The world’s best business schools name the up-and-coming MBA professors they’re most excited about. Only the best and brightest minds in business teach MBA students.
So who are the next generation of MBA professors to look out for?
- Stephanie Lin, Assistant MBA Professor of Marketing
PhD in Marketing with a PhD minor in Psychology from Stanford University, assistant professor of marketing at Singapore Management University.
Stephanie Lin’s research focuses on how consumers maintain an image of themselves as good and virtuous in everyday life.
People often wish to engage in virtuous behaviors, such as eating healthy, saving money, and supporting worthy causes. They then feel negatively about themselves when they engage in more sinful behaviors, such as eating unhealthy food, overspending, or saying ‘no’ when asked to donate.
Stephanie examines the psychological processes and behaviors that allow consumers to see themselves as good and virtuous even when tempted by these vices.
A piece she recently published, titled ‘We All Want to Be Good—Then Life Happens’, summarizes a recent paper on how people start with the best of intentions but overestimate their ability to follow through.
Stephanie’s academic work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and the Journal of Consumer Psychology.
2. Jinyu He, MBA Professor of Strategy & Research Area Director of CSR/Sustainability
PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, tenured associate professor, HKUST Department of Management. Dr Jinyu He joined CEIBS in July 2020 and teaches the core MBA course on Business, Society, and Environment (BSE). He also provides wider research leadership to the school as the director of CEIBS’ new CSR/Sustainable Development research area.
Jinyu is a core member of the editorial board that conducted the 2021 Corporate Social Responsibility White Paper at CEIBS, which summarized the best CSR practices in the context of both China and the wider world. The White Paper also coincided with Social Impact Week at CEIBS, set up by the school’s Social Impact & Responsibility student club and supported by Jinyu.
Jinyu’s research focus examines corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and sustainability, competitive dynamics, and co-opetition. He’s had work published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Strategic Management Journal, and Journal of Management.
5 MBA Professors To Watch In 2022
3. Damon Phillips, MBA Professor of Management
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
PhD in Business from Stanford University Graduate School of Business; Lambert Family Professor of Social Enterprise, Columbia University Business School.
Engineer affiliated with the US Air Force; executive, family-owned electronics manufacturing business.
Damon Phillips’ expertise is in social structural approaches to organizations, markets, and innovation, as well as social network theory and analysis.
His industry specialties are cultural markets (music industry) and professional services, and at Wharton he teaches Managing Organizational Change. Damon is also a published author, whose 2013 book Shaping Jazz is an innovative study of the emergence and evolution of the market for recorded Jazz.
He’s been published in top journals within management and sociology and is an associate editor at the Administrative Science Quarterly, a consulting editor at Sociological Science, a former associate editor with Management Science, and former consulting editor at the American Journal of Sociology.
When not teaching or researching, Damon enjoys spending time with his family, writing, and listening to music.
4. Michele Gelfand, MBA Professor of Organizational Behavior/Psychology by Courtesy
Stanford Graduate School of Business
PhD in Social and Organizational Psychology, the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Michele Gelfand uses field, experimental, computational, and neuroscience methods to understand the evolution of culture as well as its multilevel consequences for human groups.
She has received more than $13 million in research funding from the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and the FBI. Her work has been cited over 20,000 times and she’s been featured in the Washington Post, The New York Times, TheBoston Globe, National Public Radio, Voice of America, Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, The Economist, De Standard, among others.
Michele’s research interest focus on cross-cultural organizational behavior, negotiation, conflict, and diversity. Her book, Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire the World, explores the ins and outs of human cultures and uses tightness-looseness theory to offer a startling new view of the world and ourselves.
She was awarded a Katzell Award from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology in 2020 and became an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2021.
5. Nora Colton, MBA Professor & Inaugural Director
UCL Global Business School for Health
UCL Pro-Vice-Provost (Postgraduate Education) & Joint Director of Education at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, Deputy Vice Chancellor at University of East London, Dean of Royal Docks Business School, Professor of Economics at Drew University, D.Phil. University of Oxford
Trustee and nonexecutive on charity boards, Advisory roles to various international organizations. Nora Colton is a health and development economist with a regional expertise in the Middle East and a principal fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.
She has extensive experience conducting field studies on Middle East economies and macroeconomic structural challenges in the MENA region. She’s fluent in Arabic and has lived for extended periods in Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, and Lebanon.
With close to 30 years of experience, Nora Colton stands out from the other MBA professors in this list. However, we’ve named her our BusinessBecause MBA Professor to Watch in 2022 as she makes history in her new role as inaugural dean of the UCL Global Business School for Health.
Opening its doors to students in September 2022, the Global Business School for Health is the first business school in the world solely dedicated to healthcare, training health professionals in business health through postgraduate level programs focused on health innovation and management.
The school will offer several postgraduate programs, including a flagship Health MBA.
Nora’s passion is in improving healthcare management and leadership for better health outcomes. As dean, Nora hopes to educate the next generation of healthcare leaders and managers to address the healthcare skills gap.