The Fox Faculty

Fox School professors are consistently producing highly innovative scholarly work. In 2010-11, Fox faculty published more than 120 articles in top-tier referred journals. Fox professors provide cutting-edge knowledge in the classroom and utilize their best technology and teaching methods. Executive MBA (EMBA) faculty are mainly drawn from the senior ranks of Temple University's Fox School of Business in Philadelphia, United States. Select others are chosen, for their unique management specialties, from other similarly accredited universities and businesses in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Faculty Profiles

Fox School of Business prides itself on the quality of instruction in the classroom. Faculty members who have been teaching in the EMBA program include the following:

Gershon, Mark E., Ph.D.

Management Science, Operations Management / Professor and Chair, Temple University

Dr. Gershon is a professor of Marketing and Supply Chain Management. He began his career as a quality engineer with the Project Management office at the Army's Armaments Development Command. He then worked as a project manager for Control Data Corporation, responsible for software development applications and consulting projects for the minerals industry, before joining Temple in 1983. Besides earning a Professional Engineer's license, he holds certification as a Project Management Professional and a Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

Ph.D., University of Arizona

Gottlieb, Isaac, Ph.D.

Statistics / Professor, Temple University

Dr. Gottlieb, an expert in Excel, has been awarded the prestigious Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) award in 2014, 2015, and 2016. After serving as a senior business consultant and CEO to two manufacturing companies for over twenty years, he began sharing his expertise on how to use Excel effectively within various business disciplines. He has provided instruction to over 20,000 participants at both leading multinational companies as well as small private business corporations. In addition to Temple, he has taught at several top universities, including Columbia and NYU.

Ph.D., Columbia University

Hochner, Arthur, Ph.D.

Human Resource Management / Associate Professor, Temple University

Dr. Hochner has been a valuable member of the Fox School's faculty since 1978, after he received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Over two thousand BBA, MBA and EMBA students have benefited from his courses on power and negotiation, which rely on student participation in experiential exercises. Professor Hochner brings unique insight and perspective to the classroom. He has over 20 years of hands-on union-management negotiation experience as president and chief negotiator for the Temple Association of University Professionals, representing over 1,200 full-time faculty and staff at Temple. In 2008, he and colleagues Dr. Deanna Geddes and Dr. Stuart Schmidt published the third edition of their text, Power and Negotiations in Organizations (Kendall Hunt).

Ph.D., Harvard University

Kono, Pedro, D.B.A.

Finance / Adjunct Professor, Temple University

Pedro M. Kono is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Temple and Pepperdine Universities. He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University and worked more than 30 years for Citigroup managing strategic planning, structured financing, and asset based finance internationally. Dr. Kono is married, with two children and two grandchildren. He has lived in Brazil, Japan, and United States and is the President and CEO of Key Financing Solutions LLC, a company providing consulting services in corporate finance and personal investments.

D.B.A., Nova Southeastern University

Kotabe, Masaaki, Ph.D.

International Business and Marketing / Professor, Temple University

Masaaki “Mike” Kotabe holds the Washburn Chair Professorship in International Business and Marketing at the Fox School of Business at Temple University. Dr. Kotabe currently serves on the Executive Board of the Academy of International Business as President-Elect (2015-6); President (2016-7); and President-Immediate Past (2017-8) as well as on the Board of Directors of the Japan Marketing Academy. He also serves as the Editor of the Journal of International Management.

Prior to joining Temple University in 1998, he was Ambassador Edward Clark Centennial Endowed Fellow and Professor of Marketing and International Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He also served as advisor to the United Nations’ and World Trade Organization’s Executive Forum on National Export Strategies. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business in 1998 and a Fellow of the Japan Academy of International Business Studies in 2016 for his significant contribution to international business research and education.

