New Hires Bolster Jindal School’s Academic, Research Programs

Dr. Hasan Pirkul

Dr. Hasan Pirkul

As the UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management’s student population rises to 7,500, up 7 percent from fall 2013, the school has added nine new tenured or tenure-track faculty members to further enhance its academic and research programs. 

The newest faculty members — experts in accounting, finance, information systems, operations management and organizational behavior — build on the Jindal School’s momentum as the number of students, faculty and programs rise and the school continues to climb in national business school rankings. 

“We are pleased to welcome these new faculty members to our accomplished academic roster of innovators, scholars, researchers and leaders. With these top scholars and creative minds joining the University from the world’s leading institutions, the Jindal School will continue its rise among national institutions of higher education,” said Dr. Hasan Pirkul, Jindal dean and Caruth Chair of Management.” 

The Jindal School’s newest faculty members arrived on campus as the school opened its doors to a new addition that will accommodate the school’s growth. The expansion, which increases the school’s size by 50 percent, was completed in August. 

“Our goal has always been to be among the best business schools in the nation, and we’ve done that with the help of our distinguished faculty members who are some of the brightest minds in the business world,” Pirkul said. “Our newest hires will strengthen our reputation and help position us for sustained growth for years to come.” 

Dr. Atanu Lahiri

Dr. Atanu Lahiri

Dr. Atanu Lahiri, assistant professor, information systems 

Previously: Assistant professor of information systems, University of Washington Foster School of Business 

Research Interests: Digital piracy, software security, telecom economics and health IT 

Quote: “The information systems group at the Jindal School is outstanding and boasts several Distinguished Fellows of the Information Systems Society, including Dean Pirkul. I am proud to have the chance to be a member of this group. My objective is to follow in the footsteps of my senior colleagues and pursue excellence in all areas of teaching, research and service.” 

Dr. Sheen Levine

Dr. Sheen Levine

Dr. Sheen Levine, assistant professor, organizations, strategy and international management 

Previously: Principal investigator, Columbia University 

Research Interests: I study people’s behavior and how it impacts others, organizations and markets. I have studied how knowledge sharing affects performance, how open collaboration facilitates innovation and how ethnic diversity deflates price bubbles. I currently study how “paying it forward” creates surprising acts of kindness, how “mind reading” enhances performance and how isolation can bring breakthrough ideas. 

Quote: “I think UT Dallas is in a unique point in its evolution. I saw an opportunity for me to help the innovation and entrepreneurship program, and develop and contribute to the creation of knowledge at UTD across disciplines and across departments.” 

Dr. Toyah Miller

Dr. Toyah Miller

Dr. Toyah Miller, associate professor, strategy and entrepreneurship 

Previously: Assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, Indiana University Kelley School of Business 

Research Interests: Innovation and change, international contexts of business, entrepreneurship and corporate governance 

Quote: “I enjoy boundary-spanning experiences that cut across corporate, nonprofit and academic areas and allow me to work on ideas that have social impact. Micro-enterprise, entrepreneurship, social enterprise, and youth and young-adult workforce development as tools for poverty alleviation are passionate interests of mine personally and professionally.”

Dr. Anyan Qi

Dr. Anyan Qi

Dr. Anyan Qi, assistant professor, operations management 

Previously: Research assistant and PhD student, University of Michigan Ross School of Business 

Research Interests: Capacity management, supply network and supply chain management 

Quote: “Advances in information technology can provide huge amounts of data regarding operations and demand, helping firms make capacity decisions. Although supply chains today are highly decentralized with complex topologies, many firms and suppliers are working to maintain tight relationships with initiatives that involve strategic decision-making in capacity investment.” 

Dr. Gil Sadka

Dr. Gil Sadka

Dr. Gil Sadka, associate professor, accounting 

Previously: Associate professor of accounting, Columbia University

Research Interests: Equity valuation and examining the role of earnings and earnings predictability in generating stock price volatility and the implications for asset prices 

Quote: “Being a researcher means that you must constantly learn new theories and new methodologies. I hope to continue my research in capital markets and continue to broaden my academic interests. I also hope to learn from my colleagues and pass on this new knowledge to our students.” 

Dr. Shaojie Tang

Dr. Shaojie Tang

Dr. Shaojie Tang, assistant professor, information systems 

Previously: Research assistant professor, Temple University Department of Computer and Information Services 

Research Interests: Mobile commerce and computing social networks and game theory 

Quote: “My passion for information systems research originates from the strong belief that advances to information systems and technologies are changing and will continue to change our world.” 

Dr. Christian Von Drathen

Christian von Drathen

Christian von Drathen, assistant professor, finance 

Previously: Director, Heinr von Drathen & Co. 

Research Interests: Empirical finance, corporate finance, private equity, natural experiments and structural estimation 

Quote: “Being asked to become part of UT Dallas’ excellent finance faculty is a rare honor. I’m delighted to join and look forward to sharing my knowledge with students and to develop new insights with my colleagues.”

Dr. Shengqi Ye

Dr. Shengqi Ye

Dr. Shengqi Ye, assistant professor, operations management 

Previously: Associate instructor and PhD student, Indiana University Kelley School of Business 

Research Interests: Online retailing 

Quote: “I found that online retailers have many new levers to learn and influence their demand. For instance, online retailers have access to customer clicking and browsing data. They can use online marketing tools like sponsored search advertising to influence demand. It’s interesting to investigate how these new levers can be used to improve retailers’ operations.” 

Dr. Jieying Zhang

Dr. Jieying Zhang

Dr. Jieying Zhang, assistant professor, accounting 

Previously: Assistant professor of accounting, University of Southern California Leventhal School of Accounting 

Research Interests: Financial accounting with special focus on debt marketing, auditing and accounting conservation 

Quote: “I am very excited about joining UT Dallas as the University has a very strong accounting department that is also research-oriented.”

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