Learn From the Brightest Business Minds
Program professors are tenured, full-time, or adjunct faculty members well respected for both their scholarship and frontline management expertise. They care passionately about their teaching and about making subject matter accessible to each student – through class discussions, case studies, simulations, guest lecturers, applied-learning projects, and one-on-one conversations.
Professors are known for their research productivity, with work that is widely published and cited in influential academic journals. More important, from your perspective, they bring their research and real-world business experience into the classroom. As a result, you’re exposed to new business thinking, practices, and trends ahead of the marketplace, a distinct competitive advantage for you and your organization in the marketplace.
“Olin’s faculty actively participate on the research frontier in all areas of global business studies. This is critical to the success of our Executive MBA program because it is the research that provides the raw material from which all essential teaching materials derive. What’s incredibly valuable in our program is the fact that such research comes to life in the classroom as top executives from China and around the world shares their own experiences as we seek to apply the theory to practice. Our executive education approach---one that brings together research-focused faculty and top global executives---ultimately produces new knowledge and uncovers innovative business solutions that can be immediately brought into practice.”
Professor Todd Milbourn
Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Research and Hubert C.& Dorothy R. Moog
Professor of Finance
James T. Little
Donald Danforth, Jr. Professor Emeritus of Business
Academic Director of the Program
James T. Little earned a BCom in Economics and Mathematics from the University of British Columbia and his PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota. He served on the faculty of the department of economics from 1971-1982 and then joined the faculty of the Olin Business School. From 1983-1989, he served as associate dean for academic affairs. In 2006 he was appointed as the inaugural Donald Danforth, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Business and became Emeritus in 2013. He continues to teach on a limited basis and serves as Academic Director of the Washington University-Fudan University EMBA Program in Shanghai. Little’s research interests include the implications of globalization for corporate strategies, the economies of the European Union and China, and regulation of insurance companies. A multiple winner of the Reid Teaching Award, Little received a Distinguished Faculty Award from the Alumni Association of Washington University in 2002 and the Deans Medal from the Olin School in 2016. His extensive experience as a lecturer in executive programs includes teaching in China, Europe and India. Little was a long-time director and member of the executive committee of a property and casualty insurance company and has served on the boards of several civic and not-for-profit institutions.
J. Stuart Bunderson
Co-director of the Bauer Leadership Center
George and Carol Bauer Professor of Organizational Ethics and Governance at Olin.
Professor Bunderson is an honorary professor with the faculty of economics and business at the University of Groningen in The Netherlands. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Strategic Management and Organization from the University of Minnesota and B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University. His award-winning research on issues of leadership, organizational learning, and meaningful work has been published in several leading management journals. He has served as a senior editor at Organization Science and on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Review and the Academy of Management Journal. Professor Bunderson has taught courses and seminars on leadership, power and influence, and organizational behavior to undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA students in the United States and China. He is regularly recognized for his teaching with both student and faculty awards. He also teaches in open enrollment and customized executive education seminars with leading private and public sector organizations. Professor Bunderson started his career in organization and management development at PepsiCo, Inc.
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
Prior to earning his doctorate, Professor Baer worked in the German automotive industry and, as a member of the founding team of a university-affiliated start-up venture, consulted for firms in Europe and Asia. His expertise lies in the areas of creativity and innovation.
Area of Expertise:
Organizational Behavior, Critical Thinking, Innovation and Growth
The determinants of the various activities (i.e., problem formulation, idea generation, solution implementation) comprising creativity and innovation in organizations.
Assistant Dean of Executive Programs
Samuel Chun is Assistant Dean of Executive Programs and Professor of Management Practice
at the Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis.
Before returning to Olin, he was an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School from 1995 – 2000, where he instructed MBAs, doctoral candidates, and corporate executives in a variety of management areas.
Prior employment includes service as a Regional Director at American Express and President of Intermarkets, Inc., which was a Pacific-Rim based startup providing supply chain and logistics. He was also an economist and consultant to the United States Department of Labor.
Professor Chun has authored a number of Harvard Business School case studies and notes.
Ronald R. King
Northrop Professor of Accounting
Director of the Center for Experiential Learning
Myron Northrop Professor of Accounting at the Olin Business School. He is also Director
of the Center for Experiential Learning where he coordinates the Center’s five primary
programs, including CEL Practicums, Board Fellows, CEL entrepreneur consulting team
(CELect), Taylor Community Consulting Projects, and Global Management Studies.
Professor King’s teaching interest is in the area of financial accounting. He has taught in Olin’s BSBA, MBA, EMBA, EMBA-Shanghai programs, and Washington University’s JD program. His current research interests are in the area of teaching and learning.
