EPS Research Fellows | Weatherhead

EPS Research Fellows

Stephen Lizou

Stephan Lizou, PhD

Chief Value Officer
Thales Group
Chief Marketing Officer
Thales, Inc. USA

Stephan M. Liozu is Chief Value Officer of the Thales Group (www.thalesgroup.com) and Chief Marketing Officer of Thales Inc. in the USA. He is also an Adjunct Professor & Research Fellow at the Case Western Research University Weatherhead School of Management. Stephan holds a Ph.D. in Management from Case Western Reserve University (2013), an MS in Innovation Management from Toulouse School of Management (2005), and an MBA in Marketing from Cleveland States University (1991). He is a Certified Pricing Professional (CPP), a Prosci© certified Change Manager, and a Strategyzer Business Model Innovation Coach. Over the past few years, Stephan published academic articles in the Journal of Revenue & Pricing Management, Business Horizons, MIT Sloan Management Review, and Industrial Marketing Management. He has also written several articles on strategic pricing issues for the Journal of Professional Pricing and is a regular presenter at Professional Pricing Society conferences in Europe and North America as well as the Strategic Account Management Association conferences. He authored three books, Dollarizing Differentiation Value (2016), The Pricing Journey (2015) and Pricing and Human Capital (2015). He also co-edited three books, Innovation in Pricing – Contemporary Theories and Best Practices (2012) and The ROI of Pricing (2014), and Pricing and the Salesforce (2015). Stephan sits on the Advisory Board of LeveragePoint Innovation and of the Professional Pricing Society. He is a Strategic Advisor to 360pi, The Kini Group, and PriceSenz.

Candace Steele Flippin

Candace Steele Flippin, D.M., M.B.A., APR

Research Fellow
Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
First Horizon National Corp.
Memphis, TN

Candace researches the multigenerational workplace and enhancing the leadership development of women. Her research has been published in the Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner and presented at ARNOVA. She authored two books Generation Z in the Workplace (2017) and Millennials in the Workplace (2017). Moving beyond well-known workplace barriers for women such as gender bias, exit due to family planning, and glass ceiling limitations, her current study is designed to understand key factors that help develop leadership-ready Gen X and Gen Y females to provide empirical findings and actionable frameworks to accelerate women moving into leadership roles.

Candace earned her Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University, an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and her BA in History of Art from the University of Michigan. She also holds an Accreditation in Public Relations. Learn more about her work at www.candacesteeleflippin.com.

Kris Murphy

Kris Murphy, PhD

VP, Financial Systems
Brightstar, Inc.

Financial Systems executive who is the VP of Financial Systems at Brightstar, Inc. Kris has 16 years of consulting experience at two top system integrators – Principal at The Hackett Group and Senior Manager at Accenture. Kris' primary research interest is extending our knowledge of how steering committees achieve implementation success for large-scale, complex systems. Kris has served on numerous steering committees and has worked at some of the largest organizations in the world. Kris earned a Ph.D. in Management from Case Western Reserve University’s Doctor of Management program in May of 2016.

Kris received a BBA (’92) in accounting from the University of Miami and an MBA (’93) in Finance and Operations from Case Western Reserve University.

Kris who, as an adjunct, instructs information systems at Barry University recently presented his steering committee research at the Academy of Management ('16), Hawaiian International Conference on Systems Sciences ('16, '17).

Victoria Woo

Victoria Woo, PhD


Victoria Woo, PhD is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in start-ups, international management and in academia. Most recently, she has devoted the past decade to bridging academia and business communities by co-designing custom executive programs at INSEAD and Harvard where she helped Fortune 500 clients curate learning journeys for C-suite, senior leaders and high-potential managers.  In these roles, she also has facilitated dialogue and cooperation among world-wide business partners, alumni, and clients. 

 Her research focus is discovering factors that contribute to sustaining and attaining eudaimonia, by harvesting the transformative power of change, through which individuals’ well-being is enhanced.  Her research has lead to development of measurements such as Transformation Quotient ™ and Thriving Transitional Experiences™.  Recently released by Emerald Publishing, her chapter on thriving in transition is featured in “Human Capital and Assets in a Networked World”. Her work also appears in the International Academy of Management and Business, and Executive Doctorate in Business Administration Conferences and “Let's Get Engaged! Crossing the Threshold of Marketing’s Engagement Era”. She is the founder and Chief Thriving Officer for Human Catalyst, an extension of her research to elevate and nurture talent in organizations using the power of appreciative inquiry and narrative analysis.  She also lectures at Stanford and UCHastings Law School.

Dale Hartz

Dr. Dale E. Hartz

Dr. Dale Hartz is a Researcher, Educator, and Social Entrepreneur. He is the Founder & Executive Director of Better Future Facilitators (BFF), a 501c3 non-profit organization that is enabling high potential homeless people to start businesses and become social entrepreneurs.  BFF is the only organization in the country implementing this unique solution to help solve a portion of the homelessness crisis.

