The nature of my work affords an insider perspective that very few could ever access. In particular, because of our considerable work on major strategy assignments as well as high-stakes, bet-your-business, can’t-afford-to-lose litigation, I had unparalleled access to very confidential information that would be inaccessible to anyone who is not directly involved in those circumstances. From interacting with numerous property organizations—their leadership, staffs, professional advisors, directors, and consultants—I have been privileged to have gained access to creative strategies, brilliant business models, and highly proprietary intellectual property. From that privileged access, I have developed innovative insights that enhance every aspect of my work concerning property, including, most specifically, preparing Property Fundamentals.
There are few activities, roles, and decisions that I write about in Property Fundamentals in which I have not been directly involved, personally and/or professionally. My firm and I have been actively involved as consumers of property goods and services on the buy side: dealing with property owners, leasing agents and brokers, lawyers and accountants, architects and engineers, bankers and financial advisors, public officials and association executives, plus numerous other building and real estate professionals. In preparing Property Fundamentals, I draw directly on what I have learned from all of those roles. It is fair to say that I probably have had rather more extensive and significant involvement in the property markets than most academics who might author an introductory textbook.
In the course of working closely with clients to address their most pressing, most important decisions and problems, my team and I have initiated pioneering analytics and discovery research, all of which I draw upon in preparing Property Fundamentals. Some of that significant original research has been published, as I draw upon these insights, as from my client work, to support my scholarly research. Many of my papers have been recognized as best papers presented at the American Real Estate Society meetings and published in peer reviewed scholarly journals.
These insights derived from advising clients and the findings of award-winning research are incorporated into Property Fundamentals. Additionally, I have incorporated the findings of a number of research studies—some for clients and some for our own knowledge advancement—which have not been previously published.
My work – combining leading an entrepreneurial firm providing advisory services, creating proprietary decision resources, pioneering investment management, with a serious teaching and research career – epitomizes the integrated duality of relevance and rigor, which the AACSB, the governing body of business schools, has admonished Deans to assure that their curriculums are both rigorous and relevant.
Much of my research is adapted from and stimulated by my entrepreneurial and advisory roles. Thus, my work is highly relevant and concurrently quite rigorous, as evidenced by studies of scholarly research rank my publishing #1, 2, 3, or 4 of as many as 4,000+ real estate scholars from 70+ countries.
My life’s work epitomizes the balance of relevance and rigor. Relevance is central, for in very competitive markets, without relevance I could not be in business. Were I not highly relevant and rigorous in my research, teaching, and professional practice, my work would not stand up in the real world, the scholarly community, or the classroom.
That my work combines both academic rigor and action relevance, is reflected in a profile in Real Estate Times: “…bridges the gap between the guy who sits up in the ivory tower and dreams great ideas, and the guy who puts them to work in a practical sense.” This relevance and rigorous duality is central to the Property Knowledge contents.
My diverse, multidisciplinary teaching background includes:
My commitment to education is evidenced by my having consistently received high teacher ratings: including being the highest rated instructor at the Schools of Business, University of California, Berkeley.
I have held faculty positions at several leading universities, including Stanford and UC Berkeley, as well as UCLA, Hastings College of Law, and Northeastern. I have taught courses and lectured in departments of business, economics, law, built environment, and architecture throughout the United States, Asia, and Europe. I have been a guest lecturer and visiting scholar at numerous universities—including Delhi School of Economics, Madras School of Economics, Dartmouth, University of Chicago, Baruch, Texas A&M University.
Most recently, I have served as Professor of Global Property Strategy in the School of Built Environment, College of Art, Architecture and Design, at the University of Ulster, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which role emphasizes research and working with doctoral students.
Property Fundamentals is not my first book, for I have authored and edited some 20 most favorably reviewed books. Consistent themes of some 100 reviews of my books are “brilliant” … “must read” … “pioneering” … “compelling” … “provocative” … “very valuable” … “highly recommend” … “amazing” … “stimulating” … “challenging”
My textbooks have been widely used in graduate and undergraduate programs; Real Estate Investing and Finance, coauthored with former Federal Reserve Board Governor Sherman Maisel, was selected by Library Journal in 1976 as “Book of the Year.”
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