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

Sri Zaheer

Sri 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 (SME), 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 Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), Greater Twin Cities United Way, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. She previously served on the boards of the Guthrie Theater and Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency in Rochester, Minnesota. 

In 2013, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored Sri’s professional achievements, leadership qualities, and contributions to the broader Twin Cities community with its Women in Business Award.

She holds 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, editor in chief of Information Systems Research and associate editor of Management Science. He has served as publisher of MIS Quarterly since 2005. 

Steve Parente

Stephen 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 on the faculty since 1986 and has served as chair, Department of Marketing, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, and interim Co-Dean. An award-winning consumer researcher, he currently does research on culture and consumer behavior and global branding issues. He served as Editor, Journal of Marketing Research (1988-91) and has served on the editorial boards of all of the major academic journals in marketing as well as other international journals. He has held national office in the American Marketing Association, serving as Vice President of Publications (2000-04), and as Director-Academic, Association for Consumer Research. His teaching efforts have included his role as academic director of the Carlson Brand Enterprise. He is a 2012 recipient of the University of Minnesota Global Engagement Award.

Raj Singh

Raj Singh

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program
Curtis L. Carlson Chair in Finance
BS, Mechanical Engineering, Kurukshetra University
MBA, Information Systems, City University of New York
MS, Finance, Carnegie-Mellon University
PhD, Finance, Carnegie-Mellon University

Raj Singh’s research interests include corporate finance, auction theory, agency theory, and market-microstructure. He received the 2002 Best Corporate Finance Paper Award from the Western Finance Association, was a runner up for the 2002 Glucksman Research Prize and was recognized for his teaching in BusinessWeek’s Guide to the Best Business Schools in 1997, 1999 and 2001. His research has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Law, Economics & Organizations, and Journal of Accounting Research. He served on the academic advisory board for the Carlson Consulting Enterprise and currently serves on the editorial board of the International Review of Finance.