He is active in the St. Louis start-up community as an angel investor. He is currently a board member of Wine Tasting Network, Kinbe, and Appnotch. He is a consultant for business start-ups.
Area of Expertise:
Financial reporting/regulations and Teaching and learning
CPA (Missouri – inactive)
• BSBA Reid Teaching Awards, Washington University, 1987, 1988
• EMBA Reid Teaching Awards, Washington University, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
• Washington University’s Founder’s Day 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award Winner
Senior Associate Dean of Programs, Faculty & Research
Hubert C. and Dorothy R. Moog Professor of Finance
Todd joined the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis in 2000. His
research and teaching interests center around corporate finance issues, with a
particular focus on CEO compensation, corporate credit ratings and valuation. He has
published widely on these topics in financial and managerial journals and has
co-written an executive-level book on corporate finance.
Todd teaches finance in nearly all of Olin’s degree programs, including the BSBA, MBA, EMBA and Shanghai EMBA programs. He has won several awards for excellence in teaching and truly enjoys his time in the classroom. He has also consulted and lectured on corporate finance issues for a variety of organizations and their executives, including many Fortune 500 companies, global investment banks and consultancy firms. He also serves as an expert witness valuation, fair rate of return, and compensation cases.
Outside of Olin, Todd serves as an Independent Director for the Xanthus Fund. He also sits on the Academic Advisory Council for Standard & Poor’s.
Frahm Family Professor of Organization and Strategy at Olin Business School
Senior Scholar in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution
Associate Dean and Director of the Brookings Executive Education in Washington D.C.
Professor Nickerson has received numerous teaching awards including the 2003 State of Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Jackson’s research, which is found in leading management journals, focuses on leadership, governance, and organizational performance, He has twice won the Olin Award Recognizing Research That Transforms Business. Jackson was one of the lead developers of Critical Thinking@Olin, a new approach to developing critical thinking skills that won the MBA Roundtable’s Innovator’s Award and is now taught to other universities through AACSB. Consultant and author of several leadership books, he launched Olin‘s new Masters of Science in Leadership.
Professor of Strategy
Lamar Pierce joined the Olin faculty in 2007, after visiting at Carnegie Mellon for two years. Prior to earning his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley, he worked at Boeing in Seattle, WA. Pierce's research focuses on economic and psychological factors that impact both productivity and misconduct, and the organizational solutions to jointly address these effects. Pierce teaches Strategy, Management, Business Ethics in the MBA, Undergraduate, and Executive MBA programs at Olin.
Area of Expertise:
Business/Corporate Strategy, Human Resource Management/Industrial Relations, Management Strategy, Organizational Design
Business strategy and public policy; fraud and corruption; ethics; incentives in organizations
W. Patrick McGinnis Professor of Marketing;
Director, MS in Customer Analytics
Professor Seetharaman was an instructor in the marketing department at Cornell University during his doctoral studies. Professor Seetharaman's teaching interests include marketing research, marketing management and database marketing.
Area of Expertise:
Understanding dynamic choice behavior of households using econometric models.
John E. Simon Professor of Finance
Director of the PhD program
Director of the WFA Center for Finance and Accounting Research
His previous university faculty appointments include Michigan, Indiana, Northwestern, and UCLA. His areas of research, teaching and consulting interest are banking, asymmetric information, corporate finance, corporate culture and the economics of higher purpose. He has published research articles in leading Economics and Finance journals and in 2008, he was recognized as the fourth most prolific researcher globally in Finance over the past 50 years. He has published eight books, including Contemporary Financial Intermediation with Stuart Greenbaum and Arnoud Boot, which is a masters level banking text book whose content is closely tied to current banking research, as well numerous research readings books in financial intermediation. He is a founding co-editor of The Journal of Financial Intermediation and a past President of The Financial Intermediation Research Society.
Professor of Operations & Manufacturing Management
Professor Zhang received his Ph.D. in Operations and Information Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He joined Olin Business School in July, 2007. Prior to joining Olin, he was a professor at the Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine. Professor Zhang's research interests are in supply chain management, which primarily deals with how to match supply with demand. The first part of his research focuses on how a firm should contract with upstream suppliers to ensure efficient and responsive supply, i.e., the supply side. The second part of his research is concerned with how to deal with strategic customer behavior that may affect a firm’s operational strategies, i.e., the demand side. His research work has been published in Management Science, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Operations Research.
Supply chain management; Consumer behavior in operations management;
Inventory and production planning, Game Theory, incentives and mechanism design; Energy and environment.
Panagiotis (Panos) Kouvelis
Emerson Distinguished Professor of Operations and Manufacturing Management.
Director of The Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation (BCSCI)
Ranked a top 10 operations management researcher in terms of research productivity,
quality and citations, Kouvelis is one of the most highly cited operations and supply
chain management scholars, with over 6,500 citations.
