McDonough School of Business

Accounting and Business Law Seminars and Workshops

We actively pursue research and publication. Our research includes studies investigating the role of financial information in capital markets, the communication of financial and non-financial information, how organizations control and coordinate their business activities via corporate governance mechanisms and managerial incentives, and how management teams manage risks.

Our workshops complement our research program by enriching our collaborative academic endeavors and fostering a supportive, professional environment. Workshops are in the Rafik B. Hariri Building unless otherwise indicated.

Upcoming Events

September 6, 2024: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Susanna Gallani
Harvard School of Business

September 13, 2024: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jaewoo Kim
Lundquist College of Business – University of Oregon

October 11, 2024: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Michael Dambra
University of Buffalo – School of Management

October 25, 2024: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fabrizio Ferri
University of Miami

January 17, 2025: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Matthew Erikson
Pamplin College of Business – Virginia Tech

February 14, 2025: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Darren Bernard
University of Washington – Forster School of Business

February 28, 2025: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Ellen Engel
University of Illinois Chicago

March 28, 2025: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Scott Liao
Rotman School of Management – University of Toronto

April 11, 2025: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Russell Lundholm
UBC Sauder School of Business

Past Events

January 19, 2024: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Michelle Harding
Pamplin College of Business – Virginia Tech
The Effect of Changes in State Tax Rates on State, Federal and Foreign Tax Planning: Is the Federal Government Bearing the Burden?

February 2, 2024: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Christine Dobridge
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
IPOs and Foreign Tax Structures

February 23, 2024: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tim Martens
Università Bocconi
Do Firms Listen to Social Media Analysts? Evidence from Seeking Alpha

April 5, 2024: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Karen Sedatole
Goizueta School of Business – Emory University
The Role of the Human in the Loop: The Case of Franchise Agency Costs in Product Assortment Planning with Predictive Analytics

April 19, 2024: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mark Lang
Kenan-Flagler Business School – University of North Carolina
Opening up the Black Box of Corporate R&D

Fall 2023

September 22, 2023: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Nemit Shroff
MIT Sloan School of Management
Does U.S. Immigration Policy Facilitate Financial Misconduct?

October 6, 2023: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Alexander Edwards
University of Toronto
Why Do Loss Firms Pay Taxes?

October 27, 2023: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Brian Mittendorf
Fischer College of Business – The Ohio State University
Charitable Objectives or Donor Interests? What Sponsor Language Reveals about Donor-Advised Fund Priorities and Resource Flows

November 10, 2023: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Helen Zhang
Carlson School of Management – University of Minnesota
Federal Regulations on Fair Lending and Sexual Orientation Discrimination in the Mortgage Market

Spring 2023

February 24, 2023: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Hariri Building Room 230
Brad Badertscher
Mendoza College of Business – University of Notre Dame
Materiality Judgment and Firm Disclosure

March 24, 2023: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Hariri Building Room 230
Wayne Guay
The Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania
Determinants of Insider Trading Windows

March 31, 2023: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Hariri Building Room 230
Lin William Cong
SC Johnson College of Business – Cornell University
The Rise of E-Wallets and Buy-Now-Pay-Later: Credit Expansion, Payment Competition, and Consumer Behavior

April 14, 2023: 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m., Hariri Building Room 230
Michelle Lowry
Pamplin College of Business – Virginia Tech
Inexpert Supervision: Field Evidence on Boards’ Oversight of Cybersecurity

Fall 2022

September 9, 2022: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sarah McVay
Foster School of Business – University of Washington
How Do CFOs Contribute to Their Firms? Evidence from Sudden Deaths

September 23, 2022: 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
Martin Holzhacker
The Eli Broad College of Business – Michigan State University
Control Rights and the Independent Contractor

October 28, 2022: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Joshua Gunn
Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business – University of Pittsburgh
Audit Firms’ Corporate Social Responsibility Activities and Auditor Reputation

November 11, 2022: 11 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Gil Sadka
Naveen Jindal School of Management – The University of Texas at Dallas
Judge Financial Holdings and Case Outcomes: Evidence from Judge Financial Disclosures

November 18, 2022: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Musa Subasi
Robert H. Smith School of Business – University of Maryland
Building Credible Commitments via Director Interlocks: Evidence from the Supply Chain

December 2, 2022: 11:40 a.m. to 1:10 p.m.
Pierre Jinghong Liang
Tepper School of Business – Carnegie Mellon University
Pattern Recognition and Anomaly Detection in Bookkeeping Data

Spring 2022

February 18, 2022: 9 – 10 a.m. (virtual)
Bin Ke
National University of Singapore
How Do Venture Capital Firms Manage Narcissistic Entrepreneurs?

