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Mohammad S. Bazaz
Rafiqul Bhuyan
Haakon Brown
Breena Coates
John Jin
Frank Lin
Kristie Ogilvie
Kathie Pelletier
Ghulam Sarwar
Conrad Shayo
Barbara Sirotnik
Jay Varzandeh

Mohammad S. Bazaz (ACCT 606: Accounting for Managerial Decision Making)
Over the last twenty-two years, Professor Bazaz taught graduate and undergraduate courses in financial, managerial, and international accounting in a number of U.S. and international universities. He has consulted for Chrysler Corporation, Coast-to-Coast Telecommunication, and more recently with Asset Advisor LLC. He was recognized as the ?gBest Lecturer of the Year?h at two international universities. Dr. Bazaz has been an active member of the accounting research community where he published more than 30 research articles in reputable journals, including Research in Accounting Regulation, The International Journal of Accounting, Review of Accounting and Finance, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Global Financial Journal, and Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics. His research areas include, but are not limited to, accounting regulation, event studies, foreign currency translation, segmental reporting, bankruptcy prediction, and corporate governance. He also served as an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Performance Evaluation (IJAAPE), and the Asian Journal of Business and Accounting (JBA).

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Rafiqul Bhuyan (FIN 653: Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management)
Dr. Bhuyan holds the position of Associate Professor of Finance at California State University San Bernardino, USA. Prior to that, Professor Bhuyan served at University of Southern California, University of California Davis, University of California Riverside, Northeastern University, North South University, Devry University, California State University Sacramento, Midwestern State University, Thompson Rivers University, Concordia University and University of Redlands.

Dr. Bhuyan Published over fifty journal articles in national and international academic and practice journals. In addition, Dr. Bhuyan?fs manuscripts appeared in many proceedings of conferences over the last ten years.

Dr. Bhuyan is a US Fullbright scholar, from Bangladesh. Dr. Bhuyan completed his Master of Science in Finance from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with that scholarship. Subsequently, Dr. Bhuyan came to Montreal Canada to complete his PhD from Concordia University with specialization in Financial Economics. Dr. Bhuyan has wide research interest in the field of finance, economics, entrepreneurship finance, micro-finance, and financial accounting. Dr. Bhuyan supervised many graduate students in the past in these areas.

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Haakon Brown (ADMN 502: Managerial Communication and Policy and MKTG 605: Marketing Management)
Haakon Brown is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at California State University, San Bernardino. He came to CSUSB in 2009 after completing his Ph.D. in marketing from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His research interests include self-control and consumer behavior, cultural effects on consumption, and the consumption of sport. His dissertation examined how mentally simulating future behaviors affects attitude certainty, demonstrating an additional pathway to attitude certainty that does not rely on previous experience or knowledge.

Haakon?fs teaching interests include consumer behavior, marketing principles, sports marketing, and international marketing. He is passionate about teaching and believes that learning should be fun, so he works hard to make his classes entertaining and enjoyable.

Prior to his academic pursuits, Haakon spent a number of years working in consulting, first for CSC Consulting and then subsequently Deloitte Consulting. He scored in the 99th percentile on the GMAT and has been helping students with their preparation for the exam for more than 7 years. He is originally from New England and as such he is an avid New England sports fan (even though that causes some problems here in Southern California), and also enjoys cooking, reading, music, photography, and the piano. In addition to his Ph.D., he also holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.

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Breena Coates (MGMT 685: Corporate Strategy in a Global Economy)
Breena E. Coates is Chair of the Department of Management in the College of Business and Public Administration at the California State University, San Bernardino. Dr. Coates has her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Public Policy from the University of Pittsburgh. She ran her own entrepreneurial business, Anjuli, Inc., in San Francisco in the 1970s. Later she taught at San Diego State University and left in 2007 when she was selected to teach high-level military personnel from the US and other countries, in the Master of Strategic Studies program at the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Dr. Coates came to CSUSB in September 2009.

Her research interests include policy impacts on organizational behavior and leadership, implications of constitutional, statutory, and case law on business, the impact of national strategy on business, and business ethics. She currently teaches in the area of global strategy in the capstone class for MBA students at CSUSB. In her academic career she has served on over 30 Master?fs theses and projects.

Dr. Coates has 36 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, books, and book chapters, and 20 peer-reviewed conference publications. She has considerable experience in university strategy and administration with 6 years as Division Chair at San Diego State University?\IVC, and 10 years of university management at UC Berkeley and the UC system-wide administration. In the last 10 years Dr. Coates has received 10 prestigious university awards for teaching, learning, research, and university service.

