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Two Rotman Professors Honoured as Top Business School Professors.

April 26 2018

Toronto –  Two professors from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management have been named to the annual list of the 40 Best Business Professors Under 40 in the annual feature published by the business education news site Poets&Quants.

Prof. Katherine (Katy) DeCelles and Prof. Ming Hu were included in the sixth annual look at the most inspiring young professors at the best business schools in the world.

Katherine (Katy) DeCelles is an associate professor of organizational behaviour and human resource management, who is also cross-appointed to UofT’s Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies. She excels in the classroom and in her research exploring ethical issues for business and society. Her research focuses on understanding the micro-mechanisms involved in conflict, power, inequality, activism and aggression as they relate to organizations. Her research has been highlighted in outlets such as the Smithsonian Magazine, Science Magazine, BBC, CNN, and The New York Times, and has received awards from the Academy of Management and American Sociological Association. While visiting Harvard Business School last year, she was interviewed about her research for HBS Working Knowledge, which earned the top story spot of 2017 with nearly 40,000 unique readers and 10,000 shares on Facebook. In the classroom, Prof. DeCelles strongly cares about supporting her students and their engagement in learning. In one class exercise, which she designed, Prof. DeCelles uses origami to teach MBAs about the powerful motivational effects of meaningful work—how work that has a positive impact on others is far more motivating than work done for self-rewards.

“I was impressed not only by her professional accomplishments and passion for the subject but also her ability to engage her students through real–life cases and group activities,” says Liz Diaz Merino, MBA’20.

Ming Hu is a professor of operations management. He is the recipient of a Rotman Teaching Award from 2009 to 2013 and 2015 for teaching in the school’s Rotman Commerce and MBA programs. He is the youngest ever to be elected as Editor-in-Chief of Naval Research Logistics, a premier journal in operations research and general quantitative modeling, in which many Nobel Prize winners have published papers. He is the recipient in 2016 of the Wickham Skinner Early-Career Research Accomplishments Award by Production and Operations Management Society and, in 2017, the Best Operations Management Paper in Management Science Award by Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. He has consulted for Siemens and Hewlett Packard, and holds six patents.

His research has been featured in media such as Financial Times. Most recently, he focuses on operations management in the context of sharing economy, social buying, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, and two-sided markets, with the goal to exploit operational decisions to the benefit of the society. Both his edited book and co-edited special issue of Manufacturing & Service Operations Management journal on sharing economy will be in print in 2018/2019. He currently serves as associate editors at best-known journals in the field of operations, such as Operations Research, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Production and Operations Management. He is also the recipient of Innovation Research Award by Hewlett-Packard Labs (2008-2010), and in 2015 the Roger Martin Excellence in Research Award from Rotman School. His PhD students have been placed as professors at prestigious universities around the world.

“Prof. Hu is a dedicated professor, keen to share his passion for Operations Management and to ensure that his students are able to take theoretical and ideal circumstances, learn from them and apply them to their own projects and tasks,” says Elizabeth Cragg, MBA’19.

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