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On April 27, 2017, ISM PhD candidate Conrad Fernandes successfully defended his dissertation titled “Challenges to Long-term Sustainability of Chinese Outward Foreign Direct Investment” with honors. The defense jury was made up of Professor Daphne Halkias (adviser), Professor Jack Hampton (second examiner), and Professor César Baena (ISM’s Dean and Director of Doctoral Research).

Head of Alternative Credit at NN Investment Partners and ISM PhD candidate Gabriella Kindert was quite busy this spring, travelling to London multiple times to attend and speak at conferences as an expert. Read more about her participation below.

On February 9, 2017, ISM PhD candidate Bradley Cousins successfully defended his dissertation titled “Merging Design Thinking, Absorptive Capacity and Dynamic Capability for Competitive Advantage.” The defense jury was made up of Professor Daphne Halkias (adviser), Professor Chris Jeffs (second examiner), and Professor César Baena (ISM’s Dean and Director of Doctoral Research).
On March 2, 2017, ISM DBA candidate Paul Thomason successfully defended his dissertation titled “Organizational Readiness to Assimilate, Internalize and Use New Knowledge to Drive Change Initiatives: A Single Case Study.” The defense jury was made up of Professor Daphne Halkias (adviser), Professor Joachim Bauer (second examiner), and Professor César Baena (ISM’s Dean and Director of Doctoral Research).

Professor Ivo Pezzuto

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Favorite book: The Competitive Advantage of Nations, Michael E. Porter

Born in Italy but raised and educated in the US, I am a New Yorker at heart. I believe that diversity has always been part of my world; it is a great source of enrichment. In today’s globalized economy, diversity is about discovering the world from other people’s perspectives.

ISM is a natural fit with my personality since it is a truly inspiring and exciting global community of talented professionals and passionate learners. Being a passionate and open-minded analyst and learner, I enjoy teaching and researching economics and business-related topics more than anything else since it is about doing some of the things I love the most: researching, learning, sharing ideas and connecting with others, helping others to pursue their career goals and dreams to succeed. It’s sort of a mission for me.