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  •  Agrawal Named Associate Dean for Faculty

    Tuesday, Jun. 22, 2010 12:11 PM

    Narendra Agrawal, chair of the OMIS department, will become Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Leavey School of Business (LSB) on July 1. In the new role, he will assist Dean Drew Starbird with faculty development and strategic planning issues.

    "Naren was nominated by at least a dozen of our colleagues," said Dean Starbird, making the announcement to LSB faculty last week. "His selection was heartily supported by the other department chairs, and he will serve the School and University well."

    Professor Agrawal joined the LSB faculty in 1992 after completing his Ph.D. in operations management at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. He also holds an MA in decision sciences from the Wharton School, an MS in management science from the University of Texas at Dallas, and B.Tech. from the Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in India.  Professor Agrawal has nearly 30 refereed publications or technical reports and has made well over sixty academic presentations in the US and abroad.  He has served as associate editor for Management Science and for Manufacturing and Service Operations Management and as an editorial review board member for Production and Operations Management.  Professor Agrawal's research focuses on supply chain management, service supply chains, retail management and assortment planning, and channel dynamics.
    For the last two years, Professor Agrawal has served as Chair of the OMIS department, overseeing curriculum, scheduling, hiring, and faculty evaluation.  He has served the University and School in a variety of roles including chair of the MSIS review committee, member of the MBA leadership team, member of the EMBA design committee, and a member of the LSB rank and tenure committee. 
    In his spare time, he is a trustee of Give2Asia, a non-profit organization focused on promoting and facilitating philanthropy in Asia.

  •  Conference to Gather Top Minds in Corporate Social Responsibility & Socially Responsible Investing

    Tuesday, May. 4, 2010 4:55 PM

    Some of the nation’s top experts in corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investing will gather May 14 and 15 at Santa Clara University, to discuss the benefits of elevating ethical values for corporations and investors.
    The conference, titled “The Value of Values: Social Investing and Corporate Social Responsibility,” will be held Fri., May 14 (from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and Sat., May 15 (from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m), in Lucas Hall at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA.

    “The Value of Values” conference is the signature event of the Santa Clara Initiative for Financial Innovation and Risk Management (SCIFIRM), a multiyear project focused on ethical financial innovation and responsible risk management. SCIFIRM was formed after the international financial crisis that began in late 2008, as an effort to leverage SCU’s institutional expertise in areas such as behavioral finance, risk management, and private equity with the University’s focus on ethics, justice, and compassion.

    Seating is limited to 100 participants and a block of seats has been set aside for the general public and financial practitioners. Tickets are $300 and include all conference meals and materials. More information and the link to online registration is found at

    A rare lineup of speakers from North America and Europe is scheduled to attend and present results of their research at the conference. For instance, three of the four authors of industry papers demonstrating long-term performance benefits from socially responsible investing will be on hand to discuss their research.
    “Since the financial meltdown, more and more companies and individuals are realizing that promoting responsible behavior is integral to good business and investing choices,” said Sanjiv Das, chair of the department of finance at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business and a director of SCIFIRM. “This conference will give SCU students and industry leaders alike the chance to hear what the top minds in values-based finance have to say.”

    Speakers will include corporate social responsibility experts Brad Barber of UC Davis, and Kellie McElhaney of UC Berkeley, as well as behavioral finance pioneers Hersh Shefrin and Meir Statman of Santa Clara University. A full list of speakers can be found at

    Topics to be covered at the event include Is Good Governance Valuable?; Just Good Business: CSR in Practice; and Impact Investing and Behavioral Finance.  A full agenda is available at

    Media Contact:
    Deborah Lohse | SCU Assistant Media Relations Director | 408-554-5121 |



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