Americas Faculty

The Americas EMBA faculty is comprised of experts from each of the four Americas Alliance Schools. These select faculty members provide expert insight and instruction in the classroom, drawing from their innovative research and extensive experience. During the program, they'll serve as mentors, friends and hosts. Later they can become part of your career network.

Meet some of your faculty members

Alfredo Behrens

Professor of Leadership and Cross-Cultural Management (FIA)

Professor Behren’s recent book, Culture and Management in the Americas, was voted the best Época Negócios. Behrens also wrote the chapter on Brazil for the London Business School’s The Software Industry in Emerging Markets: Origins and Dynamics (Elgar, 2005). Behrens is a member of the Editorial Board of Thunderbird International Business Review, writes regularly for America Economia and was awarded the McNamara Fellowship by the World Bank, the Hewlett Fellowship by Princeton University, The Boa Vista Bank award and the Jean Monet Fellowship by the European University, Fiesole, Italy.

Michael Burcham

Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship; President, Nashville Entrepreneur Center (Vanderbilt)

Michael Burcham has over 20 years of extensive experience in health care innovation, entrepreneurship, and startup venture coaching. He is a highly successful three-time entrepreneur–most recently President of ParadigmHealth, a $300-million disease management firm. In addition to his post at Vanderbilt, Michael serves as President of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

Mila Lazarova

Associate Professor; Canada Research Chair; Area Coordinator, International Business (SFU)

Dr. Mila Lazarova joined the Beedie School of Business in 2002 from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where she received her PhD. Her research interests include expatriate management, with a focus on repatriation and the career impact of international assignments; work/life balance issues related to assignments; global careers and the role of organizational career development and mobility practices in organizations; the changing role of the HR department; and comparative human resource management.

David Owens

Clinical Professor of Business Strategy and Innovation; Faculty Director, Executive Development Institute (Vanderbilt)

David Owens’s research has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, the London Guardian and NPR’s Marketplace. His work in the area of business strategy, innovation process and product development has included engagements with NASA, LEGO, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He has also performed product design consulting work for a variety of firms including Daimler Benz, Apple Computer, and Coleman Camping. Most recently, while on leave from Vanderbilt University, Owens served as CEO of Griffin Technology Inc., the largest consumer electronics firm in the MP3/iPod accessory market space.

Daniel Shapiro

Professor of Global Business Strategy (Simon Fraser University)

Daniel M. Shapiro is an educator and researcher in areas of managerial economics, strategic analysis, international business strategy and business and government. His extensive body of work has appeared in Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, and Journal of Industrial Economics, among others. He has designed and delivered executive programs to managers in the private and public sectors, both in Canada and abroad (including Russia, Guyana, Indonesia and China) and has served as a consultant to various organizations in the public and private sectors in the areas of foreign investment, mergers, competition policy, strategy and industrial policy.