Announcing 2017 Financial Institutions, Regulation & Corporate Governance (FIRCG) Conference eJournal
In cooperation with the Melbourne Business School at University of Melbourne, the Financial Economics Network (FEN) is pleased to announce the 2017 Financial Institutions, Regulation & Corporate Governance (FIRCG) Conference eJournal. This eJournal is available to all subscribers at no charge and contains abstracts of the meeting papers with links to the full text in the SSRN eLibrary.
The University of Melbourne's Financial Institutions, Regulation and Corporate Governance research group at Melbourne Business School together with the University of New South Wales Women in Leadership Research Network invited participants to hear from leading Australian and international academics and enjoy some summer warmth during the Australian Open, one of Australia's biggest and most-loved sporting events.
The conference organisers, Professor Nadia Massoud from Melbourne Business School and Renée Adams from the University of New South Wales, sought submissions from top-seeded thought leaders in the global financial community who presented on topics in the area of financial institutions, regulation and corporate governance - with a particular focus on the role of skill, promotion and pay in the corporate and sporting worlds and academia. The submission was overwhelming for such a boutique conference. They received around 100 papers and they accepted 32 papers. Unfortunately, they had to make tough choices by rejecting many good papers. The paper that won the FIRCG best paper award is, "Promotions and the Peter Principle".
They have received so many emails from participants telling them that they came knowing no one and have left with potential collaborations with international colleagues. The 2nd annual FIRCG meeting was everything that they hoped it to be. The size, social events, quality of the presentations, breadth of the topics discussed, international diversity of participants and the willingness of senior researchers to share with up and coming stars of our field made it a real academic conference. Many participants commented on the level of open discussion and serious debate that they feel is increasingly missing in large major conferences.
They are proud to have put a stake in the ground and to have received support with their aim to increase the levels of female representation at finance conferences and in the field. As they showed with their identification of the 240 female finance academics who they contacted about their conference, there are talented women out there who may not be receiving the recognition and support that their male colleagues receive. There is no malintent here, just unconscious processes that lead to differential opportunities.
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Michael C. Jensen
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