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Bauer Welcomes Eight Tenured-Track Faculty

New Faculty Focus in Areas of Diversity and Inclusion, Executive Education and More

Published on September 4, 2020

The C. T. Bauer College of Business welcomes a stellar group of experienced academic leaders in 2020.

These tenured-track faculty represent varied fields across all five Bauer departments, including accountancy & taxation, finance, information sciences and supply chain, leadership & management, and marketing and entrepreneurship.

Ravi Aron

Department of Decision & Information Sciences

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Ravi Aron joins the Bauer College as Professor in the Department of Decision & Information Sciences. He previously was Associate Professor at Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University and has also served as faculty at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Aron’s research focuses on healthcare information systems; emerging technological paradigms, such as machine learning, and their applications in health care and technology-enabled businesses; and strategies in the digital marketplace. He has advised CEOs of several Fortune 1000 firms, as well as policy-making bodies around the world. He was an invited speaker and panel chair at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos in 2005 and 2006.

Aron’s work is widely published in top academic journals such as Management Science, Information Systems Research and The Harvard Business Review, and has been reported by media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Economist and others. He has received grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, The Wharton School and many others.

Aron serves on the Editorial Board of Journal of Management Information Systems and has served as a reviewer and Associate Editor at several journals, including, Management Science, Information Systems Research and Organizational Science, among others.

Among his awards:

  • Dean’s Faculty Excellence Award, Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, 2016.
  • Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, 2012.
  • ISA-INFORMS Best Paper Award finalist, 2012.
  • Professor of the Year, GMBA Charter Class Award, Carey Business School, 2011.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Industry Studies Fellowship Award, 2008.
  • David Hauck Teaching Excellence Award at The Wharton School, 2004.
  • MBA Teaching Excellence Award at The Wharton School, 2004.

Aron received a Ph.D. in Information Systems and a master’s degree in Business from Stern School of Business, NYU. He received an MBA in Finance from the Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore).

Derek Avery

Chair, Inclusive Leadership Initiative
Department of Management & Leadership

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Bauer’s first Chair of Inclusive Leadership is Derek Reynold Avery, previously the David C. Darnell Presidential Chair in Principled Leadership at Wake Forest University.

Avery joins the Department of Management & Leadership at the Bauer College as a well-respected scholar with extensive expertise in organizational diversity, particularly demographic analyses on the impact of individual differences in the workplace. He has advised numerous organizations on how to create work environments that foster inclusivity, diversity and equity. Avery serves as associate editor for Journal of Business & Psychology, and as an editorial board member and ad hoc reviewer for other respected academic journals.

From 2012 to 2017, Avery held the following positions: Senior Associate Dean of Diversity & Global Initiatives and Sisel Professor of Management at Wake Forest; Professor of Human Resource Management and Seymour L. Wolfbein Senior Research Fellow, Temple University; and Associate Professor of Human Resource Management, Temple.

Avery has also been a faculty member at the University of Alabama, University of Houston, Rutgers University, and St. Joseph’s University.

He has received numerous honors, include the following:

  • Academy of Management International HRM Scholarly Research Award, 2019
  • Wake Forest School of Business Cowan Faculty Research Award, 2018
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior, Best Paper, 2018
  • GDO's Sage Distinguished Scholarly Contributions Award, 2017
  • Elected Fellow – Association for Psychological Science, 2015

He received a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Rice University in 2001, a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Rice in 1999 and a B.S. in psychology from Tulane University in 1997.

Antonio Gargano

Assistant Professor
Department of Finance

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Antonio Gargano joins Bauer College Department of Finance as an Assistant Professor. Gargano’s research interests include Household Finance, FinTech, Information, and Financial Econometrics. He has established academic collaborations with Gimme5 (an Italian FinTech Company), (the largest real estate listing website in Australia), CLS Group (the largest FX Settlement Institution in the world), S3 Partners (a FinTech and data company in NYC) and TD Ameritrade.

Gargano was previously an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Melbourne. His research has been published widely in highly respected academic journals, including the Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, and the Journal of Econometrics, and featured by several major news outlets (Reuters, CNBC, and Business Insider and others). Gargano has received several prestigious awards, including the Michael J. Brennan Award for the best paper in the Review of Financial Studies in 2018; and the PanAgora Asset Management Crowell Prize in 2016. He has received research grants from INQUIRE Europe, the Fondecyt Foundation, and the Lusk Center, among others.

Gargano received his Ph.D. in Finance from Bocconi University; a master’s degree from the University of Pisa and a BA in philosophy from the University of Naples Federico II. He also worked as a junior portfolio manager at an asset management company in Italy.

Johannes Habel

Associate Professor
Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship

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Johannes Habel joins the Bauer College as an Associate Professor in the Marketing & Entrepreneurship Department.

Habel previously was an Associate Professor at the Warwick Business School, United Kingdom; and a Visiting Lecturer at the European School of Management and Technology (ESMT), Berlin. While at ESMT, Habel has also served as Co-Director of the Hidden Champions Institute, as an Associate Professor and Program Director, all roles primarily focused on executive education. He has developed and directed customized executive education programs and open executive education programs for numerous organizations and delivered executive education programs for some of the world’s top business schools, including the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia, Stanford Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and Yale School of Management at Yale University.

Habel’s research interests include personal selling, sales management, and digital transformation of sales and marketing. He is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Personal Selling & Sales Management and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science and an ad-hoc reviewer for International Journal of Research in Marketing and Journal of Marketing.

He has received several awards, including three President’s Honor Roll for Teaching Excellence awards for courses taught at ESMT between 2016 and 2018. He received a Best Paper Award from the American Marketing Association in 2013.

