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5 MBA Professors To Watch In 2022

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.

Think former Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen, who developed the theory of disruptive innovation, or INSEAD MBA professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, the minds behind blue ocean strategy.

These kinds of top MBA professors produce cutting-edge research, write best-selling books, train future business leaders, and share their expertise via our BB Insights series.

So who are the next generation of MBA professors to look out for?

We asked the world’s top business schools to nominate one up-and-coming faculty member that they’re most excited about. And we name our BusinessBecause MBA Professor of 2022.*

MBA Professors to Watch in 2022

  1. Marcel Olbert, Assistant MBA Professor of Accounting
    London Business School
    PhD & Research Assistant at University of Mannheim, Visiting Scholar at Stanford & University of North Carolina

Industry experience:
Investment banking at JP Morgan London, Strategy consulting at Roland Berger, Tax & PE at PwC and Flick Gocke Schaumburg.

Marcel Olbert teaches MBA students through the core MBA Accounting course at London Business School.

His passion lies in bringing research insights and timely real world examples into his MBA classroom and engaging in vivid discussions with the students. This year, Marcel invited several friends and former colleagues active in London and Germany’s Startup, VC, and Private Equity sectors to share their experiences with his students.

Marcel’s current research focuses on tax reforms, multinational firm investment, and economic growth in developing countries. He’s aiming to shed light on how multinational firm investment can benefit the economies of developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

  1. Anna Stansbury, Assistant MBA Professor of Work and Organization Studies
    MIT Sloan School of Management
    PhD in Economics from Harvard University, Scholar in Harvard’s Inequality and Social Policy program, Nonresident senior fellow at Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Anna Stansbury’s research focuses on topics in labor and macroeconomics, particularly on issues to do with inequality, power, and institutions in the labor market.

In recent work, she has studied the extent of employer concentration in the US labor market, the macroeconomic effects of the decline of worker power in the US, and the incentives for minimum wage non-compliance in the US and UK.

  1. Christina Patterson, Assistant MBA Professor of Economics
    Chicago Booth
    PhD in Economics from MIT, Post-doctoral fellow at Northwestern University

Industry experience:
Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Christina Patterson joined Booth in July 2020 as Assistant Professor of Economics and Biehler Junior Faculty Fellow.

She currently teaches a course on macroeconomics to MBA students and strives to equip students with the skills and understanding to debate long-standing questions on topics including income and wealth inequality, deficit spending and inflation, as well as the most pressing active policy debates of today.

Her research, which focuses on how inequality across workers and firms can affect the economy’s response to shocks, has appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, AEJ: Macroeconomics, and European Economic Review.

She also serves as a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and before she entered academia, she was a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

  1. Albert Mensah, Assistant MBA Professor of Financial Accounting
    HEC Paris
    PhD in Accounting from the City University of Hong Kong, Principal research assistant and course instructor at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana.

Industry experience:
Financial accounting consultant, CPA, former entrepreneur, MD & CEO.

Albert Mensah is a passionate teacher, who enjoys making lessons fun, lively, and interactive. To illustrate concepts in his class, he draws from his own academic research, which incorporates theoretical concepts, as well as his past professional experience.

He uses his experience in entrepreneurial projects across a wide range of industries such as agriculture, consumer electronics and EdTech, to show students how he applies the principles taught in class in preparing the accounts of his Ghanaian business entities.

He also incorporates his consultancy experience, sharing with his students how he helps companies separate ‘good’ from ‘bad’ accounting experts.
“I love to ride on the energy of the class, and as such, try my best to keep the class lively,” he says. “There is always room for improvement, and so I try to learn from comments in student evaluation reports and from experienced colleagues about interesting ways to teach.”

  1. Ivuoma Onyeador, Assistant MBA Professor of Management & Organizations
    Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
    PhD in Social Psychology from UCLA, Postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

Ivuoma Onyeador joined Kellogg in 2020 and teaches Leading & Managing Teams to MBA students.

Ivy’s research is motivated by contradiction: while equality is ostensibly a core American value, the USA is marked by a profusion of inequalities. 

Further, when confronted with evidence of inequality, many Americans’ first impulse is to deny, dismiss or justify inequality. In rapidly diversifying contexts—organizations, neighborhoods, and other social networks—these impulses can spark conflict and undermine cohesion. 

Ivy’s research examines how dominant and subordinate group members reason about group-based discrimination and disparities. Through her research program, she aims to identify potential threats to cohesion and design interventions to increase people’s understanding of and willingness to address inequality.

Ivy’s research has been published in leading journals such as Psychological Science and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Her work has also been featured in popular press outlets, including The New York Times and The Atlantic.

Beyond studying bias in society, Ivy works to address bias and increase inclusion in her affiliated institutions. In her free time, she enjoys reading, travelling, exercising, and discussing current events on the internet. 


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