Musacchio, who is originally from Mexico City and has a doctorate in the economic history of Latin America from Stanford University, will teach a course on business strategy in emerging markets next spring. “Many of our students are either from emerging markets or will do business in emerging markets in their professional careers,” he says. “My course will teach them how to interact with and devise strategy for dealing with firms there.”
His appointment deepens the school’s ties to Latin America. In 2012, Brandeis launched a Latin America Initiative to build alliances in the region across business, academia, and government. The Initiative also aims to cultivate professional opportunities there for students and alumni.
Musacchio’s new book, Reinventing State Capitalism (Harvard University Press, April, 2014), analyzes the emergence of a new breed of state capitalism in which governments serve as majority or minority shareholders in publicly-traded companies or as financial investors in private companies. The book uses Brazil’s economic growth over the past three decades as a primary case study. “I’m a Brazilian at heart,” says Musacchio, who speaks fluent Portuguese and has lived in Brazil.
“Brandeis International Business School is a stimulating place to be,” he says. “Its faculty is phenomenal; the students are engaged and globally-minded; and because of the school’s liberal arts component, people are doing serious research but teaching is still an important part of the culture.”
Tucker, who has a doctorate in business administration from Harvard, joins the school’s with a background in operations management. “It’s exciting to be part of a school that’s growing so quickly and to be interacting with both MBAs and undergraduate students,” she says.
This fall she will teach an undergraduate elective and two half semester-long electives in the MBA program. Brandeis offers a diverse selection of electives each year in topics ranging from entrepreneurship, to private equity, to analyzing Big Data. Students may take these courses on their own or as part of Brandeis’ specialty programs that provide students with the opportunity to develop specific skills and areas of expertise. These academic concentrations include: risk management, sustainability, and international economic policy analysis, among others.
Tucker is currently working with Wellesley Hospital to measure the quality of the organization’s internal supply unit and improve communication among its departments. She is also working with Kaiser, the healthcare group, on a program to predict equipment supply so that hospitals will be more likely to have necessary machinery on hand.
“I like bringing practical examples into the classroom and doing hands-on exercises so students can encounter the concepts firsthand,” she says.