Additionally, Dale is a Doctoral Research Advisor at the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management, a Sr. Organizational Effectiveness Consultant at Moore Counseling & Mediation Services in Cleveland, and an Adjunct Professor at Walsh University where he teaches Sustainability Achieved through Organization Change and Development.  He has an extensive business background including a 15-year career in the franchising industry and a 10-year career with a multi-billion dollar global industrial manufacturer.  His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Management and Marketing from Walsh University, a Master of Science degree in Positive Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University, and a Doctorate in Management from Case Western Reserve University.

His research focus is on Leadership Development and Business Strategies for the 21st Century including:

  • Organizational influences on Healthy Engagement
  • Trifecta Leadership - Leaders’ utilization of triple bottom line strategies that positively impact performance, people, and the planet.
  • Collaborations between private sector organizations, NGOs, and governmental organizations to benefit diverse stakeholders and solve social issues.
Philip Cola

Philip Cola, PhD

Phil Cola is an Associate Professor of Management and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).  He teaches qualitative and quantitative research methods, leadership and research dissemination.  Presently, he is also the Associate Director of Academic Affairs for the Doctor of Management Programs at Weatherhead as well as the Director of the Regulatory Knowledge and Support core of the CWRU Clinical Translational Science Award.

His research interests include the responsible conduct of research, factors influencing success of physician scientists in academic medical centers, the translational science paradigm, workforce development, physician identity and nonprofit organizations.  As a research fellow, Phil is investigating the life cycle of mentorship in the translational sciences and the importance of intergenerativity in knowledge creation.

Phil earned a PhD in Management at Case Western Reserve University and a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology and Research Method and Design from Cleveland State University.

Avi Turetsky

Avi Turetsky, PhD

Director of Quantitative Research
Landmark Partners

Avi earned his PhD in Management from Case Western in 2018. He is Director of Quantitative Research for Landmark Partners, which is a private equity ‘secondaries’ firm that acquires interests in private equity, real estate, and real assets funds. His current research examines the implications of statistical distribution shapes and parameters for management theory, with a specific focus on the predictors of private equity performance differentiation. Earlier work has examined the competencies that distinguish ‘right tail’ outperforming private equity investment professionals. Avi is also an Advisory Board Member of the Private Equity Initiative at INSEAD.

Beth Fitz Gibbon

Beth Fitz Gibbon, DM

Founder and Principal,
Pathfox Venture Development

Beth builds new business ventures and economic development initiatives. She provides technical assistance for companies seeking to diversify, and states working to enhance advanced manufacturing and talented labor pools. Her unique combination of public/private enterprise experience includes Chief Operating Officer and Sr. VP positions in Research, Product Development and Strategic Planning.

She has a BA from Rutgers University, an MBA from Emory University, and a Doctorate in Business Management from Case Western Reserve, where she taught Entrepreneurship Strategy at the Weatherhead School of Management. Beth’s research into practical solutions supporting applied R&D for advanced manufacturing in high value sectors, has been presented at the Academy of management.

Learn more at www.pathfoxpartners.com
Ann Kowal Smith

Ann Kowal Smith, DM

Ann Kowal Smith serves as Founder and Executive Director of Books@Work, a non-profit workplace-based learning initiative. Books@Work uses literature discussions, led by a professor, to break down barriers, build connections and foster inclusion, trust, respect and well being. The program works with employers, inviting their workforce – from the shop floor to the management suite – to uncover the issues that unite rather than divide them.

Prior to Books@Work, Ann spent the majority of her career in client service: as a corporate and securities lawyer, a management consultant and knowledge manager at McKinsey & Company and a principal at Heidrick & Struggles.

Ann earned a Doctor of Management from Weatherhead School of Management in 2010. Her doctoral research focused on leadership approaches and their impact on organizational learning and performance. Her current work focuses, in practice and in theory, on the individual, collective and organizational outcomes of the social connections occasioned by Books@Work.

In addition to the DM, Ann holds an AB in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, an MA in History of Art from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

Karen R. Nestor

Karen R. Nestor, EdD

Karen Nestor, EdD is an educator, consultant and community activist, who uses qualitative research to support non-profit organizations and philanthropy in northeast Ohio to advance their missions. She is a research consultant for Books@Work and conducts context specific biographical research in a variety of educational settings.

Karen earned a Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University in 2015. Her research focused on factors that support individuals to shape and reshape their lives amidst challenging social and economic conditions. Her current research is two-fold: 1) exploring the development of high-quality connections in Books@Work programs in the workplace; and 2) advancing new approaches to engaged practice-based research methodologies.

Matthew J. Gymer

Matthew J. Gymer, DM

Matt Gymer is Head of Product Design & Partner Solutions at Hughes Data Sciences LLC. Hughes develops and commercializes health care innovations for health systems, community care networks and employers.

His research interests include human/computer interaction, product design and consumer purchase decisions. As a research fellow, Matt is investigating the implementation of various technology innovations within healthcare settings and their impact on clinical quality outcomes for patients.

Matt earned a Doctor of Management from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and Master of Liberal Arts from Harvard University.

