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Expanding Our Curriculum and Faculty

IBS expands curriculum and faculty

December 1, 2009

Addressing the current financial and economic environment is no easy task, yet the Brandeis International Business School (IBS) continues to thrive, adding six new adjunct faculty members and expanding course offerings in the 2009-2010 academic year. Among the new courses being introduced are three additional classes in the spring which are being offered under the auspices of the Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership.

“The addition of new professors and course offerings at IBS has proven that this institution can continue to grow and achieve success, even under the stresses of the current business environment,” said IBS Dean Bruce Magid.

The faculty joining IBS are Robert Angell (M.S., Stern School of Business, New York University), Michael Harrity (M.B.A., University of Pennsylvania), Charles Kirkpatrick (M.B.A., Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania), Warren Leon (Ph.D., Harvard University), Alon Raviv (Ph.D., The Hebrew University) and Robert J. Thomas (Ph.D., Northwestern University). The new faculty members are notable authorities in their fields and bring to IBS valuable experience in emerging areas of increasing student interest.

Adjunct Professor Robert Angell is teaching Accounting and Financial Analysis. Angell is the founder of a firm that provides advisory services to organizations which are experiencing growth, turnaround, or management succession situations.  In the past, he served as Manager of Financial Controls at Boston Consulting Group and as a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young.  

Teaching Real Estate Fundamentals, Adjunct Professor Michael Harrity brings to the classroom 30 years of hands-on experience in development, debt financings, equity placements, expert witness testimony, asset management, and strategic consulting.  Prior to his position as a Managing Director of his consulting firm, Matrix Real Estate Advisors Inc., he was active in commercial property acquisitions and sales at two prominent real estate firms.

A former editor of The Journal of Technical Analysis, Adjunct Professor Charles Kirkpatrick is introducing a new course, Technical Analysis, which outlines the basic principles of the discipline.  Kirkpatrick advises investing institutions on equities, bonds, currencies, commodities, and the economy. He is also a two-time winner of the Market Technicians Associations prestigious Charles H. Dow Award and winner of the 2008 MTA Annual Award for outstanding contributions to the field of technical analysis.

Nonmarket Strategy I: Relationships with Governments, and Nonmarket Strategy II: Relationships with Activists, Media, and NGOs will explore the relationships with nonmarket players, including governments, nongovernmental organizations, activists, and the media. Dr. Warren Leon has designed and will teach the courses, which are also among the first to be offered through the Perlmutter Institute.

Lecturer Alon Raviv is teaching both Accelerated Financial Theory and Fixed Income Securities. Raviv has more than a decade of experience in the banking industry as a member of the Analytical Development Unit of Bank Hapoalim and as an economist at the Bank of Israel.  

Dr. Robert J. Thomas is the executive director of the Boston based Accenture Institute for High Performance, a global think tank. His newest book, Driving Results Through Social Networks, applies network theory to leadership and organizational performance. This spring he will teach Global Business Leadership. The elective, among the first to be offered under the auspices of the Perlmutter Institute for Global Business Leadership, will provide future global leaders with the directional tools and skills necessary, both at the individual and organizational levels, to help solve business problems worldwide.  

In addition to adding to the IBS faculty roster, several new courses are also being offered in by current faculty members, in response to the growth of student interest on topics such as global innovation and real estate.

In his spring, 2010 course, "Managing the Triple Bottom Line," Professor Michael Appell will examine the combination of financial, social and environmental bottom lines that companies are beginning to employ in building new business strategies and tactics for the 21st century.  Joining students to bring case studies and practitioner expertise to the classroom will be Roger Berkowitz, President of Legal Sea Foods, Robert Bry of the IBS Academic Initiative and Adam Werbach, Global CEO of Saatchi and Saatchi S., among others.

Technology Transfer and Global Innovation with Professor Preeta Banerjee will provide students with insights on how technology transfer and global innovation is relevant to company competitiveness and conversion of new science into useful tools.     

Professor Sisli Ciamarra explores the characteristics of international financial markets and evaluates the associated risks and benefits in International Financial Management.

Real Estate Development with Professor Joshua Katzen focuses on how developers create value from real estate assets and examines the entire development process: from market analysis, site selection, acquisition, planning, and construction, through leasing and permitting. 

Professor Blake LeBaron is reactivating Financial Manias and Crises which will provide students with better tools to interpret business and policy decisions, and to understand financial crises in the future.