Raj Aggarwal

First Name
Raj
Last Name
Aggarwal
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Job Title
Executive Education Instructor
Location
off-campus
City, State, ZIP
Akron, Ohio
Phone
330.972.2780

Dr. Raj Aggarwal, CFA is the Sullivan Professor of International Business and Finance and former Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Akron. Before that he was the Firestone Chair in Finance at Kent State University and the Mellen Chair in Finance at John Carroll University. He has received teaching and research honors including university-wide distinguished scholar and distinguished faculty awards, also taught at Harvard, Michigan, and South Carolina.

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Expertise

Global finance, financial analysis

Sandra M. Dow

First Name
Sandra
Last Name
Dow
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Job Title
Professor of International Finance and Fisher International MBA Program Chair
Location
McCone 211
Phone
831.647.4187
Language(s)
Français

Dr. Sandra M. Dow has taught at the University of Quebec at Montreal (Canada), Concordia University (Canada), Wake Forest University (USA), Saint Mary's University (Canada), and Warsaw School of Economics (Poland).  During her academic career she has taught a range of courses including:  Corporate Finance, International Finance, International Investments, Corporate Governance, and Money and Banking.

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Expertise

Corporate Governance; International Finance; Environmental, Social, and Governance Risk Management (ESG)

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IMGT 8619 - Corp Govrnance & ESG Risk Mgmt      

This workshop focuses on key components of corporate governance. We begin with an examination of the firm’s ownership structure and then zero in on two important internal governance mechanisms: the board of directors and executive compensation policy. An overview of external governance mechanism is provided that includes the market for corporate control and a discussion of gatekeepers (e.g. security analysts, lawyers, accountants, etc.) The course will be conducted using both lecture and cases and active student participation in both is encouraged and required.

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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IMGT 8658 - Corporate Governance      

The recent financial crisis underscores the importance of corporate governance regulation and enforcement. This course will combine various theoretical perspectives on corporate governance with practical applications through lectures, class discussion and case analysis. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the theoretical foundations of corporate governance and demonstrate the complexity of corporate governance issues. In addition, students will become familiar with the various mechanisms of corporate governance and develop the skills necessary to evaluate the governance of a company.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS

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IMGT 8668 - Environmental Risk Management      

This workshop examines the business case for addressing climate change issues. Strategic corporate responses to climate change and environmental challenges do not seem to be the primary domain of corporate management. Such decisions are often not seen as profit maximizing in the short run and are generally not consistent with executive incentives. Nevertheless, some climate change responses may indeed be firm value maximizing and so such decisions can be expected to reflect the nature of a firm’s corporate governance.In this workshop we examine the potential impact of climate change on firm value and examine how the quality of the firm’s governance can influence firm response. The course will be conducted using both the lecture and case methods and active student participation is both encouraged and required.

Spring 2011 - MIIS

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IMGT 8682 - Climate Risk & Corp Value      

This workshop examines the business case for addressing climate change issues. Strategic corporate responses to climate change and environmental challenges do not seem to be the primary domain of corporate management. Such decisions are often not seen as profit maximizing in the short run and are generally not consistent with executive incentives. Nevertheless, some climate change responses may indeed be firm value maximizing and so such decisions can be expected to reflect the nature of a firm’s corporate governance. In this workshop we examine the potential impact of climate change on firm value and examine how the quality of the firm’s governance can influence firm response. The workshop will be conducted using both lecture and cases and active student participation is both encouraged and required.

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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IMGT 8697 - Social Risk & Corporate Value      

This workshop provides a framework for analyzing the social risk of the firm and tries to find any links that may exist to corporate value. We will examine various attempts to measure social risk and work with social risk data from a leading data provider (Risk Metrics). The costs of adhering to high environmental and social standards can translate to higher operating costs that in turn may place the firm at a competitive disadvantage and lead to lower profitability. On the other hand strong social policies can confer a competitive advantage on the firm by stimulating technological innovations, improving the efficiency of resource use and thereby cutting costs, strengthening a firm’s reputation and brand, and reducing the firm’s operational risk. The workshop will be conducted using both lecture and cases and active student participation is both encouraged and required.

Spring 2012 - MIIS

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MBAG 8536 - Financial Management      

This core course is designed to help students develop an understanding of the fundamental and practical analytical tools of corporate finance as well as its underlying concepts and principles through an encompassing analytical framework of both risk and return within qualitative and quantitative dimensions. The purpose of this course is to study the management of the firm from a financial point of view by focusing in the financial manager's primary task, which is to plan for the acquisition and use of funds so as to maximize the value of the firm.

Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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MBAG 8612 - Case Competition Prep Course      

This course prepares students for MBA Case Competition participation. We emphasize “raw cases” as our target competitions: The Economist, Corporate Knights, Hult Prize and Aspen have all adopted this format. In addition to introducing you to the “raw case” approach, you will acquire skills that can give teams a competitive edge in Case competition. Specifically, we provide (in collaboration with participants) possible information sources that you may consult in the course of your analyses, an overview of business methods. Further the differentiating characteristics in elite case competitions may rest not only on your analyses, but also on the crispness of your presentation – both written and oral. Thus the pre-case phase will allow you to improve these skills as well.

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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MBAG 8619 - Corporate Govrnance      

Spring 2014 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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MBAG 8629 / IMGT 8629 - Intl Financial Markets      

The course provides the student with the conceptual framework necessary to appreciate and understand the key financial markets and instruments that facilitate trade and investment activities in a dynamically evolving global financial environment. For this purpose, the course focuses on the global financial environment; the foreign exchange market; the foreign currency options market; the currency futures market; the currency forward market; the currency and interest rate swap markets; the international bond market; the international equity market; international portfolio diversification; and international parity relations.

Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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MBAG 8638 / IMGT 8638 - Intl Investment Analysis      

This course covers theory and instruments used in developing international investment portfolios. Students gain an understanding of international capital and money markets through the development and management of their own portfolios. The course also covers the use of hedging strategies, asset pricing models and management of exchange risk.

Prerequisite: IMGT 8531 & IMGT 8536.

Spring 2011 - MIIS, Spring 2012 - MIIS, Spring 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS

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MBAG 8688 / IMGT 8688 - ESG Risk Assessment      

Successful investing is dependent upon the ability to determine the factors that influence the market's valuation of a company… and then judge the accuracy of that valuation. The goal of this course is to demonstrate how Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors can be used along with traditional financial metrics to assess risks and opportunities confronting firms. As such, this is a course in socially responsible investing taught from a finance perspective. The importance of “extra-financial” factors in evaluating the risks and opportunities confronting the firm is no longer a fringe area for finance professionals. In 2008 the Chartered Financial Analyst’s association introduced ESG into their curriculum. According to a Thomson Reuters survey released in May 2009, 84% of global buy-side investors said they evaluate ESG criteria to some degree when making investment decisions. Moreover, institutional investors are increasingly vocal in their demands that ESG risks be disclosed to the SEC. There are three themes to the course: Objectives of business (wealth maximization versus long term sustainability?), the pillars of socially responsible investing and the development of SRI funds.

Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS

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Publications

Dow, Sandra and Aggarwal, Raj. (2011) Navigating the C2 Economy: The 21st Century Business Challenge. The European Financial Review, 15 April, 2011.

Dow, Sandra and McGuire, Jean. (2011) Industrial Networks in Japan: Blessing or Curse? The European Financial Review, 17 Feb. 2011.

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