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This year’s roundtable was held on Monday, October 26, 2020, in a virtual format.  The purpose of the roundtable was for members of the Academic Research Network to discuss their leading-edge, actionable academic research using Truvalue Labs’ data.  Below you’ll see research topics and related published papers available at the time of the event. 

Research Topics

Collaborative research from Truvalue Labs’ Academic Research Network members on a wide array of trending ESG topics. 

How Material is a Material Issue? Stock Returns and the Financial Relevance and Financial Intensity of ESG Materiality
  • COSTANZA CONSOLANDI, PhD*, Associate Professor of Corporate Finance, Department of Business and Law, University of Siena
  • ROBERT G. ECCLES, PhD, Visiting Professor, Said Business School, University of Oxford
  • GIAMPAOLO GABBI, PhD, Professor, SDA Bocconi School of Management

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Board Risk Oversight and Environmental and Social Responsibility
  • HAMI AMIRASLANI, PhD, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Control, INSEAD
  • CAROLYN DELLER, DBA*, Assistant Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania
  • CHRISTOPHER D. ITTNER, DBA, Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania
  • THOMAS KEUSCH, PhD, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Control, INSEAD

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How ESG Issues Become Financially Material to Corporations and Their Investors
  • GEORGE SERAFEIM, PhD, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
  • JEAN ROGERS, Chief Resilience Officer, Long-Term Stock Exchange (LTSE)
  • DAVID FREIBERG*, Research Associate, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Chasing ESG, Alpha or Brand? What Attracts Inflows into ESG Funds and ETFs?
  • WITOLD HENISZ, PhD*, Professor of Management, The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania
  • KEVIN CHUAH, Doctoral Candidate, London Business School
  • JAMES McGLINCH, Doctoral Student, The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania
The Anatomy of Sustainability
  • JULIA MEYER, PhD*, Senior Lecturer at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Academic Associate, University of Zurich
  • OLA MAHMOUD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Corporate Finance, University of Basel

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ESG and Litigation
  • FRANK PARTNOY*, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley
  • ADAM BADAWI, PhD, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

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ESG Performance and Labor Productivity:Exploring Whether and When ESG Affects Firm Performance
  • RACHELLE SAMPSON, PhD*, Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland &Senior Policy Scholar, Georgetown University
  • NATHAN BARRYMORE, PhD Candidate, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

 

How to Optimize Your Company’s Approach to Data Privacy
  • PAVLOS VLACHOS, PhD*, Associate Professor of Marketing at ALBA Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece
  • NIKOLAOS PANAGOPOULOS, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Business, Ohio University
  • PANAGIOTIS AVRAMIDIS, PhD, Associate Professor, ALBA Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece

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Presenters

Presenters from globally renown academic institutions shared their papers and in-progress reports in 15-minute presentations with Q&A follow-ups. 

Costanza Consolandi, PhD

Associate Professor of Corporate Finance, Department of Business and Law, University of Siena

Carolyn Deller, DBA

Assistant Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania

David Freiberg

Project Manager for the
Impact-Weighted Accounts Initiative at
Harvard Business School,
Harvard University

Witold J. Henisz, PhD

Professor of Management, The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania

Julia Meyer

Senior Lecturer at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Academic Associate, University of Zurich

Frank Partnoy

Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley

Rachel Sampson, PhD

Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland &
Senior Policy Scholar, Georgetown University

Pavlos Vlachos, PhD

Associate Professor of Marketing at ALBA Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece

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Witold J. Henisz, PhD

Professor of Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Bio:

Witold J. Henisz is the Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, former Managing Partner at The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. His research examines the impact of political hazards on international investment strategy including efforts by multinational corporations to engage in corporate diplomacy to win the hearts and minds of external stakeholders. His research has been published in top-ranked journals in international business, management, international studies and sociology and he is the author of the book “Corporate Diplomacy: Building Reputations and Relationships with External Stakeholders”.

Witold has won multiple teaching awards at the graduate and undergraduate levels and also teaches extensively on the topic of Corporate Diplomacy in open enrollment and custom executive education programs. He served as the academic co-Director in the development of the stakeholder engagement KEROVKA crisis management simulation. He is currently a principal in the political risk management consultancy PRIMA LLC whose recent clients include AngloGold Ashanti, Rio Tinto, Lockheed Martin, Shell Corporation, Dundee Precious Metals, Calvert (Eaton Vance), EY, The World Bank, The Inter-American Development Bank and the International Finance Corporation.