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John Jin (ACCT 610: Financial Reporting and Disclosure)
Dr. John Jin joined CSUSB as an associate professor of accounting in fall 2009 from University of Maryland-Eastern Shore where he was a tenured full professor of accounting. Ever since he earned Ph. D. in accounting from University of Arizona, he has specialized in capital market research where he has published 34 articles in peer reviewed journals including Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of International Business Research, The Review of Accounting and Finance, The Journal of Accounting and Finance Research, Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal. Dr. Jin has also made numerous paper presentations at national and international conferences such as IACIS Annual Conference, The Allied Academies International Internet Conference, The European Applied Business Research Conference, Korean Accounting Association Conference, Decision Science Institute (DSI) National Conferenceand American Accounting Association Conference.

Dr. Jin has taught extensive courses mainly in financial accounting from accounting principle to advanced accounting for undergraduate students and from accounting theory to doctoral dissertations for graduate students. He also has rich business experiences as CEO, owner, investor, and/or founding/managing partner.

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Frank Lin (INFO 609: Information Management Systems)
Professor Lin is the Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs in the College of Business and Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino and teaches in the Information and Decision Sciences Department. He received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems with minors in computer science and educational psychology and an M.B.A. in Management Information Systems from State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). His research interests include organizational assessment, business model, business process improvement/redesign, organizational modeling, enterprise architecture, strategic use of information technology, diffusion of information technology in organizations, global and cultural intelligence and entrepreneurship. He has published articles and monographs in books and journals such as MIS Quarterly, Business Process Management Journal and Journal of International Information Management as well as international, national, and regional conferences. He was the Associate Editor of the Journal of International Technology and Information Management from 2007-2009 and serves on the review board for a number of journals such as Pan-Pacific Journal of Business Research. Dr. Lin has received a number of grants and/or gifts from National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, Oracle Corp., GTE and Microsoft Corp. etc. Prior to his academic pursuit, he worked for Fujitsu Co. as a software and system engineer. He also has an extensive consulting experience for businesses in various industries. Most recent consulting engagements include organizational assessment, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, business process design/improvement, performance measurement systems and ERP implementation, particularly for State-Owned Enterprise in China. He is also very active in his professional and community organization. He has served as an Executive Board Member and Vice Chairman of the Chinese American Faculty Association in Southern California. He has been a member of Association of Chinese Management Educator since. He has been a board member of the Inland Empire Chinese Association since 1994 and Pomona Chinese School of which he is also the Vice Chairman of the Board and Assistant Principle of the 1996-1997. He was the President of Inland Empire Chinese Association in 2001.

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Kristie Ogilvie (ADMN 502: Managerial Communication and Policy and MGMT 601: Organizational Theory and Behavior)
Dr. Kristie Ogilvie is an Assistant Professor at California State University at San Bernardino. She holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Grenoble E?Lcole de Management. She also holds an MBA from the University of Tulsa. Kristie worked in the private sector for approximately ten years prior to completing her doctoral program.

Kristie?fs research interests include: how technical team environment and social networking patterns have an impact on productivity in the workplace, the domestic networking patterns from an organizational level in the aerospace industry, and overall best practices for innovation and technical workforce development. These activities parallel her industry related experience in the aerospace and pharmaceutical industries. Her second stream of research relates to pedagogy and best teaching practices. The specific research interests in this area includes: honors programs, mixed delivery methods, learning management systems, and grade inflation. Kristie holds related certifications, such as CMII, Leadership 2000, and Six Sigma, as well as membership in various professional and academic associations, such as the Society for Human Resource Management, Academy of Management, MERLOT, and National Business Educators Association.

Kristie is an active member of the organizational behavior and management community with authorship in seven peer reviewed journals, three book chapters, and over twenty conference presentations. She is a reviewer of manuscripts for over ten research outlets and has held the position of session chair, lead discussant, and program organizer at several leading academic conferences. Kristie has an invited bi-annual column in the Canadian Manager Magazine and sits on the advisory board of a peer reviewed journal and is on an academic advisory board in relation to security management. She has been awarded numerous grants both internally and externally with the University in relation to her teaching and research related activities. She was awarded the 2008 Outstanding Teaching Award based on teaching excellence.

