Faculty & Staff Contacts
Meg Virick, Director
Office: BT 650
Barbara Somers, Department Analyst
Office: BT 650
Gema Rodriguez, Administrative Support Coordinator
Office: BT 650
Faculty Contact and Office Hours
Thomas Altura, Assistant Professor
Office: BT 665
Office Hours: T 1:30 - 2:30 PM & by appointment
Thomas Altura is an assistant professor in the School of Management at San Jose State University. He received his PhD and MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and holds a BA in Anthropology, also from UCLA. Tom researches organizations and markets, focusing particularly on inter-organizational networks, and organizational status and legitimacy. He currently teaches organization theory at the Lucas College of Business. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Tom has worked in the financial services industry and has also performed extensively as a jazz bassist.
Roy J. Blitzer, Lecturer
Office: BT 564
Office Hours: W 3:00 - 5:45 PM & by appointment
Roy J. Blitzer is an executive Coach and management Consultant with 30+ years of experience as a human resources and business management professional. He received his M.B.A. in Business from UC Berkeley in 1968. Roy was a founding Principal and Vice President of Zenger-Miller, a training, education and consulting company (now Achieve Global International), a Senior Director at Spherion Corporation, and a Manager at Syntex Corporation (now Roche, Inc.). He also sat on the Board of Directors for the Institute of Social Responsibility and the Institute for Effective School Leadership and was a former chair of the Palo Alto, California Human Relations Commission.
Tim Brown, Lecturer
Office: BT 555
Office Hours: Th 5:45 - 7:00 PM & by appointment
Tim Brown is a partner at AonHewitt where he leads Radford's global survey operations. His responsibilities include the design, preparation and publication of the Radford global compensation and US Benefits surveys through a team of consultants located in San Jose and London. Prior to joining Radford in 1998, Tim held various compensation roles with semiconductor, life sciences, and telecommunications firms. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Santa Clara University and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He has a chapter published in "The Compensation Handbook," and has contributed to WorldatWork's Workspan magazine. Tim has taught "Compensation and Rewards" as part of the undergraduate human resources degree curriculum at SJSU since 2007.
Nancy Bussani, Lecturer
Office: BT 660
Office Hours: M 5:00 - 6:00 PM & by appointment
Nancy Bussani received her M.B.A. from Washington State University. She is currently the vice president of philanthropy for the Dignity Health, the largest health care system in California Foundation which she launched in 2012. Previously she served as San Jose State University’s vice president for university advancement and CEO of the Tower Foundation – the University’s auxiliary arm dedicated to philanthropy. In that role, she helped establish the Tower Foundation’s board, infrastructure, initial projects, and funding strategy. Prior to that she was the executive director of the Metropolitan Technology Center at Moffett Field, president and CEO of the Mountain Winery, president of the nonprofit consulting company Manex, and director of contracts and grants at the SJSU Research Foundation.
Art Casey, Lecturer
Office: BT 555
Office Hours: M 4:45 - 5:45 PM & by appointment
Art Casey is a trial attorney at Robinson & Wood, Inc. in San Jose, California with a J.D. from Santa Clara University and a B.A. from University of San Diego. He has been an author and lecturer for California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) for several years, including Chapter Author for CEB Publication, California Civil Discovery Practice, 4th Ed. (2006). He is a member of DRI (a national organization of attorneys in the civil trial defense bar) and a longstanding member of Northern California Association of Defense Counsel. Art has been teaching in the School of Management at San Jose State University for the past 10 years.
Singmay Chou, Lecturer
Office: BT 660
Office Hours: T/Th 4:45 - 5:45 PM & by appointment
Singmay Chou has lived and worked in the Asia region since 1996. She spends part of the year in the San Jose area and teaches Strategic Management at San Jose State University. She is the Director of Kapok Tree Limited, a consulting firm in change management, strategic planning and organizational effectiveness. Singmay also teaches at The Asia-Pacific Institute of Business, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her prior business experience includes positions as Vice President of Marketing and Product for Luxottica Retail Greater China, General Manager of Marketing for Dragonair, and consultant with Towers Perrin. She earned a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, BA in East Asian Studies from University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Nanette Clinch, Lecturer
Office: BT 664
Office Hours: M 8:00 - 9:00 AM & by appointment
Nanette Clinch is an experienced attorney in the areas of litigation, environmental law, real estate and business. Nanette earned her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1979 and a J.D. degree from Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. Prior to teaching at San Jose State, Nanette taught at National Hispanic University in San Jose, California and at the Chapman University extension campus in Santa Clara County, California. Courses taught at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business include Law and Ethics for M.B.A. students and Legal Environment of Business for undergraduate students. Current research focuses on social media, ethics of new technologies, international corruption, and law and literature.
