The La Sierra University School of Business develops leaders who create value and make a difference and enlarges human understanding of business and society.
To fulfill this mission, the School:
- delivers a curriculum that stimulates creativity; reflects La Sierra's Seventh-day Adventist Christian mission; and encourages moral responsibility, spiritual growth, collaboration, and economic and social entrepreneurship;
- challenges students to redefine business and raise global living standards by building innovative products, markets, and organizations;
- supports a co-curricular program that offers students distinctive opportunities to grow as leaders, develop business skills, and engage in global service; and
- encourages faculty members and students to engage in wide-ranging, creative, intellectual inquiry validated through professional practice and publication in scholarly books and journals.
Our students come from all over the world to learn how to create value and make a difference in the world around them. A La Sierra University education means that our students not only gain knowledge, skill, and ability highly relevant to the real world today, but apply them in purposeful ways. Students do so through the following:
- Service-Learning - This teaching strategy integrates classroom experience with community engagement, providing students with an opportunity to put their newfound knowledge, skills, and abilities into purposeful practice.
- Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) - This student-led organization develops creative, high-impact projects in the local and global community to produce sustainable, positive change. And with six National Championship and two SIFE World Cup wins, La Sierra SIFE stands as a defining example of a La Sierra University education.
- Business Club - In the School of Business, we are all family, and this sense of community is much due to the work of the Business Club. The club is responsible for a number of events and activities throughout the year, working towards making our students not only the smartest students on campus, but also the happiest and best-fed.
- Job and Internship Opportunities - Click for the latest job and internship posts.
- Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - Our La Sierra University SHRM Chapter is actively engaged with Inland Empire SHRM. With frequent meetings, seminars, and other opportunities, this is a wonderful resource to all of our business students and a must for our HR students.
Business education at La Sierra University has entered a new era. We are transforming and revitalizing teaching, scholarship, and service in the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business. Our goal: to help students to create value so they can make a difference.
Our program gives students the skills they need to create value in the new millennium by building on our strengths in the core areas of business. We offer an MBA with majors in accounting, finance, general management, human resource management, and marketing. Our MBA curriculum is the only one in the world that requires core coursework in business ethics, social entrepreneurship, and workplace spirituality. We also offer a BS with majors in accounting, finance, political economy, business and society, and marketing and a BA in management. A customized major program lets a student design a tailor-made curriculum building on our offerings and, where appropriate, those of other schools on campus.
Our Executive Education program offers the La Sierra MBA to students throughout the region—either at or near their workplaces. And it also delivers the Integrated MBA program, which allows a student with only an associate degree or the equivalent to earn a BA and an MBA in only four years.
The School of Business is home to a newly opened Center for Philanthropy, the only one of its kind in the Inland Empire. The Center, headed by nationally recognized philanthropic fundraiser James L. Erickson, is already equipping area non-profits to respond effectively to economic challenges by building lasting relationships with supporters.
We are proud of a student-friendly culture marked by responsiveness and flexibility: faculty members, administrators, and staff members try to meet student needs quickly, fairly, and sensitively. The School of Business faculty is made up of capable professionals, frequently with significant outside-the-classroom experience as consultants, researchers, or both. And the entire School of Business team is committed to providing students with educational experiences that challenge them to make a tangible difference in the world, that stimulate their minds and hearts, enlarge their imaginations, and help them to build lasting friendships. By organizing social entrepreneurial ventures, helping people in need, and conducting community education programs, our students can develop empathy and deepen their understanding of the real-world significance of their studies. We promise our students an extraordinary preparation for responsible servant- leadership in business, government, and the nonprofit sector.
The Zapara School of Business is home to La Sierra University’s award-winning Enactus (formerly SIFE) team. La Sierra’s Enactus students have won an unprecedented two World Cup and four international championships in Enactus' demanding annual competition, in which team performance is judged by top executives from major national and global corporations.
To house our growing programs, the Tom and Vi Zapara School of Business entered the 2013 academic year in its new home at the front of the La Sierra University campus. With room for 750 full-time students and thirty faculty members, as well as a 400-seat conference center that to serve the entire Inland region, the new building is a showcase of our exciting vision and provide a stimulating environment in which teaching and scholarship can take place.
Expressing our commitment to service by emphasizing social entrepreneurship, workplace spirituality, and ethics, we can make a real difference in the world. We hope you'll join us.