Since 2012, Kouvelis was appointed as one of two academic leaders on the U.S. Commerce Department’s advisory committee on supply chain competitiveness.
He currently teaches Washington University EMBA programs in St. Louis, Kansas City and Denver, and has taught all 14 cohorts of the joint Olin-Fudan EMBA program in Shanghai, China, and started teaching in the recently established Joint Olin-IIT Mumbai EMBA.
Kouvelis has consulted with or taught executive programs for many companies, including Emerson, Monsanto, Belden, Bunge, BJC, Duke Hospital, Eaton, BAE, Express Scripts, Edward Jones, Sigma Aldrich, ABInBev and Boeing, on topics that include supply chain management, operations strategy, lean operations and inventory management.
Daniel W. Elfenbein
Associate Professor of Strategy
Prior to joining the Olin Business School, Elfenbein taught in the MBA program at the University of California - Berkeley. He has also worked as an economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers and as a management consultant for the Monitor Group. Elfenbein is a member of the Academy of Management and American Economic Association and serves as a referee for numerous academic journals. In addition to his many research interests, Elfenbein has studied the economics of NFL ticket scalping on-line.
Area of Expertise:
Organizational Economics, Business/Corporate Strategy, Entrepreneurship, Technology Management
Governance of complex transactions; markets for intellectual property; innovation and technological change; university-industry technology transfer; incentives in organizations.
Lee J. Konczak
Academic Director, Executive MBA Program and Senior Lecturer
in Organizational Behavior
Before joining the Olin faculty, Lee worked at Anheuser-Busch Companies as an internal Human Resource/Organization Development consultant and manager. In his last position at A-B, Lee was Director of Executive Development and Employee Selection Systems. Prior to Anheuser-Busch, Lee worked as an independent consultant. He also held senior management positions with the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Lee has taught organizational behavior and human resource management previously at Washington University, Webster University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis
Area of Expertise:
Leadership, Leadership Development, Team Development, Managerial Assessment, Organizational Change and Development, Personnel Selection.
Dr. Patrick S. Moreton
Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Olin School of Business
Washington University in St. Louis
Ph.D.2002 Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
MBA 1991 Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration
BA. 1983 University of California at San Diego
Dr. Moreton is the senior associate dean for graduate programs at the Olin School of
business with overall responsibility for the school’s full-time MBA and Specialized
Masters Programs, its part-time Professional and Executive MBA programs, as well as its
non-degree training programs both in St. Louis and Washington DC, through the school’s
joint venture with the Brookings Institution. Before joining Olin in September 2017,
Dr. Moreton was a professor of practice with the Fuqua School of Business at Duke
University, and part of the founding team for Duke Kunshan University, Duke
University’s joint venture university in Kunshan China, where he held the position of
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, Executive Education and Conference Center
Programming. From 1999 to 2004, he taught strategy at Washington University’s Olin
Business School in its BSBA program and full time and part-time, MBA programs. In 2004
he moved to Shanghai and worked as the managing director and Associate Dean of the
Washington University-Fudan University Executive MBA program, a joint educational
venture between Washington University in St. Louis and Fudan University in Shanghai,
After completing his undergraduate studies with a double major in Biochemistry and Economics, Dr. Moreton worked as a management consultant for six years in San Francisco and Boston, completing projects in commercial and retail banking, consumer products, and electric power generation. At Harvard’s Graduate School of Business Administration he received his MBA degree and graduated as a Baker Scholar. He continued on at Harvard as a Charles M. Williams Research Fellow and wrote more than a dozen Harvard Business School case studies in finance, business ethics, and business-government relations. He subsequently completed his doctoral studies in Business and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the past Chair of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai’s Education & Training Committee and continues to write, lecture, and teach regularly in the area of business strategy, with a particular interested in the role that human capital plays in companies’ efforts to gain and sustain competitive advantage. He and his wife, the artist Christina Shmigel, have recently repatriated to the United States after more than 13 years living in China.
Professor of Practice in Economics
Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
John was a Senior Expert in the Strategy Practice of McKinsey & Company, based out of the Washington, DC, office, before joining Olin. He spent most of his 9 years there working with clients on competitive strategy, war gaming workshops and corporate and business unit strategy across a variety of industries and geographies. John helped over 100 clients with war game workshops and developed a set of simulation exercises to help companies understand the challenges of reallocating resources. He was also an adjunct professor at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining McKinsey, John assisted major U.S. financial institutions with fair lending compliance as a consultant with Ernst & Young LLP. He also worked as an economic consultant with The Brattle Group, specializing in economic expert testimony in litigation support, including anti-trust and patent infringement cases.