Dr. Kotabe has written more than 100 scholarly publications, including Global Sourcing Strategy: R&D, Manufacturing, Marketing Interfaces (1992), Japanese Distribution System (with Michael R. Czinkota, 1993), Anticompetitive Practices in Japan, MERCOSUR and Beyond (1997), Market Revolution in Latin America: Beyond Mexico (2001), Emerging Issues in International Business Research (with Preet Aulakh, 2002), Global Supply Chain Management (2006), and Global Marketing Management, 7th ed. (2017).

Ph.D., M.B.A., Michigan State University

Leeds, Michael, Ph.D.

Economics / Director of Graduate Studies in Economics, Temple University

Dr. Michael A. Leeds is the Director of Graduate Studies in Economics at Temple University. His research has appeared in such journals as Contemporary Economic Policy, Economic Inquiry, and The Journal of Sports Economics. He is coauthor of The Economics of Sports, a prominent textbook in the field, and coeditor of the Handbook on the Economics of Women in Sports. His current research focuses on gender differences in response to economic contests and the economics of baseball in Japan. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the Assistant Dean at Temple University, Japan Campus.

Ph.D., Princeton University

Mehta, Mihir, Ph.D.

Accounting / Assitant Professor, Temple University

Dr. Mehta joins the Fox School from MIT's Sloan School of Management. Prior to his time at MIT, Dr. Mehta was an associate lecturer at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and an auditor for Ernst & Young in his native Australia. He is currently researching the impact of social networks on information transfer by firm insiders and examining the role of bank, manager and firm reputations.

He has received numerous honors from MIT, including the Sloan Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year Award and the Sloan School of Management Fellowship.

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Murphy, Frederic, Ph.D.

Management Science, Operations Management / Professor, Temple University

Dr. Murphy has been teaching and practicing management science/operations research for over 30 years. Prior to coming to Temple University, he worked for the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy, forecasting and analyzing policy impacts on energy markets. He has continued working with the Energy Information Administration on modeling and developing solution algorithms for the major energy sectors in the National Energy Modeling System. His research areas include computing large-scale economic equilibria, understanding market power in electricity restructuring, and using market models to develop business strategies for commodity industries. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, and Shell and Amoco oil companies. He was also a recipient of the Musser Award for research.

Ph.D., Yale University

Portwood, James, Ph.D.

Human Resource Management / Professor, Temple University

Dr. Portwood currently serves as the Director of Temple's Center for European Studies, and since 1990, he has been an adjunct Professor of Management at the Graduate School of Business, Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. As a Fulbright Fellow, he has led several projects promoting economic and social transformation in Eastern Europe. He is an active scholar in the areas of International Human Resource Management, Global Change, and the Human Side of Organizational Transitions. His current interests include tracking international labor market trends, especially the increasing use of contingent workers, and the impact of Eastern Europe economic transitions on career opportunities for native and foreign professionals.

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Rivera, Michael, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship / Executive MBA Academic Director

Dr. Michael J. Rivera is the Academic Director of the Fox Executive MBA program. He is also the Director of the Fox Center for Executive Education, which provides impactful non-credit workshops to corporations. Dr. Rivera has served as Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at Montgomery County CC, leading collaborative strategic and project planning efforts for all five academic divisions within the college as well as managing and supervising 700 full and part-time faculty. His energy and passion for teaching are apparent as he provides a dynamic experience for students, leaving them with valuable skills necessary for success in the business world. His impact extends beyond higher education as he is actively involved in research projects, consulting services, and launching a start-up; all reinforcing his dedication to the fields of innovation, strategy, entrepreneurship, and analytics.

Ph.D., Purdue University

Valenza, Michael, J.D.

Legal / Assistant Professor, Temple University

Professor Valenza joined the Fox School in 1981, after having been engaged as a litigator in complex civil matters in the Philadelphia area and also serving as associate corporate counsel for Philadelphia (now Independence) Blue Cross. In addition to a law degree, Professor Valenza holds a Master's Degree in International Relations with a concentration in international economics and has pursued post-graduate education in estate planning. His research activities include such diverse areas as institutional liability issues, employer liability, international business liability issues, and real estate.

J.D. Temple University
M.A. University of Pennsylvania