W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU names new dean

Ohad Kadan to join the school in July 2022

November 15, 2021
Editor’s note: This story is featured in the 2021 year in review.

Following an intensive national search process, Arizona State University has announced Ohad Kadan as the new dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business, effective July 1, 2022.

Kadan is currently serving as the vice dean for education and globalization and as the H. Frederick Hagemann Jr. Professor of Finance at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. Ohad Kadan, Vice Dean for Education and Globalization and the H. Frederick Hagemann Jr. Professor of Finance at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis Ohad Kadan is the new dean of the W. P. Carey School of Business, effective July 1, 2022. Download Full Image

“I am thrilled to be joining W. P. Carey and ASU, and am looking forward to the continued growth of an already outstanding school,” Kadan said. “One of the things that most excites me about W. P. Carey is our commitment to inclusive access to world-class business education.”

Kadan joins the W. P. Carey School during a crucial period for higher education.

“W. P. Carey prides itself on channeling ASU’s spirit of innovation and rethinking what’s next in business education,” he said. “I am excited to lead the school into emerging areas, while never losing sight of our commitment to student success and cutting-edge research.”

In his current role, Kadan oversees the Olin Business School’s undergraduate, graduate and global programs, as well as Olin’s Center for Digital Education. An award-winning researcher and educator, his research covers different aspects of liquidity, information, risk and incentives in financial markets, and his work regularly appears in top academic journals in his field. As vice dean, he has spearheaded the introduction of multiple innovative programs with an emphasis on values, data, global orientation and multidisciplinary collaboration. Kadan holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He takes over the role from interim Dean Amy Ostrom, a professor of marketing and the PetSmart Chair in Services Leadership.

“It has been an honor to serve the school through this period of transition, and I am equally honored to hand the reins over to Ohad," Ostrom said. "He will be an excellent steward of our school, pushing us to achieve new heights while staying committed to our values of excellence, integrity, impact and community.”

Ostrom has served as interim dean since January 2021.

As interim dean, Ostrom succeeded Amy Hillman, who had served as dean since 2013. Hillman, the Rusty Lyon Chair of Strategy and an ASU Foundation Professor, remains on faculty in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship. Hillman led the W. P. Carey School through a period of tremendous growth, including the addition of McCord Hall, the launch or reconceptualization of 20 new academic programs and a tripling in the number of U.S. News-ranked programs and disciplines.

The W. P. Carey School has continued this pace of growth — increasing enrollment by 8% in fall 2021 — and offering new degrees in Los Angeles at the ASU California Center.

“W. P. Carey is already leading business education into new frontiers. I’m honored to join that movement and continue to guide the school through a period of educational transformation,” Kadan said.

Shay Moser

Managing Editor, W. P. Carey School of Business


ASU professor reimagines the concert experience

'FraKture' to incorporate audience's smartphones

November 15, 2021

ASU composer Garth Paine will premiere “FraKture,” a piece for symphony orchestra — and for smartphones — this Saturday as part of an ASU Symphony Orchestra concert at ASU Gammage. 

“This is to my knowledge the first work ever written for smartphones and orchestra where the sounds on the phones are performed live,” said Paine, professor in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and in the School of Music, Dance and Theatre. “There will be three layers of sounds happening on the audience’s phones, all derived from the orchestral parts and expanding the orchestra literally into the hands of each audience member.” Screen shot from documentary of Garth Paine showing how his sytsem works using tablets. ASU Professor Garth Paine has developed a system that allows him to perform sounds on the smartphones of audiences at a concert. Screenshot of “Garth Paine »Future Perfect« | inSonic 2018: Algorithmic Spaces” video by ZKM | Karlsruhe Download Full Image

In the piece, everyone is involved in the performance, creating “an experience that is both personal and communal at the same time,” Paine said. 

“FraKture” expands on Paine’s work as researcher-in-residence for the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) in France and the Center for Art and Media in Germany over the last three years to develop a system that allows him to perform sounds on the smartphones of the audience. 

“The research explores the roles of the audience and performer,” he said, “thinking ecologically about the emergent properties that are possible when the audience are critical to the realization of the work and where the audience-performer barrier is broken down.”

Paine is also sharing the research with students in his web audio class, which included a two-day workshop with the director of the Interactive Sound, Music and Movement research team at IRCAM. 

“The students are now learning how to compose with these new tools,” Paine said. “‘FraKture’ is a good way for them to see it applied on a large scale.”

In addition to reimagining the concert experience with “FraKture,” Paine said the piece reflects on climate change and the fracturing of communities and sustainable futures.  

“Through this exploration of communal ecosystems, ‘FraKture’ also raises questions about climate impact and our shared agency to respect and protect the planet on which we depend, now and for future generations,” he said. 

“FraKture” opens the ASU Symphony Orchestra concert at ASU Gammage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. The concert also features the premiere of Carlos Simon’s “Graffiti” — a collaboration with the Sol Power hip-hop festival — alongside a livestream of art created in real time by internally renowned graffiti artists. The second half of the concert begins with pianist John Solari, winner of the 2020 ASU Concerto Competition, performing Ravel’s “Piano Concerto for the Left Hand” and concludes with Arturo Márquez’s “Danzón No. 2.”

Tickets are available for $12 at the ASU Gammage Box Office or can be purchased online at Ticketmaster (fees apply). All students with ASU, college, or school ID receive one complimentary ticket.

Megan Patzem and Lacy Chaffee contributed to this story.

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