University of Southern California

Inaugural Conference on Finance and Markets
Leading Academics Assemble to Share Research Insights
December 23, 2013 • by News at Marshall

The Marshall School of Business brought academic thought leaders together for the first annual Conference on Finance, Organizations and Markets at Popovich Hall at USC on Dec. 13 and 14. The gathering allowed academics to share their research and gain feedback from colleagues. Scholars represented universities around the globe as well as leading institutions across the United States.

“The conference was interdisciplinary, bringing together scholars from economics, organizations and finance departments. Scholars attended from domestic institutions including Columbia, MIT, Northwestern, NYU and Stanford, and internationally from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain and Universidad de Los Andes in Chile,” said conference organizer Gordon Phillips, who holds the James McN. Stancill Chair in Business Administration and is a professor of finance and business economics at Marshall.

Following its launch at USC, the conference will be held at rotating universities and will mark the culmination of a year of interactions between members of the Finance, Organizations and Markets (FOM) Research Group, which is dedicated to advancing interdisciplinary research in finance and the organization of firms and markets.

Authors presented their research in a seminar setting, followed by a discussion segment from a fellow academic that addressed the quality, scope and further areas of inquiry that could be developed from the current research. The floor was then open to questions from other participants. This year’s gathering featured a keynote address by Robert Gibbons, the Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management and professor of organizational economics at MIT. Topics covered included CEO compensation, private equity, technological investment and labor outcomes, and the impact of acquisitions on a company’s productivity and profitability.

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