Duke - The Fuqua School of Business

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Duke's Fuqua School of Business Recruits New Faculty

May 06, 2002

Durham, N.C. - Duke University's Fuqua School of Business has recruited twelve new tenure-track faculty members in the areas of accounting, management, marketing, decision sciences, economics and operations.

Joining Fuqua's faculty this summer are the following tenure-track faculty members: Mohan Veckatachalem, Dhananjay Nanda, Shivaram Rajgopal, Michael Lenox, Scott Rockart, Wilfred Amaldoss, Jill Stowe, Luca Rigotti, Leslie Marx, Sergei Severinov, Kevin Shang, and Dilip Soman. There are other offers that are outstanding or in process that may result in up to three additional tenure-track hires. There is also an offer out to a world-class scholar in the area of decision sciences who would join as a Research Professor without tenure.


Mohan Venkatachalam comes to Fuqua from Stanford University where he is an assistant professor in accounting and a three-time recipient of the Letter of Commendation for Teaching award. Venkatachalam earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa in accounting and has taught both core MBA and Ph.D. courses. He will teach in the area of financial accounting.

Dhananjay Nanda joins Fuqua from the University of Michigan Business School where he is an assistant professor of accounting. He is a Ph.D. graduate of the W.E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration. Nanda, who will teach in the area of accounting, has coordinated numerous workshops and training seminars on various financial, economics and accounting topics. He will teach courses in managerial accounting.

Also in accounting, Shivaram Rajgopal comes to Fuqua from the University of Washington where he is an assistant professor. A Ph.D. graduate of the University of Iowa with a major in accounting and a minor in finance, his research interests include accounting and disclosure issues related to derivatives and risk management, executive compensation and firm performance, valuation and accounting issues related to e-business companies, and revenue recognition policies of firms. He will teach financial accounting courses.


Michael Lenox is an assistant professor of management at the Stern School of Business at New York University where he teaches Business Policy & Strategy and Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship. With a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his interests includes strategy, the management of technology, entrepreneurship and environmental management. Lenox will teach strategy courses at Fuqua. His current research examines the sources of difficulty in diffusing valuable practices and knowledge within organizations and explores how managers may structure information flows to overcome problems of coordination and control. Lenox is also the Free Press Best Dissertation Award Finalist (One of Four) BPS Division, Academy of Management).

Scott Rockart is an assistant professor in management at the London School of Business. Like Lenox, Rockart is Ph.D. graduate of M.I.T.'s Sloan School of Management. Rockart's teaching experience includes courses in systems thinking and strategic modeling, dynamic modeling and strategy. He will join Fuqua's management faculty this fall and teach strategy courses.


A 1998 graduate of The Wharton School of Business, Wilfred Amaldoss received his Ph.D. in marketing. A native of India, he is currently an assistant professor in marketing at Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University. At Purdue, Amaldoss received the Outstanding Teaching Award from the Krannert School in both 2000 and 2001 and was named Jay Ross Young Faculty Scholar in 2000. Amaldoss received the 2001 Frank Bass Award from the INFORMS College of Marketing in recognition of the best marketing paper derived from a Ph.D. thesis published in an INFORMS-sponsored journal (Marketing Science/Management Science). In addition, Professor Almadoss received the 2001 John C. Little Award from the INFORMS College of Marketing for the best marketing paper published in Marketing Science or Management Science.

Dilip Soman will join the Fuqua faculty as an Associate Professor with tenure. Soman is 1997 graduate of the University of Chicago. His area of research is consumer behavior and decision-making. Among his current research interests are how the value of money, goods, and services differ depending on when they will be experienced (inter-temporal choice), the value of time, and the impact of financial information on purchasing behavior. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Soman is likely to teach courses on market intelligence, consumer behavior, and strategic marketing.

Decision Sciences

Jill Stowe joins the Fuqua faculty from the department of economics at Texas A&M University. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Texas A&M University. A recipient of many honors, Stowe has won the P.E.O. Scholar Award and the Teaching Excellence Award. She will teach Statistics at Fuqua in the fall. As an undergraduate at Texas Tech, Stowe (then Jill Burness) was GTE's Academic All-American National Player of the Year in 1996.

Luca Rigotti will be joining Fuqua as a new addition to the decisions sciences department as well. With a PhD from Yale University, Rigotti comes to Fuqua from the University of California at Berkeley where he is a currently a visiting assistant professor in the department of economics. He is also assistant professor at Tilburg University in the Department of econometrics and operational research. Rigotti will teach statistics at Fuqua next year.


Teaching in the area of economics, Leslie Marx is a tenured associate professor of economics and management at the W.E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester. After earning an undergraduate degree at Duke in mathematics, she earned a Ph.D.in economics from Northwestern University in 1994 and then joined the faculty at Rochester. She currently teaches MBA, Executive MBA and Ph.D. students at Rochester and will teach courses related to microeconomics and game theory at Fuqua. She is on the 1999 Simon School Teaching Honor Roll. In addition to her academic accomplishments, Marx was the 1993 and 1996 U.S. National Champion in Fencing (women's epee) and was a member of the 1996 Olympic Team.

Sergei Severinov comes to Fuqua from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he is currently an assistant professor position in the department of economics. A graduate of Stanford University, Severinov's primary fields of research are microeconomics, industrial organization and contract and organizations. He will teach courses related to these areas at Fuqua.


Kevin Shang comes to Fuqua as an assistant professor in the operations area. After earning an MBA, he is currently completely his Ph.D. at University of California, Irvine's Graduate School of Management. His primary research interests are the areas of operations management, supply chain management, and information systems and e-commerce.