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Seminars and Conferences

Conference on the future of securities regulation

Chester Spatt, former chief economist of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and James Overdahl, current SEC chief economist, were among 21 speakers and discussion leaders at Notre Dame in April 2009 to discuss the U.S. financial crisis and the regulatory outcomes likely to shape financial markets in the future. The conference was organized by Finance Professor Paul Schultz and covered a range of topics from short selling, to CEO pay, to valuing subprime mortgages.

Empirical methods in capital markets-based accounting research 

The Center for Accounting Research and Education, in conjunction with the National University of Singapore, hosted their first Pacific Rim conference in May 2009 in Singapore. The conference, attended by more than 100 international university scholars and practitioners, aimed to develop new research ideas and provide a constructive critique of extant research methods in capital markets-based accounting research. 

Information Technology Management Research Symposium

Academic researchers, who study information technology questions, met on campus in May 2009 for a symposium covering topics such as IT innovation, supply chain, IT sourcing and online security. Management Professor Sarv Devaraj organized the symposium.

Catholic business education focus of ND conference

Examining the nature and scope of Catholic business education was the focus of the conference Business Education at Catholic Universities: Exploring the Role of Mission-Driven Business Schools, held in 2008 at Notre Dame. The conference brought together Catholic business education leaders, including Rev. Robert Spitzer, S.J., of Gonzaga Universityand Rev. Gerald Cavanaugh, S.J., of the University of Detroit Mercy, and was attended by more than 245 business professors from the United States and abroad. The conference is co-sponsored by 18 colleges and universities, including  the University of St. Thomas (Minn.).

International conferences probe financial statement analysis and evaluation

The Center for Accounting Research and Education, under the direction of Professor Peter Easton, has sponsored two international conferences : the first in Braselton, Georgia in 2006; the second, in California’s Napa Valley in 2007. More than 100 university scholars and practitioners from North America, Europe and Asia gathered for each conference to explore contemporary valuation issues, such as trends in the debt market and short-selling practices. The conferences are guided by an active advisory board, which includes senior faculty, investment professionals and editors from three of the top four accounting journals.

Conference explores religious views on the creation of wealth

Muslim, Christian and Jewish scholars gathered at Notre Dame in April 2007 to discuss how wealth creation presents challenges for each faith tradition in the pluralistic global economy. The two-day conference focused on: conflicting paradigms of economics, issues of wealth disparity and the worldwide discussion of corporate social responsibility and what maximizing shareholder value should mean. Professor Georges Enderle organized the conference in association with several Notre Dame departments and institutes.

Advances in portfolio decision making

Leading professors in math, finance and economics gathered at Notre Dame in June 2007 for an integrative conference on portfolio decision making. The conference was organized by Finance Professor Thomas Cosimano and Mathematics Professor Alex Himonas.

Ethics issues probed by scholars

Top scholars and doctoral students in mainstream business disciplines identify real-world ethical questions that impact business and society during an annual conference titled Ethical Dimensions in Business: Reflections from the Business Academic Community. Faculty from mainstream business disciplines present challenging research topics which have ethical dimensions, and doctoral students compete in an ethics dissertation proposal competition.

Conference explores consumer culture theory

Interdisciplinary speakers at the Consumer Culture Theory (CCT) Conference provided broad insights into consumption patterns and consumer behavior by drawing on a vast array of research contexts, ranging from brand collecting, globalizing food in India, and art consumption, to rock festivals, dog shows and fan fiction. The CCT conference, held on campus in August 2006 and organized by Notre Dame Professor John F. Sherry Jr. (ND ’74) and Russell Belk, was the first national conference to draw together top researchers in this emerging research field. Conference papers have been published in the book titled Consumer Culture Theory, Oxford: Elsevier, 2007.

Businesses forging paths of peace

At the “Peace Through Commerce: Partnerships as the New Paradigm” conference held in November 2006, participants explored ways that business can be a force for peace in conflict-torn areas. In particular, presenters emphasized the promise and the difficulties in forging cooperative alliances between multinational corporations, governments and NGOs. Presentations during the three-day event included: False Promises and Premises?; The Challenges of Peacebuilding for Corporations; Using the Food Chain to Create Peace; Technology Innovation to Address Global, Social and Education Issues.

Conference discusses social capital at work

Companies that build greater social capital—interpersonal ties based on trust and integrity—will be better able to compete in the global economy, says Management Professor Viva Bartkus. In April 2006, Bartkus and colleague James Davis organized an interdisciplinary conference. They brought together leading scholars in political science, sociology, economics and management, including Harvard professor and author Robert D. Putnam, to better understand how organizations can build social capital.