Washington State University’s dedication to superior education is reflected in its faculty: a distinguished panel of professors who are accomplished experts in their respective fields. Many WSU faculty members are engaged in compelling research and published in leading academic journals. Online MBA students will have direct access to these academic leaders and gain advanced business knowledge from their accumulated experience and insight. Online courses are developed and taught by the same faculty who deliver our on-campus graduate courses.
Sung K. Ahn, Ph.D.
Sung K. Ahn is a professor in the Department of Finance and Management Science at Washington State University. He earned his Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Ahn’s primary research and teaching interests include modeling and forecasting of time series data, especially in business and economics. He has numerous research papers published in Journal of the American Statistical Association, Biometrika, Journal of Time Series Analysis, Journal of Econometrics, and Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, among others. Dr. Ahn served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist between 2002 and 2006.
Genevieve Briand, Ph.D.
Genevieve Briand earned her Ph.D. in agricultural and resource economics from Washington State University. She is currently an instructor in the School of Economic Sciences.
Dr. Briand’s areas of interest include economics education, econometrics, microeconomic theory, natural resource economics and public finance and policy. She is a member of the American Economic Association and the Western Economics Association International.
Kenneth D. Butterfield, Ph.D.
Dr. Butterfield is associate professor of management at Washington State University. He received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Butterfield has taught courses on managerial leadership and general management at the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels. His current research focuses on the management of ethics, moral awareness, and restorative justice in the workplace. Dr. Butterfield has received various research grants, including one for work on the clean-up process at the nation’s nuclear weapons complex. He has presented his work at a variety of national and international conferences as well as served on the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Learning and Education and Business Ethics Quarterly. Dr. Butterfield’s research has been published in several management, business ethics, and higher education journals. His research has also been featured in numerous media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
Joseph B. Harris, BS, MBA
Mr. Harris is the director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship. He assists the state’s small businesses with high-tech product development and commercialization. He also provides direct one-to-one counseling to small business owners for management and technical issues such as strategy development, cash flow analysis, market plan development, business plan development, policies and procedures, purchase or sale of business and access to capital.
Mr. Harris also serves as an adjunct professor in the WSU Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. He has taught classes in entrepreneurial marketing, management and finance. He has also taught Mgt. 496, which leads the student through the process of writing a business plan for their own business, and Mgt. 492 which teaches students to act as a consultant to local businesses. Mr. Harris worked for several years as a counselor for the Washington Small Business Development Center. During this time he worked with over 800 small businesses in the state, consulting on such issues as business plan development, business startup, marketing, finance, management and strategy.
Mr. Harris operated his own business for eight years. His scientific instrument manufacturing company had sales of over $1 million with 14 employees. He has personally been involved in the writing and administering of three successful SBIR Phase I awards and one Phase II award granted to companies he has owned. Mr. Harris holds BS and MBA degrees from Washington State University.
Robert F. Jenefsky, Ph.D.
Trained as a physicist, Dr. Jenefsky pursued his doctoral research at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland and received his Ph.D. from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. He is also a graduate of the International Advanced Management Program at INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France).
Dr. Jenefsky held senior management positions in the control systems and information technology industries for 20 years, after which he joined Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne as professor of marketing and management as well as an internal and external consultant, until his retirement in 2008. He is currently teaching the WSU online MBA strategy course and has previously taught in WSU’s Swiss Study Abroad program. He also teaches the online MBA courses at Middlesex University (London, UK) and is serving as the president of two non-profit organizations.
Dr. Jenefsky has authored case studies, conference papers and journal articles in the area of control systems, marketing strategies, consulting, international hospitality strategies and service excellence, as well as being an invited speaker at numerous international topical conferences. In 2004, he received an award for outstanding service from the Management Consulting Division of the Academy of Management.
Jean L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Jean L. Johnson is associate professor of marketing at Washington State University. She received her Ph.D. in marketing with an emphasis in distribution from the University of Nebraska in 1988. Her major research emphasis is on domestic and across-culture interfirm relationships in marketing. Along with distribution relationships between Japanese and U.S. firms, Dr. Johnson’s research focuses on the management of equity and non-equity based strategic alliances between Japanese firms and firms from other cultures.