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Kathie Pelletier (MGMT 655: Leadership in Modern Organizations)
Dr. Kathie Pelletier is an assistant professor in the Department of Management at California State University, San Bernardino. Kathie earned her Ph.D. in Psychology (organizational behavior concentration) from Claremont Graduate University, and also holds a M.S. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. Her research interests include toxic and ethical leadership, organizational corruption, and ethics program effectiveness. Her dissertation was titled ?gThe Effects of Favored Status and Identification with Victim on Perceptions of and Reactions to Leader Toxicity.?h She was the 2009 recipient of the Fredric M. Jablin Dissertation Award for outstanding research in the area of leadership; Kathie has held leadership positions for over 26 years, in both private and public sectors. She was a manager with a major transportation corporation for 16 years, and has 10 years of leadership experience in both county and city government agencies. She also was the administrator of the Connective Leadership Institute (founded by Dr. Jean Lipman-Blumen). Kathie has conducted research in applied settings on topics such as organizational corruption and its impact on employees, predictors of ethics program effectiveness, organizational justice, and strategies to minimize health disparities of incarcerated women. Her research has been published in the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, Leadership, and Building Leadership Bridges (a publication of the International Leadership Association). Kathie has also written several book chapters on toxic leadership as an antecedent to corruption, the most recent in a book titled ?gEconomic Corruption: Detection, Costs and Prevention?h by Nova Science Publishers. Kathie is a member of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, Academy of Management, and American and Western Psychological Associations. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Connective Leadership Institute.

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Ghulam Sarwar (ADMN 501: Quantitative Methods for Managers and FIN 602: Financial Theory and Corporate Finance)
Ghulam Sarwar is a Professor of Finance and Chair of Accounting and Finance Department at California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB). He came to CSUSB in 2006 from St. Cloud State University, MN where he was a Professor and Chair of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate (FIRE) department. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Finance from Oklahoma State University and a second Ph.D. degree in applied economics from University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ghulam has worked in academia and research institutions since 1985, including employments at University of Nebraska, University of Guelph, Canada, and Oklahoma State University.

Ghulam?fs research interests include financial derivatives, risk management, investments, market microstructure and integration, and international finance. His research work has appeared in highly visible and respected finance and economics journals including Journal of Futures Markets, Financial Review, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Applied Financial Economics, Quarterly Journal of Finance and Accounting, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, and Journal of Economic Studies. He has presented papers and chaired sessions at many national and international finance and business conferences. He has been a reviewer for papers submitted for publication to some highly ranked and respected finance journals. Ghulam has taught graduate courses in corporate finance, investments, international finance, and financial derivatives in both the traditional MBA and MBA for Executives programs.

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Conrad Shayo (INFO 646: Information Systems Planning, Strategy and Policy)
Conrad Shayo is a Professor of Information Science at California State University San Bernardino. Over the last 30 years he has worked in various capacities as a university professor, consultant, and manager. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree and a Master of Science Degree in Information Science from the Claremont Graduate University. He also holds an MBA in Management Science from the University of Nairobi, Kenya; and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Finance from the University of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania. He has consulted for the World Bank, Swiss Agency for Development Corporation, and the US Government. His research interests are in the areas of IT assimilation, performance measurement, distributed learning, end-user computing, organizational memory, instructional design, organizational learning assessment, reusable learning objects, IT strategy, and ?gvirtual societies.?h Dr. Shayo has published these and other topics in various books and journals. Currently he is involved in developing reusable learning objects and web based learning game simulations. He is also consulting in the areas of tourism promotion, joint ventures, and poverty eradication in developing countries. He is a Co-Editor (with Dr. Magid Igbaria) of the book: Strategies for Managing IS/IT Personnel.

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Barbara Sirotnik (ADMN 501: Quantitative Methods for Managers)
Barbara W. Sirotnik, Ph.D., is a Professor of Statistics and Supply Chain Management at California State University, San Bernardino, and Co-Director of the University's Institute of Applied Research and Policy Analysis. She holds a Ph.D. in statistics, and her additional areas of expertise include operations research, supply chain management, information management, computer programming, and research methods. She has authored and co-authored theoretical articles in the areas of paired comparisons and contingency table analysis, and has published applied research in factor analysis. She has extensive consulting experience for agencies such as the Department of Defense, Bureau of Land Management, the Riverside County Health Department, SANBAG, various colleges and universities, San Bernardino City's Redevelopment Agency, and San Bernardino Department of Public Social Services.

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Jay Varzandeh (SCM 607: Managing the Supply Chain)
Dr. Varzandeh is a professor of supply chain management and decision sciences, has received his Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, and has been teaching in the areas of supply chain management, Operations Management, International Business, Management Sciences, ERP-SAP and Quality Management during the past 20 years. His publications are in supply chain management, ERP, SAP, Quality and inventory management. He has developed and directed a number of seminars and workshops in ?gQuality Control, Statistical Sampling, Master scheduling, Operations Scheduling, Just In Time, and Forecasting?h, nationwide. He has been educational consultant for a number of manufacturers, such as Hayden Corporation, General Dynamics, Rockwell International, Frolic Foot Industry, Midwest products, Falcon Jet Corporation, and more during the past years.

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