Innovation M.B.A.


TomBaseliceTom Baselice

Tom Baselice is an adjunct professor in the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce. Tom has been teaching Marketing in the MBA program since 2006, including Strategic Marketing Management and Business to Business Marketing. In addition Tom teaches undergraduate courses in Marketing. 

Tom has 40 years of experience and has held Marketing and Management positions in the Electrical industry, working for Westinghouse Electric Corp and Eaton Corporation. He presently owns Technical Sales and Consulting, LLC. His company specializes in Marketing Consulting and Training.  

Tom has published several Business Case Studies on Kindle and holds a Trademark for the term “EXPECTCEED.” The term is used as a backdrop for his Customer Service Training program to symbolize how important it is to exceed customer’s expectations. 

Tom utilizes real world companies in the classroom to provide a “hands-on” experience for students taking Marketing Courses. 

Tom received his MBA from Saint Joseph’s University and has been teaching since 2000. Tom has taught courses at Camden County College and Dowling College. He designed a Marketing program in the New Jersey Self Employment Assistance program and taught a Business Planning Course at Daytona State College.  


Jason T. Crook, M.B.A.

Jason Crook is a visiting Professor of Marketing in the School of Business Administration and the coordinator of Philadelphia University’s course in Business Model Innovation. During his professional career, he has served as Director of Marketing Research at a Philadelphia-based, national advertising agency and Director of Corporate Branding for a pharmaceutical marketing company. He holds a US patent as the co-inventor of a “Method and System for Analyzing Effectiveness of Marketing Strategies.”

Professor Crook’s expertise spans a variety of industries including pharmaceuticals, retail, consumer packaged goods, banking and finance, and technology. Well known for his talents in new product launches, promotional concepts, and creative development, he currently owns his own marketing communications and research consultancy, as well as an award-winning retail and interior design business based in Philadelphia, PA.

He has served as an Advisory Board Member of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Philadelphia, and has been a guest speaker/lecturer for the SBN, as well as the Independence Business Alliance (IBA) of Philadelphia. Professor Crook earned his BS (Cum Laude) in Psychology and Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University, and an MBA in marketing from Philadelphia University.


ScottFishmanScott Fishman
President, Ethos LifeScience Advisors
Founder and CEO, Research by Design
Program Executive, Commercialization Acceleration Program at Wharton
Adjunct Professor, Philadelphia University & Drexel University

Scott is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor and market/technology analyst with more than 30 years of experience as a strategic advisor to the medical technology and pharmaceutical industries. Scott was the CEO and founder of Research by Design (RBD), a healthcare consultancy that he grew from a bedroom startup to one of the preeminent names in the medical information industry. Through RBD, Scott counseled virtually every major pharmaceutical company as well as a wide spectrum of biotechnology and medical device companies. He sold RBD to a global holding company in 2003.

Scott founded his second company, Ethos LifeScience Advisors, in 2006. Ethos guides investors, inventors and the companies they produce to success, through detailed analysis of the clinical and commercial potential of new technologies.

Scott is an enthusiastic angel investor with a focus on medical technology companies. He chairs the Life Sciences screening committee for Robin Hood Ventures, an angel investment group in the mid-Atlantic region, which has more than $13M invested in more than 40 companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. He also sits on the Life Science Investment Advisory committee for Ben Franklin Technology Partners, one of the nation's most successful technology-based economic development programs.

Scott has always been dedicated to mentoring others and is actively involved in graduate education. He co-created and serves as Program Executive for the Commercialization Acceleration Program (CAP) at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). A consultancy staffed by Healthcare MBA and undergraduate Life Sciences students, CAP is unique in that it provides experiential education for students while making a genuine contribution to the development and funding of technology-based start-up companies. In addition to serving as adjunct professor in Marketing, Management and Strategic Planning in the MBA program at Philadelphia University, Scott co-teaches a commercialization course to bioengineering students at Drexel University and lectures in the Postdoctoral program at UPenn. He has presented at such biotechnology development events as Bio Strategy Partners Practical Knowledge Series and the University Science Center’s Entrepreneur On-Ramp.

Scott holds a Master’s degree in Advertising from the University of Texas and an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.


JosephFritzJoseph J. Fritz

Joseph J. Fritz, Esquire is an Attorney and Adjunct Professor of Business Law and Management at Philadelphia University, where he has taught for the last seventeen years. In 2007, he was selected for Philadelphia University’s Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Award for the School of Business Administration.

Professor Fritz earned his J.D. from Western New England School of Law in 1984. He also holds both a B.A. and M.A. in History from Rutgers University and the University of Vermont, respectively. Professor Fritz most recently was a principal and Managing Partner of the law firm of Reid & Fritz, P.C., located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, retiring from active practice in 2012.

Professor Fritz served in the United States Army, both active and reserve, from 1984 through 2003. In 1990-1991, he was a Military Police Platoon Leader in the 24th Infantry Division, (Mechanized), and served in Saudi Arabia and Iraq in Desert Shield/Storm. Professor Fritz is the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal. 

