Leadership Team

The Carlson School benefits from a proven and experienced leadership team dedicated to the school’s long-term success.

Sri ZaheerSri Zaheer

Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
BSc, Physics, Women's Christian College, Madras University
MBA, Finance & Control, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
PhD, International Management, Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sri Zaheer is the Dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota where she also holds the Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility.

She joined the University in 1991 as an assistant professor after earning her PhD at the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Before becoming dean in 2012, her roles at the Carlson School have included serving as the PhD coordinator in the department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, department chair, and associate dean of faculty and research where she was responsible for faculty in seven academic departments and the school's research infrastructure.

Sri’s research focus is on international business—a topic on which she has published extensively and work that has been honored by such organizations as the Academy of International Business and the Academy of Management.  She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, and a former Consulting Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies.

Prior to academia, Zaheer worked for multinationals such as Tata Consultancy Services and Sandoz (India) Ltd. She also reported on politics and business from India and Nigeria for Business International. These experiences provided the foundation for her research in international business as well as leading the Carlson School’s engagement with the corporate community.

Sri serves on the boards of the Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency in Rochester, Minn. and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. In 2013, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored her professional achievements, leadership qualities, and contributions to the broader Twin Cities community with its Women in Business Award.

She earned a bachelor of science degree in physics from the Women’s Christian College, Madras University and was awarded her MBA from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad.

Alok Gupta

Associate Dean of Faculty and Research
Curtis L. Carlson Schoolwide Chair in Information Management, Information and Decision Sciences
BS, Mining Engineering Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University
MS, Mine Electrical Systems, Pennsylvania State University
PhD, Management Science and Information Systems, University of Texas-Austin

Alok Gupta is the Curtis L. Carlson Schoolwide Chair in Information Management, and the former chair of the Information and Decision Sciences Department at the Carlson School. His research has appeared in several information systems, economics, and computer science journals. Gupta was awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER Award for his research on dynamic pricing mechanisms on the internet in 2001, and named an INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS) Distinguished Fellow in 2014.

From 1999-2001, he served as co-director of Treibick Electronic Commerce Initiative (TECI), an endowed research initiative in the Operations and Information Management Department at the University of Connecticut. Currently, Gupta is an affiliate of the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce (CREC) at the University of Texas at Austin, senior editor of Information Systems Research, and associate editor of Management Science. He has served as publisher of MIS Quarterly since 2005. 

Mark E. Bergen

Associate Dean of Executive Education
James D Watkins Chair in Marketing
BS, Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD, Economics, University of Minnesota

Mark Bergen's research focuses on pricing and channels of distribution, where he has studied issues such as pricing as a strategic capability, price wars, pricing as truces, pass-through, branded variants, dual distribution, gray markets, co-op advertising, and quick response. Bergen's work has been published in a broad array of scholarly journals and business press, including the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of MarketingMarketing ScienceManagement Science, the Quarterly Journal of EconomicsOrganization Science, the Strategic Management Journal, the Harvard Business Review, and the Sloan Management Review.    

Steve ParenteStephen T. Parente

Associate Dean of MBA Programs
Minnesota Insurance Industry Professor of Health Finance and Insurance
MS, Public Policy Analysis, University of Rochester
MPH, Health Economics, University of Rochester
PhD, Health Care Finance and Organization, Johns Hopkins University

Stephen Parente is a professor in the finance department and director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute.  He specializes in health economics, health insurance, medical technology evaluation, and health information technology. In Washington D.C., he serves as governing chair of the non-profit 501(c)(3) Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI), an adjunct scholar of the American Enterprise Institute and is the chair of academic advisers to the Center for Health and Economy.  He has served as a consultant to several of the largest healthcare organizations in the world, including UnitedHealth Group, BlueCross BlueShield, Johnson and Johnson, Medtronic, Pfizer, Merck, Johns Hopkins Hospital, and various government agencies.  He has testified to the US Congress and state government on health reform legislation and served as a Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Senate.

Parente has published more than 60 articles in top journals.  He has managed as principal investigator a grant portfolio of more than $6 million in grants and contracts.  In addition to health insurance, his funded research at the University of Minnesota has focused medical care productivity, Medicare reform, health care e-commerce, and the national impact on health information technology on productivity and cost.  His peer-reviewed research has been reported in the nation media outlets including: the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Forbes, Politico, Business Week, and the Washington Post. Dr. Parente teaches graduate level courses in health economics, information technology and medical technology evaluation. He holds an appointment as adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.

Michael J. Houston

Associate Dean of Carlson Global Institute
Ecolab/Pierson M. Grieve Chair in International Marketing
BS, Commerce, University of Illinois
MS, Marketing, University of Illinois
PhD, Marketing, University of Illinois

Michael Houston has been with the Carlson School of Management since 1986 and has served as chair of the Department of Marketing and Logistics Management, associate dean of faculty and research, and interim Co-Dean. An award-winning consumer researcher, he currently investigates culture and consumer behavior and global branding issues. He served as editor of the Journal of Marketing Research from 1988-91, and currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Consumer Psychology, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Asian Journal of Marketing, and the Review of Marketing Research. Houston has held national office in the American Marketing Association, serving as vice president of publications  from 2000-2004, and currently as co-chair of the AMA Knowledge Coalition. His teaching efforts have included his role as academic director of the Carlson Brand Enterprise.

Ian Maitland
Ian Maitland

Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs
Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship
BA, Modern Languages, Oxford University
JD, Concord University School of Law
PhD, Sociology, Columbia University

Ian Maitland first joined the Carlson School in 1979 and most recently has served as professor of business ethics and international business. Ian also has taught in the Carlson School's China and Warsaw Executive MBA programs and the Management of Technology Master's Program and has served as a Visiting Professor at Keio University in Tokyo in 2001. He has a PhD from Columbia University in sociology and a BA from Magdalen College, Oxford. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England, is a member of the California Bar and served as the President of the Society of Business Ethics in 2010‐11.