Mack Institute Adds Visiting Assistant Professor and Research Associate

The Mack Institute team is growing!

We’re happy to introduce two new research-focused team members who will help broaden and deepen our exploration of our key research priorities.

Research Associate Pragna KolliPragna Kolli recently came aboard as a Research Associate with the Mack Institute. She graduated with an MBA from the Wharton School in 2015, and prior to joining the Mack Institute she worked as a management consultant. She also held several managerial positions in the financial services industry for 7 years.

Pragna’s career interests lie in the areas of innovation and strategy, and she currently contributes to the thought leadership at Mack. Pragna also has a graduate degree in management from the Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA, India), focused on managing organizations for economic development.

Visiting Assistant Professor Bryan HongBryan Hong joins the Mack Institute as a visiting assistant professor from Ivey Business School in Canada, where he is a member of the Strategy faculty. Before joining Ivey, he completed his PhD in Business Administration at the University of California-Berkeley, and has previously worked in investment banking, corporate strategic planning, and strategy consulting.

At the Mack Institute, Professor Hong is researching the implications of increased connectivity between firms, their suppliers, and their customers as a consequence of new technologies. As such “connections” continue to proliferate and bring firms closer to customers and suppliers, their strategic implications across different industries are not yet well understood.

In other work, Professor Hong is studying how firms can deal with strategic uncertainty about the future. Given the increasing speed of (often unforeseeable) disruption today across different sectors of the economy, strategies that can directly address the problem of uncertainty can give firms an advantage over their competition.

Bryan’s recent personal interests include watching independent films and searching for the perfect metabolic workout.

We look forward to sharing the results of their research with you in the coming months.

Michelle Eckert is Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Mack Institute, where she works to engage students, researchers, and corporate partners in opportunities for collaboration. Michelle received her B.A. in Art from Valparaiso University in 2007. Her background includes two AmeriCorps terms of service working to teach mathematics, computer literacy, and job readiness skills to out-of-school youth in Philadelphia, focusing particularly on promoting access to post-secondary education.

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