Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders faculty

Past program faculty

Each year we attract the very best instructors and continually refine the curriculum based on feedback from prior participants. The full faculty listing for the program this year are:

Ian AyresIan Ayres is a lawyer and an economist. He is the William K. Townsend Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Professor at Yale’s School of Management. Professor Ayres has been a columnist for Forbes magazine, a commentator on public radio’s Marketplace, and a contributor to the New York Times' Freakonomics blog. He has served as the editor of the Journal of Law, Economics and Organization.

Professor Ayres clerked for the Honorable James K. Logan of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has previously taught at Harvard, Illinois, Northwestern, Stanford, and Virginia law schools. Professor Ayres has published eleven books and more than 100 articles on a wide range of topics. In 2007, he published Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers Is the New Way to Be Smart. His latest book is Carrots and Sticks: Unlock the Power of Incentives to Get Things Done. In 2010, he also published Lifecyle Investing (with Barry Nalebuff). He is also author of Straightforward: How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights (Princeton University Press 2005) (with Jennifer Gerarda Brown); Optional Law: The Structure of Legal Entitlements (University of Chicago Press 2005); Insincere Promises: The Law of Misrepresented Intent (Yale University Press 2005) (with Gregory Klass); and Why Not? How to Use Everyday Ingenuity to Solve Problems Big and Small (Harvard Business School Press 2003) (with Barry Nalebuff). He received his B.A. (majoring in Russian studies and economics) and J.D. from Yale and his Ph.D. in economics from M.I.T.

 Professor James Baron’s research interests include human resources; organizational design and behavior; social stratification and inequality; work, labor markets, and careers; economic sociology; and entrepreneurial companies. Before coming to SOM in 2006, he taught at Stanford's Graduate School of Business from 1982-2006. At Stanford, he taught the MBA core course, Human Resource Management. He was co-director of the Stanford Project on Emerging Companies (SPEC), a large-scale longitudinal study of the organizational design, human resource management practices, and financial and non-financial performance measures of entrepreneurial firms in Silicon Valley. Papers based on the project appeared in leading disciplinary journals, and an overview of the project in California Management Review won the 2003 Accenture Award for making “the most important contribution to improving the practice of management.”

He is the author, with Stanford economist David M. Kreps, of a textbook, Strategic Human Resources: Frameworks for General Managers (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). Baron is also a regular contributor to leading sociology and organization journals, such as the American Sociological Review and Administrative Science Quarterly. His research has also been published in influential journals in economics and social psychology.

Norman_BartczakNorman Bartczak, is the founder (in 1985) of Financial Statement Investigation, Inc., a Boston-based company specializing in designing, developing and delivering executive education seminars. Dr. Bartczak is also a registered investment advisor and a founding partner (in 2002) of West End Advisors LLC (www.wea-llc.biz), a New York-based registered investment advisory firm which provides asset managers, financial advisors, and institutional investors with unique investment funds, trading advice, and portfolio analysis and risk assessment.

Dr. Bartczak is a Lecturer in Discipline and full-time faculty member teaching at three of Columbia University’s graduate schools. He teaches in the MBA and EMBA programs at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business (since 1993). In 2000, he began teaching at the Columbia University Law School where he continues to instruct. He also teaches (since 2011) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Since 2008, Dr. Bartczak has been teaching in Yale University’s School of Management Executive Education Programs as well as a biannual program in accounting and finance at the University of Navarra in Spain.

Professor Bartczak is the author or co-author of over 55 case studies at Harvard Business School and the author of more than 120 non-HBS case studies.  He has written articles for both practitioner-oriented publications, Harvard Business Review, and academic journals, The Journal of Accounting Research.

In 2003, Professor Bartczak received The Margaret Chandler Memorial Award for Commitment to Excellence from Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA Programs graduating class in recognition of his contribution to the class. The award honors the high standards set by the late Professor Margaret K. Chandler. In 2010, Dr. Bartczak received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School.

Daylian CainDaylian Cain, is a tenure-track professor at the Yale School of Management. A former Canada Science Scholar, Dr. Cain holds a PhD and three master’s degrees, and served as the Russell Sage Fellow of Behavioral Economics at Harvard.

A respected researcher, Dr. Cain has also won teaching awards at three universities (UNC-Chapel Hill, Carnegie Mellon, Yale), and was honored with a national “Master Teacher” award in 2012. He is a leading speaker on topics of C-suite decision making, such as negotiations, leadership, strategy, and governance–or, as he puts it, “why smart people do dumb things.” more on Cain »

Rodrigo Canales Rodrigo Canales, researches the role of institutions in entrepreneurship and economic development. Specifically, Canales’ work seeks to understand how individuals purposefully enact organizational and institutional change. In particular, Rodrigo explores how individuals’ backgrounds, professional identities, and organizational positions affect how they relate to existing structures and the strategies they pursue to change them.

His work builds on the different traditions of institutional theory and contributes to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that allow institutions to operate and change. Canales has done work in entrepreneurial finance and microfinance and is conducting research in the institutional complexities of renewable energy and the institutional implications of the Mexican war on drugs. Rodrigo teaches the Innovator Perspective at Yale School of Management; he sits in the steering committee of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT and he advises several startups in Mexico that seek to improve the financing environment for small firms. more on Canales »

 

Zoe Chance studies and teaches persuasion, focusing on tiny tweaks that help people lead richer, healthier, happier lives. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Scientific American, and Psychology Today.