Professor Fritz is married, has one child, and lives in the Philadelphia area.


MichaelHagyMichael R. Hagy

Michael R. Hagy is an adjunct professor in the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce. Currently, Professor Hagy is teaching MBA program courses in Strategic Insight & Innovation; Management Communications & the Art of Negotiation; Entrepreneurship; Managing Innovative People & Teams; and undergraduate courses in management.

Mr. Hagy possesses more than 30 years of experience in business team development, executive coaching, leadership and management skills training, strategic planning, and project management. As the Managing Principal of the Pinnacle Performance Group (PPG), he has helped clients throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Asia. PPG’s client base includes manufacturing, financial, engineering, retailers, software development and service companies in the public and private sectors.

A commissioned officer in the United States Navy, Mr. Hagy was one of a handful who was dual qualified as a Naval Aviator and a Surface Warfare Officer. Commander Hagy’s final assignment was Executive Officer at the Naval Air Engineering Station, Lakehurst, New Jersey. The Station is the only aerospace activity dedicated to providing and maintaining the wherewithal to operate aircraft from ships at sea. Here he was responsible for all base operations for a 7,200-acre activity employing some 5,000 engineers, manufacturing tradesmen, aviation technicians and military personnel.

At Lakehurst he directed some 800 people involved in aviation operations, public works, occupational safety, environmental engineering, finance, security, facilities construction and maintenance, contracting, warehousing, legal, public affairs, and family housing services. In 1995, Mr. Hagy successfully prepared the defense of Lakehurst before the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC).

Mr. Hagy holds a BS in Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland (1971); is an honor graduate of the U.S. Naval War College (1983); and earned a M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California (1984). Among his awards are the President’s Award for Lifetime of Volunteerism; Mayoral Citation, City of Philadelphia; Navy Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Expeditionary Medal; and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. 


ChaeMiLimChae Mi Lim, Ph.D.

Chae Mi Lim, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Philadelphia University. She teaches courses in consumer behavior, marketing research, and business model innovation.

Her current research focuses on consumer bargain shopping behavior in the context of luxury shopping and consumer experience in multichannel environment. She has published her research in journals including Psychology & Marketing, International Journal of Retail & Distribution Management, Journal of Global Academy of Marketing Science, and Journal of Customer Behaviour. Her pedagogical research on interdisciplinary project-based learning appears in Business Education Innovation Journal.

Previously, she worked as a research scientist and product developer for 8 years in pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries.

Dr. Lim earned her Ph.D. in Retail and Consumer Sciences and her M.S. in Management Science, both from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and her B.S. in Chemistry from Ewha Women’s University, Seoul, South Korea.


D.K. MalhotraD.K. Malhotra, Ph.D.

Dr. D.K. Malhotra is a professor of finance and director of MBA and MS Tax programs. He joined Philadelphia University in 1993. Dr. Malhotra teaches courses in Derivative Securities, Fixed Income Securities, International Finance, Corporate Finance, and Investment and Portfolio Management at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Malhotra has published over 80 research articles in such journals as European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Financial Research, Financial Review, Journal of Portfolio Management, Omega—The International Journal of Management Science, European Journal of Finance, Quarterly Journal of Business and Economics, Journal of Economics and Finance, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Financial Counseling and Planning Journal, Journal of Retail Banking, The Real Estate Finance Journal, The International Journal of Finance, Journal of Intelligent Systems, Advances in Futures and Options Research, Journal of Commercial Lending, Journal of Global Business and Journal of Lending and Credit Risk Management. His research on mutual fund expenses has been cited by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Investment Company Institute (ICI), Securities Industry Association (SIA), and New York Times.

His research has also been cited in congressional testimonies on mutual fund expenses. Dr. Malhotra’s work on use of neural networks in consumer loan evaluation has been cited by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. In addition, he has presented over 80 research papers at various academic conferences all over the world. New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Philadelphia Inquirer, Business Credit Magazine, and KPMG Online Newsletter have quoted Dr. Malhotra on such wide ranging topics as mutual fund expenses, declining value of EURO, merger of Cores State Bank with First Union Bank, and credit derivatives.

Dr. Malhotra is also the visiting professor of international finance at Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business in Trinidad and Tobago, Birla Institute of Management and Technology, India and Apeejay School of Management, New Delhi, India.

In addition, Dr. Malhotra is the editor-in-chief of Afro-Asian Journal of Finance and Accounting. Dr. Malhotra is also currently serving on the editorial boards of Icfain International Journal of Management Research, Icfain Journal of Bank Management, and Journal of Insurance and Risk Management. Dr. Malhotra’s biographical profile has been included in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, and Who’s Who in the East. Dr. Malhotra was also the recipient of 1999 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Philadelphia University and 2007 Philadelphia University Outstanding Research Award. He also received the School of Business Administration’s award for excellence in research for four years.  


JaideepNaiduJaideep T. Naidu, Ph.D.