Nancy Da Silva, Professor
Office: BT 262
Office Hours: T 10:00 - 10:30 AM & by appointment
Nancy Da Silva is a professor of Management, with a background in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. She conducts research in the area of positive psychology with a focus on employee creativity, innovation, and job engagement. In addition, Nancy studies the impact of telecommuting on employee attitudes and behaviors. She has consulted for the following organizations: Sapience Group, Survey and Policy Research Institute at San Jose State University, the Vandaveer Group, Inc., and FSD Data Services, Inc. Her consulting primarily focuses on survey development, validation of assessment tools and statistical analyses.
Linda Dunn-Jensen, Lecturer
Office: BT 452
Office Hours: T/Th 10:30 - 11:30 AM & W 2:00 -2:30 PM & by appointment
Linda Dunn Jensen has a Ph.D. from New York University and a Masters in Industrial Relations from Loyola University, Chicago. Before joining San Jose State as a lecturer, Linda was a faculty member for the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, where she taught in the undergraduate, graduate, and Executive Education Programs. Prior to joining academia, Linda worked for twelve years in the Human Resources function for organizations such as Kraft Foods, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and Quaker Oats. Linda teaches, publishes, and consults in the area of leadership development, negotiation, and change management.
Joseph Dworak, Lecturer
Office: BT 660
Office Hours: T/Th 8:45 - 9:00 AM; W 5:30 - 6:00 PM & by appointment
Joseph Dworak, is a senior partner - a commercial litigation attorney at Berliner Cohen in San Jose., CA. He handles a broad range of complex commercial cases. He has obtained the largest settlement and longest jury trial in the law firm’s history. He fostered his law firm’s expansion, opening several branches in California. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of California and acting Special Master for the State Bar of California. He was selected as “Super Lawyer” by the San Francisco Magazine for his professional achievement.
Deanna Fairchild, Lecturer
Office: BT 555
Office Hours: T 5:15 – 6:00 PM; 8:45 - 9:15 PM & by appointment
Deanna Fairchild is a seasoned HR practitioner in the high technology sector who currently works as a Senior Human Resources Business Partner at Oracle. Her prior work experiences were at LSI and at National Semiconductor as a HR business partner. Deanna is a core member of a group of HR practitioners that organize the HR Symposium, an annual forum that brings together hundreds of business experts, leaders, and HR professionals to discuss issues and trends affecting HR and the Silicon Valley. She also oversees the Scholarship Committee of the HR Symposium that awards scholarships to support students pursuing HR careers in California.
Mark Fruin, Professor Emeritus
Office: BT 655
Office Hours: T/Th 11:00 - 12:00 PM & by appointment
Mark Fruin teaches Strategic Management to undergraduate students and Global Strategy to M.B.A students. He received his M.A. in East Asian Regional Studies and his Ph.D. in Demographic and Economic History of Modern China and Japan from Stanford University. He has taught in five countries; Canada, France, Japan, Singapore and the United States, and been on the faculty at ten universities, including Harvard, INSEAD, Keio University, National University of Singapore, Osaka University, University of British Columbia, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Michigan, and San Jose State University.
Monica Gavino, Associate Professor
Office: BT 662
Monica Gavino teaches human resources management courses; and has taught diversity in organizations, strategic human resources, and the management experience to both undergraduate and MBA students. She received her doctorate in Human Resources Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has over 25 years of experience in the HR field as a human resources executive and consultant. Her areas of interest and research include studying employee engagement, human resource practices and employee and organizational outcomes, diversity and inclusion in organizations, Latino entrepreneurs and technology, and student success factors in Hispanic Serving Institutions. She has published her research in Human Resource Management, The International Journal of Organizational Diversity, The Business Journal of Hispanic Research, and Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: an International Journal, the Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal, and Journal of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Education.
