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Why Choose the Ohio University Online MBA?
An MBA can be a valuable tool in the business world. When you earn your MBA online from Ohio University you are making a conscious decision to improve your professional value and position yourself for current and future business opportunities. By developing your business intelligence you can qualify for previously unattainable jobs and create new pathways toward leadership positions.
Working professionals seeking to augment and accelerate their expertise can find the respected education they are looking for in the online MBA program at AACSB-accredited Ohio University. This esteemed designation is held by only 5% of business schools worldwide. Ohio University is also regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
U.S. News & World Report recognized Ohio University on its lists of "Best Business Schools," "Best Education Schools," and 'Best National Universities." In 2017, the online MBA program from Ohio University was also recognized as one of the "Best Online MBA" programs nationally.
Additionally, The Princeton Review praises the university for professor accessibility. Ohio University has also been recognized by Peterson's Competitive Colleges for academic quality and value.
Dean Sherman shares the goals of the online MBA program
The MBA program features a comprehensive curriculum focused on the current and practical business skills you will need to secure your future in the business world. Choose 1 of 4 concentrations in Finance, Health Care, Executive Management, or Business Analytics.
Online Master of Business Administration Core Courses:
Data Analysis for Decision Making-3 credits
Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management-3 credits
Accounting for Executives-3 credits
Managerial Finance-3 credits
Strategic Marketing and Supply Chain Management-3 credits
Strategic Use of Information-3 credits
Management of Operations-3 credits
Strategic Leadership-3 credits
Applied Business Experience-3 credits
Finance Concentration Courses:
Financial Markets and Institutions-3 credits
Advanced Corporate Finance-3 credits
Health Care Concentration Courses:
Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System-3 credits
Health Care Finance-3 credits
Health Law-3 credits
Executive Management Concentration Courses:
Prescriptive Analytics-3 credits
Leadership and Change Management-3 credits
Ethics in the Global Environment-3 credits
Business Analytics Concentration Courses:
Prescriptive Analytics-3 credits
Predictive Analytics-3 credits
Data Management, Business Intelligence & Analytics-3 credits
Use the "Core Courses" and "Concentration Courses" tabs above to see an overview of the various courses offered in the program, or view a list of the full course descriptions here.
- Online Master of Business Administration Core Courses
MBA 6320 Data Analysis for Decision Making-3 credits
MBA 6340 Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management—3 credits
MBA 6315 Accounting for Executives-3 credits
MBA 6335 Managerial Finance-3 credits
MBA 6350 Strategic Marketing and Supply Chain Management-3 credits
MBA 6360 Strategic Use of Information-3 credits
MBA 6370 Management of Operations-3 credits
MBA 6380 Strategic Leadership-3 credits
MBA 6912 Applied Business Experience-2 credits
- Finance Concentration Courses
MBA 6345 Financial Markets and Institutions-3 credits
MBA 6355 Investments-3 credits
MBA 6365 Advanced Corporate Finance-3 credits
- Health Care Concentration Courses
HLTH 6010 Introduction to the U.S. Health Care Delivery System-3 credits
HLTH 6210 Health Care Finance-3 credits
HLTH 6280 Health Law-3 credits
- Executive Management Concentration Courses
MBA 6325 Prescriptive Analytics-3 credits
MBA 6425 Leadership and Change Management-3 credits
MBA 6525 Ethics in the Global Environment-3 credits
- Business Analytics Concentration Courses
MBA 6325 Prescriptive Analytics - 3 credits
MBA 6390 Predictive Analytics - 3 credits
MBA 6395 Data Management, Business Intelligence & Analytics - 3 credits
Learn from a faculty of proficient business professionals who can share their practical knowledge and experiences across various industries.
- Dr. Travis Davidson, Ph.D.
- Dr. Connie Esmond-Kiger, Ph.D., CPA
- Robert Foehl, J.D.
- Dr. Gabriel Giordano, Ph.D.
- Dr. Sinan Gokkaya, Ph.D.
- Andrew Goodnite, MBA-PMP, Major, USAF Retired
- Dr. Marco Habermann, Ph.D.
