Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change

The Tiffin University Global Leadership and Change Ph.D. degree is designed with a curriculum to appreciate the challenges and tremendous opportunities within today’s cross-cultural work environment. Practitioners in leadership roles in today’s business and educational settings have frequently been ignored by the traditional delivery of Ph.D. programs and the extensive residency requirements within these programs. Tiffin University’s program is offered utilizing an online format and contains limited residency requirements. The interpersonal approach of faculty engagement allow students to work independently, but never alone.

Adult professionals are an underserved group in the area of doctoral studies. Working adults who wish to pursue a Ph.D. while continuing their careers will be served by a program that is built with them in mind. While they often work in an environment where knowledge is the new economic currency, they have often been excluded from gaining comprehensive knowledge within higher education. The Tiffin University program will invite students to pursue their Ph.D. studies while working in a management or academic capacity within the business and/or educational environment.

Degree completion

Based on variance within the completion of dissertation research, the average completion timing is estimated at 3.5 - 4.5 years. Students have up to six years to successfully defend a dissertation and may petition for a seventh. Based on demonstrated academic ability, students may request to take an additional course during any term. The online program will assist students in the balancing of personal, professional and educational needs.

Academic services

While Ph.D. students typically work independently, the Tiffin University program makes a commitment that our students never work alone. Tiffin University employs three full-time librarians, with one designated specifically as the eLibrarian, from ALA-accredited institutions who support our library resources and services. These librarians are available through email, text, chat and one-on-one appointments to support student needs. They also work to provide course supplements, research guides and weekly research webinars. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor and the graduate advising department assigns a second advisor. Annual academic progress letters are sent to each student to review their progress and develop planning for each new year. Faculty and staff are responsive and actively engaged in student success and achievement.

Admission requirements

Both the GRE and MAT testing was developed to assist in graduate level program admission consideration. Based on the post-graduate nature of the Tiffin University Ph.D. program, no standardized testing is required. Other criteria and submission elements are evaluated for admission decisions.

Residency requirements

Residencies are two-day gatherings of active Ph.D. students on the Tiffin University campus. Students will be required to attend three residency events as a degree requirement. The third residency involves the development and submission of a paper or presentation proposal for an academic conference, under the direction of a faculty member. Students will be required to attend the conference of submission regardless of final status of the submission. Ph.D. faculty members will attend these conferences and assist in student engagement related to the conference activities.

Potential Residency Activities

  • Keynote speakers from leading authors of global leadership theory research
  • New student orientation that will address Moodle and class scheduling, a Q & A session and a discussion on potential student difficulties, etc.
  • Library database access and advance academic database research strategies
  • Program policies and process (scheduling, annual academic process, etc.)
  • Basic research terminology and design element review
  • Strategies for Ph.D. level coursework and program completion
  • Specific qualitative or quantitative research seminars for advance training
  • Conference presentation and scholarly publishing training for Ph.D. students
  • Faculty networking
  • Research interest breakout sessions with faculty and development of individual student dissertation topics
  • Upcoming opportunities for conference participation
  • Mock dissertation defense and an actual “live” dissertation defense as program develops

Graduation Requirement

  • Complete a minimum of 60 doctoral credit hours of coursework
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a grade of B or higher in all program coursework
  • Completion of all three residency requirements
  • Successful defense of dissertation

The curriculum design for the Tiffin University Ph.D. Global Leadership and Change program features important components of global leadership and specific dissertation skillset elements. The curriculum is developed within a “scaffolding” approach to course content that ensures student development of specific dissertation abilities that will be utilized by students when completing their dissertation (total 60 hours).

Research Core
RES 710: Academic Writing
RES 720: Qualitative Research Methods
RES 722: Quantitative Research Methods
RES 730: Statistical Modeling
RES 810: Research Prospectus Seminar
RES 820: Research Methods and Design (pre-dissertation)

Content Core
GLC 710: Leadership and Change Theory and Practice
GLC 715: Strategic Management Analysis
GLC 720: Organizational Theory and Design
GLC 725: Marketing Strategy: Concepts and Practice
GLC 730: Economic Analysis for Leaders
GLC 735: Ethics and Sustainability Issues
GLC 740: Change, Innovation and Entrepreneurial Motivation
GLC 745: Digital Cultures and Social Media
GLC 750: Communication Theories and Issues
GLC 755: Global Leadership Theory and Practice
GLC 810: Human Resource Development
GLC 815: Advanced Topics in Global Leadership Research
GLC 820: International Leadership Experience

Dissertation Core
DIS 895: Dissertation Proposal Development
DIS 896: Dissertation Research and Completion (as needed)

