Faculty of Management and Entrepreneurship

Management Faculty

Gwen Jones, Professor of Management

Chair, Management and Entrepreneurship Department

Florham Campus:
Office: Mansion, second floor, W11;
Phone: 973-443-8763

Metropolitan Campus:
Office: Dickinson Hall, second floor, 2188
Phone: 201-692-7222

  • B.A., Gustavus Adolphus College;
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison;
  • M.S., St. Mary's University;
  • Ph.D., University of Albany.

Dr. Jones specializes in organizational behavior, business ethics, change management, management and leadership skills development, and human resource management. Her research has appeared in the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organization Management Journal, Human Resource Management Review, and Journal of Business Ethics among others, and has been honored with numerous awards from journals and professional organizations. Dr. Jones has helped organizations through a variety of change initiatives for the past 20 years, including executive coaching, large-scale culture change, top management team building, strategic planning, visioning, redesigning of appraisal systems and analysis and redesign of organizational processes.

Stephen Bear, Associate Professor of Management

Metropolitan Campus:
Office: Dickinson Hall, second floor, 2134
Phone: 201-692-7234

  • B.A. Duke University;
  • M.B.A. Harvard University,
  • D.P.S. Pace University.

Dr. Bear teaches human resource management, business ethics, organizational behavior, and pharmaceutical management. His research interests include the willingness to mentor, factors influencing mentorship quality, and the role of trust in mentoring and coaching relationships. Prior to joining FDU he worked for over twenty years in the pharmaceutical and consumer products industries in human resources, general management and marketing. He has also served as an executive coach and strategy consultant in a variety of industries.

Scott J. Behson, Professor of Management

Metropolitan Campus:
Office: Dickinson Hall, second floor, 2133
Phone: 201-692-7233

  • B.S., Cornell University;
  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany.

Dr. Behson teaches Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior. As a national expert in work and family issues, Scott was a featured speaker at the recent White House Summit on Working Families. He is the author of the Amazon.com best-seller, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home, has published 17 journal articles, presented over 50 times at prestigious national and international conferences, won six research awards, is a two-time nominee for the prestigious Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Work-Family Research, and was recently named as a Who’s Who in Work-Family Research by the Sloan Work-Family Research Network. He was named the Silberman College of Business Teacher of the Year for 2010-2011. Scott also founded and runs the popular blog, Fathers, Work, and Family, dedicated to helping working fathers and encouraging more supportive workplaces. He writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review Online, Huffington Post and the Good Men Project, and has also written for Time and theWall Street Journal. Scott has appeared on MSNBC, CBS This Morning, Bloomberg radio and NPR Morning Edition, and his work has been featured on such sites as the Atlantic, Esquire, MSN Money and Salary.com.

Gerard W. Cleaves, Senior Lecturer

Metropolitan Campus:
Office: Dickinson Hall, second floor, 2143
Phone: 201-692-7239

  • B.S., Lehigh University;
  • M.S., Princeton University;
  • M.B.A., Harvard University.

Professor Cleaves has more than 20 years experience in business and organizational development. This experience comes primarily in the global supply chain management software and consulting industry serving multinational chemical and pharmaceutical companies. He teaches business ethics and in our pharmaceutical management MBA program.

Kent Fairfield, Associate Professor of Management

Metropolitan Campus:
Office: Dickinson Hall, second floor, 2123
Phone: 201-692-7230

  • A.B., University of Illinois;
  • M.B.A., Harvard University;
  • M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University.

Dr. Fairfield teaches Organizational Behavior, Interpersonal Skills in Organizations, and Organization Theory. He emphasizes connecting students to the world of work through the use of business mentors and community service projects that offer the chance for “learning management by doing management.” His research concerns interdependence between individuals and groups as well as the factors contributing to sustainable business practices.

