Luca Opromolla, Owens Professor of International Economics
Luca Opromolla brings a discipline in theoretical and applied contributions to the fields of international trade, migration, labor economics, industrial organization and public economics to his role as Owens Professor of International Economics. Opromolla will teach international business at doctoral and undergraduate levels.
Opromolla’s research covers a range of topics at the intersection of international trade, work organization and industry. It studies firm dynamics and the size distribution of firms, the decision of firms to export or open a factory abroad, the type and size of trade costs, the role of managers in determining activities international trade and in the transfer of exporting knowledge between firms, the internal organization of firms and its effect on firm productivity, and the quantification of the effects of reductions in migration and trade costs.
“Poole College’s Department of Economics, together with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, has provided a unique opportunity to develop the field of international economics,” Opromolla said. “The presence of serious researchers in the two departments, as well as the collaboration with the other universities in the triangle, have been the guarantee of rigorous research and effective teaching. NC State’s collaboration with the Peterson Institute for International Economics then added careful attention to the policy implications of the research in this mix. Overall, the three pillars – research, teaching and policy – were unusually strongly present in my decision to join Poole College.
Opromolla earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bocconi University and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Economics from New York University.
Thomas Zagenczyk, Professor, Department of Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Thomas Zagenczyk joined Poole College of Management with a background in banking and negotiation and influence courses for Michelin North America since 2012. Prior to NC State, Zagenczyk was a faculty member at Clemson University from 2006.
Zagenczyk’s research explores how employee relationships affect their perceptions of the workplace and their behavior at work. Specifically, he tries to integrate psychological and social network methods to better understand the role individual differences and socio-contextual factors play in shaping employee-organization, employee-supervisor, and employee-colleague relationships and outcomes. .
“Poole has a great faculty and many exciting programs and the Triangle is a great place to live,” Zagenczyk said of choosing NC State. “I’m excited to meet my new colleagues and the students and learn all about being a member of the pack.”
Zagenczyk received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource (HR) Management from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
In the spring semester, Zagenczyk will teach undergraduate human resources courses as well as a leadership and technology course for the Jenkins MBA program.