Larry Gee, Lecturer
Office: BT 264
Office Hours: Th 8:50 PM - 9:50 PM & by appointment
Larry Gee is a lecturer at San Jose State University. He received his Masters of Science and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from California State University, Chico, and a Masters in Business Administration from Golden Gate University. He has also completed the advance project management program at Stanford University, and George Washington University. He is a Certified Project Management Professional. Larry worked for a Fortune 50 Information Technology Services industry company for over 32 years. During which time he has held various positions in programming, line management, strategic management, business development, marketing, computing infrastructure services, information systems and technology, and as a certified executive project manager. He is currently a consultant managing Information Systems and Information Technology health care strategic programs.
Mike Hill, Lecturer
Office: BT 655
Office Hours: M 5:30 - 6:30 PM & by appointment
Mike is the Director of Integrated Talent Management at Applied Materials Company. He has over 30 years of experience in Human Resources and talent development. He holds a Masters in Education and MBA and Ph.D. in Human and Organization Development. His is currently focused on executive assessment and leadership development. He has also held the position of Board President for a non-profit focused on grade school students keeping up with their classmates. He has consulted with a wide variety of organizations helping them to build leadership teams, set strategies and solve organization issues including organizational design. He has traveled extensively in Europe and Asia and lived abroad in Germany while building a new factory.
M-C Ingerson, Assistant Professor
Office: BT 654
Office Hours: M 1:00 - 2:30 PM & by appointment
M-C Ingerson earned a Masters in Science and a Doctor of Philosophy from Brigham Young University, both with a specialty in behavioral ethics and negotiations. Currently, he teaches Business and Professional Ethics and does research in applied ethics in negotiations. Prior to his tenure track appointment at SJSU, he was a Research Associate at The Wheatley Institution and an adjunct faculty member in the Marriott School of Management, both at Brigham Young University. In 2015 he earned a Master Teacher Award from the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business.
Jaideep Jain, Lecturer
Office: BT 564
Office Hours: Thursday, 5:00-6:00 PM & by appointment
Jaideep Jain is an industry veteran and entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in technology development, P&L, product strategy development, operations management, and M&A. He has created new products in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and data analytics. Jaideep was CEO and founder of Truvolo where he built connected car solutions. Jaideep has held various leadership positions at Imantics, Cymer and Novellus Systems.
Rick Kepple, Lecturer
Office: BT 555
Office Hours: M - Th 10:30 - 11:45 AM & by appointment
Rick Kepple earned his Master’s in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University in 1984 and a B.S. in Engineering Physics from The Ohio State University in 1978. Rick is an Angel Investor for School Scout and K9Contracts in San Jose. He also served as a Strategic Management Consultant for Pakistan Distance Education Enhancement Project in 2014.
Anne Lawrence, Professor
Office: BT 354
Office On Leave
Anne Lawrence received a Ph.D. in Sociology and a M.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley. Anne received the North American Case Research Association’s (NACRA) Distinguished Contributor Award in recognition of her leadership as the organization’s president, her two-time guest editorship of Case Research Journal, her case publications and mentorship. This award is NACRA’s highest honor and has been awarded only 15 times in the group’s 56-year history. In addition, she founded and currently serves as chair of the Case Research Foundation, whose mission is to provide scholarships to young case writers and researchers.
Gretchen Vogelgesang-Lester, Assistant Professor
Office: BT 661
Office Hours: W 1:30 - 2:30 PM and by appointment
Gretchen Vogelgesang-Lester received her Ph.D. in management in 2008 from the University of Nebraska. Prior to her appointment at San Jose State University in 2012, she taught at George Mason University and at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She also served as a human capital consultant for organizations such as SHRM, the National Science Foundation, and the Securities and Exhange Commission in Washington, D.C. Her research has linked leader transparency to positive results, including greater engagement, trust, and performance. Gretchen also holds a Bachelors of Science in Management and an MBA in Leadership and Change Management.