Dr. Jaideep Naidu is an Associate Professor of Operations Management and Quantitative Methods at Philadelphia University. He teaches courses in Operations Management and Quantitative Methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the School of Business. He has also taught Business Statistics and Operations Research for the School of Business as well as the School of Design and Engineering here at Philadelphia University.

Dr. Naidu has published his research findings in reputed journals such as Journal of the Operational Research Society and Omega – The International Journal of Management Science. His work has also been cited in reputed journals. More recently, his work has also appeared in pedagogical journals such as American Journal of Business Education. However, he continues to work on scholarly research and one of his recent publications in the AIMS International Journal of Management was judged to be the second most outstanding research paper published by this journal in the year 2011.

Dr. Naidu currently serves on the editorial board of International Journal of Applied Management Science. He is also the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University.


RaymondPoteauRaymond R. Poteau, M.B.A., C.P.A.

Professor Ray Poteau has over 40 years of experience practicing and teaching accounting and auditing. He has worked in public accounting and in financial management in the health care industry.

He is a Professor of Accounting in the School of Business Administration (SBA) of Philadelphia University (PhilaU), where he served as the SBA Dean for a five-year period. He has published numerous books, articles, and papers. He was a partner and/or teacher in CPA review courses in NY, NJ, PA, and DE for over 30 years and was heavily involved in the creation and implementation of PhilaU’s new and unique iMBA-CPA program.

Professor Poteau earned an M.B.A. at The George Washington University and a B.S. in Accounting at Temple University. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He has received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award, Pennsylvania Institute of CPA’s Outstanding Educator Award, PhilaU President’s Award for Teaching Excellence, PhilaU SBA’s Outstanding Teaching Award, PhilaU SBA’s Outstanding Research Award, and PhilaU SBA’s Outstanding Service Award.


CathyRusinkoCathy A. Rusinko, Ph.D.

Dr. Cathy Rusinko is currently Professor of Management and Coordinator for Sustainability in the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce at Philadelphia University. She has also taught at the Pennsylvania State University. Her interests include sustainability in corporations and in higher education, and technology and innovation management. From 2003 to 2006, she was project team leader of a competitive grant from The National Textile Center, “Sustainability as a Source of Competitive Advantage.”

Before earning a Ph.D. in Management and Organization at The Pennsylvania State University, she worked at General Electric, where she was involved in cross-functional integration and design for manufacturing in the Major Appliances Division. She has also worked in the U.S. Departments of Defense and Agriculture.

She has been an invited speaker to industry groups including Carpet America Recovery Effort, Carpet and Rug Institute, Association for Contract Textiles, and Institutional Investor Groups. She has been interviewed and quoted in publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, U.S. News and World Report, and Floor Focus.

Her academic work includes over 60 journal articles, chapters, professional papers, and presentations, and she serves on several advisory boards for academic journals. She has designed and taught sustainable business curriculum at undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2009, she co-edited a special issue of Journal of Management Education, “Greening and Sustainability across the Management Curriculum.”

Dr. Rusinko has also designed and taught multi-disciplinary curricula in higher education, and has designed and delivered multi-disciplinary education and training programs for managerial and non-managerial audiences.     

She is a longtime member of Academy of Management, and was elected to the Program Team for the Organizations and the Natural Environment Division from 2008 to 2011.   


LesSztanderaLes Sztandera, Ph.D.

Prof. Les Sztandera is Professor of Computer Information Systems in the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce. His research interests include knowledge management and computational intelligence. Dr. Sztandera was a recipient of the highest and the most prestigious appointment in the US Fulbright Scholars program in 2003, and served a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the School of Business and Economics (ISEG) in Lisbon, Portugal, teaching in the MBA and Ph.D. programs there.

Currently, Dr. Sztandera is teaching in the iMBA program courses in Technical Competitive Intelligence and New Product Development, as well as being involved in multidisciplinary industry sponsored research projects as part of the new curriculum that draws on Philadelphia University rich history in innovation and design, and long tradition of excellence in teaching and researching integrated product development. The curriculum meets the emerging needs of industry to develop managers, industrial designers, and engineers into more accomplished practitioners in the global product development processes.

Dr. Sztandera draws on his experience in the development and delivery of innovative curricula to facilitate crafting of cross disciplinary projects. His cross disciplinary work to encourage the inclusion of computational intelligence principles and competences in undergraduate education led to the National Science Foundation grant award to Philadelphia University through the Division of Undergraduate Education in 1996. Since joining Philadelphia University in 1993, Dr. Sztandera has been involved in a number of course and curricula development. He developed a sequence of courses coupled with laboratory assignments in which students worked with real life problems. In 2004 he was instrumental in developing a Business Plus program for entering freshmen.

Complementary with his teaching effort, Dr. Sztandera has been involved in a variety of research activities. His research was funded, among others, by US Department of Defense, US Department of Commerce, National Science Foundation, State Supercomputer Centers, and American Heart Association. Prof. Sztandera is an eminent scholar and has a significant publication and teaching record. He has delivered papers, seminars, and workshops, and published extensively on computational intelligence issues, as well as served as a Chair of International Conferences in the field.

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