Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

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Duke’s Fuqua School of Business Recruits Three New Chaired Professors

July 08, 2001

DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University's Fuqua School of Business added three chaired professors to its faculty roster as part of the school's initiative to build its faculty and increase the number of academic chairs.
Joining Fuqua this summer will be: Will Mitchell, the J. Rex Fuqua Professor of International Management; Wagner A. Kamakura, the Ford Motor Company Professor of Global Marketing; and Douglas T. Breeden, Fuqua's newly appointed dean and the William J. Priest, Jr. Professor of Business Administration.

"These individuals bring outstanding expertise and experience to Duke," said John Payne, deputy dean and the Joseph J. Ruvane, Jr. Professor of Business Administration at The Fuqua School of Business. "With their exceptional reputations as top academics, I believe they will strengthen Fuqua's momentum as a top business school."

As an expert in strategic management and business dynamics, Mitchell comes to Fuqua from the University of Michigan's Business School where he was honored twice with an excellence in teaching award in the Ph.D. program. At Fuqua, he will teach courses on business dynamics and strategy.
Mitchell earned his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley in business administration and studies business dynamics. His current research focuses on how firms choose and manage different modes of change such as acquisitions, alliances, discrete resource exchange and internal development. He is presently studying the causes and effects of such changes for trucking, medical, telecommunications and auto sector businesses in North America, Europe and Asia.

Mitchell serves as associate editor of the Strategic Management Journal and the business strategy department of Management Science, the core journals in the strategy research field. His work has received best paper awards from several academic societies including the Academy of Management, Administrative Sciences Association of Canada and the Decision Sciences Institute.

"I am delighted to be joining a faculty that offers an unparalleled opportunity to build a dynamic strategy research and teaching program, both locally and around the world," Mitchell said. "I look forward to developing a deeper understanding of business strategy in our global economy. Fuqua provides a unique combination of intellectual commitment and innovative drive to fuel this work, and I believe we will help to shape the field of strategy."

Kamakura joins Fuqua from the University of Iowa where he held the Wendell A. Smith Chair in Marketing. He previously held tenured faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh, where he was The Thomas Marshall Chair in Marketing, and at Vanderbilt University.

A Brazilian native, Kamakura received his M.S. in industrial engineering at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and earned his Ph.D. in business administration at the University of Texas at Austin. At Fuqua, he is expected to teach courses on customer relationship management and empirical models in marketing.
Kamakura is the editor of the Journal of Marketing Research, one of the leading publications in the field of marketing published by the American Marketing Association. His main research focus is on the use of empirical models to solve marketing problems. In addition, he studies market segmentation, consumer choice behavior and database marketing.

"I am honored to join the high-caliber faculty of The Fuqua School of Business," Kamakura said. "The faculty includes some of the most prominent and influential marketing scholars in the world, and I appreciate the significance of being named the Ford Motor Company Professor of Global Marketing, given Fuqua's current emphasis on a globalized business education."

Breeden, Fuqua's newly appointed dean, joins Fuqua as the William J. Priest, Jr. Professor of Business Administration in recognition of his outstanding contributions as a finance scholar and entrepreneur.
Highly acclaimed for his work in asset pricing and valuation, Breeden was a faculty member at the University of Chicago, Yale, M.I.T. and Stanford before settling at Duke where he was a member of the finance faculty from 1985 - 1999. In 1982, he co-founded Smith Breeden Associates Inc., a money management firm with more than $10 billion under management, where he presently serves as chairman.

Breeden received his undergraduate degree in management science from M.I.T.'s Sloan School of Management and earned an M.A. in economics and a Ph.D. in finance from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.