Habel has also worked as a management consultant and radio news anchor. He received a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Bochum, Germany; and a degree in Management from the University of Mannheim, Germany.

Yili (Kevin) Hong

Professor and Bauer Senior Fellow
Department of Decision & Information Sciences

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Yili (Kevin) Hong joins Bauer College Department of Decision & Information Sciences as Professor and Bauer Senior Fellow.

Hong’s research interests are in the areas of Digital Platforms, Sharing Economy, Human-AI Interactions, and Smart Health. He is a Senior Editor of Production and Operations Management and an Associate Editor at Information Systems Research (ISR) and the Journal of the Association for Information Systems (JAIS).

Hong’s research has been published in premier journals such as Management Science, ISR, MIS Quarterly, JMIS, JAIS and the JCP. His work has been supported by multiple prestigious grants, including the National Science Foundation (2018-2020), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2017-2020), and the NET Institute (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020). According to AIS Research Rankings, Hong is ranked #3 based on publications in the top four Information Systems Journals (MISQ, ISR, JMIS, JAIS) and #7 based on publications in the top two IS journals (MISQ, ISR) for 2016-2018.

Hong formerly was a tenured Associate Professor, Co-Director of the Digital Society Initiative and Director of the Ph.D. Program at the W. P. Carey School of Business of Arizona State University. He was awarded the college-wide W. P. Carey Faculty Research Award (2017), the AIS Early Career Award (2018) and INFORMS Information Systems Society Early Career Award (2019). He was named Best Associate Editor of ISR for editorial contributions in 2018.

Prior to his academic career, Hong worked as an analyst at a leading investment bank and as a language specialist for the International Olympics Committee. Hong obtained his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems at the Fox School of Business, Temple University.

Nina Huang

Associate Professor and Bauer Fellow
Department of Decision & Information Sciences

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Nina Huang joins Bauer College as Associate Professor and Bauer Fellow in the Department of Decision & Information Sciences.

Huang’s research focuses on understanding individuals' usage of information technology (IT) and digital artifacts and how to optimally design IT and digital artifacts in various contexts, such as digital learning, online knowledge exchange, online healthcare, mobile applications, and digital commerce.

Her research utilizes field and online experiments, econometric analyses, and text mining methods to analyze user behaviors and has been published in Management Science, MIS Quarterly, Information Systems Research (ISR), Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of the Association for Information Systems and Journal of Consumer Psychology. According to the Association of Information Systems (AIS) Research Rankings, Nina’s global top researcher ranking is #11 worldwide (based on publications in ISR and Journal of Management Information Systems).

She formerly was Assistant Professor, Department of Information Systems, at the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University (ASU) and has received several significant awards and recognitions:

  • Nominated for Best Paper at the 2020 INFORMS Annual Meeting, eBusiness Cluster
  • Dean’s Early Career Research Award, W. P. Carey School of Business, ASU, 2020
  • Best Reviewer of the Year Award, ISR, 2019
  • Outstanding Reviewer of the Year Award, MIS Quarterly, 2019
  • Best Paper in Track, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), 2017
  • High Achievement Award, Fox School of Business, Temple University, 2017
  • Best Paper Nomination, 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), 2017
  • CIBER International Business Research Award, Department of Education, 2016
  • NET Institute Grant, 2015

Huang was awarded a NET Institute Grant in 2020 and has held several important leadership roles at key conferences and annual meetings in her field.

Huang received her Ph.D. from the Fox School of Business, Temple University. She also holds master’s degrees in Business Research and Advertising from Michigan State University; a BA in English Literature from Huazhong University of Science & Technology; and a BA in Advertising from Wuhan University of Technology.

Bin Li

Assistant Professor
Department of Accountancy & Taxation

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Bin Li joins the Bauer College as an Assistant Professor of Accountancy & Taxation. Li previously was Assistant Professor at Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma and Assistant Professor of the University of Texas at Dallas.

Li’s primary research concerns whether and why accounting disclosures, both mandatory and voluntary, affect firm value and investor decisions. He is also interested in research topics related to corporate finance, regulatory enforcement and standard setting. His research has been published in top accounting journals and has received multiple awards, including:

  • Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature Award, 2018.
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Best Paper Award, 2018.
  • Alley-Rayonier International Business Scholars Fund, University of Oklahoma, 2018.
  • Best Paper Award, Annual Conference of the Multinational Finance Society, 2016.
  • AAA New Faculty Consortium Fellow, 2013
  • AAA Deloitte/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium Fellow, 2011.

Li has been an ad hoc reviewer for many top academic journals, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting & Economics, Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Management Science.

He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Duke University in 2012, a master’s degree in Accounting from Tsinghua University, China, in 2007 and a BA from Renmin University of China, 2005.

Christopher R. Small

Assistant Professor
Department of Accountancy & Taxation

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Christopher R. Small, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA joins Bauer College as Assistant Professor in the Department of Accountancy & Taxation.

His research interests include Capital Markets, Financial Reporting, Tax, and Corporate Governance. He is an ad hoc reviewer for Contemporary Accounting Research and Management Science and previously was Assistant Professor of Accounting at the University of Toronto.

Small has received numerous grants and recognition. He was awarded both a prestigious Insight Grant, SSHRC (co-investigator) and a SSHRC Institutional Grant in 2018. He also received a Lee-Chin Family Institute Grant from the University of Toronto in 2018. Small was a Corporate Governance Fellow at Harvard Law School in 2010-2011 and was co-editor of the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation from 2010 to 2017.

Small earned his Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Iowa, a master’s degree in Management Research from Harvard University and a BA in Accounting from Benedictine College.