Faculty Advisory Committee
Dr. Marion Eberly, Management
Dr. Altaf Merchant, Marketing
Dr. Lex Perryman, Management
Dr. Jill Purdy, Management
The Center's Faculty Advisory Committee provides advice and input into activities of the Center that are directed toward scholarship, research, and teaching. Among other tasks, members identify the topic for the Center's annual academic conference and help to judge the annual UWT case competition.
Dr. Marion Eberly
Marion Eberly joined the Milgard School of Business in 2011 after earning her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research interests focus on employee turnover and relationships in the workplace with a special emphasis on leadership, emotions and attributions. She teaches introduction to management and international management at the undergraduate level. Prior to her academic career, she worked in Human Resources in the United States and in Germany for an international agricultural manufacturing company.
Dr. Altaf Merchant
Altaf Merchant joined the Milgard School of Business in 2008 after earning his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Old Dominion University. His research interests focus on consumer behavior with an emphasis on nostalgia and non profit marketing issues. He teaches Introduction to Marketing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to his academic career he worked for eight years with various marketing organizations (like Reckitt Benckiser and Glaxo SmithKline) in global brand management and innovations management.
Dr. Lex Perryman
Lex Perryman research spans both academic and practitioner audiences. Her work on governance issues has focused on the definition of "material" information with regard to CEO health. She has been quoted in media outlets such as PC World and USA Today in regards to Apple's handling of former CEO Steve Jobs' health concerns. In turn, her work on franchising has focused on the fast food industry and seeks to examine issues such as outlet ownership patterns, franchisee selection, and the role of organizational routines.
Dr. Jill Purdy
Jill Purdy is is a founding faculty member of the Milgard School of Business. She served as director of the MBA program from 2000-2005 and as Academic Director of the Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility from its creation in 2008 until 2012. She is currently the vice chair for the faculty assembly.
Academic research has moved beyond the search for a direct link between social responsibility and financial performance. Instead of focusing on past activities, scholars are helping businesses look forward to help them understand the barriers and benefits of social and environmental investments. Innovative efforts such as benefit corporations and crowdsourcing are changing the landscape for business and raising new questions about what social responsibility really means.