Gerard F. Farias, Associate Professor of Management

Florham Campus:
Office: Mansion, first floor, MC8
Phone: 973-443-8879

  • B.Com., Ness Wadia College of Commerce, India;
  • M.B.A., Xavier Labor Relations Institute, India;
  • M.S., Ph.D., Texas Tech University.

Dr. Farias teaches Change Management, Sustainability, Service Learning, Human Resource Management and Strategic Management courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His research interests are in the areas of Sustainability, Human Values, Social Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

Joel I. Harmon, Professor of Management

Florham Campus:
Office: Mansion, first floor, MC7
Phone: 973-443-8792

  • B.A., City College of New York, City University of New York;
  • M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;
  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany.

Dr. Joel Harmon is a Professor of Management in the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Distinguished Faculty Fellow of its Center for Human Resource Management. He joined FDU in 1993 (following 10 years at Rutgers University Graduate School of Management). Dr. Harmon earned his masters in environmental sciences from Rensselaer Polytechnic University and his doctorate in organization transformation strategy from the State University of New York at Albany. He has served in numerous leadership positions for the University and for professional associations, including serving as President of the Eastern Academy of Management and of the FDU Faculty Senate. Before joining academia, he held several management positions in industry.

Striving to “make a difference,” Dr. Harmon specializes in corporate sustainability, focusing on linkages between people, learning practices and business performance. He has carried out major research and consulting projects with such organizations as AT&T, Honeywell, Ingersoll-Rand, Ricoh, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Toyota-Raymond, and the US Department of Veterans affairs. He has secured funding for his projects from the Alcoa, Constellation Energy, First Energy, Geraldine R. Dodge, Kessler, PSEG, Robert Wood Johnson, TD Bank, and National Science Foundations. He has published extensively in a variety of leading academic and practitioner journals (including Health Care Management, People and Strategy, Case Research, Human Resource Planning, Cost Management, Group Decision & Negotiation, Organization Behavior & Human Decision Processes and Organization Management), receiving awards for his papers and case studies. Dr. Harmon’s case studies on AT&T (the largest US telecommunications firm) and Findwhat.com and Overture (the pioneers of pay-for-performance search engines) have appeared in leading strategic-management textbooks.

Tiffany Keller-Hansbrough, Associate Professor in Management

Florham Campus:
Office: Mansion, second floor, M20
Phone: 973-443-8298

  • Ph.D from State University of New York at Buffalo in Organizational Behavior.

Dr. Keller-Hansbrough teaches Organizational Behavior and Leadership courses at the undergraduate and MBA level. She has previously served as Director of David Brain Leadership Program at Baldwin-Wallace College and on the faculty of University Richmond. Her research focuses on leader-follower relationships, implicit leadership theories, destructive leadership, and levels of analysis issues and appears in Leadership Quarterly, Human Relations, Organizational Research Methods, and Journal of Applied Social Psychology. Dr. Hansbrough is a member of Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Osita Nwachukwu, Associate Professor of Management

Florham Campus:
Office: Mansion, first floor, MC6
Phone: 973-443-8860

  • BS ;
  • B.S.B.A.;
  • M.B.A., Xavier University;
  • Ph.D., University of Mississippi.

Dr. Nwachukwu teaches Business in a Global Society and Strategic Management Forum. Recent research interests have included "Determinants of Small Business Performance: “A Meta-Analysis" and “Effect of the quality of host country institutions on reinvestment by United States multinationals: a panel data

Dennis J. Scotti, Professor of Management; Alfred E. Driscoll Professor of Healthcare & Life Sciences Management

Metropolitan Campus:
Office: Dickinson Hall, second floor, 2142
Phone: 201-692-7236

  • B.S., State University of New York at Stony Brook;
  • M.B.A., Adelphi University; M.S.,
  • Ph.D., Temple University.

Dr. Scotti teaches graduate-level courses in health systems & policy, healthcare quality management, life sciences research, strategic management and organization behavior. His research interests include healthcare reform, managed medical care, healthcare planning, and patient satisfaction. Professor Scotti is also a consultant to a variety of healthcare organizations.