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online – Offered in two terms per semester with classes starting August and January

Leadership and Change Theory and Practice (GLC 710)

The course focuses on global leadership and change theory and knowledge that is relevant to leadership practice. The course presents leadership and management theories/concepts that have emerged over the past several decades within the global environment. It provides students the opportunity to apply these theories through case analysis and to enhance personal skill development through self-assessment exercises. Included in the course are identification of current leaders and leadership as well as contemporary global perspectives on change, ethics, networking, coaching, organizational culture, diversity, learning organizations, strategic leadership and crisis leadership. Theories and applications of knowledge of cross-cultural behaviors in the organizational setting include individual, group and institution processes.

Academic Writing (RES 710)

This course will develop the skills needed to successfully write in the academic environment. The student will learn to do research and develop ideas that are supported by the existing academic literature. The purpose will be for the student to learn how to convey evidence-based meaning concerning complex ideas or concepts in the areas of global leadership and change. Emphasis will be in the format of academic writing, including use of the third-person perspective, a clear focus on the research problem under investigation and precise word choice. It will also emphasize the application of APA format to the academic writing process.

Qualitative Research Methods (RES 720)

The purpose of this course is to compare qualitative research methods to quantitative research. The student will demonstrate how qualitative research must and can be conducted with the same intellectual and methodological rigor as is quantitative research. Qualitative research content will feature solid epistemological and theoretical foundations in philosophy (phenomenology, hermeneutics) composed of various schools of thought, notably grounded theory and ethnomethodology. It leads to very concrete research methods, such as various forms of interviews, participant observation methods, case studies, focus groups and more. Actual case studies will be used in the course.

Quantitative Research Methods (RES 722)

This course requires students to become familiar with the characteristics, language and logic of qualitative research. The emphasis will be on the appropriate selection, application and interpretation of both parametric and non-parametric hypothesis tests while understanding the nature of the basic linear regression model and its statistical underpinnings. Basic assumptions will be developed. A component of this course is to understand the available techniques for quantitative data analysis by the reading and evaluation of research methods of articles within the students’ areas of interest and to recognize and assess quality and rigor in evaluating a quantitative research study. Actual case studies will be part of this course and the challenge of reliability and validity in cross-cultural research will be discussed.

Change, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Motivation (GLC 660)

Students examine change processes, innovation, entrepreneurship, barriers to change, successful structures and strategies aimed at improving the total organization. Theoretical and practical orientation to the strategies organizations use to create and sustain industry-changing innovations are examined. Elements of the course explore global perspectives of strategic organizational change and innovation opportunities. This course explores how the multinational organizational depends critically on its technological and related skills to achieve strategic innovation and change objectives. Students become familiar with theories and models which focus on effective change. Students have the opportunity to examine and apply practical tools for individual and organizational change through case studies and class projects. Key elements of the course include globalization, individual and group behaviors, organizational culture and change, systems thinking, innovation, entrepreneurial motivations and social responsibility.

Current and Future Student Impact

Graduates are prepared to join organizations in the following groups:

  • Community Colleges
  • Consulting Firms
  • Corporations
  • Government – federal, state and local positions
  • Land Based Universities
  • Nonprofit Organization
  • Online University Programs
  • Private and Public Educational Organizations

Common position and job titles to include:

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Business consultant
  • Chief executive officer
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Dean or associate dean of a business program
  • Director
  • Entrepreneurial business owner
  • Full-time faculty
  • Private equity fund researcher
  • Program coordinator

**Not an exhaustive list

Faculty

Lillian Schumacher
Lillian Schumacher

Lillian Schumacher, Ed.D.

SchumacherLB@tiffin.edu

President

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ed.D., Leadership Studies, Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., Higher Education Administration, Bowling Green State University
  • M.A., Organization Development, Bowling Green State University
  • B.A., Economics, Allegheny College

Lillian Schumacher, Ed.D.

Research Interest

Dr. Schumacher has been involved at the Ph.D. level for over 10 years, either directing a program, teaching courses and/or serving on dissertation committees. Her research interests are: Emotional Intelligence, Leadership and Global Leadership (Theory and Practice), Cultural Intelligence, Organizational Change Effectiveness, Women’s Leadership, Strategic Management, Organizational Behavior. Dr. Schumacher has lived, studied and traveled extensively around the world.

Lillian Schumacher, Ed.D.
President
Lillian Schumacher, Ed.D.
President
Kenneth Rauch
Kenneth Rauch

Kenneth Rauch, Ed.D.

rauchk@tiffin.edu
419-448-3420

Director for Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • MSE in Training and Development, Indiana University
  • B.S. in Business Administration, Indiana Wesleyan University

Kenneth Rauch, Ed.D.