- Dr. Brett Hicks
- Dr. Hao Lou, Ph.D.
- Tom Marchese, M.B.A.
- Dr. Ashley Metcalf, Ph.D.
- Dr. Jessica Ogilvie, Ph.D.
- Dr. Barry Ewy, Pharm.D., J.D., M.H.A.
- Dr. Gretchen Schaupp, Ph.D.
- Don H. Smith, M.B.A.
- Dr. John Stowe, Ph.D.
- Dr. Ikenna Uzuegbunam, Ph.D.
- Dr. Aaron B. Wilson, Ph.D.
- Dr. William Young, Ph.D.
Dr.Travis Davidson is an Assistant Professor in the Finance Department at Ohio University. Dr. Davidson has taught at Ohio University since obtaining his Ph.D. in Finance from Oklahoma State University in 2012. He also earned a M.S. in Quantitative Financial Economics from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in MIS with a minor in Accounting from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Davidson has experience teaching a variety of courses including: Corporate Finance, Bank Management, Risk and Insurance, and Markets and Institutions. His primary area of research is banks, but he is also interested in studying other financial institutions, corporate governance, and a variety other financial topics. Dr. Davidson has published peer reviewed research on the Federal Home Loan Bank, bank owned life insurance, deposit insurance pricing, board of director busyness, corporate social responsibility, and tracking stocks.
In his free time he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his 2 daughters and wife. His hobbies include outdoor activities (hiking, backpacking, canoeing, skiing, etc.), watching live music, and traveling.
Associate Professor of Accountancy
Dr. Connie Esmond-Kiger, CPA, is an Associate Professor in the Ohio University School of Accountancy where she has been teaching for nineteen years. Connie’s passion is curriculum innovation with the goal of engaging and challenging her students as they trek through their learning journey in Accounting. She has a reputation of having high expectations of her students, and also of herself. Connie is the current author of the BAM curriculum for teaching Intermediate Accounting.
Connie served as the Director of the School of Accountancy from 2007 to 2012 and as the faculty advisor for the Ohio University Alpha Kappa Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi from 2001 to 2015. Under her watch, the Chapter consistently won regional and national awards, achieved Superior status annually, and completed more than 13,000 cumulative hours of community service in Athens. In recognition for her service, Connie was named one of five Beta Alpha Psi Outstanding Faculty Advisors at the national level for 2013.
Connie was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Ohio Accounting Educator of the Year by the Ohio Society of CPAs and the Ohio Region of the American Accounting Association. Other awards include the College of Business Senior Class Faculty Recognition Award for 2010, 2007, 2006 and 2005; the Ohio University Presidential Teacher Award for 2007-2010; the College of Business Society of Alumni and Friends Faculty Contribution Award for 2008, the College of Business Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award for 2015, 2006 and 2001,the Ohio University University Professor Award for 2005, the School of Accountancy Advisory Council Faculty Innovation/Activity Award for 2004, and First Place in the Ohio University Center for Teaching Excellence Best Practices Award competition in 2000.
Connie has two B.S. degrees, one in Accounting from Illinois State University and the other in Interior Design from the University of Illinois. She earned her doctorate from Indiana University and her MBA from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Dr. Esmond-Kiger has six years of public accounting experience, including two years with Price Waterhouse in Chicago, and served for two years as the Associate Controller at Dartmouth College. She is married to John Kiger and is the proud mom of two dogs. She attributes much of her success to the support of her family and her great colleagues, and will be forever grateful for their love and friendship, and high expectations. She would also like to give kudos to her fabulous Ohio University students and alums who have allowed her to push them to their limits, and have made her very proud to be a part of their life journey.
Executive-in-Residence for Business Law and Ethics
Immediately prior to joining the faculty of the College of Business, Rob was Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for ACA International – the association of credit and collections professionals. In that role, he lead the association’s legal, compliance, government affairs, research, and human resources functions, advised on governance matters and served on the executive leadership team. Previously, Rob was Target’s first Director of Corporate Compliance & Ethics, establishing the vision, strategy and team charged with ensuring an effective compliance program and advancing Target’s reputation for being one of the world’s most ethical companies. During his tenure at Target, Rob also served as senior legal counsel in Target’s Law Department. Before joining Target, Rob practiced law in-house for multinational corporations, was a compliance professional for one of the nation’s largest financial institutions, and served as a federal regulator. Rob has been a frequent presenter, lecturer and advisor on a number of topics, including organizational ethics and compliance, and consumer financial services law.
