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2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Business Administration


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Mohan Tanniru

Associate dean:
Balaji Rajagopalan

MAcc faculty coordinator:
Donna K. Free

Coordinator, graduate business programs:
Paul Trumbull

Operations Coordinator, Executive MBA:
Monica Milczarski

Department chairpersons:
Ravi Parameswaran, Management and Marketing
Mohinder Parkash, Accounting and Finance
Mohammad Dadashzadeh, Decision and Information Sciences
Anandi P. Sahu, Economics

Distinguished professor emeritus:
Karl D. Gregory, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Professors emeriti:
Eleftherios N. Botsas, Ph.D., Wayne State University
Daniel N. Braunstein, Ph.D., Purdue University
Ronald M. Horwitz, Ph.D., Michigan State University, CPA
Sid Mittra, Ph.D., University of Florida
John Tower, Ph.D., University of Michigan

Lizabeth A. Barclay, Ph.D., Wayne State University, SPHR
Mohammad S. Bazaz, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
Joseph H. Callaghan, Ph.D., University of Illinois,
Addington M. Coppin, Ph.D., University of Illinois,
Mohammad Dadashzaduh, Ph.D., University of
    Massachusetts, Amherst
Gadis J. Dillon, Ph.D., University of Michigan, CPA
David P. Doane, Ph.D., Purdue University
Sherman T. Folland, Ph.D., University of Iowa
John W. Henke, Jr., Ph.D., Michigan State University
Oded Izraeli, Ph.D., University of Chicago
Thomas W. Lauer, Ph.D., Indiana University
Paul S. Licker, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
J. Austin Murphy, Ph.D., University of Georgia
Kevin J. Murphy, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Ravi Parameswaran, Ph.D., Georgia State University
Mohinder Parkash, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Balaji Rajagopalan, Ph.D., Memphis State University
Anandi P. Sahu, Ph.D., Washington University
Howard S. Schwartz, Ph.D., Cornell University
Jonathan Silberman, Ph.D., Florida State University
Mark Simon, Ph.D., Georgia State University
Miron Stano, Ph.D., Cornell University
Vijayan Sugumaran, Ph.D., George Mason University
Mohan Tanniru, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Kenneth M. York, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Associate professors:
Henry Aigbedo, Ph.D., University of Tsukuba (Japan)
Mukesh Bhargava, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
Xiadong Deng, Ph.D., University of Toledo
Eugene B. Fliedner, D.B.A., Indiana University
Mark W. Isken, Ph.D., University of Michigan
John D. Kim, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Karl Majeske, Ph.D., University of Michigan
Karen S. Markel, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Kieran D. Mathieson, Ph.D., Indiana University
Cynthia E. Miree-Coppin, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Nivedita Mukherji, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
    State University
Robert A. Nehmer, Ph.D., University of Illinois,
Ram Orzach, Ph.D., Tel Aviv University
Sandra H. Pelfrey, M.B.A., Wright State University, CPA
R. Mohan Pisharodi, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Joseph Schiele, Ph.D., University of Ontario (Canada)
James S. Serocki, L.L.M., Wayne State University
Srinarayan Sharma, D.B.A., Southern Illinois University at
Rajeev Singhal, Ph.D., University of Utah
Kasaundra M. Tomlin, Ph.D., University of Oregon
Janell Townsend, M.B.A., Wayne State University
Ronald L. Tracy, Ph.D., Michigan State University
T. J. Wharton, Ph.D., University of Minnesota 
Xie Zhu, Ph.D., Tulane University

  Assistant professors:
Ranadeb Chaudhuri, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Vivienne Chen, Ph.D., HEC School of Management in Paris
Tianxu Chen, Ph.D., Drexel University
Seong-Yeon Cho, Ph.D., University of Buffalo
Liang Fu, Ph.D., University of Florida
Joy Jiang, Ph.D., University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Hong Qian, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Jennifer Thor, J.D., University of Detroit-Mercy - School of Law
Yin Yu, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati
Jennifer Yugo, Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Ellen Zhu, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Special instructors:
Lori Dorko, CPA, MAcc, Oakland University
Donna K. Free, CPA, M.Acc., University of Missouri
Frederick G. Hoffman, J.D., Marshall Law School
Sukanya Rangarajan, CISA, M.Acc, Oakland University 


Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors of the School of Business Administration provides a direct link between the industrial community and the school. The board is composed of outstanding corporate and professional leaders from the Detroit metropolitan area. Board members assist the faculty on several projects and provide consultation on goals and objectives, curricula designs and research programs. 


