Faculty Spotlight

Michael Gordon, Ross School of Business

Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Business Administration

Dr. Michael Gordon is the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Business Administration, and past Associate Dean for Information Technology. His teaching and research focus on solving societal problems through enterprise. Gordon is co-author of the Base of the Pyramid Protocol, which guides companies wanting to co-create new businesses with local communities and organizations in the developing world. He has been involved in BoP Protocol efforts in Kenya, South Africa, and Flint, Michigan. He has also published empirical research about the scope and extent of current involvement at the base of the pyramid, how BoP activity depends on innovation, and how it benefits firms and local communities.

Gautum Kaul, Ross School of Business

John C. and Sally S. Morley Professor of Finance

Dr. Gautam Kaul is the founding Managing Director of the Social Venture Fund (SvF) housed in the Samuel Zell and Robert H. Lurie Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies. He has published extensively in the top journals on topics covering a wide spectrum of finance and is a leader in developing Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera. He was awarded the Senior Faculty Research Award for sustained, exceptional, and continuing contributions to scholarly research in the field of business, and noteworthy contributions to building and maintaining a strong research environment at the Ross School of Business.

Gerald (Jerry) Davis, Ross School of Business

Associate Dean for Business + Impact, Gilbert and Ruth Whitaker Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Management and Organizations

Jerry Davis currently has a book out called “The Vanishing American Corporation: Navigating the Hazards of a New Economy.”  He also teaches a course at the Ross School of Business on “social intrapreneurship” that draws on social movement research to provide a framework for leading socially-beneficial changes in organizations, including in their products and services, logistics and other processes, people management practices, and community engagement. His research has examined global corporate responsibility and, most recently, how and why businesses engage with their local non-profit communities, for better or worse.

Ted London, Ross School of Business

Vice President, William Davidson Institute and Director of the Scaling Impact Initiative; Adjunct Associate Professor of Business Administration

An internationally recognized expert on the intersection of business strategy and poverty alleviation, Ted London focuses his research on building better ventures that have meaningful poverty reduction impacts in base-of-the-pyramid markets. Over the past two decades, London has also directed or advised dozens of leadership teams in the corporate, non-profit, and development sectors on designing and implementing on-the-ground business strategies in low-income markets.

Affiliated Faculty

Ketra Armstrong, School of Kinesiology

Professor of Sport Management; Co-Director of Michigan Center for Sport Management

Dr. Ketra L. Armstrong is currently the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Faculty Affairs and Professor of Sport Management in the School of Kinesiology, and an Affiliate Faculty in the Department of African American Studies at the University of Michigan (U-M). Dr. Armstrong’s scholarship converges on the topics of race, gender, and the social psychology of sport/leisure consumption and the management thereof.

Kathy Babiak, School of Kinesiology

Associate Professor, Sport Management

Dr. Kathy Babiak is currently the Co-Director of SHARP: The Sport, Health and Activity Research and Policy Center for Women and Girls, as well as the Co-Director of the Michigan Center for Sport Management.  She currently teaches in Kinesiology and Sports Management and her research focuses on corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability in sports organizations.  Her other areas of interest also include organizational theory, interorganizational relationships, strategic alliances, relationship marketing, Olympic sport.

Norm Bishara, Ross School of Business

Associate Professor of Business Law and Business Ethics

Norm Bishara teaches business law and business ethics at the Ross School, where his research is focused on human capital law and policy, corporate governance, and corruption issues. He has previously taught nonprofit management and presented on international nonprofit and social enterprise issues with the William Davidson Institute. Professor Bishara has coached the Ross BBA nonprofit case competition team and covered social entrepreneurship, base of the pyramid, CSR, and related issues in both his BBA and graduate-level business ethics classes. He volunteers with several local nonprofits, including Growing Hope, the Neutral Zone, and the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation.

John C. Burkhardt, School of Education

Professor of Higher and Postsecondary Education

John Burkhardt seeks to expand, deepen, and promote the application of scholarship that will lead to a clearer understanding of the public service role of U.S. colleges and universities. The strategy to achieve this goal is to support scholarship in key areas that promote better understanding of how higher education can, and currently does, serve the public good; and to connect that scholarship to practice through the formation of targeted “research-practice” syndicates. He seeks to enhance the level of understanding within the general public about the contributions higher education makes to the improvement of our lives, the defense of our freedoms, and the practice of democracy in a diverse society.

