Professional Practice in International Economic Law and International Affairs and Dean
School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University

Area of expertise: International trade
While at Columbia, Professor Janow has undertaken a variety of external advisory activities along with her substantial ongoing research activities. In December 2003, she was elected to serve as one of the seven Members of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body. During her four years of service she presided over 30 appeals, on matters including high technology, agricultural subsidies, trade remedies, and GATT provisions. Professor Janow has recently become a charter member of the International Advisory Board of the China Investment Corporation, China’s sovereign wealth fund. Professor Janow was also Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan and China (1990-93).

Kamel Jedidi 
John Howard Professor of Business, and Chair, Marketing Division
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Pricing, product positioning, and market segmentation
Dr. Jedidi has extensively published in leading marketing and statistical journals. He is Senior Editor for the Consumer Needs and Solutions Journal and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing. He is a Founding Trustee of the Marketing Accountability Standards Board (MASB), a member of the Faculty Steering Committee, Columbia Global Centers (Amman), a Senior Editor for Rutgers Business Review, and a member of the Academic Council of ENPC’s School of International Management.

Todd Jick
Senior Lecturer in Discipline in Business Bernstein Faculty Leader, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics

Areas of expertise: Corporate governance, ethics, leadership, organizational change
Professor Jick is a leading expert in Leadership and Organizational Change. He has had a long career of both academic and consulting work in this field, and he has built a pair of highly popular courses at CBS called “Organizational Change,” and “Advanced Organizational Change.” His textbook, “Managing Change,” has been the leading offering in the field for the last 15 years, and his cases have been among the top sellers in case clearinghouses.

Gita Johar
Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Dean&rsquos Office
Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business Marketing
Columbia Business School

Area of expertise: Consumer psychology
Professor Johar's expertise lies in consumer psychology, focusing on how consumers react to marketing efforts, especially advertising, promotions and sponsorship. She also examines the influence of consumer self-control and perceptions of control on decision making and consumption. This research has implications for the design of effective communication strategies.

Amit Khandelwal
Jerome A. Chazen Professor of Global Business
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: International trade and Indian economy
Professor Khandelwal's research examines issues in international and development economics, including the strategic response of firms to trade liberalizations and increased international competition.

Bruce Kogut 
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics
Columbia Business School

Area of expertise: Corporate governance, corporate social resonsibility, ethics, India, strategy
Professor Kogut’s current research focuses on governance and corporate compensation, social capital markets and social metrics , and the “political color of boards,” financed by the National Science Foundation in the area of sociology and computational social science. In cooperation with IFMR in Chennai, colleagues and he are researching the contributions of prosocial attitudes of employees and incentives on the productivity of microfinance institutions.

Petros Mavroidis 
Edwin B. Parker Professor of Foreign and Comparative Law
Columbia Law School

Area of expertise: World Trade Organization
Petros C. Mavroidis joined the faculty in 2003. He served as a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) legal affairs division from 1992 to 1995 and has been a legal adviser to the WTO since 1996. He was the chief co-rapporteur for the American Law Institute study Principles of International Trade: The WTO (2013). Mavroidis has written 10 books and scores of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His book, The Regulation of International Trade, won the 2017 Certificate of Merit in International Law for a distinguished contribution to the field from the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. The two-volume tome is a meticulous exploration of WTO agreements regulating trade in goods. The third volume of the series was  published by MIT Press in 2020.

Stephan Meier
James P. Gorman Professor of Business, Chair of Management Division
Columbia Business School

Area of expertise: Behavioral strategy
Professor Meier investigates the impact of psychology and economics on human decision-making and its implications for public policy and firms' strategy. Current research topics include how non-selfish behavior affect organizations or the effect of borrower’s decision-making on financial institutions’ strategy.

Michael Morris
Chavkin-Chang Professor of Leadership
Columbia Business School

Area of expertise: Social judgment and negotiation
Professor Morris is highly regarded for his research on social judgment, the study of how people make sense of events observed in their environment (both internal and external to their work settings). One of his main emphases is on the effects of cross-cultural differences on social judgment.

Christian Moser
Assistant Professor, Economics
Columbia Business School

Area of expertise: macroeconomics and labor economics
Professor Moser's research revolves around macroeconomics with a focus on earnings inequality. Professor Moser is the 2019 winner of the George S. Eccles Research Award in Finance and Economics.