Kenneth is an educator/business leader who is the current founding director of the Ph.D. Global Leadership and Change program for Tiffin University. Experience as an instructor, presenter, mentor, and consultant developing curriculum, publishing, and mentoring. Experience with evaluation of academic programs, and as participant in determining policy and procedures guiding university programs to their fullest potential. Focused on teaching leadership, international studies and related social science topics. Strong interest in bridging academic disciplines with contemporary global and cross-cultural issues. Multidimensional background and interdisciplinary experience includes leadership and business expertise. Served in multiple roles as educator, consultant and strategist, and provided successful management of collaborative endeavors bringing business and academic experience to realize successful program development.

Research Interest

Eastern European leadership orientation within their transition economies; Generational attitudinal persistence of gender leadership inequality; Followership and role orientation in shared leadership (relational self-concept).

Kenneth Rauch, Ed.D.
Director for Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change
Kenneth Rauch, Ed.D.
Director for Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change
Peter Holbrook
Peter Holbrook

Peter Holbrook, Ph.D.

HolbrookPJ@tiffin.edu
419-448-5864

Provost & Chief Academic Officer

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Leadership Studies, Cardinal Stritch University
  • M.S., Management, Cardinal Stritch University
  • B.A., Business Administration, Cardinal Stritch University
  • A.A., Marketing, Lakeshore Technical College

Peter Holbrook, Ph.D.

Peter J. Holbrook, Ph.D. is Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Tiffin University. Dr. Holbrook brings more than 30 years of experience in organizational leadership, change management and leadership training to his teaching. Holbrook has taught at the doctorate and undergraduate level at Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a researcher, published writer and speaker on leadership and change management, with emphasis on Franciscan, servant and transformational leadership. His current research interests include exploring the intersection of leadership capacity with innovation and change. Additional areas of expertise include diversity and inclusion, with a focus on inclusive leadership and cultural intelligence. In addition, Dr. Holbrook is a trained facilitator and coach in Cultural Intelligence (CQ).

Peter Holbrook, Ph.D.
Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Peter Holbrook, Ph.D.
Provost & Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Jonathan Appel
Dr. Jonathan Appel

Jonathan Appel, Ph.D.

AppelJ@tiffin.edu
419-448-3285

Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice

Director of Institutional Review Board (IRB)

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Counseling with cognate in Organizational Psychology, University of Akron
  • M.S., Criminal Justice, Tiffin University
  • M.Ed., Counseling, Kent State University
  • B.A., Psychology, Kent State University
  • Graduate Certificate, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

Jonathan Appel, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonathan Appel has worked in the field of behavioral health for almost three decades. He has worked with individuals, groups, families, and organizations as a counselor, psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, director of behavioral health services, consultant, researcher, department chair, and educator. He is currently a full professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, within the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences at Tiffin University.

Dr. Appel studied Media and Communications at Cleveland State University and did some work in college Radio at WCSB (Cleveland State University) and WKSR (Kent State University) and has since dabbled in internet radio.

Dr. Appel received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University, a Master’s Degree in Community-Clinical Counseling from Kent State University, a second Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Administration (Tiffin University), and a Ph.D. in Counseling (sub-specializing both in Marriage and Family Therapy and Organizational Psychology) from The University of Akron. He also has received a Graduate Certificate degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.

Dr. Appel is a Diplomate in Psychotherapy and is a Clinically Certified Forensic Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a Certified Career Counselor, an Approved Clinical Supervisor, as well as an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional. He has also received training as Certified Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Worker and a Behavioral Health Disaster Responder to State Disaster, Emergency and Terrorist Events. He is certified in the Psychology of Terrorists by the American Psychotherapy Association.

Dr. Appel is also currently licensed as an Independent Marriage and Family Therapist, a Supervising Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Supervising Professional Clinical Counselor, and had been licensed as a Social Worker.

Dr. Appel has worked with a diverse range of populations/problems which include persons diagnosed with developmental disabilities, severe mental illness, and substance use disorders. He has designed, managed, and worked in clinical programs that have included services for the severe mentally ill, child, couple, and family therapy interventions, substance abuse assessment and treatment, dual diagnosis, forensic treatment, NGRIs (not guilty by reason of insanity), sex offenders, court-ordered mental health, addiction, anger management /violence prevention services, career counseling, community crisis/trauma response team interventions, and employee assistance program (EAP) services. He also has assisted in training police officers as part of Community Involvement Training (CIT) -- a joint mental health and criminal justice practice initiative. He has also provided counseling and psychotherapy in a private practice setting.

