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The Wisconsin School of Business Welcomes Three New Faculty Members

By Wisconsin School of Business

August 13, 2015

For the third consecutive year, the Wisconsin School of Business has expanded its faculty ranks, adding three new faculty members to this passionate and diverse community. Each has a strong record of scholarship and educational expertise that will advance the School’s exemplary research tradition and inspire future business leaders with innovative learning experiences.

“As we advance toward redefining business education within the public research university, we must attract outstanding scholars who share our passion to inspire learning in our students and effect change beyond the boundaries of campus,” says François Ortalo-Magné, the Albert O. Nicholas Dean of the Wisconsin School of Business. “We are delighted with the expertise and enthusiasm our three new colleagues bring to the Wisconsin School of Business, each one of them in domains of strategic importance to our School and campus.”

Management and Human Resources Gains a New Entrepreneurial Perspective

Martin Ganco, associate professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. His research on employee mobility and entrepreneurship contributes to the understanding of the antecedents and consequences of these important social phenomena in the context of high technology and service industries. In 2014, he received the Academy of Management TIM Division Past Chairs’ Emerging Scholar Award. Previously, he held a faculty position at the University of Minnesota, where he taught courses in business formation and applied technology entrepreneurship.

“I’m looking forward to joining a group of distinguished scholars and colleagues,” Ganco says. “The Wisconsin School of Business has a strong reputation for excellence in both research and teaching, and I am excited to become part of the team.”

New Real Estate and Urban Land Economics Faculty Member Brings Research, Industry, and Teaching Expertise

Andra Ghent, associate professor, received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2008. Her research, which has been published in top academic journals, focuses on mortgage law, securitization, and subprime loan pricing. Before coming to WSB, Ghent held faculty positions at Baruch College and most recently at Arizona State University, where she taught real estate finance, real estate capital markets, and investment strategies in property markets. She won the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award at Baruch College and best paper award from the Asian Real Estate Society. She also served as a visiting scholar to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She currently serves as an associate editor of Real Estate Economics.

“I chose the Wisconsin School of Business because it is one of the very top schools in real estate,” Ghent says. “The real estate faculty at Wisconsin are world-class researchers, and teaching at Wisconsin will allow me to shape the future leaders of the industry.”

New Operations and Information Management Professor to Lead Erdman Center

Enno Siemsen, associate professor, received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. He specializes in forecasting, operations strategy, product development, and project management. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has won several awards, including the Management Science Distinguished Service Award, the Behavioral Operations Conference Best Paper Presentation Award, and best associate editor for the Journal of Operations Management. Siemsen also currently serves as a department editor for the Production and Operations Management Journal and as an associate editor for the Journal of Operations Management and Decision Sciences.

Beginning in January, Siemsen also will serve as academic director of the Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management.

“The Wisconsin School of Business has tremendous relations with its alumni, and the identification of the students with their alma mater is exceptional,” Siemsen says. “This relationship creates a very positive environment for faculty members to contribute to the School, and it also provides unique opportunities to engage with the alumni community through research, teaching, and outreach activities. Further, the School has strong leadership and a strategy that is much more than just an aspiration. I am looking forward to joining a department of amazing intellectuals, and I am really excited about the opportunity to work as the director of the Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management.”