Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business is led by distinguished scholars and professionals recognized as authorities in their fields.
David A. Thomas
Phone: (202) 687-3883
Professor of Finance and International Business
With responsibility for leading the faculty and academic initiatives, Pietra Rivoli will advance the school’s efforts to create distinctive excellence in both teaching and research. She has been a member of the finance and international business faculty at the McDonough School of Business for 27 years, and in that time received awards for her published work on business and social responsibility in the corporate environment.
Phone: (202) 687-4752
William R. Baber
Accounting Area Coordinator
Robert E. McDonough Professor and Professor of Accounting
William Baber has more than 30 years of experience teaching both financial and managerial accounting at Columbia, George Washington, the University of Rochester (Simon), Dartmouth (Tuck), Carnegie Mellon, Duke (Fuqua), and Georgetown. Prior to entering academics, he worked as an auditor and a consultant with Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst and Young) in Washington, D.C.
Baber received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and a B.S. from Bucknell University. His research, which addresses accounting and public policy issues, is published in a number of academic journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Review of Accounting Studies, and the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.
Baber has served on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review; Accounting Horizons, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, and theInternational Journal of Accounting Literature.
Phone: (202) 687-5293
J. Bradford Jensen
Strategy Area Coordinator
J. Bradford Jensen is a professor of international business and economics at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Jensen’s work focuses on the relationship between international trade and investment and firm performance. His recent work examines the relationship between increasing import competition on U.S. manufacturers and the impact of trade in services on the U.S. economy. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. His work has been published in scholarly journals including the American Economic Review,Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Harvard Business Review. Jensen’s research has been cited in popular press publications including the Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, and Businessweek.
Prior to joining Georgetown in 2007, Jensen served as deputy director at the Peterson Institute. Jensen also has served as director of the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau, on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University, and as a visiting professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Jensen received a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and a B.A. from Kalamazoo College.
Phone: (202) 687-3767
Operations and Information Management Area Coordinator
Professor of Operations
Bardia Kamrad’s primary research interest focuses on risk management and decision making problems in the face of uncertainty. Within this broad area, he has principally concentrated on operational risk management issues and related capital investment problems in production and manufacturing operations. The nature of Kamrad's research is interdisciplinary and effectively can be described as the interface between economics, finance, and operations. In this sense, one of his key research objectives has been to reconcile operations management with market and process related problems. "Essentially, through bridging such gaps, a more in-depth understanding and a greater economic perception regarding production processes can be achieved that is also strategically valuable to decision makers in this arena."
Kamrad has numerous related articles that address the joint problems of pricing, warranty and supply contracts, risk and profit sharing, and quality decisions within an options/economic framework. For instance, the risk associated with producing items when price uncertainty and system failures can be managed through innovative “warranty” contracts that include the moral hazard implications arising from shared expenditures. In other situations, his research uncovers how purchasing agreements with profit sharing provisions between a manufacturer and its suppliers can help mitigate operating risks arising from purchase quantity variations due to exchange rate uncertainties. In other settings, Kamrad's research demonstrates how production policies can be optimally changed over time to maximize profits when production yields are subject to random variation and demand for the product is uncertain.
Kamrad's broader research interests involve Applied Stochastic Processes; Applied Control Theory and Dynamic Programming; Contingent Claims Analysis; Warranty and Supply Contract valuation; Risk Management problems in Supply Chains; and Inventory modeling. His research has been published in prestigious academic journals, including Management Science; Operations Research;IIE Transactions; Naval Research Logistics; IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management; and the European Journal of Operational Research. Kamrad is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS); Production and Operations Management Society (POMS). He also is a member of the American Finance Association (AFA), the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE), and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Kamrad's consulting experience is equally noteworthy and includes projects in risk management modeling, purchasing and inventory problems, and pricing and forecasting issues. Kamrad teaches at the executive, graduate, and undergraduate levels. His current course offerings include: Real Options Valuation; Operations Research; Productions and Operations Management, Regression Analysis; and Quantitative Modeling.
Kamrad earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in industrial management/technology management from the University of Wisconsin, and both master’s and doctoral degrees in operations research with a minor in operations management from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.
Phone: (202) 687-8008
Alt. phone: (202) 687-4112
Robert J. Thomas
Marketing Area Coordinator
Phone: (202) 687-3868
Catherine H. Tinsley
Management Area Coordinator
Executive Director, Women's Leadership Initiative
Catherine H. Tinsley is currently serving on the National Academy of Sciences Committee to Improve Intelligence Analysis for National Security and is a CPMR fellow for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. She is also a Zaeslin fellow at the college of Law and Economics, University of Basel. She has received several grants from: NASA and the National Science Foundation for her work on decision making and risk and from the Department of Defense and Army Research Office for her work on modeling culture’s influence on negotiation and collaboration.
She studies how such factors as culture, gender, reputations, stereotypes, and negotiator mobility influence how people negotiate and how they manage conflict. She also examines decision biases, particularly under conditions of risk and uncertainty. As well, she has examined how and why U.S. based management theories do and do not translate across national cultures.
She is, or has been, on the editorial board of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Academy of Management Journal, International Negotiations: A Journal of Theory and Practice, and International Journal of Conflict Management. She has published in Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Behavior and Human Decision Processes,American Sociological Review, Research in Organizational Behavior, Journal of International Business Studies, Management and Organizational Research, Research on Negotiations in Organizations, Negotiation Journal, Journal of Applied Social Psychology,Applied Psychology, International Negotiation: A Journal of Theory and Practice, and International Perspectives on Organizational Justice. Her work has been translated for practitioners in the Academy of Management Executive.
Tinsley has conducted numerous negotiations, conflict resolution, and leadership training seminars for various organizations. She also has run numerous “open enrollment” negotiations trainings for managers of a variety of companies, and within a variety of cultures, including: Germany, Japan, Korea, Slovenia, Hong Kong, India and Mexico. She has collaborated with the White House and U.S. State Department to execute a woman-to-woman mentorship summit. Additionally, she partnered with the U.S. State Department and the Council of Women World Leaders to convene the first ever world-wide meeting of the Ministers of Women’s Affairs.
Tinsley holds a Ph.D. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, as well as an M.A. from Northwestern University, and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College.
Phone: (202) 687-2524
Finance Area Coordinator
Professor of Finance and Stallkamp Faculty Research Fellow
Phone: (202) 687-2284