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Yaron Zoller will join the faculty this fall as assistant professor of business and management. His start date is Aug. 20, 2018.

Zoller comes to Lakeland after graduating from the doctoral program in management from Nova Southeastern University, where he also served as an adjunct professor. His work focused on cross-cultural effects on management practices.

His teaching focuses on making class materials applicable to real-world business situations by using actual organizations and current events topics. For example, the allegations of fraud and faulty account creations by the financial institution Wells-Fargo were used in recent months in organizational behavior (OB) classes he taught to discuss motivation, goal setting and organizational culture.

Zoller's classes also emphasize group work to study real world cases. Recent examples from classes include studying employee motivation at ADT Corporation, minimizing employee burnout at Progressive Insurance and evaluating effects of acquisitions on motivation at DRB Financial Solutions. Findings by students are often shared with the studied organizations.

He is an active writer and researcher and has a number of business and management studies under review for publication.

Zoller graduated with honors with a master's degree in psychology and a bachelor's degree in neuropsychology both from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Fla.

He spent 11 years working for a multi-national technology firm in the areas of project management and quality assurance. He also served in the Israeli Defense Force from 1993-1998, rising to the rank of Lieutenant.

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