Dr. Appel’s professional memberships have included the American Psychological Association, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors, the American Counseling Association, the National Association of Forensic Counselors, the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, as well as a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. He also has been an executive board member of the National Organization for Human Services, serving as its Education Chair.

Dr. Appel has presented papers and training sessions regionally, nationally, and internationally in such topics as workplace violence, family violence, mindfulness, substance abuse & mental illness, the psychology of terrorism, and Therapeutic Jurisprudence.

He has also taught at The University of Akron, Old Dominion University (Virginia), and as part of a faculty exchange program at The University of Kitakyushu in Kitakyushu, Japan. He has done research and/or applied work with organizations around stress, trauma/violence in the workplace, family violence, employee burnout, issues related to family-work balance, and the applications of “mindfulness” to psychotherapy.

Dr. Appel also has co-authored a training curriculum in Domestic Violence for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and is currently on the editorial board for the International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction, and is a peer reviewer for the Family Relations Journal and the Open Social Sciences Journal. He has been published in such peer-reviewed publications as the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, the Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, the Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, and the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. He has also co-authored numerous book chapters. His research, scholarship, and presentations have included such topics as Therapeutic Jurisprudence, family violence, workplace violence, the mentally ill offender, the psychology of terrorism, the psychology of religion, personality development, creativity, cultural competency, and international issues in behavioral health.

Dr. Appel has done extensive travel and research in Asia.

Research Interest

Dr. Appel's research, scholarship, and presentations have included such topics as global citizenship, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, universal ethics, workplace violence, employee burnout, the psychology of terrorism, the psychology of religion, personality development, creativity, and cultural competency.

Jonathan Appel, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice
Jonathan Appel, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice
Perry Haan, D.B.A.
Perry Haan, D.B.A.

Perry Haan, D.B.A.

Haanpc@tiffin.edu
419-618-2867 (mobile) / 419-448-3350 (office)

Professor of Marketing

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • D.B.A., Marketing, University of Sarasota
  • M.B.A., Xavier University
  • B.S., Business Administration, The Ohio State University

Perry Haan, D.B.A.

Dr. Perry Haan has worked as a faculty member and administrator in higher education since 1986. He was won teaching awards at three different institutions of higher learning. He has taught in eight countries outside the U.S. He won the 2016-2017 Tiffin University Scholarship Award. In 2017 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research in Nepal. In 2010 he was awarded a Fellowship by the International American Association of Financial Management for his teaching and academic work in international markets.

Haan earned his Doctor of Business Administration from the University of Sarasota, Master of Business Administration from Xavier University and Bachelor of Business Administration from The Ohio State University. He has authored or co-authored over ninety peer reviewed articles that have appeared in conference proceedings and journals, including the Journal of Marketing in Higher Education and the International Journal of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship. He co-authored a textbook, Practical Statistics for Business. His research interests include entrepreneurship, international business, ethics, sales and sales management, education marketing, sports marketing, and leadership.

Research Interest

Dr. Haan is a Fulbright Scholar (research conducted in Nepal) He has authored or co-authored over ninety peer reviewed articles and co-authored a textbook, Practical Statistics for Business. His research interests include entrepreneurship, international business, ethics, sales and sales management, education marketing, sports marketing, and leadership.

Perry Haan, D.B.A.
Professor of Marketing
Perry Haan, D.B.A.
Professor of Marketing
Laura Mays
Laura Mays

Laura Mays, Ed.D.

MaysL@tiffin.edu
440-343-0377

Professor Emeritus of Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ed.D., Education, Rutgers University
  • M.S.E., Education, Rowan College

Laura Mays, Ed.D.

Research Interest

Dr. Mays is Professor Emeritus of Management and has research interest in Eastern and Central Europe entrepreneurship and leadership issues as they relate to cultural orientation.

Laura Mays, Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus of Management
Laura Mays, Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus of Management
Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.
Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.

Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.

PiaseckiL@tiffin.edu
419-448-5129

Associate Professor of Information Systems & Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Human Resources, University of Toledo
  • M.S.E., Business Education, Bowling Green State University
  • M.B.A. University of Findlay
  • B.A. University of Toledo

Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Kahle-Piasecki is an Associate Professor of Management and Information Systems and has served as Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Chair of the Management and Marketing areas. She joined the business faculty at Tiffin University in 2012.

