Instructors (selection)

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Apfelthaler
Dean of School of Management at CLU

Gerhard Apfelthaler is Dean and a full professor in International Business and International Management at the School of Management at California Lutheran University (CLU) in Thousand Oaks, California (United States), a shareholder and executive advisor at CURE Pharmaceutical, and a senior partner at AT Consult, a consulting company with offices and affiliations in Europe, the US, and Asia.
Before joining CLU he has been the Chair of the Department of International Management at FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz (Austria). Previously, he served as Commercial Attaché to the Austrian Embassy in Singapore as Austria’s Deputy Trade Commissioner to the United States, as Dean of International Business Studies at FHS Kufstein Tirol, and as coordinator of the international postgraduate program of the Community of European Management Schools (CEMS), among others.

He has studied at the University of Vienna (Vienna/Austria), the Taiwan National Normal University (Taipeh/Taiwan), the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Vienna/Austria), from which he holds a doctorate in Economic and Social Sciences.

He has published several books, among others “Management Internationaler Geschäftstätigkeit” (Managing International Business), Patentschutz in wichtigen Exportmärkten (Patent Protection in Important Export Markets), „Interkulturelles Management“ (Cross-cultural Management), „Internationale Markteintrittsstrategien“ (International Market Entry Strategies), or “US-Recht für Niederlassungsgründer” (US Business Law for Foreign Entrants). His latest book is titled “The Deadly Sins of International Business,” which will be published by Palgrave MacMillan (forthcoming).

Dr. Apfelthaler has published articles in leading academic journals including the Journal of World Business, the Journal of Small Business Management, the International Journal of Business and Economics, the Journal für Betriebswirtschaft, and the Journal of International Learning, among others.

He is a co-founder and the Associate Editor for the European Journal of International Management. Dr. Apfelthaler has lectured at universities in a number of countries including Australia, Austria, Colombia, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States.

He is a member of the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, the Strategic Management Society and the German “Verband für Hochschullehrer Betriebswirtschaft”.

Richard B. McAndrew

Mr. McAndrew, Executive-in-Residence at California Lutheran University (CLU), has been providing technology and leadership education for over 25 years. Richard designed the Information Technology Management (ITM) Emphasis for CLU’s MBA Program. He also designed and teaches CLU’s Leadership Workshop Series for MBA & ADEP students.

Additionally, Richard is adjunct faculty at FH Joanneum University in Graz Austria and Emphasis Leader, where his current assignment is the redesign of both the graduate and undergraduate I.T. emphasis. He is also an instructor at Joanneum for the International Management Program at the School of Business.

Prior to CLU, Richard spent 11 years at Dun & Bradstreet Software (DBS) as a Vice President and Regional Manager. DBS provides enterprise application solutions to Fortune 1000 companies with an emphasis on the Financial Services Industry. His responsibilities included sales, professional services, customer support & operations. During Richard’s technology career he has had responsibilities for over 400 large-scale software implementations for major corporations.

Richards Financial Services Industry background in I.T. provides students with the right blend of real world experience combined with theory and methods. His passion is to help grow tomorrow’s leaders. Richard believes Managers are a commodity. Leaders are in short supply. My reward is seeing today’s new leaders achieve professional & personal success.

Dr. Harry A. Domicone

With special research interests in the strategic management of international entrepreneurship, Dr. Domicone teaches a variety of management and other business courses.

Prior to coming to CLU, he served as visiting assistant professor at the University of Louisville and as a lecturer at the University of Cincinnati and Arizona State University.

Professor Domicone currently consults in the areas of new venture development and family and closely held businesses. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Academy of Management, the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of International Business.

Teri Thompson

Thompson is an Adjunct Professor for Social Media Marketing at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California. She has guest lectured on the topic at the Harvard Faculty Club, USC, and UCLA. She recently participated in a „Doing Business in Europe“ program at Hanze University, Groningen, The Netherlands. Teri Thompson is an award-winning advertising and social media strategist, marketer, adjunct professor, and international speaker on social media for business, social good and digital branding with over 30 years of professional experience. She has held producer and executive marketing positions at ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox Sports Net, and IPG Global.

Thompson directed strategies and created sales partnerships for Toyota, Ford, Microsoft, Audi, Disney Cable Network, Hyundai, Kia, Nokia, Home Depot, Lucas Arts and Victoria’s Secret. Thompson recently served as an advisor to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce bringing social media strategy and education to their membership. Thomson is Co-author of „The Power of Real-Time Social Media Marketing“, McGraw-Hill Professional, and a regular social media expert on CBS Radio.