Turning knowledge into practice is a passion. Her research findings have been published in top academic journals like Proceedings of the National Academy of Science and in popular media like Harvard Business Review. She speaks in organizations and conferences around the world including TEDx, and her 4 Ps Framework for Behavior Change is the foundation for Google’s global food guidelines, helping 60,000 people make healthier choices every day. Mastering Influence and Persuasion, her MBA elective, is one of the most sought-after courses at Yale School of Management.

Some career highlights prior to her engagement at Yale include managing a $200 million segment of Barbie, developing an executive education leadership program at Harvard, acting on stage and film, and starting a small business. She received a doctorate from Harvard, MBA from the University of Southern California, and bachelor’s degree from Haverford College. These days her favorite hobby is authoring her first book, Bad Influence.

Marissa KingMarissa King’s research examines network-based innovation and learning dynamics. Using wearable social sensors, her most recent line of research analyzes the individual and group level behaviors that are necessary to implement changes in the (re)design of organizations. This work highlights the unanticipated consequences that micro-level social networks can have in mediating planned change initiatives. More generally, Professor King’s research investigates the social processes underlying the adoption, diffusion, and utilization of new information. King’s research has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and NPR among other media outlets.

Emma Seppala Emma SeppäläPh.D is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and the author of The Happiness Track (HarperOne, 2016).  She is also Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Lecturer at Yale College where she teaches The Psychology of Happiness. She consults with Fortune 500 leaders and employees on building a positive organization and teaches in the Yale School of Management’s Executive Education program. She has spoken at TedX SacramentoTEDx Hayward, and companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Bain & Co, Ernst & Young, and a United States Congressional Hearing. She is a frequent contributor to Harvard Business ReviewPsychology TodayHuffington Post, and Scientific American Mind.

Sudhir K. Sudhir's research focuses on gaining market insights by analyzing consumer and firm actions through econometric modeling. As director of the China India Insights Program, he also specializes in research on consumers in emerging markets. He has consulted for Fortune 500 U.S. firms and Indian firms across many industries such as technology, financial services, entertainment, and retailing, specializing in analyzing their internal data to obtain actionable market insights. He leads the data-driven academic-industry research partnerships at the Yale Center for Customer Insights (YCCI).

Professor Sudhir’s research has been honored with numerous best paper awards across all major quantitative marketing journals. Two of his papers were nominated among the top ten papers published in the last ten years in Marketing Science and Management Science for their Long-Term Impact over three consecutive years from 2009-2011. He has received the Little and Bass Best Paper Awards at Marketing Science and the Lehmann Award at the Journal of Marketing Research; and honorable mentions for the Wittink Award in Quantitative Marketing and Economics and Best Paper Award in International Journal of Research in Marketing. He has also been a finalist for the Paul Green Award at the Journal of Marketing Research.

He currently serves as Senior Editor at Marketing Science. Prior to accepting the Senior Editor position, he served as an Associate Editor at Journal of Marketing Research, Management Science, and Quantitative Marketing and Economics. He was also on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marketing, and the Journal of Retailing. more on Sudhir »

Bruce TulganBruce Tulgan is the founder of RainmakerThinking, Inc., a research, training, and consulting firm in New Haven, Connecticut. He is internationally recognized as one of the foremost experts on leadership and performance management in the workplace.

Bruce is the author or co-author of 20 books, including his best-selling It’s Okay to Be the Boss, the classic Managing Generation X, his popular Not Everyone Gets a Trophy: How to Manage the Millennials, and The 27 Challenges Managers Face: Step-by-step Solutions to (Nearly) All of Your Management Problems. His most recent book is Bridging the Soft Skills Gap: How to Teach the Missing Basics to Today’s Young Talent.

Bruce’s work has been the subject of thousands of news stories around the world and he has written for The New York Times, USA Today, Training Magazine, HR Magazine, and The Harvard Business Review. Bruce also lectures regularly at business schools. Bruce holds a sixth degree black belt in Uechi-Ryu Karate, making him a Master in that style. His wife Debby Applegate won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for her book The Most Famous Man in America, about the 19th century minister Henry Ward Beecher.

 Amy Wrzesniewski is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Yale School of Management. She earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude with an honors degree in psychology. She received her PhD and MA degrees in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan.

She has won the IBM Faculty Award for her research, as well as awards for her undergraduate, graduate, and executive teaching. Her research on the meaning of work has been published in a wide range of top academic journals and highlighted in several best-selling books and popular press outlets, including Time, BusinessWeek, Harvard Business Review, U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, and The Economist, as well as bestselling books such as Give and Take by Adam Grant, Drive by Daniel Pink, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, and The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler.

Amy has engaged in research projects with several organizations, including IBM, Google, The United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Michigan Hospital System, Ness Technologies, and Burt's Bees. Her current research involves studying how employees change the designs of their jobs to shape the meaning of their work as well as the implications of seeing work as a job, career, or calling for individuals and organizations.