Professor Foehl earned his Bachelors in Business Administration from Ohio University and his J.D. from The Ohio State University (Moritz) College of Law. His research interests include Organizational Ethics and Compliance as well as Consumer Financial Services Law.
Gabe Giordano, Ph.D., is Chair of the MIS department at Ohio University. He teaches Information Systems courses in undergraduate, MBA, and executive programs. Previously, he taught in graduate programs at IESE Business School in Barcelona and Madrid, and worked in the custom business research industry in Phoenix. His research looks at challenges associated with virtual work and collaboration, detection of computer-based deception, and leadership strategies for transformational technology projects. His work has been published in top academic and practitioner outlets, and it has been reported about by major media outlets. Gabe also collaborates with businesses on research in these areas, and he has worked with firms in the automotive, insurance, airport management, sports, and IT-services areas.
Dr. Giordano earned his Bachelors in Business Administration in Business Computer Systems from New Mexico State University and his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Florida State University.
JPMorgan Chase Professor of Finance, Associate Professor of Finance
Sinan Gokkaya, Ph.D., is a JPMorgan Chase Professor of Finance and Associate Professor of Finance at The College of Business, Ohio University. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance with minor in Economics from Mississippi State University, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Istanbul Technical University. Dr. Gokkaya has taught courses on Managerial Finance, Financial Statement Analysis and Financial Modeling, International Finance, and Financial Management.
Dr. Gokkaya is the recipient of several honors. He has received the following teaching awards: 2015-2016 College of Business Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Learning, 2014-2015 Senior Class of College of Business Faculty Recognition as well as 2016-2017, 2015-2016, 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 Finance Department Teacher of the Year by the graduating finance majors. As to research, he has received the following awards: 2016-2017 College of Business Faculty Excellence in Intellectual Contributions, 2016-2017, 2015-2016, and 2014-2015 College of Business Outstanding Scholar awards as well as 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 Ellsworth Holden Finance Faculty awards.
Prior to entering academics, Dr. Gokkaya held a project management role for a corporatization. He is currently very actively involved in investment, wealth management and financial advising products. His practitioner oriented academic research focuses on sell-side and buy-side equity analysts, asset management (buy-side funds) and investment banking divisions as well as corporate finance. Dr. Gokkaya occasionally collaborates with several leading investment professionals, research executives in bulge bracket investment banks, brokerage houses and prominent scholars on research in these areas. His papers have been published in Top 3 Elite finance and accounting journals such as The Journal of Finance and Journal of Accounting and Economics as well as distinguished finance and real estate journals including Financial Management, Journal of Banking and Finance, and Journal of Real Estate Research. His work has been presented at numerous high ranked research institutions as well as governance agencies including The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (The SEC) and The Federal Reserve Bank (The Fed) in Washington, DC and featured in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, CFA Digest, and The London School of Economics Business Review.
Andrew Goodnite, MBA-PMP, Major, USAF Retired, is an accomplished leader with over 20 years of broad expertise managing projects and multi-million dollar budgets in the private and government sectors for key stakeholders, including the Department of Defense (DoD). He is known for building strong multidisciplinary teams and providing solutions for seamless operations.
Mr. Goodnite states he is currently engaged in his dream profession of teaching at the university level. He teaches Business Analytics and Data Analysis in the Ohio University College of Business undergraduate and masters programs. He also provides project management consulting services to local companies. His recent work includes serving as a data analyst for a major DoD contract service company, spending sixteen months on location supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Kuwait. During his military service, using his masters in meteorology, he provided meteorological support services to various organizations in the US Air Force, US Army and NATO. His favorite and most interesting Air Force position was as a Space Launch Weather Officer, where he really enjoyed being “on console” for twenty-nine space launch missions. Mr. Goodnite comments, “Those were some pretty stressful but exciting times”. Throughout his career Mr. Goodnite has had the opportunity to visit more than 18 countries over his military career and still enjoys traveling and meeting new people.