March 25, 2022: 9 – 10 a.m. (virtual)
Jasmine Wang
University of Virginia – McIntire School of Commerce
Global Evolution of ESG Disclosure in Annual Reports

April 1, 2022: 9 – 10 a.m. (virtual)
Alon Kalay
Michigan State University – Broad College of Business
When Micro Firms Speak Macro: Evidence on Firms’ Macroeconomic Disclosures

Fall 2021 Schedule

September 17: 9 – 10 a.m. EDT (virtual)
Haiwen (Helen) Zhang
University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management
Loan-level Disclosure and the Convenience Yield of Asset-Backed Securities

October 8: 10 – 11 a.m. EDT (virtual)
Stephen Glaeser
University of North Carolina – Kenan-Flagler School of Business
The Effect of Patent Disclosure Quality on Innovation

October 15: 9 – 10 a.m. EDT (virtual)
Aaron Yoon
Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management
Analyzing Active Managers’ Commitment to ESG: Evidence from United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment 

November 12: 10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (virtual)
TJ (Tak-Jun) Wong
University of South Carolina – Marshall School of Business
Calling for Transparency: Evidence from a Field Experiment

November 19: 9 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (virtual)
Christina Ruiz Paparcuri
Indiana University
Firm Misconduct and the Structure of Political Spending

December 10: 9 – 10 a.m. EDT (virtual)
Ethan Rouen
Harvard Business School
Inclusive Managers

Spring 2021

February 5: 10 – 11 a.m. EST (virtual)
Mark Maffett
Booth School of Business – The University of Chicago
Importing Activists: Determinants and Consequences of Increased Cross-border Shareholder Activism

February 19: 9 – 10 a.m. EST (virtual)
Robert Knechel
Warrington College of Business – University of Florida
The Effect of Client Industry Agglomerations on Auditor Industry Specialization

February 26: 9 – 10 a.m. EST (virtual)
George Yang
CUHK Business School
Public Enforcement Through Independent Directors 

March 5: 10 – 11 a.m. EST (virtual)
Máté Széles
University of Amsterdam
Executive Turnover after Accounting Restatements: How Do Firms Contract with Incoming Executives?

March 12: 9 – 10 a.m. EDT (virtual)
Eric So
MIT Sloan School of Management
Meet Markets: Investor Meetings and Expected Returns

April 9: 9 – 10 a.m. EDT (virtual)
Aishwarrya Deore
Broad College of Business – Michigan State University
Construing the Impact of Board Gender Diversity on Innovation Strategies

April 16: 9 – 10 a.m. EDT (virtual)
Qiang Cheng
Singapore Management University
The Economic Value of Blockchain Applications: Early Evidence from Asset-Backed Securities

April 30: 10 – 11 a.m. EDT (virtual)
Christina Zhu
The Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania
Simplified Mortgage Disclosures and Bank Lending

May 7: 9 – 10 a.m. EDT (virtual)
Rebecca Hann
Robert H. Smith School of Business – University of Maryland
Auditor Skill Demands and Audit Quality: Evidence from Job Postings

May 14: 9 – 10 a.m. EDT (virtual)
Jeffrey Hales
McCombs School of Business – University of Texas at Austin
Disclosure Standards and Communication Norms: Evidence of Voluntary Disclosure Standards as a Coordinating Device for Capital Markets

Fall 2020 Schedule

September 18: 9 -10 a.m. EDT (virtual)
Ayung Tseng
Kelley School of Business – Indiana University
Did Earnings Lose their “Relevance”?

October 30: 1 – 2 p.m. EDT (virtual)
Phillip Quinn
Foster School of Business – University of Washington
Disclosure Speed: Evidence from Nonpublic SEC Investigations

November 6: 9 – 10 a.m. EST (virtual)
Feng Li
Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF), Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Do Small Investors Matter?

