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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.

  • 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.


  • ‘Oprah Effect’ Starting to Wear Thin at Weight Watchers

    “Oprah’s involvement on the board is through 2018, and the board probably wants to give the new guy enough time to benefit from the ‘Oprah effect,’ ” said Jason Schloetzer, a Georgetown McDonough School of Business professor.


  • Apple Ireland Ruling Could Be the End of Easy European Tax Deals

    “Every global company that is exposed to EU taxes in individual nations now has to look back and ask whether any of their agreements are subject to similar attacks,” said Thomas Cooke, a professor at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. “This is the first signal of a long play that’s going to take place over many, many months."


  • Favorite Business School Professors Teaching MBAs

    It isn’t easy to master the intricacies of the time value of money or a P&L statement. That’s why the most talented professors are often able to break down complex concepts so they are understandable and memorable —a specialty of two Georgetown professors: Allison Koester and Arthur Dong. According to Georgetown’s Devon Weiss, a classic poet who joined EY’s M&A operations department after graduation, both are able to relate key content to students in different ways. “Professor Arthur Dong has mastered the art of simplifying complex problems and teaching students how to apply MBA fundamentals to generate innovative solutions,” Weiss explains. In contrast, Koester appeals to various learning styles and experience levels. “Professor Allison Koester is able to simultaneously teach accounting courses to students with both CPA and non-business backgrounds,” Weiss explains. “Her ability to explain concepts in a seemingly endless number of ways and from multiple perspectives leaves no student behind.” “Professor Catherine Tinsley’s research enriches her leadership and negotiations courses, leveraging the most recent findings industry-wide. She has helped me learn how I can become a motivating, visionary leader by establishing a leadership style characterized by authenticity and embracing my own unique sources of power.” – Devon Weiss, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business


  • Democrats Unrelenting on Trump’s Tax Returns, Use Issue to Question His Honesty

    “This just may not be the bombshell everybody is expecting,” said Thomas B. Cooke, a professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. “I’m expecting to see a tax return rather similar to the returns released by [2012 Republican presidential candidate] Mitt Romney — an individual of great wealth and an individual with legitimate deductions, and an individual who had a lower effective tax rate” than many other Americans.


  • Roger Ailes' Resignation Could Lead to Executive Shake-Up

    When a CEO is involved in a scandal usually the company can go in one of two directions, said Jason Schloetzer, associate professor at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. The company can move the CEO to an advisory position. Or, they can use this opportunity to get rid of the executive and anyone who is closely tied to him. "They could use this an opportunity to bring in some fresh perspective," Schloetzer said. "This is a time to distance yourself from him, and let the people aligned with him leave, bring in new talent and reshape the organization."


  • GE’s Earnings Report May Not Be Wrong, But It May Still Mislead Investors

    “It seems more prudent to highlight net EPS of 30 cents, as that’s the EPS definition according to GAAP,” said Allison Koester, assistant professor at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.


  • Relaxed Government Rules Could Open Apple Store Doors in India

    Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have met with government leaders of India and China in recent months, with grand expansion plans in mind. Half of India's 1.25 billion residents are under 25 years old, the "ideal customer fit" for Apple, says Thomas Cooke, a professor at Georgetown McDonough School of Business.


  • Elon Musk's Plan for Tesla to Buy SolarCity Raises Fears of Shaky Financials and Unclear Motives

    But Jason Schloetzer, a Georgetown University professor and corporate governance expert, said that "while this situation appears to be a conflict of interest, market forces can certainly intervene if this conflict is too extreme." For instance, activist hedge funds could intervene if Tesla is "meaningfully over or under paying for SolarCity," Schloetzer said.