Mark Clague, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Associate Professor of Musicology and Director of Research

Mark Clague is interested in both the pedagogy of entrepreneurship and career training for artists and arts organizations as well as the role of arts organizations and collectives in the history of American musical practice. His own research centers on the role of associations in musical institutions, especially concert venues/presenters, artist collectives, and both amateur and professional orchestras. Professor Clague also studies the careers of American musicians and how intellectual property rights affect creativity.

Jane E. Dutton, Ross School of Business

Robert L. Kahn, Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology

Jane Dutton does research on how organizations can make a difference in strengthening employees and fostering employee resilience and thriving through the cultivation of positive identities and through job crafting. In addition, she is doing research on how nonprofits (and organizations more generally) prepare employees to be compassionate when engaged in work that involves human suffering.

David Hess, Ross School of Business

Associate Professor of Business Law

David Hess’ research and teaching are in the areas of corporate social responsibility, business ethics, and related corporate governance issues. He has conducted research on the governance of public pensions in the United States and in developing countries. In the near future, he plans to investigate the issues surrounding the new legal structures for hybrid organizations (e.g., low-profit, limited liability companies, etc).

Andrew J. Hoffman, Ross School of Business; School of Natural Resources & Environment

Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise; Professor of Management & Organizations; Professor of Natural Resources; Director of the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise

Dr. Andrew (Andy) Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Professor Hoffman’s research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. In particular, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political and managerial issues.

Victoria Johnson, College of Literature, Science & the Arts

Associate Professor of Organizational Studies

Dr. Victoria Johnson is an Associate Professor of Organizational Studies at the University of Michigan and holds courtesy appointments in the Program in the Environment, the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Management and Organizations at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.  Her research focuses on the cultural contexts of organizations past and present. Her teaching interests include environmental sociology, organizational theory, entrepreneurship and innovation, nonprofit history and management, and corporate social responsibility.

Moses Lee, College of Engineering

Academic Program Manager and Lecturer at the Center for Entrepreneurship

As Assistant Director of Student Ventures at the Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Engineering, Moses Lee works with U-M students to launch impactful, socially responsible enterprises. He also directs TechArb, the UM student venture accelerator. To date, they have served hundreds of students and launched hundreds of startups that are changing the world.

Richard L. Lichtenstein, School of Public Health

S. J. Axelrod Collegiate Professor of Health Management and Policy

Dr. Richard Lichtenstein is the S. J. Axelrod Collegiate Professor of Health Management and Policy. His research focuses on access to care for low income and uninsured populations. Dr. Lichtenstein is the director of the University of Michigan Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management, an internship program for undergraduate students interested in eliminating health disparities.  Dr. Lichtenstein is also on the board of several nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan. He is also a trustee of two Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Associations (VEBAs), which provide health benefits to groups of retirees. Dr. Lichtenstein formerly was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Donald J. Peurach, School of Education

Assistant Professor

Donald J. Peurach’s teaching, scholarship, and outreach focus on educational organization, reform, and policy. He investigates how these domains of activity interact both to undermine and to improve leadership, instruction, and student achievement. Peurach has drawn on this work in developing outreach initiatives for school leaders and as an advisor to executives managing large-scale, network-based improvement initiatives. Currently, Peurach’s research is focused on devising methods of collaborating with network leaders to improve ways in which their enterprises function as learning systems that improve and adapt over time.

Gregory Poggi, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Professor of Theatre (Arts Administration) and Senior Advisor to the Dean

Gregory Poggi has over 20 years’ experience successfully leading resident professional theatres in the United States and Canada. As a faculty member at Michigan he contributed to the design of a new minor in Performing Arts Management in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. He is also working on a graduate certificate in PAM as well. Dr. Poggi also was Chair of the Division of Arts Administration in the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, Dallas for 15 years, a program which awards both an M.A. in Arts Administration and an M.B.A.

Mark S. Rosentraub, School of Kinesiology

Bruce and Joan Bickner Endowed Professor of Sport Management

Dr. Mark Rosentraub is the Co-Director of the Michigan Center for Sport Management.  Dr. Rosentraub teaches Sports, Economic Development, and Urban Revitalization.  His areas of interest include Economic, community, and social development; urban policy, management, and administration; public finance; the economics and management of sports; tourism, amenities, social and economic development; regional and local governance.

