Research Fellows

John Beck

John C. Beck is a professor and director at Hult International Business School and president of the North Star Leadership Group, Inc.  Previously, Beck was dean at Globis University (Japan), where he was the first non-Japanese to lead a bilingual professional degree program. Before that, he was the director of international research at Accenture, a senior advisor to the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore and a senior advisor at Monitor Group.

An expert on business in Asia, strategic management, globalization and technology, Beck has published hundreds of articles, books, and business reports. He has served on the boards of a variety of corporations and universities and was co-director of the “Project on Strategies of the World’s Largest 50 Companies” for the United Nations.

Joseph Carrabis

Joseph Carrabis is founder and CRO of The NextStage Companies (NextStage Evolution, NextStage Global and NextStage Analytics), which specialize in helping clients improve their marketing efforts and understand customer behavior. Most recently Carrabis introduced “Neuromarketing without the Wires” to Critical Mass, demonstrating how to market to consumers’ minds without the need for laboratory settings, focus groups, invasive equipment, and prohibitive expense.

Carrabis has authored 25 books and over 500 articles in five areas of expertise. His writings are available at, An Economy of Meanings, BizMediaScience, iMediaConnections, Stating the Obvious, That Think You Do, TheAnalyticsEcology and Triquatrotritecale.

Carrabis is also a senior research fellow and board advisory member for the Society for New Communications Research, a founder, senior researcher and director of predictive analytics for the Center for Adaptive Solutions, and a member of Scientists Without Borders. He was selected as an international ambassador for psychological science in 2010, specializing in trauma and AIDS therapies, and as a nature publishing group delegate to TEDMED 2013.  Carrabis is a frequent lead speaker, guest presenter, and panelist at industry, trade and academic conferences and conventions.

Uday Karmarkar

Uday S. Karmarkar is Times Mirror Professor of Management Strategy and director of the Center for Management in the Information Economy at the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Karmarkar’s research focuses on information-intensive industries, technology management, and operations strategy for manufacturing, service, and information-based companies. He previously taught at the University of Chicago and at the Simon School at the University of Rochester.

Karmarkar has consulted and conducted research in technology management, operations strategy, industrial marketing, business development, and supply chain management with a wide variety of global firms. He serves on the advisory boards for several start-up companies as well as more established firms.

Karmarkar is widely published and was recognized as a distinguished alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology (Bombay) where he serves on their advisory board.  He holds a B.Tech. degree in engineering from IIT and a Ph.D. in management science from MIT.

Barry Wellman

Barry Wellman directs NetLab as the S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His research focuses on community sociology, the Internet, human-computer interaction, and social structure as manifested in social networks in communities and organizations.

Wellman’s overarching interest is in the paradigm shift from group-centered relations to networked individualism. He has written more than 300 articles, chapters, reports and books, many of which have been co-authored with students who comprise about half of his nearly 100 co-authors. He is the co-editor of The Internet in Everyday Life, Networks in the Global Village and Social Structures: A Network Approach.

Wellman is a Fellow of the Royal Sociology of Canada. He has won career achievement awards for social network analysis, community sociology, the sociology of communication and information technologies, and Canadian sociology. He learned to keypunch in 1964 and sent his first email in 1976.