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Functional Courses Faculty

Frans de Roon

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Financial Management

Currently Frans de Roon is Director of the Finance LAB at TIAS. He holds a chair in Finance (Investments) at Tilburg University. He is associated scholar of the European Institute of Advanced Studies in Management (EIASM). Previously, Frans was vice dean of research at Tilburg School of Economics and Management, and until 2010 he was a member of the board of Netspar, as Director of Partner Contacts. From 1996-2000 he was affiliated with RSM Erasmus University, where he was also the director of the Rotterdam Institute of Financial Management. He consults on business valuation and investments, and is currently on the supervisory board of Tahal International.

Frans' work has been published in leading academic journals, such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Management Science. He earned his Ph.D. at Tilburg University.

Karthik Kannan

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Strategic Foresighting and Instinctual Design

Professor Kannan’s research focuses on the "design for instincts," an idea he proposed and explores in his blog. Specifically, he studies how different aspects of information technology may be used to exploit human instincts and biases in order to nudge/manipulate behavior. He works on three primary research streams: pricing using auctions of information goods, pricing of data networks, and economics of information security. He currently serves/has served as an Associate Editor for Management Science, Information Systems Research, and MIS Quarterly. He is a member of AIS and INFORMS. He is also a CERIAS Fellow and Krannert's Faculty Fellow.

At Purdue, Professor Kannan teaches the IS course in the MBA programs (in the regular, weekend, and Exec Ed MBA). He has also been a visiting faculty member at GISMA and ISB. Previously, he taught the undergraduate core course as well as a database course. Dr. Kannan earned his Ph.D. in Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ananth Iyer


Operations Management

Professor Iyer is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management and the Director of DCMME (Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises)and GSCMI (the Global Supply Chain Management Initiative) at the Krannert School of Management. He is also the Director of Purdue NExT, a University wide modular online interactive course for global distribution.

Previously, he was Purdue University Faculty Scholar from 1999-2004. His teaching and research interests are operations and supply chain management. Professor Iyer's research currently focuses on analysis of supply chains including the impact of promotions on logistics systems in the grocery industry, and analysis of the impact of competitors on operational management models and the role of supply contracts. His other topics of study include inventory management in the fashion industry, effect of supplier contracts, and use of empirical data sets in operations management model building.

He has four books ranging from a textbook on Managing Supply chains to trade books on Toyota Supply Chains, Supply Chains on the Silk Road and Orchestrating Supply Chain Opportunities.  Dr. Iyer's Ph.D. is in Industrial and Systems Engineering, from Georgia Tech.

He blogs about Global Supply Chain Management.

Nicolas Kfuri


Marketing Management

Dr. Kfuri is a global expert consultant and executive trainer. His areas of expertise are Corporate Global Strategy, Internationalization Processes, Marketing, and Branding. He has led projects in the private (MNC’s, medium and small-sized enterprises, and family-run businesses) as well as the public sector. He has worked with executives from more than 400 companies and organizations, representing more than 75 countries, from 5 continents, including the Argentinean, Canadian and Mexican Government, Audi, BNP Paribas, Cadbury Schweppes, Ernst & Young, Georgsmarienhütte, KPMG, Nestlé, Phillip Morris and Volkswagen.

For more than 15 years Dr. Kfuri has taught at executive, graduate, undergraduate and e-Learning programs of universities in Asia, Europe, Latin and North America.

His earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina.

Jeffrey Reuer


Mergers & Acquisitions

Jeffrey J. Reuer is the Guggenheim Endowed Chair and Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Colorado, Dr. Reuer was the Blake Family Endowed Chair in Strategic Management and Governance at the Krannert School of Management.

Before joining Purdue, he was the Boyd W. Harris, Jr. Distinguished Scholar and Professor of Strategic Management at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. He has also served on the faculties of INSEAD and Ohio State University.

He has taught in executive education programs at Harvard Business School, Duke University, and INSEAD. He is a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, for the best core course in the weekend executive MBA program.

Professor Reuer's research is in the area of corporate strategy, and his current work uses information economics and options theory to examine firms' external corporate development activities. Recent projects are on the design and performance of alliances and M&A, alliance governance, the roles IPOs play in acquisition markets, and the performance implications of firms' growth options. He has presented papers at more than 50 universities throughout the world.