Gordon G. Sollars, Associate Professor of Management

Metropolitan Campus:
Office: Dickinson Hall, second floor, 2126
Phone: 201-692-7331

  • B.A., Pomona College;
  • M.B.A., The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania;
  • J.D., Rutgers School of Law;
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia.

Before teaching at FDU, primarily in business ethics, he worked for fifteen years in the financial services industry, and was a vice president at Kidder, Peabody & Co., Merrill Lynch, and Chemical Bank. His research interests include: the ethics of product and shareholder liability, use of game theory in business ethics, and social contract theory as a model for business ethics.

Isabella Krysa, Assistant Professor of Management

Metropolitan Campus:
Office: 249
Phone: 604-648-4498

  • B.A., Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada;
  • M.A., Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada;
  • Ph.D., Saint Mary's University, Halifax, Canada.

Dr. Krysa teaches organizational behavior, international management, strategic management and business ethics. During her Ph.D., she taught at universities in Canada, Vietnam and China. Her research interests are in organizational history, cross-cultural comparisons on leadership effectiveness, and organizational diversity. In her research on diversity in the workplace, Dr. Krysa focuses on identifying systemic barriers of minority populations in the workplace and finding solutions to create inclusive organizations.

J. Daniel Wischnevsky, Associate Professor of Management

Metropolitan Campus:
Office: Dickinson Hall, second floor, 2124
Phone: 201-792-7244

  • Licenciatura in Psychology, Universidad de Buenos Aires;
  • M.B.A., Rutgers University;
  • Ph.D., Rutgers University.

Dr. Wischnevsky teaches courses in the areas of strategic management and organizational change. His research and consulting interests include the processes and outcomes of strategic and organizational change and the management of innovation. His research has been published in various refereed journals. Two of his recent articles have received scholarly and professional awards.
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Michael Busch, Adjunct Professor of Management

Phone: 973-443-8850

  • B.S., New Jersey Institute of Technology;
  • M.B.A., New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Michael has been an Adjunct Instructor with the Silberman College of Business since 2015 specializing in Undergraduate and Graduate courses in Strategic Management. In addition to academics, Michael is the Principal of MB Architecture and Design LLC, which was started in 2017 after 20 years in the commercial architecture industry working in both the client and consultant roles. His firm specializes in retail and commercial projects and he is licensed as a Professional Architect in NJ, NY, PA, NC, FL, and DE. He also teaches at three other universities where he teaches courses in Principles of Management, Marketing, and Organizational Behavior.

Professors Emeritus

  • Dr. Richard Ottaway, Professor of Management (Ph.D., University of Manchester, England)
  • Dr. Mary Beaven, Professor of Management (Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany)
  • Dr.Daniel Twomey, Professor of Management (DBA, Kent State University)

Entrepreneurship Faculty

James G. Almeida, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Associate Dean for the Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He has a Ph.D. in strategic management and entrepreneurship from the University of South Carolina. He also holds an MMS degree as well as a B.Pharm degree from the University of Bombay. Prior to moving to the United States, Dr. Almeida worked in the Indian pharmaceutical industry in sales, marketing, and product management positions. He has also spent a year as a visiting researcher in entrepreneurship at the London Business School. As the Associate Dean of the Silberman College, Dr. Almeida has spearheaded the development of the college’s global strategy and is the lead architect of the global capstone experience for students in their Global MBA program. He previously served as the chair of the Marketing and Entrepreneurship department. He presently serves on the advisory board of two technology-based ventures; one in the educational sector and one in the biotech sector. Dr. Almeida’s research focuses on a broad range of issues pertaining to small and medium sized enterprises, including technology-based new ventures. It has been presented at various national and international conferences and published in a number of leading journals in the discipline. He is currently researching entrepreneurial decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, and is working with his co-author in Monaco to research the importance of network building activities on the success of new ventures.

