Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark

Adjunct Professor of Business Administration

Dorie Clark is the author of Reinventing You: Define Your Brand, Imagine Your Future and Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog. Recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Fortune, and Inc. magazine, Clark is a marketing strategy consultant and speaker for clients including Google, Microsoft, Yale University, Fidelity, and the World Bank.

She is an Adjunct Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Visiting Professor for IE Business School in Madrid. She has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School, the MIT Sloan School of Management, the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto, and more. She is a frequent guest on MSNBC and appears in worldwide media including NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. You can follow her on Twitter @dorieclark and download her free 42-page Stand Out Self-Assessment Workbook.

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John Graham

John Graham

D. Richard Mead, Jr. Family Professor of Finance

Dr. Graham is the D. Richard Mead professor of finance at Fuqua. His past work experience includes teaching at the University of Utah and seven years working as a senior economist at Virgina Power. He has been co-editor of the Journal of Finance, associate editor of The Journal of Finance, The Review of Financial Studies, Finance Research Letters, and Financial Management, and has served on the board of directors of the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association, and the Financial Management Association, three of the largest academic finance professional organizations. Graham is currently President-elect of the Financial Management Association and has been President of the Western Finance Association, is a Fellow of the Financial Management Association, and is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is multiple time winner of best teacher awards and also a recipient of the overall Outstanding Faculty award. Graham has served as area coordinator of Duke’s finance group and as co-director of the Duke Center for Financial Excellence.

Graham has published more than 50 articles and book chapters on corporate taxes, cost of capital, capital structure, financial reporting, and payout policy. His research has won numerous best paper awards. His teaching focuses on corporate finance, taxes, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate restructuring. His simulated corporate marginal tax rates are widely used and are an important input in the Duff and Phelps cost of capital publications.

Since 1997 Graham has been the director of the Global Business Outlook
(, a quarterly CFO survey that assesses the business climate and topical economic issues around the world. He appears regularly in the media to discuss the survey and corporate sector. Finally, Graham is lead author on the textbooks Corporate Finance: Linking Theory to What Companies Do (Cengage) and Introduction to Corporate Finance

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Rick Larrick

Richard Larrick

Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor in Leadership and Professor of Management and Organizations

Rick Larrick is the Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor in Leadership and a Professor of Management and Organizations at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He serves as the faculty director for Fuqua’s Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE) and is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Research on Environmental Decisions (CRED) located at Columbia University.

Larrick’s research interests include individual, group, and organizational decision making. Specific areas of research examine environmental decision making, the wisdom of crowds, advice taking, goal setting, and debiasing. He has published in management, psychology, and general science journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Management Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Psychological Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Science. Larrick received his Ph. D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan in 1991. Prior to joining Duke in 2001, he taught at Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management (1991-1993) and at the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business (1993-2001).

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Ryan McDevitt

Ryan McDevitt

Assistant Professor of Economics

Ryan C. McDevitt is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, where he teaches the core Managerial Economics course.

Professor McDevitt received a B.A. from Williams College and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, both in economics. Before joining the faculty at Duke, he worked as an analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division and taught Competitive Strategy at the Kellogg School of Management and the Simon School of Business. At Simon, Ryan received the Professor of the Year Award in 2012.

Professor McDevitt’s research focuses primarily on the field of empirical industrial organization. He has conducted large-sample studies on various topics, including firms’ responses to changes in their reputations and the correlation between a firm’s name choice and its quality. In a separate line of research, Professor McDevitt and his co-authors have estimated structural models of firms’ decisions to differentiate in health care and venture capital. In addition, he has collaborated on papers that consider the economic benefits of broadband Internet and the impact of social frictions on consumers’ purchases. Several media outlets have profiled his work, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Economist, National Public Radio, and Cosmo.

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Preyas Desai

Spencer R. Hassell Professor of Business Administration

Preyas Desai is the Spencer R. Hassell Professor of Business Administration at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Professor Desai received M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University, and was on the faculty of Purdue University before joining Duke in 1997.

Professor Desai’s research covers a wide range of topics in marketing strategy, distribution channels, and marketing of durable products. His research analyzes strategic interactions such as those among competing firms, and among firms partnering within a distribution channel. His articles on these topics have appeared in top-tier academic journals such as Marketing Science, Management ScienceJournal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, and Quantitative Marketing and Economics. He has served as a departmental editor for Management Science and is currently the editor-in-chief of Marketing Science.

At Fuqua, Professor Desai has served as the chair of school’s Curriculum Committee, Faculty Technology Committee, co-chair of Strategic Planning task force, and the area coordinator for the marketing area. He is currently a member of the dean’s advisory committee. He is a member of Duke’s academic council and also serves on the Academic Committee on Online Education (ACOE).

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Dan Vermeer

Dan Vermeer

Executive Director, Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment and Associate Professor of the Practice

Dr. Daniel Vermeer is founder and director of Duke University’s Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE), an initiative that harnesses the power of business to meet the global demand for energy, resources, and improved quality of life.

Dr. Vermeer teaches graduate classes at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and Nicholas School of the Environment, directs research projects, and consults with leading companies and organizations including Bank of America, ABB, GE, Wal-Mart, Dupont, The Nature Conservancy, UN Global Compact, Claremont Creek Ventures, and other private and public organizations. His areas of expertise include water management, sustainable agriculture, value chains, resource productivity, efficiency, product certification, and low-carbon development.

Dr. Vermeer joined Duke from The Coca-Cola Company, where he led the Global Water Initiative, an industry-leading effort to protect the quality and availability of the company’s primary ingredient. As part of this work, he founded Coca-Cola’s Community Water Partnerships program, resulting in nearly 500 public-private partnerships in over 90 countries, and designed a “gold standard” methodology for identifying risks across Coca-Cola’s global manufacturing facilities. During his tenure at Coca-Cola, he launched the company’s Sustainable Agriculture program to evaluate and manage lifecycle impacts of agricultural supply chain inputs.

Dr. Vermeer plays a leading public role in advocating for business sustainability through speaking, research, and institution-building. He is the founder and chief architect of the Global Water Challenge, a multi-partner organization for innovative water and sanitation initiatives, co-author of the CEO Water Mandate (signed by more
than 50 Fortune 500 companies), and lead contributor to several policy documents issued through the World Economic Forum, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the United Nations Foundation. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

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