His core strengths include Project Management/Evaluation, Data Analytics, Quality Control/Problem Solving, Research & Analysis Team Building/Staff Supervision, Budgets/Cost Reduction, Microsoft Suite (Super User), Proposals/Grants/Technical Writing, Domestic/International Military Experience.
Mr. Goodnite received his B.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Arizona, his M.S. in Meteorology from the Air Force Institute of Technology his MBA from Ohio University and a Master Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University. He holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from the Project Management Institute.
Dr. Marco Habermann is an Assistant Professor of Operations Management Science at Ohio University. Prior to that, he worked at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. Marco received his Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University of Minnesota. He also received an M.S. in Economics from the University of Frankfurt, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin. His Bachelor’s (Vor-Diplom) was obtained from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.
He has primarily taught graduate MBA courses in operations management and decision analysis at the Ohio University, University of South Carolina and the University of Minnesota. He has received several awards for his excellence in teaching at these institutions.
Marco’s primary research interest is in the area of Supply Chain Disruptions. He also has an interest in two other research areas: supply chain design (and its relation to system reliability), and organizational learning within supply chains. Marco frequently publishes and serves as a referee for leading journals in these areas and is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Decision Sciences Institute, INFORMS, and the Production and Operations Management Society.
Prior to academia, Marco worked in Consulting, Investment Banking, and Economic Research with Deutsche Bank Investment Banking, McKinsey & Company, Lands’ End, and the Financial and Economic Research Institute (FERI).
Dr. Habermann’s selected publications include:
Mackelprang, A., Habermann, M., Swink, M., How Firm Innovativeness and Unexpected Product Reliability Failures Affect Profitability. Journal of Operations Management. Forthcoming
Metcalf, A., Stoller, J., Fry, T.. Habermann, M. Respiratory Therapists’ Job Perceptions: The Impact of Protocol Use. Respiratory Care Journal. Forthcoming.
Habermann, M., Blackhurst, J., Metcalf, A. Keep your friends close, or far away? Supply chain design and disruption risk. Decision Sciences Journal. 2015. Vol.46(3)
Metcalf, A., Stoller, J., Fry, T.. Habermann, M. Patterns and Factors Associated with Respiratory Care Protocol Use. Respiratory Care Journal. 2015. Vol.60(5)
Habermann, M.” Supply Chain Disruptions – Theory and Practice for Empirical Research Proceedings HICL Conference, 2012.
Habermann, M., Bernardes, E. In Kersten, W. S., Blecker, T., Luethje, C. (Ed.), Complexity In Supply Chains and the Management of Sustainability Risk (pp. 15). Schmidt Publishing. (September/October 2010).
His awards include:
Outstanding Core Professor PMBA (Professional MBA) – Winner 2012 – Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
Academy of Management Doctoral Consortium. 2007 – Selected Presenter
Institute of Supply Chain Management Doctoral Consortium, 2006 – Selected Presenter
Center for Advanced Procurement and Supply Research (CAPS) Travel Fellowship 2006
Carlson School of Management Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching During Academic Year 2005-2006
Carlson School of Management Summer Fellowship 2006
University of Minnesota Graduate Fellowship 2003, 2004, 2005
McKinsey Fellowship 2001
University of Wisconsin/University of Frankfurt Fellowship 1999-2000
Dr. Brett Hicks possesses an extensive background in health care administration, global public health, humanitarian assistance, and disaster relief covering over 20 years in the U.S. and countries such as the Philippines, Australia, Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan and Iraq. Dr. Hicks is a certified emergency manager (CEM). He is an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and holds membership in the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society for Business Administration and the Delta Epsilon Tau National Honor Society.
Dr. Hicks earned a Doctor of Health Sciences from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Public Health from Emory University with a focus in health policy and management, a second Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security from American Military University with a focus in emergency and disaster management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources Development from Hawaii Pacific University. In addition, he has earned an executive certificate in leadership and management from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.