Advisory Boards

Complementing the Board of Visitors of the School of Business Administration are the department or program advisory boards. 




  • The School of Business Administration also participates in the Master of Science in engineering management degree program offered by the School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Master of Science in Safety Management degree program offered by the School of Health Sciences.

    • The  Master of Science in engineering management  degree program is offered by the School of Engineering and Computer Science in cooperation with the School of Business Administration. Intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in engineering or computer science, the program has as its goal the provision of the tools and skills necessary for making sound management decisions in industry and business while retaining a commitment to a specialized field of endeavor.
    • The Master of Science in Safety Management  (MSSM) degree program is offered by the School of Health Sciences and was developed through a cooperative effort between the School of Health Sciences and the School of Business Administration. This master’s degree program focuses on the business aspects of safety management in the workplace. It combines an effective balance of core MBA coursework and application of these business skills to safety-related case studies in risk assessment, loss control, risk management, and safety program planning, administration, and management. The goal of the MSSM degree program is to provide the business analytical tools and skills necessary for making sound management decisions in business and industry as they relate to occupational safety, health, and environmental issues in the workplace.

Post-Master’s Graduate Certificates:

            For students with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, the School of Business Administration offers:

            For students with a master’s degree in a non-business field, the School of Business Administration offers:

Number of graduate certificates

A student may earn more than one post-master’s graduate certificate, but may not apply any specific course toward the requirement of more than one program. Each post-master’s graduate certificate requires a minimum of 15 credits.

General Information


Oakland University’s School of Business Administration (SBA) programs are accredited by AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is the premier accreditation organization for business schools. In addition, the accounting program, including the MAcc, has achieved separate AACSB accounting accreditation.


To assist in the continuous improvement of its programs, the SBA engages in a range of assessment efforts. Students are expected to actively participate in these assessment and improvement efforts.

Graduate assistantships

A limited number of graduate assistantships are awarded each academic semester, on a competitive basis, to full-time students in the MBA, MSITM and MAcc programs. Assistantships include a stipend and an award of 9 credits of tuition per fall and winter semesters. In return, graduate assistants work up to 20 hours per week assisting one or more faculty members in their research efforts. Additional information and applications may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Business Programs.

Transfer credit

In accordance with the regulations of the Graduate Council, up to 9 credits of relevant, equivalent graduate coursework may be transferred from an MBA, MSITM or MAcc program at a regionally accredited institution. Up to 3 credits of equivalent graduate coursework may be transferred for the post-master’s graduate certificate programs. Course equivalencies are determined by the SBA department, and accreditation of the transferring institution is considered. The business programs of the SBA are accredited by AACSB-International. For credits of equivalent courses to transfer, the student must have earned a grade of 3.0 (B) or above in the course. The transfer credit will reduce the number of credits required in the graduate business program. The acceptance of transfer credits and the related course exemptions are determined after an evaluation of a student’s transcript. The transfer credits must be approved by the SBA department, the Office of Graduate Business Programs, and Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning. The transfer credits cannot have been used to satisfy requirements for another degree and must meet all regulations set forth by Oakland University.

Student evaluation and grading

In accordance with the university requirements for graduate students, a grade-point average of 3.0 is required for graduation. Students, therefore, should maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. Students may be dismissed if they do not maintain a GPA of 3.0 or appropriate progress toward the degree as determined by the Office of Graduate Business Programs. Any course resulting in a grade below 2.0 must be repeated. Students who do not complete a graduate course for two years must formally apply for readmission to the MBA, MAcc, MSITM or post-master’s graduate certificate program.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

Admission to the MBA, MSITM and MAcc programs requires the submission of official scores for the GMAT. This test is administered throughout the world by the Education Testing Service. For more information, visit the Graduate Management Admissions Council Web site at or call (800) 717-4628. The GMAT is an important part of the admission process and either careful study of a GMAT review manual or the completion of a review class is strongly recommended.

For more information on Graduate Business Programs

For more information on Oakland University’s graduate business programs, please either:

  • Write to Office of Graduate Business Programs, School of Business Administration, Oakland University,
    Rochester, MI 48309-4493

  • Fax a request to Graduate Business Programs at (248) 370-4964

  • E-mail a request to

  • Call the staff of the Office of Graduate Business Programs at (248) 370-3287 or

  • Visit our Web site at