December 11: 9 – 10 a.m. EST (virtual)
Scott Liao
Rotman School of Management – University of Toronto
The Effect of Subsidiary Accounting Quality on Internal Capital MarketEfficiency: Evidence from Bank Holding Companies

December 18: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST (virtual)
Jerry Zimmermann
Simon Business School – University of Rochester
The Forensics of the American Mafia

Spring 2020 Schedule

January 7
Syrena Shirley
Smeal College of Business – Penn State
Crime and Punishment: Corporate Criminal: Prosecution and Corporate Governance

January 13
Georg Rickmann
MIT Sloan School of Management
The Effect of Market Transparency on Corporate Disclosure

January 31
Yifang Xie
Olin School of Business – Washington University in St. Louis
Disclosure Regulation and Managers’ Information Acquisition

Fall 2019 Schedule

August 30
Edwige Cheynel
Rady School of Management – University of California San Diego
How Uncertain Is the Market About Manager’s Reporting Objectives? Evidence from Structural Estimation

October 4
Jasmijn Bol
A.B. Freeman School of Business – Tulane University
A Holistic Framework for Effective Management Control Systems

October 11
Ilia Dichev
Goizueta School of Business – Emory University
The Volatility of Stock Investor Returns

October 18
Dan Wangerin
Wisconsin School of Business – University of Wisconsin – Madison
Differences in the Value Relevance of Identifiable Intangible Assets Acquired in Business Combinations

October 23
Pingyang Gao
Booth School of Business – University of Chicago
Accounting Information, Renegotiation, and Debt Contracts

October 25
Rachel Hayes
David Eccles School of Business – University of Utah
Personal Bankruptcy Costs, Union Bargaining Power, and Capital Structure

November 1
Michal Matejka
W.P. Carey School of Business – Arizona State University
Subjective Evaluation, Performance Targets, and Incentives

November 8
Ranjani Krishnan
Broad College of Business – Michigan State University
Regulatory Intervention and Quality Improvements– Evidence from the Hospital Industry

December 6
Franco Wong
Rotman School of Management – University of Toronto
Acquiring Information or Influencing the Stock? Evidence from Buy-Side Participation in Conference Calls and Institutional Trading

Spring 2019 Schedule

February 8
Musa Subasi 
University of Maryland – College Park
Street Earnings Activation Delay

February 15
Xanthi Gkougkousi
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Dark Trading Volume at Earnings Announcements

March 22
Clare Wang
Tippie College of Business, University of Iowa
The Impact of Earnings Season on Election Day (co-authored with Austin Moss at the University of Iowa)

March 29
Peter Kroos
University of Amsterdam
The Relation between Customized and Uniform Targets: Using Forward-Looking- and Peer Performance Information to Enhance Target Achievement

April 5
Daniel Aobdia
Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Public Audit Oversight and the Originate-to-Distribute Model

April 12
Xiumin Martin
Olin Business School – Washington University in St. Louis
Carrot or Stick? Evidence from a Pair of Natural Field Experiments Testing Lender Information Sharing Hypotheses

Fall 2018 Schedule

September 14
Delphine Samuels
The role of credit rating changes on opacity in the municipal bond market

September 28
James Naughton
Northwestern University
The Economic Consequences of Corporate Credit Rating Errors

October 5
Thomas Ruchti
Carnegie Mellon University
Entry in Local Audit Markets

November 16
Shivaram Rajgopal
Columbia University
Indexing CEO Equity Compensation to Firm’s Cost of Equity Capital

December 7
Allen Huang
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 
An Unintended Benefit of the Risk Factor Mandate of 2005

Spring 2018 Schedule

January 26
Wayne Landsman
University of North Carolina
The Value of Lending to Bellwether Firms by Institutional Investors

February 9
Ted Christensen
University of Georgia
Non-GAAP Earnings for Contracting and Financial Disclosure

February 16
James Potepa
George Washington University
Discontinued Operations: Earnings Management, Value Relevance, and the Role of ASU 2014-08

March 16
Justin Hopkins
University of Virginia
Career Concerns for Revealing Misreporting

May 4
Tatiana Sandino
Harvard University
Compensation Consultants and the Level, Composition and Complexity of CEO Pay

