New Management Faculty Cover Broad Spectrum of Disciplines
Nov. 30, 2007
Newcomers in the School of Management's faculty are notable for the depth of their education and the breadth of their experiences.
Rachel T.A. Croson
With research focused on experimental economics, it would seem Professor Rachel T.A. Croson would live in the theoretical world. Quite the opposite. The former Wharton School professor has done research to help nonprofits with fundraising and has worked with international groups developing negotiation skills.
Croson, who earned her master's and doctorate degrees in economics from Harvard University, holds a joint position at UT Dallas. She is professor in organizations, strategy and international management at the School of Management and professor in economics at the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences.
She also is director of the newly formed Negotiations Center at UT Dallas, an interdisciplinary hub for producing and promoting research on the mix of economics, psychology and business.
Croson is teaching a doctoral class in experimental economics. The discipline “combines economics and psychology to investigate how people actually make economic decisions, as opposed to how perfectly rational, profit-maximizing agents would make economic decisions,” she says.
As the Ashbel Smith Professor of Finance, Michael Rebello is researching the conflicts of interest between agents in a corporation and the means of resolving those conflicts. “I find these sorts of issues very interesting,” he says.
Rebello, who holds a Ph.D. in finance from The University of Texas at Austin, worked for Clarion Capital in Hong Kong from 1997 to 1999. “I got to witness the [transfer] of Hong Kong from Britain to China and also the Asian crisis,” he says. Most recently he has been the Jessica L. and Edward Streiffer Chair in International Finance at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he received a teaching award in 2004, after his first year there.
“Interactions with students tend to make you develop new perspectives on familiar issues,” he says. Rebello will teach investment management and corporate finance courses in the spring.
With research interests that cover a range of topics — from organizational learning to international strategic alliances to knowledge management — Eric Tsang draws from his extensive education. Tsang holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Hong Kong, an MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a law degree from Peking University, and a doctorate from Cambridge University. More than 50 of his articles have been published, and he is on the editorial board of five journals.
After teaching at Wayne State University in Detroit, Tsang joins the School of Management as an associate professor in organizations, strategy and international management. He is teaching an undergraduate class in strategic management. “Having lived in Asia, Europe and North America, I bring an international perspective to my teaching,” he says. “While I pass my knowledge on to students, they are a source of inspiration for my research.”
An assistant professor in accounting, Stanimir Markov is melding his research interest with his teaching assignment. “My research focuses on how earnings information and expectations about earnings influence equity prices,” says Markov, who is teaching classes in financial statement analysis. “My research also examines the role of information intermediaries such as sell-side analysts in capital markets.”
Markov, who holds an MBA from Georgetown University, a master's degree in applied economics and a doctorate in business administration from the University of Rochester, most recently was an assistant professor in accounting at Emory University. “I find it intellectually stimulating when students share their work experiences and opinions about financial reporting issues,” he says.
Yu Wang received her doctorate in marketing from the University of Michigan after researching a topic many have wondered about — time sharing. She examined the common system for exchanging — or using — weeks of vacation and found it can be inefficient. As an assistant professor in marketing, Wang plans to continue her research on market design. “I'm also interested in exploring how consumers’ social preferences — for instance, a preference for fairness — influence their choices. I use the approach of experimental economics in my research.”
Currently, Wang is teaching a marketing class. “Seeing students learn and develop an interest in marketing is very rewarding to me,” she says.
McClain Watson is teaching business communications, a new core course for the School of Management. “Helping students to become better writers and speakers is incredibly rewarding, largely because students already know how important these skills will be in their lives and careers,” says Watson, who received his Ph.D. in rhetorical studies from the University of Iowa.
He is president of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology and studies the rhetoric of science, especially neuroscience and child development. “I am also interested in the relationship between writing instruction and job satisfaction and effectiveness,’ he says. Watson joins the Organizations, Strategy and International Management area as a senior lecturer. He previously taught at Texas Woman's University in Denton.
Xiuli He says her two years as a financial analyst with Centergate Securities in Shanghai, China, gave her “clear insights into systems issues in manufacturing.” That experience, she says, along with her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and graduate degree in management led her to pursue her doctorate in operations and supply-chain management, which she completed earlier this year at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin.
Now a visiting assistant professor in information systems and operations management at UT Dallas, He teaches production management, a core class, to School of Management undergraduates. She also continues her research in game theory, optimal control theory and queuing theory — all areas of interest she says she discovered after reading countless research papers while a doctoral student and being encouraged to pursue these topics by her professors.
Linsteadt serves as assistant director of the School of Management’s Internal Auditing Education Partnership Program, which recently was named one of the four best programs worldwide by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Linsteadt also is teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in accounting as a visiting senior lecturer. He has been teaching at UT Dallas since 2005. “I enjoy helping students achieve their goals of obtaining their accounting degree, passing the [certified public accountant] exam and being successful in their career” says Linsteadt, who holds an MBA and a master's degree in accounting, both from UT Dallas.
Notable among Linsteadt’s past posts is his work as a risk analyst helping the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation weather the storms of the 1980s banking and savings-and-loan crises. In 2003, he and internal auditing program director Mark Salamasick co-wrote Auditing Vendor Relationships, part of the IIA Handbook series.