USC Marshall Greatness Shared


Welcome to the inaugural Dean’s Report from the USC Marshall School of Business. As the MBA class of 2020, undergraduate and graduate students settle into classes, we are taking a look back at the last academic year’s achievements. Speaking of the new MBA class, we could not be more proud that the Class of 2020 is the first MBA class of any top school to reach and exceed gender parity.

In the spirit of Greatness Shared, we created this report in order to present the growth, teaching and research advancements made at Marshall during the last academic year and share it with you now as we all look to the months ahead.

Of course, more happens at any school than just one report can capture or one statistic can measure. With that in mind, I encourage you to click on the content below and spend some time on the Marshall website for additional detail.

Thank you for your interest in USC Marshall and – Fight On!

James G. Ellis

Robert R. Dockson Dean’s Chair in Business Administration

First to 50

Full-time MBA class of 2020 is the first to achieve gender parity.

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First to 50

A Major Business School Reaches Gender Parity Among MBA Students for the First Time

Poets and Quants

USC Marshall Reaches Gender Parity

USC News

USC Marshall is First Top Business School with as Many Women as Men in MBA Program


U.S. News & World Report 2019 “Best Grad Schools” Rankings


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In the news

Bloomberg Businessweek

A Business School Overhauls its Curriculum to Meet the Pace of Change

PC Mag

Does a ‘Sharing Economy’ Foster Better Behavior? (Davide Proserpio)

Los Angeles Business Journal

Nine out of 20 Entrepreneurs Featured in the LA Business Journal are from USC Marshall

Los Angeles Business Journal

Founder Central Story: Founders’ Conflicts Inspire Marshall Course (Noam Wasserman)

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Does the U.S. Government Need to Protect American Companies? (C. Kerry Fields)

Washingto Examiner

Op-Ed: Steel Tariffs are All About Security (Greg Autry)

By the Numbers

Recent Faculty Hires

Richard Sloan

Accounting Circle Professor of Accounting and Professor of Accounting

Lindsey Bier

Assistant Professor of Clinical Business Communication

Emily Nix

Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Economics

Susan Harmeling

Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship

Shaun Harper

Provost Professor of Management and Organization; Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership; USC Race and Equity Center Executive Director

Patricia Dechow

Robert R. Dockson Professor of Business Administration & Professor of Accounting

Faculty Research and Awards

& Innovation

Sustaining Entrepreneurship Research

Noam Wasserman, professor of clinical entrepreneurship and the founding director of the Founder Central Initiative at USC Marshall’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, has been named the Jorge Paulo and Susanna Lemann Chair in Entrepreneurship.

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Launching New Ventures

The 2018 Greif Center New Venture Seed Competition drew more than 250 teams from across the university. Prizes this year included multiple cash awards adding up to $75,000 and free legal and business services from our supporting organizations.

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Learning To Give

Students in new USC Marshall class learn the hard decisions that go into giving.

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Jake Olson Award

USC Marshall’s Performance Science Institute finds students who excel despite the odds.

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Thought Leadership

Diversity and Inclusion



Marshall MBA Alumni return for Diversity Admissions Weekend.

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Ladies Who Launch

Ladies Who Launch

USC Marshall convenes founders, executives and investors for inaugural ATHENA Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit.

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Closing the Gender Gap

Closing the Gender Gap in Tech

USC Marshall hosts a national nonprofit that aims to close the gender gap in technology.

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Beyond Marshall

Marshall students gain the benefit of perspective – growing as leaders by looking beyond USC to see their communities and the world.

Arianna Huffington, Entrepreneur, Author and Wellness Champion on Thriving in a Digital World

Founder of Thrive Global tells students to turn off their phones and get some more sleep.

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Gary Locke, former US Ambassador to China, Secretary of Commerce and Governor of Washington

Gary Locke thinks the US has more to lose in a trade war than China.

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Alex Honnold on Life or Death Performance

The world's best free climber talks about the mindset necessary when it's a life or death situation.

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