Gordon M. Phillips


Gordon M. Phillips

USC Marshall School of Business

“The Need for Industrial Organizational Foundations

in Corporate Finance and Asset Pricing”


Friday, September 25, 2015

At the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

In the Security Pacific Dining Room

Lunch:  12:00 p.m.

Lunch Program:  12:25 p.m.

Gordon M. Phillips is the Charles E. Cook Community Bank Chair and Professor of Finance and Business Economics at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).  He was the Bank of America Professor of Finance at the University of Maryland and was an Assistant Professor of Management in the Finance Department at Purdue University. He has also has been a visiting professor at Duke University, HEC Paris, MIT Sloan School of Management , and was a visiting Scholar at Insead.  He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University and his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.

His areas of research include corporate finance and how financial decisions impact firms’ strategic decisions, and contracting in financial markets. His work in corporate finance includes studies of private equity issuance, capital structure, Chapter 11 bankruptcy, how leverage buyouts and other forms of high debt influence firms’ and rivals’ investment decisions.

Some of his recent research published in the Review of Financial Studies has been on applying computational linguistics to firm financial statements to analyze merger synergies, dividends and product market competition. Research published in the Journal of Finance has been on real and financial booms and busts and mergers and acquisitions and how firms organize across multiple markets.  He is currently  serving as Associate Editor for numerous journals including the Review of Corporate Financial Studies, Annals of Finance, Finance Research Letters, and the Journal of Corporate Finance.  He is currently the Associate Editor and Academic Director of the Financial Management Association.

Professor Phillips will present at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum as part of the Financial Economics Institute Speaker Series and as the Keynote Speaker for the Southern California Finance Conference which is sponsored by the FEI.