Oded Netzer
Arthur J. Samberg Professor of Business
Columbia Business School

Area of Expertise: Marketing
Professor Netzer's expertise centers on one of the major business challenges of the data-rich environment: developing quantitative methods that leverage data to gain a deeper understanding of customer behavior and guide firms' decisions. He focuses primarily on building statistical and econometric models to measure consumer preferences and understand how customer choices change over time, and across contexts. Most notably, he has developed a framework for managing firms' customer bases through dynamic segmentation. More recently, his research focuses on leveraging text-mining techniques for business applications.

Arvind Panagariya
Professor of Economics, Jagdish Bhagwati Professor of Indian Political Economy
School of International Public Affairs, Columbia University

Areas of expertise: International trade and Indian economy
Professor Panagariya has written or edited ten books. His latest book, India: The Emerging Giant, was published in March 2008 by the Oxford University Press, New York and has been described as the "definitive book on the Indian economy" by Fareed Zakaria and "a tour de horizon and a tour de force" by Jagdish Bhagwati. His previous books include The Economics of Preferential Trade Agreements, 1996, AEI Press (with Jagdish Bhagwati) and Lectures on International Trade, 1998, MIT Press (with J. Bhagwati and T.N. Srinivasan). Panagariya writes a monthly column in the Economic Times, India's top financial daily. He has also written guest columns in the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Hindu, India Today and Outlook. He has appeared on numerous national and foreign television channels.

Stephen Penman
George O. May Professor of Accounting
Chair, Accounting Division
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Valuation of equity and security analysis
Professor Penman's research is concerned with the valuation of equity and the role of accounting information in security analysis. His new book, Accounting for Value, was published in 2011.

Andrea Prat 
Richard Paul Richman Professor of Business
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Organizational economics, political economy, financial economics
Professor Prat’s work in organizational economics investigates, both theoretically and empirically, how attentional allocation patterns affect organizational performance. His work in political economy focuses mainly on the role of communication in politics. And his work in financial economics explores the effect of agency problems on financial markets.


Shivaram Rajgopal 
Roy Bernard Kester and T.W. Byrnes Professor of Accounting and Auditing
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Financial reporting, earnings quality, fraud, executive compensation, corporate culture
Professor Rajgopal is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Accounting and Economics and was an editor at Contemporary Accounting Research. He was on the editorial board of The Accounting Review from 2003 to 2011. He is widely published in finance and accounting journals and is frequently cited in the popular press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Fortune, Forbes, Financial Times, and The Economist.


Medini R. Singh
Senior Lecturer in Discipline in Business
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Supply chain management, service operations
Professor Singh's research focuses on service and supply chain design, at both the tactical and strategic level. Recently, he has been interested in the role of speed in competitiveness and in the risks and rewards of process outsourcing and off-shoring.

M. Suresh Sundaresan 
Chase Manhattan Bank Foundation Professor of Financial Institutions
Columbia Business School

Area of expertise: Treasury auctions, bidding, default risk, habit formation, term structure of interest rates, asset pricing, investment theory, pension asset allocation, swaps, options, forwards, futures, fixed-income securities markets and risk management
Professor  Sundaresan's current research work focuses on corporate bankruptcy, design of bankruptcy code, the role of collateral in interest rate swaps, and the role of central bank in providing liquidity to private capital markets. More recently, he has been working on micro-lending with a view to characterizing defaults, recovery rates, and interest rates in micro-loans. The research attempts to characterize the efforts that are needed to lower the borrowing rates. Another ongoing project explores whether the duration of the borrowing relationship has led to an improvement of borrower's welfare.

