New 2012 Faculty at the School of Management

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September 5th, 2012

Boston University School of Management is delighted to welcome 12 new full-time faculty members, starting September 2012.

New Associate and Assistant Professors


Leila Agah
Markets, Public Policy & Law, Assistant Professor

Agah earned her PhD and BS in economics from MIT. Most recently, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health and aging for the National Bureau of Economic Research. Previously, she served as a Galbraith Scholar at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and conducted research at MIT and the World Bank in Indonesia. Agah’s research interests include public economics, health economics, and the economics of technology and innovation. Her awards include serving as referee for several major journals, a Young Researcher Award at the Workshop on Health IT and Economics, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Andrea M. Buffa

Andrea M. Buffa
Finance, Assistant Professor

Buffa earned his PhD and MRes in finance, plus his MSc in finance and economics, all from the London School of Business, his MSc in economics from Collegio Carlo Alberto (Italy), and his BA in economics from the University of Turin (Italy). His research interests include asset pricing with market imperfections, credit risk, delegated portfolio management, contract theory, and market microstructure. Among his awards are Western Finance Association Travel Grants and the ESRC Scholarship.

Susan Jung GrantSusan Jung Grant
Marketing, Clinical Associate Professor

Grant earned her PhD and MBA in marketing from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, and her BA in English literature from University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was assistant professor of marketing at University of Colorado Leeds School of Business. Her research interests include consumer information processing, persuasion, judgment and decision-making; influence of consumer goal states and motivation on cognition; new product evaluation and consumer acceptance of innovation, and psychology of financial decision-making. Her awards include Advertising Education Foundation Visiting Professor Program Award, MBA Educator of Distinction Award at University of Colorado and Joseph L. Frascona Teaching Excellence Award Finalist.

Didem KurtDidem Kurt
Marketing, Assistant Professor

Kurt earned her PhD in 2012 in marketing from University of Pittsburgh Katz Business School, her MBA in finance from the University of Alabama, and her BS in political science and public administration from Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Her research interests include social influence, in-store decision making and shopper marketing, and the marketing-finance interface. She has been awarded the AMA Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Fellowship, Haring Symposium Fellowship at Indiana University, and Mitsubishi Fellowship at University of Pittsburgh.

Lynn LiLynn Li
Accounting, Assistant Professor

Li completed her PhD in accounting at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012. Previously, she had studied graduate finance at Cornell University, and earned her BA in economics at Emory University. She has taught corporate and financial accounting and financial statement analysis at MIT, and managerial finance at Cornell. Li’s research interests include accounting regulations and policies; banking; contracting innovation; and networks. Her awards include Sloan School of Management Doctoral Fellowship, AAA/Deloitte/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium Participant, and Jack and Lewis Greenhut Award.

Erin M. ReidErin M. Reid
Organizational Behavior, Assistant Professor

Reid completed her PhD in organizational behavior and sociology from Harvard University in 2012. She earned an AM in sociology from Harvard, and MSc in organizational behavior from Queen’s University, and a BComm from McMaster University. Her research and teaching interests include gender and identity dynamics in organizations and occupations. Among her awards are the Emerald Best Student Paper Award, GDO Division, Academy of Management; Harvard University Graduate Society Dissertation Completion Fellowship; INFORMS/Organization Science Dissertation Proposal Competition Finalist; and Outstanding Reviewer Award, GDO Division, Academy of Management.

Jesse ShoreJesse Shore
Information Systems, Assistant Professor

Shore earned his PhD in economic development at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, master’s in urban planning at Harvard University, and BA in music at Bowdoin College. He recently completed post-doctoral studies at the School of Management after conducting research at Northeastern University’s Lazer Lab and Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He also conducted research at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Institute for International Urban Development. His research interests include communication network structure, organization structure and problem-solving performance, structural holes and information overload, and evolution of inter-firm networks. Shore has also been a recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Dylan WalkerDylan Walker
Information Systems, Assistant Professor

Walker earned his PhD in theoretical physics in complex systems at Stony Brook University, a BS in physics from New York University, and a BA in electrical engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology. He also did post-doctoral work at NYU Stern School of Business. His research focuses on the role of networks and networked systems in the diffusion of information, behaviors, and dynamic processes. Specifically, his scholarship aims to develop an empirical understanding of these dynamics, exploring how such an understanding can shape the formation of new policies and incentive structures that seek to promote or discourage behavioral and economic outcomes at the individual, community, and population level.

New Lecturers

Ralph CovinoRalph Covino
Information Systems, Senior Lecturer

Covino earned his PhD in computer information systems from Nova Southeastern University, and his MBA and BSBA in business management from Suffolk University. After having taught at the School of Management for almost a decade, he now moves to full-time as a senior lecturer in the Information Systems department. He has also taught at Northeastern University and Cambridge College. Covino has held positions as department chair of information technology for an on-line MBA program, and director of information technology and security programs. His IT industry experience extends over two decades, with senior level positions in a variety of industries. He also serves as a project manager for Pfizer Global Operations. His research and teaching interests include internet filtering software used for access to various web sites, project management, information technology at all levels, e-commerce, and management issues.

Barry KadetsBarry Kadets
Operations & Technology Management, Lecturer

Kadets earned his MS and ABD in operations research from New York University, and his BS in mathematics cum laude at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has been an adjunct professor at the School since 2008, now becoming a full-time lecturer in the operations and technology management department. Kadets has an extensive background in IT, and has been EVP, CIO, and cofounder Securitinet; CIO of The Gem Group; global CIO and VP of Bacou-Dalloz; and CIO of Encore Computer. He has taught at several colleges including University of Massachusetts (Boston) and Suffolk University. His teaching interests are operations management and statistics for both undergraduate and MBA programs. His research is in digital security in the healthcare industry. Kadets received a Computerworld “Premier 100 IT Leader Award” in 2001.

Yoo-Taek LeeYoo-Taek Lee
Operations & Technology Management, Senior Lecturer

Lee earned his DBA, MBA, and MS/MIS at Boston University School of Management and a BA at Hongik University (Korea). He has taught at Emmanuel College, Babson College, and Hult International Business School. His research interests include the supplier’s capability of upgrading in global supply chains, the evolution of mid-sized firm’s capability upgrading in supply chains, and the development of socially responsible supply chains.

Nelia NewellNelia Newell
Operations & Technology Management, Lecturer

Newell earned both her MBA with a concentration in finance and MSW at Columbia University, and her AB in English at Radcliffe College. She has been a lecturer at the School since 2009, joining this fall as a full-time lecturer. Her professional experience includes time as a commercial lending officer at Comerica Bank and various roles at BankBoston, where she helped manage and develop the curriculum for the credit officer training program. She has also served as chair of the Finance Committee for Wellesley College’s Wellesley Centers for Women.