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George Geis

Adjunct Professor of Strategy
“One of the greatest rewards of teaching is when you hear back from a former student that you helped set a course for his or her life.”
(310) 825-2987
Areas of Expertise:
  • Digital Media
  • Entrepreneurship and Venture Initiation
  • High Technology
  • Mergers and Acquisitions


George T. Geis teaches at UCLA Anderson in the areas of mergers & acquisitions, financial modeling, entrepreneurship, and accounting. He has been voted Outstanding Teacher of the Year at UCLA Anderson five times. Geis has also served as Associate Dean and Faculty Director of UCLA Anderson's Executive MBA program and Faculty Director of Anderson's Mergers and Acquisitions Executive program.

Geis has taught mergers and acquisitions at the Haas School, UC Berkeley and entrepreneurial finance at Trinity Business School in Dublin, Ireland. He has been a visiting professor at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy as well as at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Dr. Geis is an expert on M&A activity in technology, communications and media markets. His latest book, Semi-Organic Growth, provides an in-depth analysis of Google's innovative approach to M&A -- see here for a video interview on this book. Geis' research interests include market modeling for M&A-related strategies as well as the use of natural language processing for strategic analysis. His seminar "Analyzing Google's Acquisitions" can be viewed here.

A National Science Foundation and Woodrow Wilson Honorary Fellow, Dr. Geis has extensive consulting experience and has published dozens of professional articles and six books. He is the recipient of the Financial Executives Institute Award for outstanding achievement in finance. In 2013, Geis was a Batten Fellow at the Darden School, University of Virginia.

Dr. Geis taught in the LEAD Summer Institute for minority youth for more than 10 years. He has provided management education for directors of Head Start programs nationwide as well as for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in UCLA's Entrepreneurs' Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities. His 16- tape lecture series on "Statistical Analysis in Business" appeared as part of the Teaching Company's Super Star Teacher series.

Geis writes an M&A blog at http://maprofessor.blogspot.com/ and a streaming video natural language processing blog at http://streamingvectors.blogspot.com/.

Geis received a B.S. "summa cum laude" and with "honors in mathematics" from Purdue University, an M.B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. from University of Southern California.



Ph.D. Educational Psychology, 1977, USC

MBA Finance, 1981, UCLA

B.S. Mathematics, 1966, Purdue University 


Published Papers

George T. Geis. (2015). Semi-Organic Growth: Tactics and Strategies Behind Google's Success. Hoboken: Wiley, 256 pp.. [ Link ]

George T.Geis, and George S. Geis. (March/April 2002). Partnering and Deal Making in the Digital Age. Ivey Business Journal, pp. 11-14. [ Link ]

George T.Geis, and George S. Geis. (2001). Digital Deals: Strategies for Selecting and Structuring Partnerships. New York: McGraw-Hill, 303 pp.. [ Link ]