4 Appointed to Named Professorships in Business


Photograph: Gerald Davis.
Photograph: Linda Green.
Photograph: Frank Lichtenberg.
Photograph: Nahum Melumad.


Four faculty members at Columbia Business School were appointed to named professorships by the University Trustees.

The appointments are: Gerald Davis, the David W. Zalaznick Jr. Associate Professor of Business; Linda Green, the Armand G. Erpf Professor of the Modern Corporation; Frank Lichtenberg, the Courtney C. Brown Professor of Business, and Nahum Melumad, the James L. Dohr Professor of Accounting and Business Law.

Gerald Davis joined Columbia in 1994 as an assistant professor, then became associate professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern.

Davis earned his B.A. in sociology and psychology from the University of Michigan, his M.A. in sociology from Stanford and, in 1990, his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Stanford. He was recently selected for one of the prestigious Center Fellowships awarded by the Center For Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

During his first year at Columbia, Davis taught the core management course and served on the Human Resource Management Search Committee, as well as on four dissertation committees.

Davis has been invited to deliver lectures at Northwestern, Cornell, Michigan, Rutgers, Princeton, Texas and Stanford.

Davis' research concerns a general theme of characterizing and explaining the transformation of the large corporation during the 1980s and `90s and assessing the implication for organization theory and economic approaches to the firm.

The research entails rigorous empirical analysis of time-series data on the 1980 and 1986 Fortune 500 companies, while the later part involves assessing the impact on theory and developing future research questions.

A highly regarded teacher in the full-time M.B.A. program, Davis has made important contributions to the successful delivery and design of the revised core management class, "Managing Human Behavior in Organizations."

Linda Green joined Columbia in 1978.

Before joining the faculty, Green worked for three years at AT&T Bell Laboratories as a member of the technical staff. Among other projects, she developed a computerized cash flow analysis model to aid in the selection of proposed development projects, and also helped to develop inventory requirements for high cost, low demand products. She then moved to corporate headquarters, where she conducted statistical analyses on operating costs and conducted training seminars on developing these costs for executives from the various Bell operating companies in preparation for divestiture and competition.

A graduate of C.C.N.Y., Green received a B.A. in mathematics and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received an M.S. in applied mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematics at N.Y.U. and a Ph.D. in operations research from Yale.

Green was appointed vice dean of academic affairs in 1989, managing all teaching and curricular aspects of the M.B.A. and doctoral programs, handling the hiring of all full-time, visiting and adjunct faculty, and managing faculty promotions. She also directed the research budget of the school and helped raise funds to support faculty research.

Green's extensive research in the theory, modeling and application of stochastic process led to pathbreaking work in queuing systems and formed the foundation of a police patrol car allocation model that is used by most major cities in the U.S. as well as in other countries. More recently, her research has focused on characterizing, predicting and managing the behavior of service systems with time-varying demands. This work has implications for the design and management of a variety of systems, including police patrol, banks, telecommunications and airports. Her research has also identified and investigated factors most adversely affecting healthcare costs in the U.S.

She is a major figure and mentor in the doctoral program in management science and operations management, and has been active in executive education as a designer, coordinator and teacher for several programs.

Frank Lichtenberg joined the faculty in 1983.

Prior to joining Columbia, he taught at Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Adelaide (Australia). He also worked at the Brookings Institution, the Congressional Budget Office, the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and has served as a consultant to numerous private organizations and government agencies.

Lichtenberg received a B.A. with honors in history from the University of Chicago and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Penn.

Currently in his second year as head of the School's economics group, he has served on many committees and will chair this year's economics search committee.

Lichtenberg is one of the nation's leading researchers in productivity, technology and public policy. He has performed definitive studies on a wide range of issues, including the effects of information technology on productivity and competitiveness, the regulation of corporate governance and the effects of mergers, acquisitions and LBOs on productivity. His book, Corporate Takeovers and Productivity, was published by MIT Press in 1992. He has been awarded a number of competitive fellowships and grants, including from the National Science Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the Sloan Foundation and the German Marshall Fund. He contributed to a research grant received from the Sloan Foundation for the Columbia Business School Center on Productivity and Technology.

Recognized with the Margaret Chandler Memorial Award for Commitment to Excellence by the 1994-II Executive M.B.A. class, Lichtenberg teaches in the full-time M.B.A., Executive M.B.A. and Ph.D. programs. He has made important contributions to the development and delivery of the new core curriculum, and contributed to the doctoral program through his teaching, advising and service on defense committees. For a number of years, Lichtenberg has volunteered to teach economics to talented minority high school students under the auspices of the School's summer LEAD program.

Nahum Melumad joined the faculty in 1993.

Before that, he was the Peat Marwick Main Faculty Fellow for 1989-90 at the Stanford Business School, where he received letters of commendation in 1990 and 1993 by the Teaching Award Committee.

Melumad is a C.P.A. and holds M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from U.C.-Berkeley. He is now a research fellow at the Joseph Kasierer Institute for Research in Accounting at Tel Aviv University.

In addition to developing and teaching (with Noel Capon) a highly successful executive program for the HIMONT corporation, Melumad currently serves on six School committees. He has also served on the committee on instruction and the curriculum implementation committee, as well as several dissertation reading committees.

Melumad is one of the most outstanding academics in the field of accounting. He has published numerous papers and serves as an associate editor of the Review of Accounting Studies. He is also a member of the editorial boards of The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for more than 10 academic journals in accounting and economics. His research works toward understanding the economic rationale behind accounting phenomena and practices within organizations and the marketplace. His areas of focus are financial disclosure, information-based managerial issues within organizations, and auditing.

His course, "managerial accounting and financial control", garners outstanding ratings from students, both for content and style.


Columbia University Record -- December 1, 1995 -- Vol. 21, No. 11