As a family business consultant, Ms. Bianchi has served as a facilitator for family business retreats and conflict resolution as well as an advisor on a variety of strategic business issues. Ms. Bianchi is an expert in family systems and the relationship between family, business ownership and the professional roles within a family firm.
Professor Zheng researches about decision making process, learning and related firm behaviors among entrepreneurial firms. Her work extends the behavioral theory of the firm (March and Simon, 1958; Cyert and March, 1963) in organizational theory and entrepreneurship field. She utilizes multiple research methods in her work, including experiments, cases, and survey methods. Context-wise, she is interested in high technology industries and cultural industries (popular music industries and independent motion picture industry). She has studied emerging market settings including China, India, and Mexico.
Kimberly Davis King
Before joining Hercules, Kim was a General Partner with IDG Ventures from 1997 to 2006. She played an active role in managing and investing a $120 million captive fund for 9 years. She led multiple investments in software and technology infrastructure. Successful IPO investments included F5 Networks (FFIV) and VA Linux (LINUX). Prior to joining IDG Ventures, she was an Associate at BankAmerica Ventures. She has also served as a product manager in the Multimedia Publishing Group at Microsoft and spent four years as a consultant at Andersen Consulting. Kim holds a B.S in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and a M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
She sits on various non-profit boards and holds leadership positions including the RSF Unit Children's Hospital, Commnexus/EvoNexus, HBS Alumni Board, RSF Community Center, and the RSF Education Foundation.
His primary areas of expertise include entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, technology commercialization and strategic management. He has conducted research in these areas and has taught related classes in the University's undergraduate, graduate and executive MBA programs. He has published articles in such journals as IEEE Transactions on Management, the Journal of Business Venturing, the Journal of High Technology Management Research, the Journal of Technology Transfer, International Marketing Review, and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice.
Professor Kim's primary research is in the areas of corporate payout policy (share repurchase), international finance, executive compensation, entrepreneurship, and market microstructure. Before he became an academic, he was affiliated with Daewoo Group, the fourth largest industrial conglomerate in South Korea at the time. He worked as an assistant to former group chairman, Kim Woo Choong at Daewoo Office of the Chairman. He also worked for Daewoo Securities Co., Ltd.
Dr. Musteen is very active in research. Her interests include internationalization process of entrepreneurial firms, offshoring, corporate reputation and foreign modes of entry. Her papers have been presented in numerous international academic conferences and published or are forthcoming in the Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, British Journal of Management, Journal of World Business, Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, and Management International Review.
Amy's current research interests include identity in organizations, diverse group dynamics, creativity, cross-cultural management, and social capital. She has published in a variety of outlets including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Management, Group & Organization Management, Business & Society, and the Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings.
Dr. Robbins has been extremely involved in the San Diego State University community since 1995. He has brought many diverse public lectures to SDSU featuring speakers such as Maya Angelou, Edward James Olmos, and Delores Huerta. For over a decade, he advised the Student Recruitment and Retention Board High School Conferences for ten SDSU multicultural student organizations. He has advised the Cultural Arts and Special Events Board and consulted and helped coordinate major SDSU programs including Explore SDSU Open House, Orientation, and Welcome week. He served on President Weber's Border Voices executive committee for children's literacy and poetry and was appointed SDSU "Centennial" Programming co-chair for the 1997 calendar year.
His research interests center on effective strategies for companies in high technology and emerging industries in a global context. Dr. Rhyne has published articles in the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of High Technology Management Research, the Journal of Management Studies, the Journal of Product & Brand Management, and the International Journal of Project Management. Dr. Rhyne has presented a number of refereed papers before professional conferences.
He has experience working with Fortune 100 firms like Apple, Nike, General Motors, American Express, Mercedes Benz, Kellogg's and others as well as start-up companies. Since moving to San Diego in 1997, he has specialized in working with senior executives and venture capitalists in either growth or turnaround opportunities with several companies including Nicholas-Applegate and Stellcom. In addition, he has received his master's degree from San Diego State University.
As the Chief Operating Officer of a global apparel marketing and manufacturing company for over 25 years Michael provided leadership in management, brand licensing, and business development. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Mid-America National Bank in Chicago. Roosevelt University, BSBA, University of Chicago, MA., UCLA, Anderson School of Management MDE.
Professor Varaiya is also active in research. His areas of interest include entrepreneurial finance, mergers and acquisitions, valuation, and strategic management. Professor Varaiya has several of his articles published in business publications such as Banker's Magazine, Financial Executive, Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Finance, Management Science and Strategic Management Journal.
Dr. Mujtaba Ahsan received his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He previously worked at Pittsburg State University, where he successfully earned tenure and at Cal Poly Pomona. He served as an advisor to student entrepreneurship organizations and actively mentored student entrepreneurs at both these institutions. Dr. Ahsan currently serves as an advisor to a few start-ups and small businesses.
Dr. Ahsan's teaching and research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, technology innovation and management, and strategic management. His research on these topics has been published or is forthcoming in Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, International Journal of Management Reviews, Journal of Strategy & Management, Journal of Managerial Issues, Current Topics in Management, Academy of Information and Management Sciences Journal, International Journal of Data Mining, modeling and Management, and Strategic Management Review.
Dr. Ahsan likes to spend his spare time with his family; his wife, Gulnaz, and their four children.
Ms. Baer, a Yale MBA and certified Project Management Professional, is currently on
the Porter College of Business Management Advisory Board. She has managed large, enterprise-wide
information technology development programs for NASA, EPA, commercial biotechs and
pharmaceuticals, and universities as a Vice President of an IT Development Division
at SAIC and as a Program Director at Booz Allen. Ms. Baer has been on the founding
team of several commercial start-ups and is currently co-founding a CleanTech-based,
new technology development, non-profit organization.
More recently, Ms. Baer has provided mentoring and instruction to small business start-ups focused on CleanTech innovations, technology solutions for emergent defense sector requirements; and new product development programs. Her mentoring and course instruction experience includes:
- SDSU Research Foundation – Mentoring to over 50 start-ups and small businesses on defense-based new technologies; instruction in technology commercialization, proposal development, program management, and contract administration
- CleanTech Advisor – Mentoring to small business start-ups focused on sustainable technology solutions to climate change driven problems
- CONNECT Entrepreneur in Residence – Mentoring to start-up businesses across high technology commercial sectors
- Project Management Institute (PMI) – Instructor for PMI Certification Exam Preparation Courses, Risk Management, and Technology Commercialization
- UCSD Entrepreneurial Challenge – Judge and Mentor to student company startups on their initial business plans Enterprise Futures Network – Mentoring to student startup companies across national universities and serving as a Judge on multiple business planning competitions