Dr. John Thomas, Dean
La Sierra University School of Business Students come from all over the world to learn how to create value and make a difference. For our students, we form a team of faculty not only academically qualified to teach, but also actively engaged as practitioners in their respective fields. And our professors are joined by our highly qualified and committed Dean and support staff to create a purposeful experience both in and out of the classroom. Scroll down to learn more about our team of faculty and staff.
|Fall Quarter Courses: |
Intermediate Accounting I: T R 3:00-5:00 ZSB #235
Advanced Cost Accounting: R 6:00-10:00 ZSB #112
Fall Quarter Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 1:00-3:00 P.M.
Research in financial reporting theory, auditing theory, audit firm marketing, and professional use of social media
S. Eric Anderson
MBA, Loma Linda University
Management, Strategy, Global Development
Professor of Law and Business Ethics
J.D. University of California at Los Angeles 2001
Law and legal theory, political theory, ethics
With the School of Business since 1999.
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University, 2010
Political Science, Economics, Game Theory
MA La Sierra University 2007
JD Pepperdine University School of Law 1977
Estate Planning, Trust, and Probate Law, Business Law
Constitutional Law and the Church
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MBA Andrews University
Mcom University of the Witwatersrand
Ph.D. University of Newcastle
Accounting, Leadership, Higher Education
George O. Ogum
D.B.A. University of Memphis, 1990
International finance, financial management, banking, emerging capital markets finance, corporate finance, financial econometrics
Dulce L. Peña
J.D. Pepperdine University School of Law
M.A. Loma Linda University
M.A.O.D Fielding University
Human resource management, leadership development, workplace conflict
Ph.D. University of Nebraska 1979
Financial management, investment analysis, value-based management
Elias G. Rizkallah
Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1982
International marketing, strategic marketing planning, marketing management, consumer behavior. (Download a list of Dr. Rizkallah's publications)
Basshir Hasso Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University, 2010
Behavioral finance, political economy, development studies, social entrepreneurship
M.B.A. Loma Linda University, 1991
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), 2013
Certified Forensic Accountant (Cr. FA), 2013
Resident Insurance Producer: Accident & Health, Casualty Broker-Agent, Property Broker Agent, 2004
Department of Real Estate Licensed Salesperson, 2004
Financial and managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, government and nonprofit accounting, entrepreneurial finance.
M.B.A. Andrews University, 1998
Auditing, financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, government and nonprofit accounting
Karl Kime. Lecturer in Law and Ethics
J.D. University of California at Los Angeles 1989
M.A. Claremont Graduate School 1986
Alternative dispute resolution, law, ethics
Craig Kinzer. Lecturer in Business Communication
Ph.D. University of California at Riverside 2007
M.A. La Sierra University 1994
Business communication, management strategy, management and literature, medieval English
Robert Krone. Distinguished Visiting Professor of Strategic Management
Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles 1972
Strategic planning, electronic distance learning, systems analysis, policy formulation, organization theory
Thomas Macomber. Lecturer in Management and Law
J.D. Williamette University 1980
Music management, Business law
Lari Mobley. Lecturer in Management
Ph.D. student, Claremont Graduate University
M.B.A. Biola University 2005
M.A. Loma Linda University 1987
Brand diversification in mergers and acquisitions, branding strategies for new product launces, literary themes in contemporary advertising
Prudence E. LaBeach Pollard. Professor of Management
Ph.D. Western Michigan University 1993
Human resource management, leadership, institutional, assessment and strategic planning
Nabil Y. Razzouk. Lecturer in Marketing
Ph.D. Arizona State University 1980
Marketing and business education, marketing ethics, comparative and international marketing
Constance Rossum. Lecturer in Marketing
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University 1998
Victoria A. Seitz. Lecturer in Marketing
Ph.D. Oklahoma State University 1987
Apparel merchandising, consumer behavior, advertising strategy
Juanita J. Singh. Lecturer in Business Communication
Ed.D. Loma Linda University 1992
Writing skill development, intercultural business communication
Warren C. Trenchard. Lecturer in Management and Social Entrepreneurship
Ph.D. University of Chicago 1981
Social entrepreneurship, management strategy
Wendel W. Tucker, Ph.D.. Lecturer in Organizational Behavior
Mary E. Wilson. Lecturer in Business Communication
Ph.D. University of Southern California 2001
Organizational communication, mass communication
John Wyatt III. Lecturer in Business Law
J.D. University of Dayton 1978
Governmental regulation of business, government procurement, contract management
La Sierra University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Zapara School of Business programs are thus subject to careful review by WASC visiting teams and by campus evaluators preparing WASC accreditation self-study reports.
The Zapara School is currently seeking specialized professional accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (acbsp.org).
La Sierra University is accredited by:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC )
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Alameda, CA 94501
Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA)
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
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Silver Spring, MD 20904