Nine new professors join Rice Business | Rice News | News and media relations

HOUSTON – (July 6, 2022) – The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University has added nine faculty members with backgrounds ranging from management to marketing. This is a record number of new tenured and intern teachers for the school.

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Rice Business’ core strategy is securing the best talent, says Peter Rodriguez, dean of the Jones School.

“Our programs have seen tremendous growth over the years – including our newest undergraduate business major – and we wanted to attract strong academics to support that growth,” he said. “We want to recruit the best professors from every region and background to teach our students and enhance relationships in Houston and beyond. This group of guided full professors and tenured assistant professors brings a wealth of diverse knowledge, experience, and insight to our campus and city.

“These accomplished scholars and faculty will enhance Rice Business’ strong foundation in accounting, finance, marketing, organizational behavior and management, and the focus areas of energy or entrepreneurship,” Rodriguez added.

The new teachers are:

· Nicola Secomandi, Houston Endowment Professor of Management, focuses on operations management and the energy industry, with the energy transition of particular interest. Prior to Rice, Secomandi was supervisor of the Ph.D. program at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. He received his BA from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and his MS in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Operations Research and Statistics from the University of Houston.

· Daan van Knippenberg, Houston Endowment Professor of Management, is a widely published researcher focused on organizational behavior whose expertise also includes leadership, diversity and inclusion, team performance, creativity and innovation. He was a professor at Drexel University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, University of Amsterdam, and Leiden University in the Netherlands, where he received his Ph.D.

· Robert Dittmar, professor of finance, joins the Jones School after serving at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. His research focuses on theoretical and empirical issues in the pricing of fixed income securities and how different assets affect a firm’s equity capital. He earned a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

· Yangos Papanastasiou, Associate Professor of Management, focuses on operations management and has made significant contributions to the understanding of online platforms and market operations. He will teach MBA courses in business analytics, data analysis and statistics. In addition to operations management, his research interests include pricing and revenue management and business analytics. Papanastasiou completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge, where he also received a master’s degree in computer and information engineering. He completed his Ph.D. in Management and Operations Science from the London Business School.

· Jung Youn Lee, assistant professor of marketing, focuses on how company or government policy affects distribution or efficiency. Her research aims to understand how consumer data, equity constraints, and consumer privacy preferences shape credit market outcomes. Lee received his Ph.D. in Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and completed his BA in Economics from Rice.

· Tommy Pan Fang, assistant professor of strategic management, received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the economics of digitization and entrepreneurship – how digital platforms influence growth and performance.

· Sora Jun, assistant professor of management, focuses on organizational behavior and teaches the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Business course in Rice’s MBA program. Her research uses psychological perspectives to study social hierarchies and inequality, workplace discrimination, and intergroup relations. June’s research also examines when and why management fails to recognize racial discrimination and sexual harassment. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a BA in Commerce and Finance from the University of Toronto.

· Suleyman Kerimov, assistant professor of management, focuses his research on operations management as well as market design, matching theory, and applied probability. He has a Ph.D. in Operations Research from Stanford University and a BA in Mathematics from Bilkent University in Turkey.

· David Jahn, assistant professor of finance, focuses on real estate and household finance. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Amherst College. Prior to graduate school, Zhang was a research fellow at the Center for Research on Consumer Payments at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

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