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Accounting Faculty in the News

Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business’s distinguished faculty members regularly provide thought leadership through various media outlets. They share research insights and commentary on business news.

  • Caterpillar Offices Raided in Probe Related to Swiss Unit

    "There are collateral consequences that can be as significant, if not more significant, than the fines themselves" that companies must pay in such cases, said Thomas Cooke, professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.


  • LikeFolio Making A Case for Social Media Data in Market Research

    To prove its effectiveness, LikeFolio provided four years’ worth of its social media data and sentiment scoring to Vicki Tang, an associate professor in accounting at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, for a study on the “predictive power” of social media. Tang found that while Twitter is useful in predicting fundamentals, most analysts ignored it.


  • Want Better Performance? Give Your Team Permission to Fail

    "When we punish failure, we dis-incentivize exploring new ideas, which can stymie creativity and limit success," Jason Schloetzer, one of the study's authors and a professor at Georgetown University, said in a statement. "While many corporation executives, managers and team leaders tend to be risk-averse, this research could encourage them to rethink the way they approach business.”


  • Trump’s Travel Ban Leaves Global Businesses and Entrepreneurs Hanging

    “It sends a global message,” said Thomas Cooke, a professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, “that America is not a good place for doing business.”


  • Three Lessons from the Ethics Office Reversal

    An article by Thomas Cooke: Before the 115th session of Congress could be sworn in, the Republican House leadership arranged several closed-door meetings, voting to eliminate the Office of Congressional Ethics.


  • What Can Regulators do to Prevent Future Financial Scams? Little

    An article by Gilles Hilary, Houston Term Professor: Another one bites the dust! You may be forgiven if this was your initial reaction when you heard about yet another financial scandal involving a hedge fund.


  • Road to Meaningful Tax Reform Filled with Potholes

    An article by Thomas Cooke, distinguished teaching professor: To different people, tax reform means different things. The mere words “tax reform” bring out special interest groups of all stripes. Simply stated, tax reform is, without a doubt, the largest, most profitable lobbying force in Washington. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, more than 1,500 different interest groups paid millions to lobby Congress on 2016 tax reform proposals alone.


  • Over-Optimism, Overconfidence, and the JUDO Framework

    An op-ed by Gilles Hilary, Houston Term Professor: Joe often drives without a seat belt. He is well educated and knows of the numerous studies that have shown the benefit of this safety device during a car crash. When I asked him why he was taking this unnecessary risk, he replied “Look, I have been driving for some 20 years without an accident. I know what I am doing. Plus, the risk of getting into a car accident is low.” In essence, accidents happen to other people.


  • BlackRock CEO Larry Fink Champions Long-Term Value Creation

    A forthcoming study of 1,982 companies across 15 industries in the Journal of Corporate Finance found that the gap in share prices between well-governed firms and peers that made changes to conform to the new rules tightened by 48 percent. “We’ve reached a point where it’s up to market forces to intervene and shake up corporate governance at these firms,” says Jason Schloetzer, an associate professor of accounting at Georgetown University who co-authored the paper.