The Dean's Distinguished Speaker Series invites leading faculty experts to speak at Saunders College of Business to discuss and advance the research topics in their fields. Attendance is reserved for faculty and graduate students only. Inquiries should be sent by email to Archana Jain (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please see below for a list of upcoming and past visiting professors. Each contains a link to the event details for more information on the speakers and their research interests.
Provost Professor and Chair of the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
University of Massachusetts – Amherst | Isenberg School of Management
TITLE: Quality of life research in tourism
ABSTRACT: Over the past 20 years or so we have seen much more research being conducted in tourism and quality of life, and this area of research has blossomed to the point that it is now well-recognized to be an important subject matter in the tourism-hospitality discipline. The scope and range of issues suggest that the topic of wellbeing, quality of life research in tourism is multidimensional, highly complex, and poses challenges and new opportunities for academics and practitioners. One of the areas that needs further discussion and research is the nexus of quality of life research and measurement. The presentation is intended to explore the nature of the measurement issues and alternative outcome variables from both demand and supply perspectives.
Professor of Marketing
Erasmus University Rotterdam | Rotterdam School of Management (RSM)
TITLE: The Psychology of Human Replacement
SUMMARY: Rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are transforming the economy, enabling the development of many new products and services and triggering a new wave of automation in organizational and production processes. Dr. Puntoni will review a research program investigating our relationship with technology in the dawning age of smart machines. Making examples from a series of working papers and recently published articles, Dr. Puntoni will explore how consumers react to, and think about, autonomous machines and their replacement of human labor.
Presidential Professor of Strategic Management; Lassonde Chair of Social Entrepreneurship; Editor-in-Chief, the Academy of Management Review
Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy | University of Utah David Eccles School of Business
Executive Director for Positive Marketing at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business; Author of “The Language of Branding: Theories, Strategies and Tactics;" Editorial Review Board Member, Journal of Business Research and International Marketing Review; Board of Directors Member, ANA Educational Foundation
TOPIC: From the Language of Branding to the Value of Brands
Full Professor at the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University
TOPIC: Is corporate insider power always bad and corporate social responsibility always good? The interplay between takeover defenses and CSR under different institutional configurations. Visit the event listing for more details on the event and the speaker.