The USC Marshall School of Business brought academics together for the first annual Conference on Finance, Organizations and Markets at Popovich Hall last month. The interdisciplinary gathering allowed thought leaders from economics and finance departments to share their research and gain feedback from colleagues. Scholars represented universities around the globe as well as leading institutions across the United States.
“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, holder of the James McN. Stancill Chair in Business Administration and professor of finance and business economics at USC 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 Research Group 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 talk from a fellow academic that addressed the quality, scope and additional areas of inquiry that could be developed from the current research. The floor was then open to questions from other participants.
The inaugural gathering featured a keynote address by Robert Gibbons, Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management and professor of organizational economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Topics covered CEO compensation, private equity, technological investment and labor outcomes, and the impact of acquisitions on a company’s productivity and profitability.