Nancy Long, Lecturer
Office: BT 655
Office Hours: T 2:00 - 3:00 PM & appointment
Nancy Long is a highly accomplished global human resources executive who was most recently part of the executive leadership team at Hitachi Data Systems, where she held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer. Prior to joining Hitachi Data Systems in 2006, she was Senior VP of HR at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, CA. She also worked at HP for 24 years where her most recent role was Vice President of Human Resources for Global Marketing. She is the recipient of several industry awards such as HR Executive of the Year (HR Symposium, Silicon Valley) and Mentor of the Year (Stevie Awards) during her tenure as an HR leader. Her unique background brings a business acumen that is unusual among Human Resources professionals.
Stan Malos, Professor
Office: BT 651
Office Hours: M/T/W 5:00 - 5:30 PM & by appointment
Stan Malos has developed and taught courses in strategic human resource management, business law and ethics, and employment law since 1995. He is a former practicing trial attorney who earned his law degree from U.C.L.A., his M.B.A. from the University of Washington, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University. He has published research on topics including global staffing and offshoring, professional career mobility, affirmative action, performance appraisal, professional service firms, and legal issues in HRM. He also has presented numerous papers and symposia at professional conferences, and has lectured on work design, performance management, and comparative international issues in strategic HRM and employment law in Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and the U.S.
Gita Mathur, Professor
Office: BT 358
Office Hours: On Leave
Gita Mathur teaches strategic management, operations management, project management, product development, and management of innovation. She has several years of industry and consulting experience with technology-based companies. Gita held engineering and management positions in the semiconductor industry with Harris Corporation (1985-1991). She was a Principal with the management consulting firm PRTM (1996-2000). Gita holds B.Tech and M.Tech degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (1978, 1981), a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1985), an MBA from UC Berkeley (1991), and a DBA in Technology and Operations Management from Harvard Business School (1996).
Shari Moore, Lecturer
Office: BT 656
Office Hours: Th 5:00-6:00PM and by appointment
Shari Moore is an established and experienced HR leader with an extensive track record as an HR Executive. Currently, Shari is the Vice President, HR Business Partners at RMS, where she leads the development and implementation of human capital strategies focused on unleashing people and organizational capability necessary to scale. In her previous roles she has been SVP and CHRO for Jasper, VP of HR Product Operations at NetApp and VP of Human Resources at Hitachi Data Systems. As an alumni of Cal Poly, she serves on the Deans Advisory council and has also taught part-time at Golden Gate University. Shari earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, concentrating in accounting, from Cal Poly and earned an MBA from Yale University. She holds multiple certifications in HR including SHRM –SCP, Global Professional in Human Resources, and Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Elizabeth Mullen, Assistant Professor
Office: BT 659
Office Hours: On Leave
Elizabeth Mullen researches the roles that people’s emotions, values, and moral convictions play in shaping their perceptions of fairness and reactions to transgressions. In addition, she investigates how individuals regulate and evaluate their own and others’ ethical behavior. Her work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals and has been funded by the National Science Foundation. She serves on the editorial boards at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, and Social Justice Research. Prior to joining SJSU, she held faculty positions at George Washington University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Bill Musgrave, Lecturer
Office: BT 353
Office Hours:T/TR 10:30 - 11:30 AM & by appointment
Bill Musgrave has a background in international business, entrepreneurship, executive leadership, management education, and corporate turnarounds. He currently serves on the Board of Biomed Simulation, Inc. a San Diego area developer of simulation systems for training cardiac teams and critical care technicians. Previously he was the CEO of a business incubator, The Enterprise Network (TEN) of Silicon Valley, where he supported startups and managed a cooperative agreement with NASA Ames for technology commercialization. Earlier in his career with DRS Technologies he was engaged in corporate acquisitions in the U.S. and Eastern Europe and has also been an executive with ESI International in training project managers in major corporations such as AT&T and IBM. Earlier in his career he was a Captain in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps where he was engaged in large scale business and logistics operations, major weapon system acquisition, and government procurement reform initiatives. Recently his insights on government leadership were reflected in an article he wrote for The Public Manager, “Management vs. Leadership in the Public Sector.” Dr. Musgrave earned both MBA and DBA degrees from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Yeonji No, Lecturer
Office: BT 656
Office Hours: M 9:30 - 11:00 AM and by appointment
Yeonji No received her Ph.D. in Public Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology and her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was the recipient of the Ivan Allen Dean’s Fellowship at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2011. She teaches Strategic Management and Negotiation and Conflict Resolution.