Professor of Management Information Systems
Dr. Lou Hao received his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Bauer College of Business (formerly College of Business Administration) at the University of Houston in 1993. He has served as a faculty member in the Department of Management Information Systems at Ohio University since 1993. Before joining Ohio University, he taught both undergraduate and graduate MIS courses in the Department of Decision Sciences in the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. Prior to his academic career, he has worked for manufacturing industry and software industry.
Dr. Lou’s research interests include global sourcing, especially engagement between Japanese customers and China suppliers. He also researched on computer-mediated communication systems (CMCS), groupware implementation, e-learning and e-commerce in developing countries. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Association for Information Systems, European Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, Journal of Information Systems Resource Management, Journal of End-User Computing, and Journal of Global Information Management.
In addition to teaching undergraduate and graduate programs, Dr. Lou has taught Ohio University’s MBA/EMBA/PMBA programs in US, Malaysia, India, China and Brazil. He has served as the 36th Kohei Miura Visiting Professor (Research) at Chubu University (2010 April to June).
Executive-in-Residence and Associate Director, College of Business
Mr. Tom Marchese earned his Bachelors of Science and Masters of Business Administration from Penn State University. He currently serves as the Director for another Ohio University program that is managed by the College of Business. His professional experience includes:
VP Marketing and R&D, Papa Murphy’s Pizza
VP Marketing and Innovation, Bob Evans
VP National Marketing, KFC/YUM Brands
VP Marketing and Innovation, Elmer’s Products
Sr. Director of Marketing, Wendy’s
Group Product Director, Nestle
Product Manager, Bristol Myer Squibb
Product Manager at Crayola
Associate Brand Manager, Hershey
Sr. Sales Representative, Owens Corning
Mr. Marchese has received the following awards, Chairman’s Award for Excellence at Bob Evans and YUM Brands.
Assistant Professor of Operations Management
Dr. Ashley Metcalf received her B.S. Chemical Engineering from the University of South Carolina, her MBA in Management from Jacksonville University and her Ph.D. Production/Operations Management from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Metcalf has a background in chemical engineering with work experience in the management of high volume manufacturing at Kraft Foods and determining manufacturability of next generation products in R&D at Johnson & Johnson. Prior to her position at Ohio University, Dr. Metcalf’s doctoral work included process improvement in Healthcare, specifically examining cost-reduction and value-creation process changes in hospital respiratory care services. Dr. Metcalf currently teaches courses in Operations Management and engages with hospitals nationwide on process improvement efforts. Ashley Metcalf is originally from South Carolina and currently resides in Athens, Ohio with her husband, Eric.
Her research interests include, Supply Chain Risk, Environmental Risk, and Process Improvement. She has served as a Private Consultant and Invited Speaker for the Healthcare Process Improvement, the Operations/Sanitation Supervisor with Maxwell House Coffee a Division of Kraft Foods Global and as a Research Engineer with Vistakon a Division of Johnson & Johnson.
In 2016 Dr. Metcalf received the Faculty Excellence in Professional Activity and Service Award along with the Outstanding Scholar Award, both honors were awarded from the College of Business at Ohio University. In 2011 she received the Graduate Student Teaching Award from the Moore School of Business with the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Metcalf publications and awards include:
Metcalf, A.Y., Mackelprang, A.W., and Galbreth, M.R. 2016. Linking Pollution Toxicity and Exposure to Firm Idiosyncratic Risk. Journal of Cleaner Production, 131, 659-666.
Habermann, M., Blackhurst, J., Metcalf, A. 2015. Keep your Friends Close? Supply Chain Design and Disruption Risk. Decision Sciences, 46(3), 491 – 526.
Metcalf, A.Y., Stoller, J.K., Fry, T.D., Habermann, M. 2015. Patterns & Factors Associated with Respiratory Care Protocol Use. Respiratory Care, 60(5), 636 – 643.
Metcalf, A.Y., Stoller, J. K., Habermann, M., Fry, T. D. 2015. Respiratory Therapist Job Perceptions: The Impact of Protocol Use. Respiratory Care, 60(11), 1556 – 1559.