Larry Straub

Larry G. Straub, DM

Chairman  & CEO
Straub International, Inc.
Andover, KS

Larry Straub is the Chief Executive Officer of his family business and also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Wichita State University.  Dr. Straub has been the Chief Executive for his multi-generational family business for the past 25 years and has directed the business through mergers and acquisitions as he has led the business to a leadership position in its industry.  He has also taught for 30 years at all levels of higher education, instructing classes related to all aspects of business.

Dr. Straub’s research interests include career and business management in convulsive economic environments, particularly as they impact mid-career participants as well as small and family businesses.  As a research fellow, Larry is investigating and developing a framework and measurement tool to help individuals navigate increasingly convulsive environments in our cultures, societies and economies.  His research on the Promethean Framework and Measurement Tool was presented at the Academy of Management Conference.

Larry earned a Doctor of Management from Case Western Reserve University as well as an MBA from Friends University and an MS from Fort Hays State University.  He is also a graduate of the Owner President Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Karen Stock

Karen Stock, DM

Associate Professor
DeVille School of Business
Walsh University

Karen Stock is an Associate Professor at Walsh University and teaches organizational behavior, ethics and leadership at the undergraduate and graduate level. Prior to teaching, she worked for multinational organizations in marketing and product development.

Her research interests center around experiential learning through the exploration of experiences that bring about deeper learning and application, both in the classroom and at the workplace. She has presented her work at both the Annual and Regional Academy of Management Conferences, Management and Organizational Behavior Teaching Conferences, and has published her work in OD Practitioner and Management Teaching Review. She is also a member of the Experiential Learning Community of Practice.

Karen earned a Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University, Master of Arts in Management at Walsh University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree at Miami University where she majored in Organizational Behavior.
Michael Niederpruem

Michael Niederpruem, PhD

Director of Professional Development Programs 
Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
University of Chicago

Mike has 18+ years of experience in leading large-scale assessment, learning, and continuing education/professional development programs. He is skilled in management, business process improvement, organizational development, governance design, and optimizing stakeholder engagement. An exemplar scholar/practitioner in leading and managing professional member associations, specifically in the context of their certification exams and accompanying professional credentials. Mike is currently a Certified Association Executive through the American Society of Association Executives, where he previously served on both the research and exam committees.

Mike earned a Ph.D. in Management from Case Western Reserve University’s Doctor of Management program in August of 2017. In addition to the Ph.D., Mike holds a BS and MS from Indiana University, as well as an MA in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.

His prior research focused the problems of practice within professional associations, including volunteer recruitment, satisfaction, and retention. His current research streams are two-fold and include: 1) Adult learning and development, specifically in the context of sustainable employability throughout one’s career, and 2) intergenerativity, which means “fostering a meaningful fusion of conversations and experiences among often disconnected sources of human creativity like generations, disciplines or nations that inspires new possibilities and innovative actions.”
Emmanuel Quansah

Emmanuel Quansah, Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of Management 
University of Houston – Victoria

Emmanuel Quansah is an Assistant Professor of Management at University of Houston – Victoria. He teaches leadership and strategy at the undergraduate and graduate level. He is a Research Fellow at Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He has over 10 years of executive management experience.

Emmanuel research interest is in Leadership and Practices for Strategic Adaptation in Small and Medium-Sized Businesses. His research focus on (1) Leading Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in a Difficult Period: What Differentiates Success from Failure, (2) Promoting Adaptive Leadership: The Role of Employee Feedback in Small and Medium-Sized Companies, and (3) Strategic Adaptation in Small and Medium-Sized Companies: Which Practices Produce Successful Adaptation? As an Engaged Practitioner Scholar (EPS) Research Fellow, Emmanuel continues his research in Leadership and Practices for Strategic Adaptation.

Emmanuel earned a Ph.D. in Management from Case Western Reserve University, a Master’s degree (MBA) in Finance and Management from the University of Houston – Victoria, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Ghana.

Ted Ladd

Ted Ladd, Ph. D.

Dean of Research and Professor of Entrepreneurship
Hult International Business School

Ted Ladd is the Dean of Research and Professor of Entrepreneurship at Hult International Business School, and an Instructor of Entrepreneurship at Harvard University. He has founded, led and participated in several venture-backed high-tech start-up ventures. The most was acquired by Google as the foundation for its smartwatch WearOS. He serves on the boards of several public, private, and non-profit boards for energy generation and economic development in his home state of Wyoming. Ted holds a PhD from Case Western Reserve, an MBA from Wharton, a masters in international economics with honors from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA cum laude with distinction from Cornell as a triple major in biology, government, and technical sociology.

His research focuses on best practices for entrepreneurs to design new business models, especially multi-sided platforms, and has appeared in several academic and practitioner channels, including the Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Impact Review, Academy of Management’s annual and specialized conferences, USASBE, Wharton Business Radio, and Forbes, where he is a regular contributor. His full publication record is available on ORCID. The project at the heart of his fellowship is an examination of the specific cognitive drivers for buyers to find the ideal seller on a platform, and then bypass the platform to consummate the transaction. The project is entitled, “The Determinants of Disintermediation."