Richard Okumoto, Lecturer
Office: BT 564
Office Hours: By appointment only
Richard Okumoto received his Masters of Arts in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University. He is currently a PhD student at Queensland University of Technology and holds the Registered Financial Consultant designation; RFC©. Prior to teaching at SJSU, Richard worked as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Division General Manager for several technology companies in the Silicon Valley. He serves on the Boards of Public, Private, and Non-profit companies, where he also holds the positions of Audit Committee and Strategy Committee Chairman.
Rick Partridge, Lecturer
Office: BT 352
Office Hours: M 4:15-5:45PM and by appointment
Rick Partridge is an accomplished senior HR leader with demonstrated success in increasingly responsible roles across all areas of human resources. His career spanned 25 years in a wide variety of HR roles at IBM, Georgia-Pacific, BEA Systems, and Second Harvest Food Bank. He has taught in the HRM concentration since Fall, 2006, and serves as a faculty advisor to the SHRM@SJSU student club. Additionally, he provides a variety of career services to students. He has a BS from Vanderbilt University and M. Ed. and Ed. S (one-year post Masters) degrees from the University of Florida. He holds certifications in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Professional Qualifying Program, Corporate Coach University, and Achieve Global Leadership Skills Training.
Rolanda P. Farrington Pollard, Lecturer
Office: BT 664
Office Hours: M 1:45 - 2:45 PM; T/W 3:00 - 5:45 PM & by appointment
Rolanda P. Farrington Pollard, Ph.D. holds graduate degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Organizational Psychology (MA and Ph.D.) and has over 15 years of teaching and consulting experience. She teaches a wide range of Organizational Theory and Management courses, in three departments, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a consultant, she has facilitated strategic planning, team-building, and leadership development processes for companies such as The Gap, Sun Microsystems, 3COM, Via Rehabilitation, San Jose State University, and the American Red Cross. Research areas include policy work for the City of San Jose, organizational communication, online teaching, pedagogy, women entrepreneurs, organizational culture, organizational change, the innovation-leadership relationship, family business, and succession planning.
Gary D. Radine, Lecturer
Office: BT 655
Office Hours: T/TH 12:30 - 1:30 PM and by appointment
Gary D. Radine joined SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business after 37 years in Chief Executive Officer roles with Delta Dental, a dental insurance enterprise. He built a mid-Atlantic operation from $6 million in annual revenue to $500 million, merged that entity to create a 15-state operation headquartered in California and brought that entity from $3 billion in annual revenue to $8 billion in “zero sum game” markets. With 97% renewal rates, the entity grew to cover 35 million enrollees across 25,000 purchasers plus started a new company in Mexico, covering 1 million there. He spearheaded a multi-vendor technology turnover without loss of market position. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from San José State University and his Master’s degree from CSU-Dominguez Hills.
Alaka Rao, Associate Professor
Office: BT 663
Office Hours: On Leave
Alaka N. Rao received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Graduate School of Management at UC Irvine and her Bachelor Degree in Economics from UC Berkeley. Dr. Rao’s research centers on the management of complex collaborations across geographical and cultural divides. Her current research examines the critical role of culture, employee cognition, and trust in the management of teams. Dr. Rao has also conducted research on how managers exchange and build trust in countries lacking institutional support. Her work has been published in management journals, such as the Journal of International Business Studies. Dr. Rao has also been the recipient of various grants, including the California State University Research Grant and the Junior Faculty Career Development Grant.
Simon Rodan, Professor
Office: BT 457
Office Hours: Thusdays 4:30 - 5:45 PM & by appointment.
Simon Rodan has an MBA and a Ph.D. from INSEAD, France. Prior to joining the Lucas College in 2002, he was a visiting scholar at Stanford University (1999-2002), worked as a research Associate at INSEAD (1991-1994), as a Systems Engineer (1982-1986) and as a Marketing Representative (1986-1989) at IBM(UK). His research focuses on social networks, knowledge exchange and innovativeness.