Dr. Johnson also studies learning in domestic and cross-cultural marketing interfirm relationships. Dr. Johnson’s research has appeared in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Research, International Marketing Review, Journal of International Marketing, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Journal of Business-to-Business Marketing, and Journal of Marketing Channels, among others. She has also presented her work at a variety of domestic and international conferences, and is active in the American Marketing Association. Professor Johnson serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of World Business in addition to reviewing for other leading journals.
Dr. Johnson teaches international marketing, strategic marketing, distribution channels management, and business-to-business marketing. Before beginning her academic career, Dr. Johnson spent a number of years as a market researcher/analyst in the advertising industry. She has lived and taught in several different countries (e.g., France and Japan) as well as working on research projects in those countries.
K.D. Joshi, Ph.D.
K.D. Joshi is a professor in the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship. She received her Master of Science in engineering from the University of Michigan and received her Ph.D. in business administration (decision science and information systems) from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Joshi’s research interests focus on knowledge management, innovation, and information technology (IT) workforce issues.
Her research on knowledge management is cited over 1,000 times, and she has received multiple research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct her research. She is also a co-principal investigator on the Institutional Transformation Grant which Washington State University received from the NSF. Her research examines several issues including how IT capabilities enable firm and innovation; understanding knowledge sharing and transfer within groups and firms, and recruitment, retention and advancement of IT workforce.
Dr. Joshi has taught the Ph.D. Seminar as well as MBA and undergraduate courses on topics including IT strategy, business intelligence, web application, development and object-oriented programming. She has won multiple teaching innovation grants and is currently writing a book on business intelligence. Her engineering and business education backgrounds allow her to design and deliver technology-related course which have a unique blend of both technical and managerial focus.
Hyun Jeong Jenny Kim, Ph.D.
Jenny Kim earned her Ph.D. in hotel, restaurant, & institution management from Kansas State University and is currently an associate professor in the School of Hospitality Business Management. Her expertise is in hospitality business management- lodging, as well as service marketing and management. She is a member of the Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE), as well as the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA).
Dr. Kim’s primary research is focused on service management and marketing and the influence of employee service orientation on service quality; validity studies of service quality measures; service employees’ emotional labor and job burnout/job engagement; and brand management in the hospitality industry. She also focuses on tourism and the resident attitude of mega-events and long-term impact of tourism development on national economic growth.
Gene Lai, Ph.D.
Gene Lai earned his Ph.D. inrRisk management & insurance and finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He is currently department chair for the Department of Finance and Management Science as well as a Safeco Distinguished Professor of Insurance. Dr. Lai’s f finance expertise in is the areas of market efficiency and corporate finance. He is also has expertise in risk management and insurance.
Dr. Lai is a member of the American Risk and Insurance Association, Asia Pacifica Risk and Insurance Association, Financial Management Association, Risk Theory Society, and Western Risk and Insurance Association. His primary research focuses on alternative risk financing, efficiency issues, underwriting cycles, stock repurchase, dividend policy and corporate governance.
Babu Lourduraj John Mariadoss, Ph.D.
Dr. Babu Lourduraj John Mariadoss is Assistant Professor of the Department of Marketing at Washington State University where he has been a faculty member since 2007. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Houston in 2007. He currently teaches Product Management (at the undergraduate level), International Marketing (both at the undergraduate and graduate levels), and the Doctoral Seminar in Marketing Strategy.
Dr. John Mariadoss’ primary research interests focus on various aspects of Marketing Strategy theory and practice, specifically (i) B2B Relationships, (ii) Sales Strategy and (iii) Branding Strategy. His research has been published in the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Marketing Letters, Journal of International Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, and Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management. In 2008, he received the Mary Kay Dissertation Award, from the Academy of Marketing Science, and the AMA Sales SIG Doctoral Dissertation Award, from the American Marketing Association’s Selling and Sales Management Special Interest Group.
Dr. John Mariadoss is on the Editorial Board of Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management and Journal of Hospitality Marketing and Management. He is the Faculty Advisor of the WSU Marketing Club, and holds membership in the American Marketing Association, Academy of Marketing Science, Product Development and Management Association, Industrial Management & Purchasing Group, and The Institute for Supply Management.
