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  •  Conference to Gather Top Minds in Corporate Social Responsibility & Socially Responsible Investing

    Tuesday, May. 4, 2010 4:55 PM

    Some of the nation’s top experts in corporate social responsibility and socially responsible investing will gather May 14 and 15 at Santa Clara University, to discuss the benefits of elevating ethical values for corporations and investors.
    The conference, titled “The Value of Values: Social Investing and Corporate Social Responsibility,” will be held Fri., May 14 (from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) and Sat., May 15 (from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m), in Lucas Hall at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA.

    “The Value of Values” conference is the signature event of the Santa Clara Initiative for Financial Innovation and Risk Management (SCIFIRM), a multiyear project focused on ethical financial innovation and responsible risk management. SCIFIRM was formed after the international financial crisis that began in late 2008, as an effort to leverage SCU’s institutional expertise in areas such as behavioral finance, risk management, and private equity with the University’s focus on ethics, justice, and compassion.

    Seating is limited to 100 participants and a block of seats has been set aside for the general public and financial practitioners. Tickets are $300 and include all conference meals and materials. More information and the link to online registration is found at

    A rare lineup of speakers from North America and Europe is scheduled to attend and present results of their research at the conference. For instance, three of the four authors of industry papers demonstrating long-term performance benefits from socially responsible investing will be on hand to discuss their research.
    “Since the financial meltdown, more and more companies and individuals are realizing that promoting responsible behavior is integral to good business and investing choices,” said Sanjiv Das, chair of the department of finance at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business and a director of SCIFIRM. “This conference will give SCU students and industry leaders alike the chance to hear what the top minds in values-based finance have to say.”

    Speakers will include corporate social responsibility experts Brad Barber of UC Davis, and Kellie McElhaney of UC Berkeley, as well as behavioral finance pioneers Hersh Shefrin and Meir Statman of Santa Clara University. A full list of speakers can be found at

    Topics to be covered at the event include Is Good Governance Valuable?; Just Good Business: CSR in Practice; and Impact Investing and Behavioral Finance.  A full agenda is available at

    Media Contact:
    Deborah Lohse | SCU Assistant Media Relations Director | 408-554-5121 |



  •  Four New Faculty Appointed

    Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 3:56 PM

    Four new tenure-track faculty have joined the Leavey School of Business departments for Fall 2009, two in the Management Department, and one each in Marketing and OMIS.

    Niki A. den Nieuwenboer joins the Management faculty from RSM Erasmus University in the Netherlands. Her research focuses on behavioral business ethics, looking at the causes and processes that inform ethical behavior as well as how the social environment shapes moral perception. She holds a Masters of Arts in Social and Organizational Psychology from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and a Master of Applied Ethics from Catholic University Lueven (Belgium). She has worked as an internal organizational consultant and with KPMG Forensic.

    Nydia MacGregor is another Management faculty addition, coming from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business where she received her Ph.D. in June. Her research looks at how organizational structure and the character of available resources influence the launch and survival of organizations, examining these issues in retailing, bookstores, and U.S. banking. Dr. MacGregor received her MBA from UC Davis and a BA in European History from UC Santa Cruz. Prior to her doctoral studies, she held strategic management positions at Jamba Juice Company and Noah's NY Bagels.

    Kumar R. Saragee joins the Marketing department faculty from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign doctoral program. His research looks at product line management, innovation and new product development, and entrepreneurship, particularly in high tech markets. He received his MBA from Case Western Reserve University (Ohio) and his bachelor's degree from Ravenshaw College (India). He also has worked in several organizations, including Mirc Electronics, Caltex Lubricants, NFO Worldgroup, and Looking Forward Health Services.

    Mu Xia has joined the department of Operations & Management Information Systems (OMIS) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he taught and researched e-business standardization, online communities, and B2B electronic commerce. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin, and his bachelor's in engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing.




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