Ronald Roman, Lecturer
Office: BT 652
Office Hours: M 10:30-12:00 PM and by appointment
Ronald M. Roman teaches and conducts research in the areas of corporate responsibility, sustainability, and business ethics. His research has received awards of excellence including ‘Best Case of the Year’ award given by the Case Research Journal. Ron is a member of the advisory board for SJSU’s Green Ninja Project, which educates young people about our changing climate. Additionally, he is an active impact investor who uses the power of the shareholder proposal to effect change in organizations. Ron received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to pursuing a Ph.D., Ron worked in corporate finance and also co-founded a computer education and consulting firm.
Thomas Shirley, Lecturer
Office: BT 557
Office Hours: Th 3:00 - 4:30 PM (by appointment) Via Phone (by appointment)
Thomas Shirley earned his Ph.D. at UC Davis and his Masters of Business Administration in International Business and a Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. Prior to his role at SJSU, he served as a mergers and acquisitions advisor and an executive with McKinsey, KPMG, and General Electric. He teaches strategic management, international business, and global leadership.
Randall Stross, Professor
Office: BT 658
Office Hours: M/W 9:15-9:45 AM and by appointment
Randall Stross is a professor in the School of Management. He received his Ph.D. in History in 1982 from Stanford University, and has written extensively about technology businesses and Silicon Valley. He was the Digital Domain columnist for the New York Times from 2004-2013 and has also published in Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, the New Republic, and U.S. News & World Report. He is the author of several business books, including The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s Most Exclusive School for Startups; Steve Jobs and the NeXT Big Thing; Planet Google: One Company’s Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know; and eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work. In 1998, he was selected as San Jose State University’s President’s Scholar.
Meghna Virick, Professor
Office: BT 650H
Office Hours: By appointment only
Meghna Virick has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington, a Masters in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from XLRI, India and an MBA from Texas Christian University. Meg has worked in Human Resources in multiple organizations for six years before joining academia. Most recently, she was the Principal Investigator and Research Director of the SJSU Solar Workforce Project (2010-2012), a project aimed at helping develop the solar industry labor force. Her primary areas of research are in the area of unemployment/underemployment, telework, and gender and race related issues in HR practices such as talent and succession planning.
Chunlei Wang, Associate Professor
Office: BT 653
Office Hours: M/W 11:00 - 11:45 AM & by appointment
Chunlei Wang teaches strategic management courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests include social network analysis, knowledge networks, innovation generation and diffusion, and economic sociology. He published a paper with his collaborators on exploratory innovation in the Academy of Management Journal. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Peking University, a Master of Arts in Sociology from the Ohio State University, a Master of Arts in Sociology and a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University. He is married and has a daughter. He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and church family.
Pamela Wells, Lecturer
Office: BT 656
Office Hours: T 4:00 - 5:30 PM & by appointment
Pamela Wells received her M.S. from San Jose State in 2005. She is a Managing Partner of Critical Moments Safety Training, LLC, and serves as a mediator for the Santa Clara County Office of Human Relations and consultant for the Destiny Re-Entry Program. Her activities on campus include Faculty Advisor for the Latino Business Student Association and Passport Program Coordinator for the Global Leadership Advancement Center. She is a recipient of San Jose State University’s Master Teacher Award.
Robert Chapman Wood, Professor
Office: BT 357
Office Hours: M/ W 5:00 - 5:40 PM & by appointment
Robert Chapman Wood studies how leaders make successful innovation possible in large human systems of all kinds. Before coming to SJSU, Wood was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Business School. He completed his doctorate at Boston University, where his thesis dealt with how companies overcome inertia and begin innovating effectively. Wood’s research has resulted in publications appearing in journals such as Harvard Business Review, MIT Sloan Management Review, Technology Review, Policy Review, Asia, and European Management Journal. Wood was a journalist for over 20 years, with publications in Forbes, the Financial Times of London, and the New York Times. He is a former associate editor of Inc. magazine. Much of Wood’s journalism dealt with Asia and with Asian-influenced management techniques.
Inae Yang, Lecturer
Office: BT 452
Office Hours: T 9:00 - 10:00 AM & by appointment
Lena Yang is an attorney with a doctoral degree in law from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She has been teaching undergraduate courses in business law, international business, and negotiation and conflict resolution since 2013.