Darrel D. Muehling, Ph.D.
Dr. Muehling is professor and chair of the Department of Marketing at WSU where he has been a faculty member since 1985. He received his Ph.D. in business administration (emphasis in marketing) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1985. His teaching responsibilities at WSU have been in the areas of promotion management and principles of marketing (both at the undergraduate and graduate levels). He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards since joining the faculty at WSU.
Dr. Muehling’s primary research interests have focused on various dimensions of advertising/communications theory and practice, including nostalgia, comparative advertising, negative “attack” advertising, fine-print, and involvement. His research has appeared in numerous journals such as the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Current Issues & Research in Advertising, International Journal of Advertising, Psychology and Marketing, Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Journal of Business Research, as well as in the proceedings of national conferences for the American Academy of Advertising, American Marketing Association and the Association for Consumer Research.
He has served as a reviewer for a number of academic journals and promotion management textbooks and has held several leadership positions, including President for the American Academy of Advertising.
Donna L. Paul, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul is an associate professor of finance at Washington State University. She received a Bachelor’s degree in management studies from the University of the West Indies, an MBA from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. Dr. Paul teaches corporate finance courses at the undergraduate, MBA, and Ph.D. levels, and conducts research on corporate restructuring, capital structure, dividend policy, and corporate governance. Her research has been published in academic journals such as the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of International Business Studies, and Financial Management. Prior to joining the faculty at WSU, she was an assistant professor at Babson College from 2001-2004, and a financial analyst at the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago from 1987-1995.
David E. Sprott, Ph.D.
Dr. Sprott is associate dean for graduate, international and professional programs in the WSU College of Business and the Boeing / Scott and Linda Carson chaired professor of marketing at Washington State University, Pullman. He received his Bachelors of business administration from Kent State University in 1990 and his MBA from Kent in 1992. He earned a Ph.D. in marketing, with an emphasis on psychology and consumer decision-making, from the University of South Carolina in 1997.
Professor Sprott’s research interests include various issues related to consumer decision-making, social influence, information provision, and marketing public polic
His research has been published in the field’s top journals including Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Retailing, Marketing Letters, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Psychology & Marketing, and Journal of Consumer Affairs. In addition, his research has been presented at a variety of national marketing, psychology, and public policy conferences. He has taught various courses in brand management, consumer behavior, public policy, and research methods at the undergraduate, master and Ph.D. levels.
Bernard Wong-On-Wing, Ph.D.
Bernard Wong-On-Wing earned his Ph.D. in accounting from Arizona State University. He is currently a professor in the Department of Accounting. Dr. Wong-On-Wing’s accounting expertise is in the areas of judgment and decision-making processes and managerial/cost accounting. He is a member of the American Accounting Association.
Dr. Wong-On-Wing’s primary research focuses on behavioral accounting, as well as judgment and decision making. He is a director of the faculty-led Business in China Program, and an editorial board member of Advances in Accounting.
Jeanne H. Yamamura, CPA, MIM
Dr. Yamamura brings more than 30 years of experience in the industry and academia to WSU. She is licensed as a CPA in California and Nevada. She began as an auditor with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG) in San Francisco, California, and moved on to work as an audit manager for Touche Ross & Co. in the Commonwealth of the N. Marianas. She provided internal audit services for county government and for an international financial services company. She has also worked in a variety of positions ranging from assistant controller to vice president of finance in the savings and loan industry.
Following the completion of her doctoral studies at WSU, Dr. Yamamura taught accounting information systems and auditing at the University of Nevada Reno (UNR). In 2005, she served as Chairman of the Nevada Society of CPAs, the first academic to hold the position in the organization’s 58-year history. In recent years, she has been providing training to island governments throughout Micronesia and the Virgin Islands, teaching students in a sustainable MBA program, and developing content for online MBA programs.
She has written articles appearing in the Journal of Accountancy, the CPA Journal, and the Internal Auditor, as well as numerous academic journals. Her research focuses on the management of professionals and includes examination of factors impacting ethical judgments as well as the impact of cultural differences.