Costanza Consolandi, PhD

Associate Professor of Corporate Finance, Department of Business and Law, University of Siena

Bio:

Costanza Consolandi, PhD has extensive expertise in underlining the financial materiality of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Consolandi is an Associate Professor of Corporate Finance at the University of Siena, where she teaches undergraduate courses in corporate finance and graduate courses in corporate valuation. In the last years, her research has focused primarily on finance and sustainability. She is a member of the Academic Network of UN-supported Principle of Responsible Investments (PRI) and from 2010 to 2015 she was a member of the EU-funded research project FESSUD (Finance, Economy, Society and Sustainable Development). She published in the Journal of Business Ethics, European Financial Management, Economia & Management, Intereconomics and Sustainability. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the MSc in Finance of the University of Siena, where she has also been a member of the Board of Directors since 2016. Her recent paper on investor materiality and the Sustainable Development Goals (with G. Betti and R.G. Eccles), has been featured on Forbes and presented at the SASB Open House event at the 2018 PRI in Person, at the 2018 Berkeley Sustainable Business and Investment Forum, at the 2018 UKSIF London Conference, at the 6th OECD World Forum on Well-Being in Incheon (Korea), and at the 2018 SASB Symposium.

Rachelle Sampson, PhD

Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy, University of Maryland & Senior Policy Scholar, Georgetown University

Bio:

Rachelle Sampson is Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy at the RH Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, and a Senior Policy Scholar at Georgetown University’s Center for Business and Public Policy. Her research examines short-termism in firms and capital markets, with a focus on the implications for firm strategy, investment and growth. Rachelle has a particular interest in the impact of sustainability practices on employee engagement and productivity as well as how this translates into long-term performance. Summaries of her research are available at Columbia Law School’s Blue Sky BlogVox.comSmith Brain TrustGeorgetown University Newsroom, and the Seattle University Law Review

Formerly a professor at NYU-Stern and Georgetown University, Rachelle started her professional career as a consultant for Ernst & Young and as a corporate attorney in Australia. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan and her law degree from Queensland University of Technology, Australia. Rachelle has received several awards for her research and teaching, including the Distinguished PhD Alumni Award from the University of Michigan (Ross School of Business), the Ameritech Foundation Research Fellowship, the Krowe Award for Teaching Excellence, and recognition from Poets and Quants as a favorite business school professor. She teaches graduate and executive courses in corporate strategy, managerial economics as well as firm environmental strategy.

Julia Meyer, PhD

Senior Lecturer at ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Academic Associate, University of Zurich

Bio:

Coming soon.  University bio page

David Freiberg

Project Manager for the Impact-Weighted Accounts Initiative at Harvard Business School

Bio:

David Freiberg is the Project Manager for the Impact-Weighted Accounts Initiative at Harvard Business School. His research focuses on impact measurement and understanding the financial materiality of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, and has received the Award for Impact Research of the Year from Environmental Finance. His work is widely featured in the Harvard Business School MBA curriculum, particularly in the award winning elective course “Reimagining Capitalism: Business and the Big Problems.” David consults on ESG issues for one of the top Law firms in the US, and serves on an advisory council for a London-based ESG digital platform and data ecosystem. David is a graduated of Middlebury College.

Carolyn Deller, DBA

Assistant Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania

Bio:

Carolyn Deller is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She obtained her DBA from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Carolyn’s research focuses on the design and outcomes of management control systems, and she teaches the undergraduate management accounting core course at Wharton.

Pavlos Vachlos, PhD

Associate Professor of Marketing, ALBA Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece

Bio:

Pavlos A. Vlachos is an Associate Professor of Marketing (tenured) at Alba Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece. He is teaching Marketing Analytics and ESG topics, and he has served as the director of the Alba MBA. His research explores how different stakeholders — including investors, financial analysts, employees, job-seekers, and customers — understand and react to firms’ Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) performance. His ESG work has been published in top journals including Human Relations, Harvard Business Review, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Business Ethics among others.

Frank Partnoy

Professor of Law, Berkeley Law, University of California, Berkeley

Bio:

Before joining Berkeley Law in 2018, Frank Partnoy taught for twenty-one years at the University of San Diego, where he was the George E. Barrett Professor of Law and Finance and received the Thorsnes Prize for Excellence in Teaching three times. Partnoy has been an international research fellow at Oxford University since 2010, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Sydney and the Rady School of Management. He is currently a member of the Financial Economists Roundtable.

Partnoy has written several dozen scholarly publications on topics in business law and financial markets, including in peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Journal of Finance, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Accounting Review, Socio-Economic Review), in chapters of academic press books (e.g.,Oxford, Cambridge, Chicago, Brookings), and in law reviews (e.g., Chicago, Pennsylvania, Georgetown). Partnoy also is co-author of several academic books, including a leading casebook that he assigns for Business Associations.

Partnoy is the author of four trade press books: WAIT, The Match King, Infectious Greed, and F.I.A.S.C.O. He writes regularly for The Atlantic, and has written multiple articles each for The New York Review of Books, Harvard Business Review, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as more than fifty opinion pieces for the print editions of The New York Times and the Financial Times. Partnoy has appeared on numerous media programs, including 60 Minutes and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and has testified as an expert before both houses of Congress.

Before becoming a professor, Partnoy worked as a lawyer at Covington & Burling and as a fixed income derivatives specialist at Morgan Stanley and CS First Boston. He clerked for the Honorable Michael B. Mukasey in the Southern District of New York.