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Faculty | Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Jake Aguas

  • Associate Professor of Management

  • M.A., Organizational Leadership, Biola University
  • B.A., Economics, University of California, Los Angeles

With nearly three decades of innovative leadership and management experience, Jake has held leadership positions with a Fortune 100 company as well as with one of the country's top-polling firms. He was a leader in the retail bank division of JPMorgan Chase for 15 years, notably serving as its Human Resource Manager for Talent Acquisition for the Western United States. He is a principal...

Courses

Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

  • Principles of Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Capstone Course for Management

Graduate Courses at Biola University:

  • Management Theory and Practice
  • The Innovative Leader

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Rachel Bodell

  • Associate Professor of Management Marketing

  • DBA, University of Manchester
  • M.S., Marketing Management, EDHEC Business School
  • B.S., International Business, Azusa Pacific University

Dr. Rachel Bodell comes to Biola University holding three degrees from three countries — the U.S., France and England. Her research and teaching expertise are in the arenas of organizational and personal value assumptions and ethical marketing strategies. Before her time at Biola, she gained industry experience including healthcare information technology, cosmetics and hospitality — she has...

Courses

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Current Topics in Marketing
  • Global Marketing Management
  • International Business
  • International Marketing
  • Marketing from the Management Perspective
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Sales and Sales Management
  • Social Media, SEO, and Digital Strategies
  • Sources of Innovation

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    David Bourgeois

    • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, Crowell School of Business
    • Associate Professor of Information Systems and Business Analytics
    • Assistant Provost for Program Development

    • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
    • M.S., California State University, Fullerton
    • B.S., Biola University

    David T. Bourgeois is the associate dean for undergraduate programs in the Crowell School of Business. Dave graduated from Biola with a degree in mathematics in 1987. For the next 15 years, he worked in the information systems field with four different companies, including two Fortune 500 companies, experiencing many different roles within this field: systems analyst, programmer, project...

    Courses

    Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

    • Management Information Systems
    • Business Analytics
    • Advanced Business Analytics

    Graduate courses at Biola University:

    • Business Intelligence and Data Analysis

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    Les Harman III

    • Associate Professor of Marketing

    • M.S., California State University, San Francisco
    • M.A., Talbot School of Theology
    • B.S., California State University, San Diego

    Professor Harman’s teaching philosophy is to have students engage the local community and learn relational and marketing strategies through real world projects with local clients. For the last 15 years, Harman has run a small business IMG (Integrity Marketing Research Services) that specializes in conducting in-depth interviews, focus groups and comprehensive survey projects for non-profit...

    Courses

    Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

    • Introduction to Marketing Practical Application
    • Introduction to Marketing
    • Business Internship
    • Business to Business Marketing
    • Marketing Research
    • Marketing for Non-profit Organizations
    • Capstone for Marketing

    Graduate courses at Biola University:

    • Nonprofit Management

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    Randy Markley

    • Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance

    • DBA, Warrington College of Business, University of Florida
    • MPA, University of Southern California
    • MBA, University of La Verne
    • B.A., University of La Verne

    Markley is an associate professor of accounting and finance at the Crowell School of Business. With a career in business spanning three decades, Markley has held several executive positions overseeing the financial, operational and business development for both public and private corporations. Markley received a B.A. in Business and an MBA from the University of La Verne. He also earned an...

    Courses

    Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

    • Business Finance
    • Advanced Financial Management and Control

    Graduate courses at Biola University:

    • Business Finance
    • Organizational Financial Policy
    • Government and Nonprofit Accounting

    Research Interests

    • Best practices in finance and accounting pedagogy
    • Financial analytics to improve forecasting
    • Aligning incentives in the supply chain by applying cost accounting principles

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    Jeff McHugh

    • Associate Professor
    • Graduate Program Chair

    • Ed.D, Organizational Change and Leadership, University of Southern California
    • C.M.A
    • M.B.A. Finance/Marketing, University of Southern California
    • B.A. Economics, Stanford University

    Jeff McHugh’s business experience includes 35 years at Beckman Coulter, a Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer, human resources, manufacturing, finance, marketing, sales and general management. Over the final 15 years of his career at Beckman, McHugh was the Vice President West Zone Commercial Operations, Vice President National Accounts, Vice President Americas Commercial Operations and...