Domenick Celentano is a Lecturer of Entrepreneurship for the Silberman College of Business. He has an MBA from Haub School of Business, St. Joseph’s University and a BS in Business Administration from Montclair State University. Domenick develops state-of-the-art curriculum for his classes with the objective to enhance student learning and engagement in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Small Business Management, Business Planning Forum and Principles of Marketing. He serves on the Student Development Committee and Scholarship Committee. He recently developed the new Marketing Communications course for the fully online MS in Digital Marketing. Having spent over six months learning the process of Instructional Design, the course design and content is unique, that provides a Student Centered Learning environment. He is CEO of Celentano & Company assisting entrepreneurs in brand positioning, brand strategy and lean startup techniques such as minimum viable product and the business model canvas. He consults with mid-sized family businesses, bridging founding and successor generations, helping them handle their most sensitive and challenging issues. Professor Celentano founded FoodBevXpert to help food entrepreneurs create and manage sustainable food brands. He is frequently quoted in the press about food trends driving the market and also publishes content focusing on new product launches, social media and digital marketing in the food industry. His food focus comes from 25 years working in key positions in his family business, Celentano Bros., Inc. the well-known brand of Italian frozen foods in the North East.

Dr. Eun-Jeong Ko is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Silberman College of Business. Her research interests include entrepreneurship, human capital, relational capital, and social cognition. Dr. Ko previously taught entrepreneurship courses and received the Dr. Torpey Teaching Award at Syracuse University. She holds her MBA from MIT Sloan and a BA in Business Administration & French Literature at Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. Her papers have been published in Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings and Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research, and presented at the AOM, BCERC, and FERC. She also brings to FDU her eight years of professional experience as a management consultant and strategist, specialized in new business developments, in the United States and Asia — in South Korea, Hong Kong, and India. Her experience includes consulting with top managements in major telecommunication and financial companies listed in Fortune 500s.

Gina Tedesco is an entrepreneur, private investor, professional business consultant and professor. She is the founder and President of Opus International, a consultancy offering services in business strategy, M&A, strategic planning, product licensing, valuation analysis, due diligence, and entrepreneurial financing as well as providing industry expertise and analysis on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Ms. Tedesco's career of 24 years includes co-founding 3 successful start-up ventures after holding various senior level management positions in a global pharmaceutical company which included postings in Paris, France and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Ms. Tedesco earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (Pi Tau Sigma) and a MBA from The George Washington University (Magna cum Laude) as well as an additional MBA certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Ms. Tedesco is a member of Jumpstart, a private, member-lead, angel group that invests in early-stage technology companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. She has served on the boards of both public and private ventures and currently serves as a Trustee of the Somerset Hills Educational Foundation. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship at FDU, as well as lecturing as an adjunct faculty member at FDU. She teaches graduate classes in Entrepreneurial Finance and leads the MBA capstone class "Business Ventures Capstone," a program which partners advanced student teams with New Jersey based ventures to create and develop entrepreneurial and innovative business strategies.

Rudy Valli is the founder and CEO of Valmar & Associates, LLC., a private consulting services firm. Rudy began his professional career in 1978 with IBM. While at IBM, he pioneered the company’s entry into indirect channels of distribution and equipment financing. This experience was leveraged when he was recruited by an entrepreneurial start-up, XL/Datacomp in 1985. Rudy became an officer at XLDC and its successor, Storage Technology Corporation serving as Vice President and General Manager of the firm’s Eastern Region. In 1994, he entered professional consulting serving as a partner and Broadband practice leader at both Ernst & Young and Accenture LLP. In late 2002, Rudy retired as a partner with the global professional services firm, Accenture). Rudy earned his Global MBA from FDU and his B.S. in Business Administration with Summa Cum Laude honors at Montclair State University. He and his wife, Maryanne reside in Mendham, enjoy international travel and have raised three grown children.