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On May 23, 2017, ISM DBA alumnus (Class of 2014) and PhD candidate Onyeka Uche Ofili successfully defended his dissertation titled “Novice Entrepreneurs’ Experiences with the Coach-Protégé Relationship in Developing Economies: A Multiple Case Study from Nigeria.”

The defense jury was made up of Professor Daphne Halkias (adviser), Professor Michael Neubert (second examiner), and Professor César Baena (ISM’s Dean and Director of Doctoral Research).
PhD candidate Eduard van Gelderen was appointed Senior Managing Director at the University of California’s Office of the Chief Investment Officer. In this role, he will be responsible for managing all the equity investments and the commodities portfolio. In his interview with Pensions & Investments, Eduard said, “I look forward to joining a team within a strong knowledge-based institution focused on investing globally and contributing to the retirement income of nearly 500,000 pension and retirement stakeholders, as well as continuing to grow the endowment.” To read more about Eduard's qualifications and his new role, go to:

http://www.pionline.com/article/20170518/ONLINE/170519847/apgs-chief-exec-to-join-uc-regents
On May 18, 2017, ISM PhD candidate Ray Li successfully defended his dissertation titled “Study on the Wealth Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions.” The defense jury was made up of Professor Gianfranco Gianfrate (adviser), Professor Ivo Pezzuto (second examiner), and Professor César Baena (ISM’s Dean and Director of Doctoral Research).
Risk & Insurance, an online business journal, recently interviewed ISM Professor Jack Hampton in an article titled “U.S. Economic Nationalism.” Here, Professor Hampton discusses tariffs, trade and supply chains, the complexity of international trade and manufacturing, and their effects on American companies. “Even if you walk into your local barber shop, you’ll look around and notice how many products in there come from overseas. It’s not just big companies that will be impacted by trade restrictions. Smaller, local businesses will suffer most.” To read the article, go to http://riskandinsurance.com/u-s-economic-nationalism/.
ISM DBA candidate Patricia Murgami designed and led the first Global Women 4.0 Leadership Conference, which focused on raising women's leadership ability across 4 domains: Self-Care & Renewal, Relating Authentically, Home Management, and Leadership Ability & Brand. You can listen to Patricia Murgami present the conference here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TZGwXR8d-I.