Jan Svejnar
James T. Shotwell Professor of Global Political Economy
Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs

Areas of expertise: The effect of foreign investment on domestic firms, the effect of billionaires on economic performance, the determinants of corporate structure, ownership and performance, the effect of recession on wages and employment, global economic governance, economic policies, performance of countries at different levels of economic development 
Professor Svejnar previously served as director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is a founder and Chairman of CERGE-EI in Prague (an American-style Ph.D. program in economics that educates economists for Central-East Europe and the Newly Independent States). He serves as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of CSOB Bank and co-editor of Economics of Transition. He is a Fellow of the European Economic Association and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research (London) and Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn). He focuses his research on (i) the effects of government policies on firms, labor and capital markets; (ii) corporate, national, and global governance and performance; and (iii) entrepreneurship, innovation and investment. /p>

Bruce Usher
Co-director, Tamer Center for Social Enterprise
Elizabeth B. Strickler '86 and Mark T. Gallogly '86 Faculty Director
Professor of Professional Practice Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Entrepreneurship, finance, innovation, international development, social enterprise
Director of the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School. Professor Usher teaches on the intersection of finance, social and environmental issues, and is a recipient of the Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom, the Lear Award, and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Prior to his work at Columbia, Professor Usher was CEO of EcoSecurities Group plc, which developed greenhouse gas emission reduction projects in developing countries. EcoSecurities was acquired by JP Morgan in 2009. Professor Usher was previously the co-founder and CEO of TreasuryConnect LLC, which provided electronic trading solutions to banks and was acquired in 2001. Prior to that, he worked in financial services for twelve years in New York and Tokyo. Professor Usher is an active investor and advisor to entrepreneurial ventures focused on climate change and clean energy ( He is a board member of Community Energy, OptiRTC, and CapShift, and is Chair of the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures. Usher earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Eric Verhoogen
Professor, Department of Economics and School of International and Public Affairs
Co-Director, Center for Development Economics and Policy
Columbia University

Area of expertise: International trade and development
Professor Verhoogen's main research interest is applied microeconomic research on firms in developing countries. This area overlaps with the fields of development economics, international trade, labor economics, and industrial organization. A recurrent theme in his work is the process of quality upgrading in the manufacturing sectors of developing countries — its causes, consequences, and broader implications.


Dan J. Wang 
David W. Zalaznick Associate Professor of Business Management
Columbia Business School

Area of expertise: Social networks
Dan Wang’s research analyzes how social networks catalyze the transformation of knowledge across organizational and cultural boundaries to drive entrepreneurship and innovation. His main project focuses on ‘reverse brain drain’, or how the return migration of skilled professionals spreads knowledge, practices, and technologies to different parts of the world.  He has also studied entrepreneurship and workplace innovation among returnees. In other work, he has analyzed the implications of different network patterns of venture capital investment syndication for the innovation performance of start-ups. Using similar approaches, he has also developed a research stream focused on organizational understanding of social protest outcomes, using network relationships across social movement actors and organizations to predict innovation, knowledge sharing, and tactical choices across activist groups.

Shang-Jin Wei
N.T. Wang Professor of Chinese Business and Economy
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: International finance, trade and Chinese economy
In addition to his teaching duties, Professor Wei is Director for the National Bureau of Economic Research's Working Group on the Chinese Economy and a Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research (Europe). Before joining Columbia University, he held positions as Assistant Director, Chief of Trade and Investment Division, Chief of Mission to Myanmar (Burma) at the International Monetary Fund, the New Century Chair Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Associate Professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. Professor Wei has published extensively on topics on international finance, trade, and the Chinese economy in leading academic journals. His research has also been reported in Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Economist, Business Week, Chicago Tribune, and other news media.

David Weinstein
Carl Sumner Shoup Professor of Japanese Economics
Columbia University, Department of Economics

Areas of expertise: International trade and Japanese economy
Previously, Professor Weinstein was a Senior Economist and a consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. He also served on the Council of Economic Advisors from 1989 to 1990. His teaching and research interests include international economics, macroeconomics, corporate finance, the Japanese economy, and industrial policy.

Pierre Yared
MUTB Professor of Business
Vice Dean, Executive Education
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Operations/management science and applied economics
Professor Yared's research, which has been published in leading academic journals, focuses on macroeconomic policy, political economy, and growth. He is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and an associate editor of the American Economic Review, the Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Review of Economic Studies.


Amir Ziv
Professor of Professional Practice, Accounting
Columbia Business School

Areas of expertise: Accounting, competitive strategy, corporate finance, economics
Professor Ziv’s research deals with the effects of accounting regimes and alternatives on economic environments, and is important to the understanding of accounting institutions and phenomena. Specifically, he deals with the role of accounting information in organizational design, financial disclosure, performance evaluation, auditing, product quality, and information transmission among strategic players.