Lutfus Sayeed is Professor of Information Systems in the College of Business at San Francisco State University. His teaching interests include management of information technology for strategic advantage, computer networking, database management, and Web based business application development. His research focuses on information sharing in groups using computer mediated communications systems, adoption/diffusion of information technology, and impacts of information technology. He has published numerous research articles. His works have appeared in major MIS journals such as Information Systems Research, Decision Sciences, and Information and Management. Dr. Sayeed also consults and trains in the area of computer networking. He taught in universities in France, Mexico, and Australia. As a Fulbright lecturer, he taught in the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Subodh Bhat is a professor of marketing teaching mainly marketing strategy and brand management to M.B.A. students. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research interests include brands and branding, advertising, entrepreneurship, and high tech marketing. He has published several articles in journals such as the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Consumer Marketing, and the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice.
Richard M. Castaldi is a Professor in the Department of Management in the College of Business at San Francisco State University. He received his M.S.B.A. in Management from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Virginia Tech. Professor Castaldi has published over 25 articles in scholarly publications including the International Marketing Review, the Journal of Global Marketing, the Journal of Transnational Management, the Journal of Management Systems, the Journal of Business Strategies, the Journal of Management in Practice, the Journal of Applied Business Research, the International Wine Marketing Journal, Management Review, Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, and the Journal of Small Business Management, among others.
Susan Cholette is an associate professor of decision sciences in the College of Business at San Francisco State University. She has prepared for and taught classes at both graduate and undergraduate levels in statistics, operations, supply chain management, and project management, as well as served as an adviser for master’s theses, internships and independent study classes. Her research interests include supply chain management, especially as applied to the wine industry, and most recently has finished managing a project to match wineries to specialty distributors, under a DoE Business in International Education grant. She earned her Ph.D. in operations research at Stanford University, and her B.S.E. in electrical engineering at Princeton University. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cycling and learning about wine.
Mahmood Hussain, associate professor, joined San Francisco State University in fall 2002. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000. His background includes professional experience in marketing research and an M.B.A. degree. He also taught at the Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado at Boulder prior to joining SF State. His current teaching interests are marketing management and strategy, marketing research, consumer behavior, and international marketing. His research interests include marketing decision support systems, teaching marketing research and Internet marketing.
Masahiko Minami is a professor of Japanese and the Japanese Program Coordinator at San Francisco State University. His primary area of research is bilingual education and cross-cultural studies. He received Ed. D in Human Development and Psychology and an Ed. M in Education from Harvard University. He is the President and CEO of the Northern California Japanese Teachers’ Association (NCJTA) and an Executive Council Member of the Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC). Since 1995 he has been teaching and conducting research on first and second language acquisition, the development of literacy skills, and bilingualism. He has written extensively on psycho/sociolinguistics with a particular emphasis on cross-cultural comparisons of language development and narrative/discourse structure. He has published a number of books and articles that explore cultural constructions of meaning, the quality of childcare in Japan, and East Asian students’ experiences in US classrooms. His major works include Language Issues in Literacy and Bilingual/Multicultural Education (Harvard Educational Review, 1991), Culture-specific Language Styles: The Development of Oral Narrative and Literacy (Multilingual Matters, 2002), and Applying theory and research to learning Japanese as a foreign language (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007).
Roblyn Simeon is has a Ph.D. in business administration from U.C. Berkeley and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University. He is fluent in five languages and has traveled extensively in Europe, South America, and Asia. Before beginning his academic career, Professor Simeon worked on Wall Street and in Tokyo as a financial and securities analyst for American Express, Daiwa Securities and Swiss Bank. Professor Simeon has taught courses, carried out research and published articles covering a variety of different business topics. Over the years at San Francisco State University, he has taught courses in comparative management, international business, strategic management, Japanese managerial strategies and international career dynamics. His main areas of research include internet marketing, comparative business strategies, cross-cultural management, organizational learning, popular culture branding, applied institutional theory and corporate governance dynamics. He is presently involved in researching and writing articles on the contrasting impact of globalization and domestic institutional environments on the career management strategies of employees in various countries. He is also involved in a group research project on effective strategies in wine tourism. In addition to his academic activities, Professor Simeon has completed several consulting and training projects with Bay Area firms.
Sameer Verma is Professor of Information Systems at San Francisco State University. His research focuses on the diffusion and adoption of innovative technologies. He is currently working on several academic research projects which include the diffusion of open source software, mobility issues in wireless networks, identity management across disparate networks and communication modes in messaging systems. In addition to his academic work, Dr. Verma has worked with companies in consulting capacity in the areas of content analysis, management and delivery. Dr. Verma also serves on the advisory boards of some SF Bay Area technology companies.