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September 20 - 25, 2015
MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Pierre Azoulay, associate professor, MIT Sloan School of Management; research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research; founder, Gifts of Athena collective blog
Azoulay received his Ph.D. in Management from MIT in 2001. He taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business from 2001–2006 before joining the MIT Sloan School faculty in July 2006. His research focuses on the economics of science, technological innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Roberto Fernandez, William F. Pounds Professor in Management; professor of organization studies.
Fernandez holds a B.A. in sociology from Harvard University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. Fernandez currently serves as the co-director of the Economic Sociology Ph.D. Program. His current research focuses on the organizational processes surrounding the hiring of new talent using data collected from 14 organizations.
He is the author of more than 50 articles and research papers published in top academic journals.
Jeanne Ross, director and principal research scientist, Center for Information Systems Research (CISR), MIT Sloan School of Management
Ross directs and conducts academic research that targets the challenges of senior level executives at CISR's more than eighty global sponsor companies. She studies how firms develop competitive advantage through the implementation and reuse of digitized platforms. She has served on the faculty of customized courses for a number of major corporations, including PepsiCo, McKinsey, General Electric, TRW, Pfizer, News Corporation, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, IBM, and Credit Suisse. She regularly appears as a speaker at major conferences for IT executives.
Ross earned a BA at the University of Illinois, an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a founding senior editor and former editor in chief of MIS Quarterly Executive.
Barbara Wixom, principal research scientist, MIT Center for Information Systems Research (CISR)
In June 2013 Wixom joined MIT Sloan’s Center for Information Systems Research (CISR). MIT CISR is funded by 85 corporate sponsors and patrons, and undertakes practical research on how firms generate business value from digitization. Wixom’s work focuses on how organization’s effectively deliver value from their information assets.
Prior to MIT CISR, Wixom was a tenured faculty member at the University of Virginia's (UVA) McIntire School of Commerce where she taught courses in data management, business analytics, and IT strategy at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive education levels. She is a two-time recipient of the UVA All-University Teaching Award (2002, 2010), which recognizes professors’ teaching excellence, particularly those who inspire and motivate students. This honor is especially meaningful to Wixom because she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia.
Since the mid-90’s, Wixom has deeply explored data warehousing, business intelligence, business analytics, and big data. Her research ranges from large-scale surveys to in-depth case studies. Four of her cases have placed in the Society for Information Management Paper Awards competition and she is a leading academic scholar. Wixom has presented her work at national and international conferences to various academic and business audiences.
Zeynep Ton, adjunct associate professor of operations management, MIT Sloan School of Management
Ton holds a D.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a B.S. in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Ton is currently examining how organizations can design and manage their operations in a way that satisfies employees, customers, and investors simultaneously.
Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including Organization Science, Production and Operations Management, and Harvard Business Review. In addition, she has written numerous cases that explore different approaches to managing retail stores and labor.
Catherine Tucker, Mark Hyman, Jr. career development professor, associate professor of marketing, MIT Sloan School of Management
Tucker holds a Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, and a B.A. from Oxford University. Her research interests lie in how technology allows firms to use digital data to improve their operations and marketing, and in the challenges this poses for regulations designed to promote innovation. She has particular expertise in online advertising, digital health, social media, and electronic privacy.
Tucker is associate editor at Management Science, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She teaches MIT Sloan's course on Pricing and the EMBA course Marketing Management for the Senior Executive.
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