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Jean-Pierre Auffret

Director of the MS in Technology Management and MS in Management of Secure Information Systems

Expertise: Technology and technology management, development and application of emerging technologies, cybersecurity

Auffret is director of the executive degree programs in the George Mason School of Business including the MS in Technology Management, which is one of seven partners in the U.S. government's CIO University; the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems, which is jointly offered by Mason's School of Business, Volgenau School of Engineering and School of Public Policy; and the Executive MBA.

He is a co-founder of the International Academy of CIO and serves as an advisory board member of the Waseda eGovernance Research Center. Auffret's academic experience includes teaching at the Duke University's Duke Center for International Development, American University's Department of Physics, American University’s Kogod School of Business, and the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Auffret has served on several recent Commonwealth of Virginia commissions and committees including the Commonwealth of Virginia Health Information Technology Advisory Commission (HITAC) and the Electronic Medical Records Advisory Committee of the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS).

He has 30 years of technology industry and academic experience including management and executive positions with MCI and its joint venture with British Telecom, Concert.

Auffret earned a BS from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in physics from American University. He is currently working on a book titled “4G and Mobile Apps: Technology, Policy, Opportunity and Innovation.”

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Catherine Cramton

Associate Professor of Management

Expertise: Cross-cultural collaboration, impact of technology on teamwork.

Cramton teaches in the areas of organizational behavior, team dynamics, teamwork and technology, and interpersonal relations. She has received national recognition for her educational innovation, which has opened the frontiers of international, technology-enabled teamwork to her students. She is the creator of the Virtual Organization Workshop, which brings graduate business classes at George Mason University together with graduate business classes at other universities around the world for a six-week international technology-enabled project collaboration.

Her current research focuses on contemporary issues of leadership and collaboration, particularly as experienced in the information technology and professional services industries. She studies distributed work, cross-cultural collaboration, project team leadership, and the impact of technology on collaboration.

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Matthew Cronin

Associate Professor of Management

Expertise: Increasing creativity through collaboration, Insight in problem solving, Negotiation and integrative bargaining, Decision making

Cronin is an associate professor of management at George Mason University. He received his PhD in organizational behavior from Carnegie Mellon University.

Cronin's research seeks to understand how collaboration can help produce creative ideas, and what it takes to then bring these ideas to fruition. Innovation begins with a creative idea or notion, and so one stream of Cronin's research focuses on the generation of creative ideas, especially how people come to discover useful interactions. Once produced, creative ideas require instantiation in the task environment. Thus the second stream of Cronin's research explores the process by which innovative ideas are accepted and implemented by others.

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David Kravitz

Professor of Management

Expertise: Employee and public reactions to affirmative action and diversity programs, Diversity education and training

David A. Kravitz is professor of management in the School of Management at George Mason University. He teaches courses on diversity in organizations, organizational behavior, and leadership.

Kravitz's current research focus is on diversity education, which includes both classes in higher education and corporate training.He is interested in learning what works in bridging the gap between research and practice. He has also published work in several other areas, including beliefs about and reactions to affirmative action programs, procedural justice, bargaining and context effects in performance appraisals.

Kravitz has given more than fifty presentations at national and international conferences. He has published more than fifty monographs, chapters and articles in a variety of outlets, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Academy of Management Learning & Education and the Journal of Socio-economics. He serves on the editorial boards of Personnel Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Group & Organization Management, and Equal Opportunities International.

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Michelle Marks

Associate Professor of Management, Associate Provost of Graduate Programs

Expertise: leadership

A recognized scholar on leadership, team and organizational effectiveness and generational differences, Marks has spent her career studying leadership development and teamwork in organizations.

She has published theoretical models and empirical studies that illustrate the dynamic nature of the collaborative processes used by organizational teams and the critical roles of team leaders. Her work on leadership explains how cognitive, social and motivational skills develop and change as leaders advance to more senior roles. Her current research examines the collaborative challenges present in strategic alliances, and she is editing a book on multiteam systems in organizations.

She teaches courses in organizational behavior, leadership, global business and human resource management in executive, MBA and undergraduate programs.

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Olivia (Mandy) O'Neill

Assistant Professor of Management

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Expertise: Interrelationships among emotions, organizational culture and gender

O'Neill's focus is on how conceptualizing organizational culture as a function of emotions (e.g., compassion, pride, joy, anger) and gender enhances the link between culture and a number of individual, team and organizational processes and outcomes, including decision-making, attitudes, career success, health behavior, corporate strategy, and financial performance. She's examined the careers of masculine women, bullying in female-dominated workplaces, and work-family balance.

Prior to coming to Mason in 2010, O'Neill was a visiting assistant professor of management in The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and assistant professor of management in the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia.

O'Neill received her PhD in organizational behavior from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a BS from the University of Maryland-College Park.


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Kevin Rockmann

Associate Professor of Management

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Expertise: Dispersed Workers, Telecommuters, Socialization, Virtual Teams, Identity, Identification, Decision making

Rockmann is an associate professor of management at George Mason University's School of Management. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Rockmann's main research centers on the motivation, trust, and identity processes among individuals that are physically separated from their company, co-workers, or teammates on a day-to-day basis. He is also interested in how work environments foster relationship development. His research has appeared in the Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Small Group Research, and the Academy of Management Proceedings.

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James Wolfe

Assistant Professor of Management, Entrepreneur-in-Residence

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Expertise: Entrepreneurship, emerging growth firms

Wolfe is a management executive, consultant, and attorney with 25 years experience helping emerging growth firms. He is the CEO and co-founder of J Street Consulting, a Washington, D.C., firm providing strategic marketing for new products, markets, and companies. He also serves as the Entrepreneur-in-Residence and assistant professor of management in the School of Management at George Mason University.

Wolfe specializes in new ventures and organizations undergoing dramatic transitions, both large and small. He has been a founder, director, or consultant to more than 50 early-stage firms in a wide range of industries including the Internet, software, biotechnology, international trade, telecommunications, legal services, real estate, manufacturing and retailing.

Wolfe is a past director of the National Entrepreneurship Foundation, the National Business Incubation Association, and is a former Trustee of Indiana University. He also has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, where he taught courses on business planning, venture capital, and international entrepreneurship.

Jim Wolfe holds a BS, MBA, and JD, all from Indiana University.

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