Commencement Speakers Announced for McDonough School of Business

May 12, 2011

Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert M. Solow and Harvard Business School professor Michael C. Jensen will speak at the graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies for Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Solow will address graduates of the MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Master’s in Leadership programs on Friday, May 20, at 12:30 p.m. Jensen will speak to graduates in the undergraduate business program on Saturday, May 21, at 9 a.m. Both will take place on the Healy Lawn. The rain location is in the McDonough Arena.
Robert M. Solow, a Nobel Prize-winning emeritus professor of economics and institute professor at MIT, is best known for his work on an economic growth theory that resulted in the Solow–Swan growth model. Solow received the American Economics Association’s John Bates Clark Medal for his work in 1961, the Nobel Prize in Economic Science in 1987, and the National Medal of Science in 1999. He has served as a senior economist for the Council of Economic Advisers and as a member of the President’s Commission on Income Maintenance.
A graduate of Harvard, where he studied under Russian-American economist Wassily Leontief, Solow was hired by MIT to teach courses in statistics and econometrics. But he was given the office next to economic theorist Paul Samuelson, also a student of Leontief, and that led to Solow’s pursuit of macroeconomics. Solow is now president of the Cournot Centre for Economic Studies in France.
Michael C. Jensen is the emeritus Jesse Isidor Straus Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and the founder of what now is the school’s Negotiations, Organizations, and Markets Unit. Jensen is the author of several books and more than 100 scientific papers, in addition to numerous articles and editorials published in the popular media on a wide range of economic, finance, and business-related topics. He wrote Foundations of Organizational Strategy (Harvard University Press, 1998) and Theory of the Firm: Governance, Residual Claims, and Organizational Forms (Harvard University Press, 2000). His book co-authored with Kevin Murphy and Eric Wruck, CEO Pay and What to Do About It: Restoring Integrity to Both Executive Compensation and Capital-Market Relations, will be published by Harvard Business School Press in 2011.
Jensen has served as consultant and board member to various corporations, foundations, and governmental agencies and has given expert testimony before congressional and state committees and state and federal courts. He currently serves on the Advisory Boards of ESADE Business School and the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research.
Full Commencement Schedule
Thursday, May 19, 2011
2 p.m. Senior Convocation, McDonough Arena
Friday, May 20, 2011
10 a.m. McDonough School of Business Tropaia Exercises, Gaston Hall
11 a.m. Tropaia Reception, Rafik B. Hariri Building
12:30 p.m. MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Master’s in Leadership Commencement, Healy Lawn (Rainsite: McDonough Arena)
2 p.m. MBA, Executive MBA, and Executive Master’s in Leadership Commencement Reception, Rafik B. Hariri Building
Saturday, May 21, 2011
9 a.m. McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Commencement, Healy Lawn (Rainsite: McDonough Arena)
10:30 a.m. Undergraduate Commencement Reception, Rafik B. Hariri Building
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