Fall 2017 schedule

September 8, 2017
Henock Louis
Penn State University
The effects of the extant clauses limiting auditor liability on audit fees, auditor conservatism, and overall reporting quality

September 15, 2017
Ed Maydew
University of North Carolina
U.S. Firms on Foreign (tax) Holidays

September 22, 2017
Jake Thomas
Yale University
Conditional conservatism: the case of goodwill impairments under-SFAS 142

October 2, 2017
Thomas Bourveau
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Naughty Firms, Noisy Disclosure: The Effects of Cartel Enforcement on Corporate Disclosure

October 27, 2017
Mark Bradshaw
Boston College
Soft Information in the Financial Press and Analysts’ Recommendation Revisions

October 30, , 2017: 2 p.m.
Jordan Schoenfeld
University of Utah
Economic Policy Uncertainty and Information Asymmetry

November 3, 2017: 1:30 p.m. – cancelled
Greg Miller
University of Michigan

November 10, 2017
Roby Lehavy
University of Michigan
The Tone of Management Forward-Looking Statements and Asymmetric Cost Behavior

December 5, 2017: 2:30 p.m.
Sterling Huang
Singapore Management University
Controllability of Risk and the Design of Incentive-Compensation Contracts

Spring 2017 Schedule

January 13, 2017
Bjorn Jorgensen
London School of Economics
Market-wide Effects of Off-Balance Sheet Disclosures: Evidence from the Oil and Gas Industry

February 3, 2017
Sonja Rego
Indiana University
Who Invests in Corporate Tax Avoiders?

February 10, 2017: 11:15 a.m.
MaryJane Rabier
McGill University
When is goodwill an asset? An examination into the origin of goodwill

February 24, 2017: 2:45 p.m.
Dimitris Vrettos
Southern Methodist University
The Incentive Effect of Relative Performance Evaluation on Early Option Exercise Behavior

March 2, 2017: 11:15 a.m.
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Room 570
Eric Weisbrod
University of Miami
Stockholders’ Reference-Dependent Preferences and the Market Reaction to Financial Disclosures

March 10, 2017: 2 p.m.
Urooj Khan
Columbia Business School
Co-Migration and the Benefits of Relationships in Bank Lending

March 17, 2017: 11:15 a.m.
Xiaoli Tian
Ohio State University
Is the Market Grossed Out by Gross-ups? An Investigation of Firms that Pay Their CEOs’ Taxes

April 28, 2017: 9:30 a.m.
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Room 155
Joanna Wu
University of Rochester
Economic Determinants of the Decision to Voluntarily Adopt Mark-to-Market Accounting for Pension Actuarial Gains and Losses

Fall 2016 Schedule

September 9, 2016
Eva Labro
University of North Carolina
Updating Accounting Systems: Long-Run Evidence from the Health Care Sector

September 16, 2016
Sudarshan Jayaraman
University of Rochester
Does counter-cyclical provisioning mitigate bank lending contractions? Evidence from supply shocks

October 14, 2016
Jenny Zha Giedt
The George Washington University
Economic Consequences of Announcing Strategic Alternatives

October 24, 2016: 10:30 a.m.
Qiang Cheng
Singapore Management University
CEO contractual protection and debt contracting

November 4, 2016: 1:50 p.m.
Hanna Lee
University of Maryland
Can Managers be Wrong and Still be Right? An Examination of the Predictive Information in Management Forecast Errors

November 10, 2016
Bob Libby
Cornell University
PCAOB Guidance and Audits of Fair Values for Level 2 Investments

November 18, 2016
Susie Wang
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Is Secured Lending Secure? Evidence from Small Businesses

November 30, 2016
Haifeng You
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Agency Conflicts and Accounting Conservatism: Evidence from Exogenous Shocks to Analyst Coverage

December 2, 2016: 2 p.m.
Rick Mergenthaler
University of Iowa

Spring 2016 Schedule

January 15, 2016
Shelley Li
Harvard Business School

January 29, 2016
Mozaffar Khan
Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard Business School

April 8, 2016
Christopher Armstrong
Wharton Business School

April 15, 2016
Sharon Katz
Columbia University

May 6, 2016
Sarah McVay
University of Washington
The Changing Implications of Research and Development Expenditures for Future Profitability