    Courses

    Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

    • Leadership and Change
    • Capstone for Management Concentration
    • High-Performance Leadership

    Graduate courses at Biola University:

    • Management Strategy
    • Organizational Change and Leadership

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    Laureen Mgrdichian

    • Associate Professor of Marketing
    • Interim Undergraduate Program Chair

    • MBA, University of California, Los Angeles
    • B.A., Biola University

    Laureen Mgrdichian has been an associate professor at Biola since 2012, and teaches in the area of marketing, consumer behavior, leadership and entrepreneurship. Besides teaching at Biola, she owns her own baking business specializing in cookies and cakes. She graduated from Biola with a degree in communications, and completed her MBA with an emphasis in marketing and organizational...

    Courses

    Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

    • Introduction to Marketing
    • Consumer Behavior
    • Entrepreneurship and New Venture Formation
    • Women in Leadership
    • Capstone for Marketing Management Concentration

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    Helen Mitchell

    • Assistant Professor of Leadership and Ethics
    • Director, Talbot Center for Faith, Work and Economics

    • M.A., Biblical and Theological Studies, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
    • M.A., Organizational Leadership, Biola University
    • B.S., Marketing, Arizona State University

    Helen Mitchell comes to Biola University as a leadership and strategy coach, speaker, and author. She is an ethics and leadership professor in the Crowell School of Business and is the director of the Talbot Center for Faith, Work and Economics at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. Mitchell has been sought out as an expert to incorporate and apply faith, work and economics...

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    Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

    • Organizational Ethics
    • Business Ethics

    Graduate courses at Biola University:

    • Biblical Management and Ethics
    • Organizational Change and Leadership

    Research Interests

    • Faith and Work Integration
    • Leadership

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    Steve Rundle

    • Professor of International Business

    • Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
    • M.A., Claremont Graduate School
    • B.A., California State University, Northridge

    Steven Rundle, professor of economics and international business, focuses his teaching and research on the intersection between international economics and world mission. He has published two books: Great Commission Companies: The Emerging Role of Business in Missions and Economic Justice in a Flat World: Christian Perspectives on Globalization. Rundle is the advisor for the International...

    Courses

    Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

    • Global Business Environment
    • Business as Mission

    Graduate courses at Biola University:

    • Business as Mission
    • Social Entrepreneurship

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    Mark Saucy

    • Director, Talbot Kyiv Extension
    • Professor, Department of Theology

    • Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary
    • M.Div., Talbot Theological Seminary
    • B.A., Biola College

    Mark Saucy's interests lie primarily in the areas of systematic and biblical theology. Before coming to Talbot he and his family served as missionaries for 13 years with SEND International in Kyiv, Ukraine, assigned to encourage and develop theological education in Eurasia. Living in Ukraine also stimulated an interest in patristics and comparative theology with the Eastern Orthodox Church....

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    Wlamir Goncalves Xavier

    • Professor of International Business & Finance
    • Faculty Assessment Fellow

    • Post-Doctorate in Business Administration, Fundação Getúlio Vargas
    • Ph.D. in Business Administration and Tourism, UNIVALI University
    • M.Sc. in Engineering, Federal University of Santa Catarina
    • Bible & Theology Graduate Certificate, Biola University
    • Finance Graduate Certificate, Texas Tech University Lubbock
    • Management Graduate Certificate, PUC
    • Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering, Military Engineering Institute

    Wlamir Xavier is a professor of International Business and Finance at the Crowell School of Business. His research focuses on higher education leadership, corporate governance, non-marketing strategies, and the performance of faith-oriented firms. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Paris Dauphine, the Wharton School, the Copenhagen Business School, the University of La Sabana,...

    Courses

    Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

    • Advanced Corporate Finance
    • International Finance
    • International Supply Chain Management
    • Principles of Macroeconomics
    • Principles of Microeconomics
    • Global Business Environment

    Graduate courses at Biola University:

    • Managing Emerging Enterprises
    • Accounting and Finance for Decision Makers

    Research Interests

    • Higher Education Leadership
    • Corporate Governance
    • Nonmarket Strategies
    • Performance of Faith-Oriented Firms
    • International Business

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