Full-Time MBA Faculty
Larry Cox, PhD
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
Dr. Larry William Cox, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School and leads faculty for Graziadio’s entrepreneurship programs. Previously, Dr. Cox directed the Entrepreneurship Centers at Ball State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was the director of research at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, MO. He holds a MA in Management Information Systems and a PhD in Business Policy & Strategy both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Practitioner Lecturer of Decision Sciences
Dr. Robert Emrich primarily specializes in statistics with technology-enhanced instruction. He has developed and published Microsoft Excel-based tools for efficiently conducting a range of statistical applications. Dr. Emrich also consults as an applied statistical analyst in fields ranging from healthcare to non-profit management. Dr. Emrich is a triple Wave, obtaing his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science and EdD in Organizational Leadership all at Pepperdine University.
Visiting Professor of Decision Sciences
Soo Jeong (Chris) is a full-time member of the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School faculty. Her research interests include media information effects on financial markets, consumer & supplier choices in the sharing economy, and business analytics predicting and explaining these ICT-driven phenomena. In addition to her current projects, she co-authored articles published in International Journal of Agricultural Management, China Economic Review, and Meat Science. She holds a MS in Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD from Michigan State University in Information and Media Studies.
Practitioner Instructor of Business Law
Gia Honnen Weisdorn is a practicing attorney with the Law Offices of Gia Honnen Weisdorn, a firm with clients in the fields of entertainment, the Internet, biotechnology, and technology, among others. Since 2001, Professor Weisdorn has taught business law, eLaw, international law and negotiations at the Graziadio Business School. Professor Weisdorn is a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar honors graduate of Columbia Law School (LL.M.) and graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law (JD). She holds an MBA with a finance concentration from Pepperdine University.
Executive Professor of Organizational Theory and Management
Dr. Mangiofico has taught at the Pepperdine Graziadio School since 2002 and brings more than 20 years of experience leading strategic development, operations management and integration, and turnaround operations solving complex challenges as a CEO, COO, and as a general management executive for both start-ups and Fortune 50 companies. Dr. Mangiofico holds a BA and MA in psychology from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., and a PhD in Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (Alameda/Berkeley).
Practitioner Faculty of Business Law
Brian McGilvray currently teaches courses in leadership and ethics, business law, employment law, and human resources management at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School. McGilvray has spent nearly twenty-five years as a practicing attorney, specializing in the areas of business and corporate law, business planning and formation, and employment law. McGilvray earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law, and his MBA degree and Bachelor of Science in Management degree from the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School.
Instructor of Finance
Dr. Sheila Moore has pursued professions both in business and academia. She has held positions at the First Interstate Bank, Australia-New Zealand Bank, Hotel Develoment at the Big Bear Inn and Gabelli Asset Management. She has taught at Cal Poly, Woodbury University and now Pepperdine University. She holds a masters of sciences in Economics from Baylor University, an MBA from the University of California and a PhD in Economics from the University of Arizona.
Assistant Professor of Strategy
Dr. Short's research focuses on the intersection of corporate governance and stakeholder management. His background also includes medical diagnostics and information technology investments stemming from his family's entrepreneurship in the life sciences. Dr. Short received his PhD in Strategy and Entrepreneurship from the University of Georgia, his MA in Economics from Boston University, and his BA in International Studies from Baylor University.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Dr. Rapier has been actively engaged in marketing as both a practitioner and lecturer since 1982. As a practitioner, he has over 25 years of experience on both the agency and client side. He has provided strategic insight to brand and marketing, advertising, public relations, and market research to a range of organizations. He holds an Executive MBA and a PhD in Philosophy from Claremont Graduate University.
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