H. Luke Shaefer, School of Social Work

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Dr. Luke Shaefer is interested in non-profit management, particularly the economics of social service administration. He has significant non-profit program management experience and has served as board president for a public foundation and an education nonprofit. Shaefer’s research focuses on the effectiveness of the United States’ social safety net in serving low-wage workers and economically disadvantaged families.

Victor J. Strecher, School of Public Health

Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship

Dr. Strecher has been a Professor in the UM School of Public Health since 1995. He founded the Center for Health Communications Research and has been leading investigator on over $45 million in grant-funded studies. With the University, Dr. Strecher founded HealthMedia Inc. in 1998, an Ann Arbor-based company that develops and disseminates award-winning tailored health interventions to millions of users. Currently, as Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, Dr. Strecher is helping the University of Michigan disseminate research to the real world, improving the public’s health nationally and globally.

Robert Swedberg, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

Associate Professor of Music

Robert Swedberg works to develop the skills of the singing-actor through the Opera Studio program at University of Michigan, where he also regularly directs main stage opera productions and teaches The Business of Music.   Since his first year at U-M in 2008, he has also produced ‘Green Opera’ productions on campus, making University of Michigan the first in the U.S. to create eco-friendly opera by taking steps to lower the carbon footprint in rehearsal and performance. Professor Swedberg has BA and BM degrees from California State University, Northridge, and earned a MBA from the University of Central Florida. Additionally, Professor Swedberg has participated in Opera America Seminars from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the Wharton Management and Behavioral Science Center.

Nick Tobier, School of Art & Design

Associate Professor

Nick Tobier’s work and teaching focuses on working with neighborhoods, schools, and community groups in Detroit to use design as a social medium for addressing community development, entrepreneurship and planning. In his current research and teaching, Tobier focuses on the integration of art and society, and actively challenges artists to expand their self-definitions and scope. These efforts have included partnerships with artists and farmers; critical and celebratory involvements between artists, art students and broad communities; lectures as performances and vice-versa; and a growing commitment to lasting partnerships working with creative individuals and communities from Detroit to Copenhagen.

Megan Tompkins-Stange, Ford School of Public Policy

Lecturer of Public Management

Megan Tompkins-Stange’s research focuses on the role of private and philanthropic actors in the nonprofit sector. Her primary project currently examines the influence of private philanthropic foundations in public education policy. Additional projects examine the rise of social entrepreneurship as an ideology in the nonprofit sector, and the role of philanthropic funders in the diffusion of management organizations in the charter school movement. She teaches Public Management of Nonprofit Organizations, Qualitative Methods, and Values and Ethics at the Ford School, and is one of the Ford School’s faculty representatives to the Faculty Steering Committee of NPM.

John Tropman, School of Social Work

Professor of Social Work

Dr. John Tropman’s research focuses on the organizational elements that create high-performing human service (and other) organizations. Topics of special interest are entrepreneurship, effective group decision making, C-level executives, the problem of executive burnout and flameout, and organizational rewards systems. Tropman is also interested in culture in general, and organizational culture in particular. His book, The Catholic Ethic in American Society, addresses this issue.

Janet Weiss, Rackham Graduate School; Ross School of Business; Ford School of Public Policy

Dean, Rackham Graduate School; Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Mary C. Bromage Collegiate Professor of Business, Ross School of Business, and Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Professor Weiss’ research is focused on public management and public policy. She has published over fifty papers and chapters in academic journals on the roles of information and ideas in the policy process. She has also done extensive research on the challenges of public management, and the interplay between policy design and the management of public programs. She was Associate Dean of the Business School between 1992 and 1997, with responsibility for the doctoral program and research, and before that served as Associate Director of the Institute of Public Policy Studies at Michigan (before it became the School of Public Policy).

Marina Whitman, Ford School of Public Policy; Ross School of Business

Professor of Business Administration & Public Policy; Professor of Public Policy

As an international economist, Marina Whitman has focused on the management of international trade and investment, recently more specifically on the evolution of large U.S. multinationals from the paternalistic oligopolists of the mid-20th century into the lean, mean global competitors of the century’s end, and what challenges these shifts pose for public policy. At present, she is teaching a course and focusing research on Global Corporate Social Responsibility — what it means, how it is motivated, how and why it has expanded, and what the pros and cons of it are.