Faculty Biographies



Mike Grojean
Michael Grojean joined Rice University as an adjunct professor in organizational behavior. Prior to that, he was faculty at Aston Business School in the United Kingdom where he served as associate professor of management, head of executive education and associate dean for corporate activities and partnerships.Mike’s broad experience base includes having served as the leadership policy officer for the U.S. Army as well as the director of human resources for a 28,000 member organization. In this role, he also authored the Army’s mentorship doctrine, critically changing the organizational paradigm of developmental relationships.His research interests and expertise lie in the intersection between organizational change, strategy and leadership. Published in leading journals as well as numerous confidential internal organizational reports, Mike also makes media appearances and was recently featured on www.guruonline.tv discussing practical leadership.

Prashant Kale
Prashant Kale is associate professor of strategic management at the Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University. His research focuses on corporate strategy, strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions. Prashant’s paper on ‘Building Alliance Capabilities’ was rated among the 50 most-cited papers in management in 2011. He is an editorial board member of the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business and Strategic Organization. Former faculty at Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and visiting faculty at Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University; and Indian School of Business, Prashant earned a master’s and Ph.D. in strategic management from the Wharton School, an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from University of Pune, India.

Wagner Kamakura
Wagner A. Kamakura is the Jesse H. Jones Professor of Marketing at the Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University. Prior to joining the Jones school, he taught at Duke University, University of Iowa, University of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt University. Before joining academia, he has worked in market analysis, forecasting and planning at Duratex S.A. and Massey-Ferguson of Brazil. He has also been a visiting scholar to Australia, Brazil, China, Singapore, South Korea and Spain, where he lectures either English, Portuguese or Spanish. Professor Kamakura holds a Doctor Honoris Causa from Universidad de Granada, a PhD in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin, a MS in Industrial Engineering from Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), an EMBA from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (Brazil) and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica - ITA (Brazil).

Scott Sonenshein
Scott Sonenshein is the Jones School Distinguished Associate Professor at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, where he teaches courses in organizational behavior, change and leadership. Dr. Sonenshein’s research employs field methodologies (primarily involving qualitative data) to explain the resourceful actions of employees in the context of organizational and social/ethical change. Dr. Sonenshein’s work usually follows an inductive approach, posing broad research questions grounded in the literature that enable the development and elaboration of theory—often in unexpected directions. This has led to contributions to a variety of theoretical perspectives including sensemaking, narratives, social influence, creativity and decision making. He has made these contributions by locating generative field settings ranging from fashion to food trucks, banks to booksellers, and entrepreneurs to environmentalists. While his studies often contain an “inductive surprise,” his work coalesces around illuminating the skill, agency, and motivation of individuals to contribute to change (in the workplace or for the social good) as well as the corresponding organizational practices that foster these outcomes.

K. Ramesh
K. Ramesh is Professor of Accounting, Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Ramesh obtained his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has previously served on the faculties of the business schools at Northwestern University, the University of Rochester, The Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University where he was the Plante & Moran Faculty Fellow and Director of Accounting Doctoral Program. He was an academic fellow at the Office of the Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission during 2007-8. During his tenure as vice president at two leading economic consulting firms, Ramesh worked with leading law firms, Big-4 audit firms, major corporations and governmental agencies. His academic research has focused on: (1) Capital market information environment; (2) Role of accounting information in contracting and regulation; and (3) Financial information/disclosures and valuation.

James Weston
James P. Weston is a professor of finance at Rice University. He joined the Jones Business School faculty in 2000 aftercompleting his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Virginia. James’ teaching interests focus mainly on corporate finance and financial institutions. He has taught popular courses on economics and finance in all of the Jones School programs. James currently teaches the flagship first year MBA core finance course for the daytime MBA program. He is the recipient of three Jones school teaching awards, including the prestigious alumni faculty award in 2007, and 2010.


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