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Stern Doctoral Alumni, Students and Faculty Gather for the First PhD Alumni Conference

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The Stern Doctoral Office hosted its inaugural PhD Alumni Conference in May to bring together Stern PhD alumni, faculty and students in a day of reconnecting and engaging in new ideas. Attended by approximately 75 members of the Stern community, including alumni from the 1960s to 2009, the conference included a cocktail reception, remarks by Dean Thomas F. Cooley and PhD Program Director Joel Steckel, as well as two presentations by distinguished Stern alumni Michel Anteby, assistant professor of organizational behavior at Harvard Business School, and Aradhna Krishna, Isadore and Leon Winkelman Professor of Retail Marketing at the University of Michigan.

In his welcoming remarks, Steckel noted that Stern’s academic placement of its PhD graduates was at a strong 90 percent, including placements at top schools such as Stanford, Wharton, Yale, Carnegie Mellon and INSEAD. Dean Cooley noted the importance of a PhD program to the research and teaching at business schools around the world.

Anteby presented his research on “Moral Gray Zones,” specifically about the prevalence and culture of creating homers –artifacts manufactured in michael atenby 259x174 imagefactories on company time with company materials or tools for personal use – at a French aeronautic plant.


Krishna discussed her creation of the new area of research and practice of sensory marketing – marketing that engages consumers’ senses of aradhna krishna 256x188 imagetouch, taste, smell, vision and hearing, and affects their behavior.


The celebration ended with a cocktail reception featuring live music by the Stern Faculty Band, which includes, amongrogers pugel cabral schilling band 258x176 image others, retired management professor Dave Rogers on keyboard, Vice Dean Thomas Pugel on guitar, economics professor Luís Cabral on saxophone and management professor Melissa Schilling on vocals.