July 06, 2005

UCLA Anderson Doctoral Graduates Depart for Academia and Industry

Entering Fall 2005 doctoral class to be largest in many years


PhD Students with Professor SwansonLOS ANGELES––Eleven students in the Doctoral Program in Management at UCLA Anderson School of Management are concluding their academic studies this year and preparing to take on their first career assignments in academia or industry.  Nine doctoral graduates of the class of 2005 have accepted tenure-track or visiting professor positions at educational institutions around the world, while one graduate has decided to pursue a research career in industry and another graduate will continue scholarly endeavors by pursuing post-doctoral research.

The academically challenging Doctoral Program prepares students for research and teaching careers at leading academic institutions and research careers in industry and government.  Each student’s academic endeavors culminate in a dissertation that makes a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in their chosen field of study.

“The doctoral program is an integral part of our research milieu,” noted UCLA Anderson Professor Burt Swanson, associate dean of UCLA Anderson’s Doctoral Program in Management.  “As students pursue their scholarly research, they do so in partnership with the faculty.  It’s a mutual journey that’s rewarding not just to the doctoral students, but also to the faculty and to the global academic community. 

“We all benefit from their intellectual curiosity and their discovery through research,” he added.

Fall 2005 Entering Class of Doctoral Students

This coming fall, UCLA Anderson School of Management expects to enroll 20 doctoral students—its largest class in some time.  The competition for admission to a top-flight doctoral management program like UCLA Anderson’s is fierce.  The school receives between 550 and 750 doctoral applications each year and accepts about 6% percent of these applicants.

“We’re glad to welcome this new group of eager scholars-to-be,” said Rakesh Sarin, senior associate dean and chair of the faculty.  “UCLA Anderson faculty are well-known—and highly rated—for their research productivity, so it’s only natural that doctoral students consider and choose UCLA Anderson to pursue what I would call a ‘research apprenticeship.’”

UCLA Anderson’s Doctoral Program in Management is a research-oriented program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree.  Students from around the globe possessing a broad range of research interests and experiences conduct independent research in one of nine major areas:

  • Accounting
  • Decisions, Operations & Technology Management
  • Finance
  • Global Economics and Management
  • Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
  • Information Systems
  • International Business and Comparative Management
  • Marketing
  • Policy

UCLA Anderson Doctoral Graduates

The 2005 UCLA Anderson doctoral graduates and their first academic or industry appointments are as follows (listed alphabetically):

Murat Bayiz
Field: Decisions, Operations & Technology Management
Placement: University of Southern California
Dissertation Title:  Coordination and Incentive Contracts in Stochastic Project Networks

Elissa Beth Grossman
Field: Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
Placement: University of Southern California
Dissertation Title: New Venture Creation and Network Tie Formation: A Longitudinal Study of Nascent Entrepreneurs' Efforts in Business-Building

Amit Joshi
Field: Marketing
Placement: University of Central Florida
Dissertation Title: The Direct, Indirect and Feedback Effects of Marketing Actions

Feifei Li
Field: Finance
Placement: Research Affiliates, LLC (Pasadena, CA)
Dissertation Title: Three Essays in Finance

Emily M. Nason
Field: Human Resources and Organizational Behavior
Placement: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Dissertation Title: Uncertainty and Fairness Judgment:  the Role of Information Ambiguity

Charlotte Ren
Field: Policy
Placement: Purdue University
Dissertation Title: Learning by Firms and Technological Innovation

Elena Sernova
Field: Finance
Placement:  Pursuing post-doctoral research
Dissertation Title: Adios to the Long-Bond:  Will We Miss It?

Selale Tuzel
Field: Finance
Placement: University of Southern California
Dissertation Title: Three Essays in Asset Pricing

Ping Wang
Field: Information Systems
Placement: University of Maryland
Dissertation Title: Fashion in Information Technology

Mingshan Zhang
Field: Accounting
Placement: Hong Kong University of Science &Technology
Dissertation Title: Three Essays in Accounting

Deming Zhou
Field: Decisions, Operations & Technology Management
Placement: Chinese Hong Kong University
Dissertation Title: Three Essays on Supply Chain Competition with Different Network Structures

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management is perennially ranked among the top-tier business schools in the world.  Award-winning faculty renowned for their research and teaching, highly selective admissions, successful alumni and world-class facilities combine to provide an extraordinary learning environment.  UCLA Anderson students are part of a culture that values individual vision, intellectual discipline and a sense of teamwork and collegiality.

Established in 1935, UCLA Anderson School of Management provides management education to more than 1,400 students enrolled in MBA and doctoral programs, and some 2,000 executives and managers enrolled annually in executive education programs.  Recognizing that the school offers unparalleled expertise in management education, the world’s business community turns to UCLA Anderson School of Management as a center of influence for the ideas, innovations, strategies and talent that will shape the future.

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