Guo, C., Wang, Y., Metcalf, A. 2014. How to calibrate conventional market-oriented organizational culture in 21st century production-centered firms? A customer relationship perspective. International J. of Production Economics, 156, 235-245.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Dr. Jessica Ogilvie is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the College of Business at Ohio University where she teaches Sales Management, Advanced Selling, and Graduate Marketing courses. Jessica completed her Ph.D. in Marketing with a minor in decision models from The University of Alabama. She is currently the Director of Research and Academics in The Ralph and Luci Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University. Jessica has a background in consulting and sales training, working with sales groups ranging in size from 40 to 700+ salespeople and sales managers. She has worked with consulting firms around the globe to build customized training programs for marketing, frontline sales, and sales management initiatives. She has published numerous peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and books relating to her research. Her work has appeared in top Marketing journals including Journal of Marketing, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Service Research, Journal of Personal Selling and Sales Management, Industrial Marketing Management and others. She has presented research at universities around the world including London Business School, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Columbia University. Dr. Ogilvie is originally from Destin, Florida and enjoys the outdoors. In her spare time she likes hiking and trail running with her dogs, camping, and fixing-up her historic farmhouse in Athens, Ohio.
Dr. Barry Ewy is the CEO of a non-profit international pharmaceutical repackager labeler, and wholesaler, where he is responsible for operational and financial leadership including all aspects of operations, human resources, and donor relations. Prior to his current role, Dr. Ewy was the CEO of a specialty acute care hospital. Dr. Ewy also had a private law practice for several years that focused on the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice. In his law practice, Dr. Ewy participated in arbitrations and mediation, negotiated and drafted settlement agreements, participated in depositions, conducted legal research, and drafted and argued motions and briefs.
Dr. Ewy has spoken on the topic of health care law and policy to various pharmacy, optometry, and missions groups. He has also presented lectures on health care law, health care policy, health care ethics, policy and procedure development, and organizational structure and control.
Dr. Ewy earned his Pharm.D. from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Pharmacy his J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, School of Law and his M.H.A., A.T. from Still University.
Dr. Gretchen Schaupp started teaching for Ohio University in the Fall of 2012. She completed her doctoral studies just before that in the Department of Management at Virginia Tech University. Her focus of research and teaching is in the area of Organizational Behavior and her current research interests include the psychological contract, leadership styles, international and expatriate management as well as employee socialization.
Before completing her doctoral studies, Gretchen lived and worked in Germany for eight years. She wrote her master’s thesis at the Siemens Corporation in Erlangen, Germany while working in their corporate logistics department. After that, she was employed at the Volkswagen Corporation in Wolfsburg, Germany for several years. There, she started in the areas of logistics and production and moved on to the areas of international marketing and sales. Her international work experience and prior education led her to pursue her Ph.D and enter academia. Gretchen has international teaching experience, and recently completed the e-version of her book, More than Manners, which she wrote with a German colleague to help expatriates navigate cultural differences while working in Germany. Gretchen lives in Wolfsburg, Germany with her husband, Christian.
Dr. Schaupp earned her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech University’s Department of Management an M.B.A. from Sheffield Hallam University in Great Britain an M.A. from the University of Applied Sciences in European Management in Fulda, Germany and a B.A. in Foreign Language from West Virginia University.
Don H. Smith is an accomplished banking industry executive with extensive experience in finance, operations and technology, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, program management, training, cost reduction, and investment securities. After a successful career with PNC, he formed his own consulting company to help financial institutions increase operating efficiency and improve enterprise risk management. Don earned a B.S. in Physics and an M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. He retired as a Major in the United States Air Force Reserve. He currently serves as treasurer on two boards of nonprofits in Cleveland, Ohio, where he resides. Don began teaching at Ohio University in 2014.
