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Farok J. Contractor, Ph.D.
DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR
Management & Global Business Dept., Rutgers Business School (New Brunswick & Newark). Post To: 1 Washington Park, Newark, NJ 07102.


Dr. Farok Contractor is ‘Distinguished Professor’ in the Management and Global Business department at Rutgers Business School. He has also taught at the Wharton School, Copenhagen Business School, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Nanyang Technological University, Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, XLRI (India), Lubin School of Business, Theseus, EDHEC and conducted executive seminars in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia. Dr. Contractor has written well over a hundred scholarly papers and has among the highest citation counts amongst scholars in the field of International Management (Academy of International Business (AIB), or Academy of Management (AOM)) with Google Scholar citation totals exceeding 9000 citations (as of August 2016) in other scholarly papers. Prof. Contractor has also been rated by several surveys as among the top-ranked contributors of scholarly papers to the field. 

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Debanjan Mitra
Professor of Marketing and Voya Financial Chair
University of Connecticut School of Business
2100 Hillside Road, Unit 1041
Storrs, CT 06269-1041

Professor Mitra’s research encompasses innovation and new product management, their antecedents and consequences on organizations, customers, and economies, and the development of analytics in these areas. He uses both analytical and econometric methods to understand these effects over time as well as across brands, firms, industries, and countries. These research has been published in the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Management Science, and the Harvard Business Review, among others. Professor Mitra has been recognized with numerous awards from premier organizations including the American Marketing Association’s (AMA) Maynard Award, Varadarajan Award, and Excellence in Global Marketing Research Award; the Marketing Science Institute’s (MSI) MSI Scholar, MSI Young Scholar and Robert Buzzell Award; and as finalists of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences’ (INFORMS) John Little Award and Frank Bass Award. His research has received widespread media coverage including the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Forbes, and CNN, in the US, Financial Times in the UK, and Handelsblatt in Germany. He advises several Fortune 500 firms and is associated with successful high tech start-ups. Prior to joining academics, he held various management positions at Coca Cola and Diageo. Professor Mitra is the Marketing Department’s Ph.D. Program Coordinator and teaches courses on Marketing Strategy, Brand Management, and Marketing Analytics, in the EMBA, PMBA, and doctoral programs. Professor Mitra currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Marketing and as Editorial Review Board member of several leading journals.

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