Fuqua School: Adding to the Management Area Faculty

Charles Williams explores how companies adapt to change

The Fuqua School of Business is optimistic that it is developing greater strengths in its management faculty and in its global outreach. New faculty hire Charles Williams is one reason for that optimism.

Williams, an assistant professor, comes to Fuqua from the University of Illinois, where he taught business strategy to MBA students and undergraduates. At Fuqua, he will teach Organization Design in the global executive MBA program (GEMBA).

"I'm very excited that teaching in the GEMBA will take me back to Eastern Europe because I used to do consulting and market research on telecommunications in East Europe and the former SovietRepublics," Williams said. "I was attracted to the management group here because it has an exciting group of researchers that span the organizational and economic sides of strategy."

Williams' research revolves around how the structure of firms affects how they adapt to changes.

Williams and his family once lived in Charlotte and are returning to North Carolina after living in the Midwest for the past eight years. He and his wife are looking forward to reconnecting with favorite outdoor activities.

"We used to paddle, bike, and hike all over the state so we're very happy to have trails for running and mountain biking right out the front door of our new house," he said. "We have two kids, ages 5 and 2, who we're hoping to introduce to the North Carolina outdoors as well."

Williams is one of four new faculty hires in management this year.

Associate Professor Jonathon N. Cummings does research on social networks and teams in organizations, and the role of knowledge sharing in work distributed across different geographic locations.

Assistant Professor Ashleigh Rosettewill teach Dynamics of Bargaining and Managerial Effectiveness at Fuqua. Her teaching philosophy is to empower students with the knowledge and learning that transforms classroom concepts into real world application.

Assistant Professor Jack Soll comes to Durham from INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France. At Fuqua, Soll will teach the core course in Managerial Effectiveness in the global executive MBA program.