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The Johnson School welcomes new faculty

As the Johnson School continues to grow, so does its faculty. "This year reflects the largest growth in faculty in the history of the school," notes Douglas Stayman, associate dean for curriculum and associate professor of marketing. "Growth in our MBA curriculum and our EMBA programs has led to a need not only for new faculty, but faculty in new areas." Meet the Johnson School's new full-time assistant professors, below.

Ola Bengtsson
Ola Bengtsson is a new assistant professor of entrepreneurship and finance at the Johnson School. His research focuses on how venture capitalists provide financing for entrepreneurial companies. More specifically, he studies how an entrepreneur's background and previous professional performance affect the venture capitalists' investment evaluation. Also, he is interested in how shifting market conditions affect the supply of venture capital. Bengtsson teaches classes in entrepreneurial finance and is the faculty advisor for the BR Incubator. He holds an MBA and PhD from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree in business and economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Olga Khessina
Olga Khessina is a new assistant professor of management and organizations at the Johnson School. Her research interests focus on industrial evolution, corporate demography, and entrepreneurship. She explores issues related to technological change and innovation, product demography, the emergence of new organizational forms, the role of regional identities in spatial arrangements of industries, and the role of social and human capital in industry evolution. Her empirical research is focused on the optical disk drive industry, the disk array drive industry, corporate law firms, and the biotechnology industry. Khessina has published in Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Science and Advances in Strategic Management. Her teaching interests include strategy, organization theory, and the management of technology and innovation. She received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, her MA in sociology from Columbia University, and her undergraduate degree in sociology from Moscow State University.

Mark Leary
Mark Leary is a new assistant professor of finance at the Johnson School. His research interests are in the area of corporate finance, with a focus on capital structure and security issuance decisions. His work explores the motivations behind corporate financing decisions, as well as the role of financial intermediaries in facilitating and influencing these choices. His research was recognized with Best Paper in Corporate Finance awards from the Financial Management Association and the Southwestern Finance Association in 2004. At the Johnson School, Leary teaches Corporate Financial Policy. He holds a PhD from Duke University, an MBA from New York University, and a BA in economics from Rutgers University. Before receiving his PhD, he worked as a financial analyst for CVS Corp.

Henry Schneider
Henry Schneider is a new assistant professor of economics at the Johnson School. He specializes in applied microeconomics with a focus on markets in which one trading partner has an informational advantage over the other. In a recent project, he conducted undercover visits to auto repair shops to measure the inefficiencies that result from mechanics' informational advantages over car owners. In another project, he investigated the role of contract incentives in explaining why New York City taxi drivers who lease their vehicles have worse driving outcomes than those who own their vehicles. At the Johnson School, he teaches Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers. Schneider holds a PhD in economics from Yale University, and a BS in physics from Wesleyan University. Prior to graduate studies, he worked in the securities division of the consulting firm National Economic Research Associates, and in the domestic research department of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Sandy Spataro
Sandy Spataro is a new assistant professor of management and organizations at the Johnson School. Her research examines the influences of the market environment, the demographic composition of the organization, and an organization's formal and informal social structures on individuals' work experiences. Her most current work focuses on the formation of informal status hierarchies among coworkers in organizations, and status differences associated with demographic diversity. Her research has appeared in Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Behavioral Sciences and the Law, and Research in Managing Groups and Teams. Prior to her appointment to the Johnson School, she was an assistant professor of organizational behavior at Yale University. She first came to the Johnson School as a visiting associate professor in 2005-06. Spataro received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and her BA in economics and MA in sociology from Stanford University.

Manoj Thomas
Manoj Thomas is a new assistant professor of marketing at the Johnson School. His research focuses on psychological processes that underlie consumers' responses to product prices. He brings in perspectives from cognitive and social psychology to understand and predict consumers' responses to prices. Do consumers compare prices digit-by-digit or holistically? Are consumers aware of the factors that affect their price judgments? Does computation complexity affect consumers' judgments of price differences? These are some of the questions that have motivated Thomas' research, which has been published in the Journal of Consumer Research and the Journal of Marketing Research. His teaching interests are in marketing management and product management. Thomas earned his PhD in marketing at New York University's Stern School of Business, where he received the Stern Award for PhD Teaching Excellence in 2005 and 2006. He earned his MBA at the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India, and his bachelor's of engineering at the Regional Engineering College (MANIT) in Bhopal, India.

Nan Yang
Nan Yang is a new assistant professor of operations management at the Johnson School. Her research interests include the modeling and analysis of supply chain problems. Her recent research projects include: planning models for procurement settings in which demand uncertainty is compounded by supply risks arising from potential suppliers being unable to deliver all or part of their orders; inventory planning models with general stochastic lead-time patterns; and competition models for rental industries. Her teaching interests are in operations management, decision models and managerial statistics. Yang earned her PhD from Columbia University.