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Weisbach receives best paper award at 2010 American Finance Association conference

michael weisbachMichael Weisbach, (pictured right) professor and Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Finance, received the first-place Brattle Group Prize for outstanding paper on corporate finance at the American Finance Association’s 2010 annual conference last week in Atlanta.

Weisbach co-authored, “Why are Buyouts Levered? The Financial Structure of Private Equity Funds,” with Ulf Axelson and Per Stromberg, both of the Stockholm School of Economics. It was published in August 2009 in The Journal of Finance.

According to the abstract, “this paper presents a model of the financial structure of private equity firms. In the model, the general partner of the firm encounters a sequence of deals over time where the exact quality of each deal cannot be credibly communicated to investors. We show that the optimal financing arrangement is consistent with a number of characteristics of the private equity industry."

The Brattle Group Prizes are awarded annually for outstanding papers on corporate finance. The winning papers are chosen by the associate editors of The Journal of Finance.

Alleviating Poverty through Entrepreneurship Summit to be held Feb. 5

For the second year in a row, Fisher students are convening scholars, policy makers and social entrepreneurs for a day-long exchange of strategies, practices and ideas to address how entrepreneurship strategies can help impoverished communities.

Alleviating Poverty through Entrepreneurship Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 5 at the Wexner Center Film Theater.

Opening remarks will be delivered by Christine A. Poon, dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business, and closing remarks will be delivered by President E. Gordon Gee.

World Bank economist Hippolyte Fofack, who manages the macroeconomic and growth program for the bank and formerly served on the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network, will join Lonnie J. King, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, and Robert L. Caldwell, Institute for Urban Public Policy, to discuss various policy initiatives utilized to address poverty through business development.

Scholars will include Jill Kickul, director of the Stewart Satter Program in Entrepreneurship at New York University’s Stern School of Business; Sharon Alvarez, associate professor of management and human resources at Fisher; and Geoffrey Kistruck, an assistant professor in management and human resources at Fisher. Both Alvarez’s and Kistruck’s research areas include a focus on social entrepreneurship and market-based solutions to poverty alleviation and building wealth.

Practitioners will include Joseph DeLoss, director of Social Enterprise for Luther Social Services of Central Ohio, Erin Krampetz, business and program development manager for Ashoka U, a network that supports social entrepreneurship, and Patty Mitchell, the creative founder of Passion Works Studio, a gallery, store and studio featuring the artistic work of people with developmental disabilities.

Fisher international exchange student wins case competition in The Netherlands

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Press the arrow above to view highlights of a BiD Student Challenge won by the American team of Fisher's Michael Bowen (left) and his team-mate Michael Zhang.

In some ways, Fisher undergraduate Michael Bowen thought he and his team-mate Michael Zhang were the underdogs at a case competition at Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management.

As the American students competing in The Netherlands, they were going up against 34 teams, a majority of them Dutch, and some MBA students.

But once Bowen began to rely on the experiences and knowledge he gained at Fisher and as an international exchange student, he executed his presentation with the confidence of a seasoned business leader. He and Zhang won the university’s first BiD Network Student Challenge competition and were awarded internships in sustainability with either KPMG or ABN AMRO, a Dutch financial institution.

Bowen, a Wolf Scholar and a student in Operations Management, Natural Resources Management and International Business, spent fall quarter studying emerging economies through the Fisher International Student Exchange Program. The Rotterdam School of Management has been ranked a top 30 business school internationally by the Financial Times.Read More>>
Accounting programs among top 10 in professional newsletter; accounting faculty ranked 10th for research productivity


A survey of accounting educators nationwide ranked Fisher’s graduate and undergraduate accounting programs ninth in its 2009 Public Accounting Report rankings. Additionally, Fisher placed 10th in a separate ranking of research productivity conducted by University of Texas-Dallas.

An independent newsletter of the accounting profession, the publication also added two new doctoral classifications this year. In those categories, the survey asked respondents to rank PhD programs based on their ability to turn out professors strong in teaching and professors strong in research. Fisher’s PhD program ranked 17th for teaching and 18th in research.Read More>>

Project One gives first-year MBAs board-room presentation experience in front of Oracle executives

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Elsie Jamin-Maguire, a member of the Fisher Professional Services leadership team, addresses Project One participants during the final presentations to Oracle executives.

First-year MBA student Katherine Zollinger had a professional experience that some MBAs don’t get an opportunity to encounter until after they graduate.

Because of her participation in Fisher Professional Services (FPS) Project One, Zollinger came face-to-face with executives from Oracle in a boardroom presentation at the end of fall quarter. She was among more than 100 MBA students who participated in the orientation project for FPS.

Teams of first-year MBA students were assigned one of three consulting projects for software giant Oracle, a founding member of the Center for Business Performance Management. Second-year MBAs served as project managers.

The three projects included: an evaluation of requirements and trends in sustainability reporting; an evaluation of business analytics (dashboards, scorecards and other metrics) and the value they can provide to companies; and finding new markets for an Oracle software product called Crystal Ball.

Zollinger was on the winning team for the Crystal Ball project with Anthony Cayce, Ick Don Choe, David Clark-Joseph and Hao Wang. “It was intimidating, but it was a good experience,” Zollinger said. “When I get back out into the work world, I would have to do it eventually.”
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Spadaro receives first Coykendale MAX Staff Leadership Award, Years of Service awards given


laurie spadaro, cindy coykendale with dean & chairLeft to right: Peter Ward, chair of Department of Management Sciences, Laurie Spadaro, Cindy Coykendale and Dean Chris Poon.

Congratulations to Laurie Spadaro, Department of Management Sciences, first recipient of the annual Coykendale MAX Staff Leadership Award.

Jackie McClure and Ben Moore, colleagues in the Department of Management Sciences, nominated Laurie for her dedication to Ohio State, Fisher and the department. Cindy Coykendale was also formally recognized by Dean Christine A. Poon for her contributions to the college and for the embodiment of the college’s values – Excellence, Innovation, Integrity, Passion, and Teamwork.

Dean Poon also recognized 16 staffers with Years of Service Awards.

Fisher People: Timothy Welch

tim welchTitle: Program Coordinator, Nationwide Center for Advanced Customer Insights

Hobbies: "Tinkering with computer hardware and software and operating systems. Cooking with my wife. Reading. Working out at the gym."

Fisher Lure: "The relaxed and friendly work environment. Since starting in July, I was surprised at how quickly I have become part of the “Fisher family”. Everyone at Fisher gave me a warm welcome and have been extremely helpful."

Jan. 15, 2010

In This Issue

Weisbach receives best paper award at 2010 American Finance Association conference

Alleviating Poverty through Entrepreneurship Summit to be held Feb. 5

Fisher international exchange student wins case competition in The Netherlands

Accounting program among the top 10 in professional newsletter ranking; accounting faculty ranks 10th in research productivity

Project One gives first-year MBA students board-room presentation experience

Spadaro receives first Coykendale MAX Staff Leadership Award, Years of Service awards given

Fisher People: Timothy Welch

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