O. Volkan Ozbek, a former officer in the Turkish Navy, earned his PhD in strategic management from the University of Texas—Arlington. His primary research interests are corporate spin-offs including their governance structures (board of directors, compensation, ownership), the upper echelons perspective that includes top management team (TMT) demographics as well as behavioral and cognitive characteristics, strategic decision-making processes, and foreign entry modes. He has gotten published in the Academy of Management Review twice with his co-author Dr. Chad Navis.
Robert F. Scherer (Ph.D., University Mississippi; MA, University of Redlands; and BA, Miami University) has served as a professor of management and as an academic administrator for over twenty-five years. Bob’s career in higher education has included assignments as business school dean and interim dean in both private liberal arts universities and comprehensive public universities. Prior to his career in higher education he held management positions in the insurance and consumer publishing industries.
I grew up in Dayton, Texas, which is near Houston. After playing football in junior high, high school, and college, I developed a passion for fitness and health. Following this interest led me to Eastern Illinois University, where I served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach while earning my master’s degree in Sport Administration. Upon completing my studies there, I moved away from coaching and toward my doctorate.
Professor Liu teaches classes and conducts research in the field of management. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She believes that intrinsic interest is critical in effective learning, and tries her best to make class material relevant to students’ life.
Deli Yang (BS. MBA. MS. Ph.D.) is an Intellectual Property (IP) business scholar and consultant, and global educator. She currently holds the position of Neidorff Family/Centene Corporation Endowed Professor and Associate Dean for Research & Strategic Initiatives at the School of Business, Trinity University. She specializes in internationalizing strategies and performance against global patent uncertainties, brand counterfeiting and cultural conflicts. She also focuses on cultural rationalization for success and failure.
Mario Gonzalez-Fuentes is an Associate Professor of Marketing in the Department of Business Administration. As part of his commitment to create global citizens and professionals, he is the current director the Shanghai Summer Internship Program and has co-directed similar programs to Japan, Vietnam, Cuba, and Madrid (Spain) at Trinity. For over a decade, he has taught at several European, Mexican, and American business schools and universities. His industry experience resides in the design of marketing strategies to enhance brand value through storytelling and content creation.
I am an avid sports fan, but am also concerned about some aspects of the contemporary sport enterprise. I hope students leave my classes with the industry knowledge, but also having reflected on the "why" of sport. As students graduate and enter career fields related to sport or simply become parents of kids who play sport, I want them to consider the social, legal, and ethical ramifications of the sport-related choices they make. I believe the best learning takes place through the process of "doing and reflecting" and in constructivist teaching and learning methods.
Bringing structure out of chaos, both in terms of teaching and my research, is a cornerstone of what I do as an academician. I encourage students to embrace the notion of inquiry as that is the foundation of learning. Having a sound base and structure allows us to think and be constructively creative.
Before joining Trinity in 1984, Robertson was a senior lecturer in Marketing at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. His research interests center upon consumer behavior, international marketing, and branding. His publications appear in journals such as the Journal of Marketing Research, Psychology and Marketing, International Marketing Review, International Journal of Advertising, and the Journal of Brand Management.