Dr. Kahle-Piasecki comes to Tiffin after completing her Ph.D. with an area of concentration in human performance improvement, which is the study of and ethical practice of improving productivity and competence in organizations. Performance improvement uses scientific research principles to assess performance gaps, implement solutions, and measure the impact of solutions when implemented. A performance improvement and talent development specialist, Kahle-Piasecki is a follower of systems theory and uses a systematic approach in solving performance problems.

She is actively engaged in research and is a frequent presenter at both international and national conferences. Her current research interests and areas of expertise are in the use of technology to improve performance in the workplace and classroom, and performance interventions such as mentoring for performance improvement. She is a certified facilitator for the Global Mindset Inventory, spent a summer living and teaching in Costa Rica, and has additional international teaching experience.

In addition to teaching and research, she is a peer reviewer for the Journal of International Students, Journal of Excellence in College Teaching, on the Board of Directors of the Greater Toledo Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (GTAC ATD), the Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT), and a member of the Academy of Management, International Society for Performance Improvement, and Association for Talent Development.

She is the proud recipient of the 2016 Urban All-American Achievement Award, presented by the Central City Ministry of Toledo (CCMT). The award recognizes a graduate of a Catholic inner-city elementary school, who exhibited extraordinary achievement as an inspiration for today’s inner-city school students.

Research Interest

Dr. Kahle-Piasecki obtained her PhD with an area of concentration in human performance improvement, which is the study of and ethical practice of improving productivity and competence in organizations. Performance improvement uses scientific research principles to assess performance gaps, implement solutions, and measure the impact of solutions when implemented. A performance improvement and talent development specialist, Dr. Kahle-Piasecki is a follower of systems theory and uses a systematic approach in solving performance problems.

Below is a sample of recent publications:

Ritzman, M., & Kahle-Piasecki, L. (September, 2016). What works: A systems approach to employee performance in strengthening information security. Performance Improvement Journal, 55(8), 17-22.

Kahle-Piasecki, L. & Doles, S. (2015). A comparison of mentoring in higher education and Fortune 1000 companies: Practices to apply in a global context. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 15(5), 74-79.

Kahle-Piasecki, L. (2013). Business in Costa Rica: Trends and Issues. Journal of Applied Business and Economics, 15(2).

Kahle-Piasecki, L., Miao, C., & Ariss, S. (2012). Managers and the Mobile Device: M-Learning and M-Business-Implications for the United States and China. Journal of Marketing Development and Competitiveness, 6(1), 56-68.

Kahle-Piasecki, L. (2011). Mentoring: What organizations need to know to improve performance in the 21st Century workplace. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Toledo, 2011). UMI No. 3474769.

Nykodym, N., Kahle-Piasecki, L., & Marsillac, E. (2010, May). The Managers Guide to Understanding, Detecting and Thwarting Computer Crime: An International Performance Issue. Performance Improvement Journal, 49(5), 42-47. doi: 10.1002/pfi.20151

Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems & Management
Lisa Kahle-Piasecki, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems & Management
Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.
Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.

Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.

Gajjalav@tiffin.edu
419-448-3361

Professor of Economics & Finance

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Pittsburgh
  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh
  • M.A., Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • B.A., Madras Christian College

Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.

Prior to joining our faculty in 2002, Dr. Gajjala taught courses in Information Systems and Business Economics at the University of Toledo’s College of Business Administration and worked as a Financial Engineer for an energy services company in Pittsburgh, PA.

His research interests include globalization and its implications for entrepreneurship and corporate strategy in transition and emerging market economies; Privatization in transition economies; and Business in emerging economies. His paper on the role of Information and Communication Technologies in enhancing processes of Entrepreneurship and Globalization in Indian Software Companies has been published in the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries and the IFCAI Journal of Entrepreneurship Development. He has also made several presentations at national and international conferences, including the Midwest Economics Association; Oxford Round Table, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK; the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) Conferences in Toronto and Maastricht {the Netherlands); and the International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Management at the University of Hyderabad, India.

He has been a featured speaker on the Great Decisions Lecture Series, organized by the American Association of University Women at the Wood County Senior Center and the open forum sponsored by the international affairs committee of the League of Women Voters, Bowling Green, OH. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in International Trade, International Finance, Business Statistics, Managerial Economics, Managerial Finance, Microeconomics and Microeconomics.

Research Interest

International Financial Management by Multinational Corporations.

International Financial markets.

International Trade disputes.

Globalization and its implications for transnational entrepreneurship.

Microfinance and Development.

Role of Privatization in transition and emerging market economies.

Role of Information and Communication Technologies in supporting economic growth in emerging market economies.

Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics & Finance
Vinnie Gajjala, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics & Finance

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