Jamshid Damooei, Ph.D.

Economic research (with special emphasis on international economics, industrial organization and development economics) is Dr. Damooei's subject of choice. As the former Director General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance in Iran and later as a senior economist of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), he conducted a number of studies on the economies of developing countries such as Iran, Somalia and countries in the Horn of Africa. Dr. Damooei has traveled widely and is an international consultant for the UNDP.

Bruce Gillies, Psy.D.

Bruce Gillies comes to CLU with a varied career. After 22 years of active duty in the Navy - spending time on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier, engine rooms on destroyers, and several years in human resources, he retired in March of 2000 as a Master Chief (E9). Bruce has also held leadership positions in colleges and universities as Faculty Advisor and Acting Dean of Adult Education. He holds a Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University.

His research interests are in career and leadership development as well as Sport Team development. Bruce Teaches courses in Business Statistics, Organizational Theory, Business Ethics, Leadership Theory and Practice, Behavior in Organizations, Foundations of I/O Psychology, and Organization Development.

Bruce was the director of the Adult Degree Evening Program (ADEP) from 2005 to 2010. During that time, the ADEP grew three new majors, expanded to two satellite sites, and experienced a 10% growth in admissions. He is currently the chair of the California Lutheran University Organizational Leadership Bachelor of Science major. He has conducted scientific and applied research in organizational leadership, sport psychology, and organization development, and career development.

He has been a consultant to Fortune 500 companies in Leadership Development programs, organizational change initiatives, career development programs, organizational culture, and downsizing.

Vlad Vaiman, Ph.D.

Vlad Vaiman is an Associate Dean and Professor of International Management at the School of Management of California Lutheran University and is a visiting professor at several premier universities around the world (Austria, France, Iceland, and Finland).  Dr. Vaiman has published three remarkable books on managing talent in organizations – Smart Talent Management: Building Knowledge Assets for Competitive Advantage (with C. Vance), Talent Management of Knowledge Workers: Embracing the Non-Traditional Workforce, and Talent Management of Self-initiated Expatriates: A Neglected Source of the Global Talent Flow (with A. Haslberger, 2013) – as well as a number of academic and practitioner-oriented articles in the fields of talent management and international HRM.  His work has appeared in top academic journals including Academy of Management Learning & Education, Academy of Management Perspectives, Human Resource Management, International Journal of Human Resource Management, and others.  He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of the European Journal of International Management (EJIM), an ISI/SSCI indexed publication (

Valeria Makarova, MBA, Ph.D.

Valeria Makarova holds education degrees in business and science: MBA with emphasis in International Business from California Lutheran University, and Ph.D. in Biology from Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU), Russia. She has 15 years of experience in conducting scientific research in biophysics/plant physiology. Valeria held senior research position at the Department of Biophysics, MSU, Moscow, Russia; conducted research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO, USA; coordinated international research collaborations and held visiting positions at the universities in Europe and Asia.

Valeria is involved in marketing research, consulting and education. She is working to bridge the gap between industry and academia, and help growing successful businesses by identifying, developing, securing and marketing innovative technologies.

Her professional interests also include support and promotion of sustainable and socially responsible business practices. Dr. Makarova teaches marketing courses at undergraduate and graduate business administration programs at CLU.

Mark Edwards B.A., MBA

Mark Edwards has over 30 years of investment management experience. He spent 11 years at the Minnesota State Board of Investment where he managed internal equities and oversaw the trading desk. He spent the next 20 years as a Managing Partner at the Plexus Group, where he consulted with mutual funds, money managers, brokers and pension funds on process management, quantitative management, and trading. He has written numerous articles for both the Journal of Portfolio Management and for the Financial Analyst Journal.

Edwards received his Master in Business Administration Degree from Indiana University and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Carleton College. He is also a Certified Financial Planner designee.

Dr. Donald Perrin 

Dr. Donald G. Perrin, Adjunct Professor, has taught MBA courses for California Lutheran University since 2006. He has a Doctorate in Communications from the University of Southern California (USC). He taught/managed academic programs and innovative projects for USC, University of Maryland, California State University and California Community Colleges; managed IT and R&D projects for business, industry, DoD, State and Federal agencies, start-ups, and foundations; was instructional designer for Lockheed California Company and Silicon Valley industries including Hewlett Packard; authored over 100 academic papers; was writer/director for nearly 100 media productions; Executive Editor, International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.
Dr. Perrin has received awards for scholarship, research, teaching, creativity, and scientific-documentary films.