Professor Smith earned both his B.S. in Physics and MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Professor of Finance
John Stowe is the Professor of Finance at Ohio University. He joined the OU College of Business faculty in June 2008. For the prior five years, he served as Director of Exam Development and Head of Curriculum Development for the Chartered Financial Analyst Program at CFA Institute. From 1980-2003, he was a faculty member at University of Missouri-Columbia (associate professor of finance, professor of finance, finance department chair, and associate dean). From 1976-1980 he was assistant professor of finance at the University of Oklahoma, and from 1972-1976 he was assistant professor of finance at Florida International University.
He is a coauthor of Corporate Financial Management (2017, fifth edition) and coauthor of Equity Asset Valuation (2016, third edition). He has published research papers in journals including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance, Financial Analysts Journal, Financial Management, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Investing, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Applied Finance, Journal of Portfolio Management, Financial Review, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, and others. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst. His teaching interests include corporate finance, equities, and investment management, and his research projects usually are empirical studies of issues in these same areas.
Dr. Stowe received his B.A. from Centenary College his M.A. from the University of Houston his and his Ph.D. from the University of Houston. He was awarded the CFA charter in 1995.
Assistant Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship & International Business
Dr. Ikenna Uzuegbunam is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department at Ohio University. His research focuses on the dynamics of innovation and entrepreneurship, in developed and emerging market countries. Ike’s research has been featured in elite conferences including Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society, and Babson conferences. His work has been published or forthcoming in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Management Decision, Entrepreneurship Education & Pedagogy, Journal of Regional Analysis & Policy, and Journal of Entrepreneurship & Public Policy. He has received an honorable mention for teaching excellence in the University of Kentucky MBA program; best paper nomination at the Strategic Management Society conference; and the best paper in track award at the Southern Management Association conference. He has served as a reviewer for the top journals and conferences in the field. Ike’s prior industry and consulting experience spans three continents and includes work in higher education, energy, medical devices, and the nonprofit sector. He is the founder and strategy director of Luno Ventures, LLC, a strategy and innovation consulting firm.
Dr. Uzuegbunam received his B.Eng. (Hons) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka his M.Sc. in Technology and Innovation Management, SPRU from the University of Sussex and his Ph.D. in Management from Rensselaer’s Lally School of Management.
Dr. Wilson received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics from Brigham Young University, his Master of Accountancy from Wright State University and his Ph.D. in Business (Accounting) from Washington State University.His professional experience includes serving as an Auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers and a Controller for the Chamber of Commerce. He holds professional licenses, Certifications, and Memberships with the following organizations:
Certified Public Accountant (Ohio)
Certified Fraud Examiner
Chartered Global Management Accountant
American Accounting Association
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Institute of Management Accountants
Assistant Professor of Business Analytics
Dr. William A. Young II is the Director of the Online Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program at Ohio University’s College of Business. He is also an Assistant Professor of Business Analytics in the Department of Analytics and Information Systems and the Associate Director of the Sogeti-Ohio Young Professional Development Program at Ohio University’s College of Business. Since joining the College of Business, Young has been recognized as a Charles M. Copeland Fellow and he has won awards for teaching and research. Young earned his doctorate degree in Mechanical and Systems Engineering from Ohio University in 2010, where he won the 2009-2010 Outstanding Graduate Doctoral Student Leader Award at the university’s annual Awards Gala. William also received a bachelor’s (BSEE) and master’s (MSEE) degree in Electrical Engineering at Ohio University in 2002 and 2005 respectively.
William has collaborated with multidisciplinary teams of faculty, students, and professionals on projects and programs that have been funded by General Electric Aviation, the National Science Foundation, Sogeti Netherlands, and Ohio’s Department of Labor. Young’s primary research is focused on descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics, where he has developed and deployed a variety of statistical and machine learning-based methodologies and applications. Based on his multidisciplinary endeavors, Young has various peer-reviewed articles related to operation management, healthcare services, and environmental systems, as well as specific interests in quantitative sports analysis, and educational technologies and techniques for innovative teaching instruction.
Dr. Young received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering in Digital Systems with a minor in Mathematics his M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Engineering Management and his Ph.D. in Mechanical and Systems Engineering, specializing in Systems Engineering. Dr. Young received all of his degrees from Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology.
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