Scott Schaefer, appointed as a Jon M. Huntsman Presidential Visiting Professor, is recognized for his research using economic theories to explore how people relate to each other within organizations. During the fall 2012 semester, he will teach an undergraduate managerial economics class at the Huntsman School and will hold several seminars for faculty and students.
Dr. Schaefer earned both a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate from Stanford University. He taught at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management for ten years, where he earned tenure and held a named chair. He has been a professor of finance at the University of Utah for seven years, where he now holds the Kendall D. Garff Chair in Business Administration and where he has won three teaching awards.
He has published in top academic journals in economics, management, finance, and accounting. He is a co-author of “Economics of Strategy,” a leading textbook in strategic management. His research on how people interact within an organization has focused on identifying effective incentives, understanding which decisions to delegate, and when delegation might not be effective.