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Melbourne: Dinner with Prof. Douglas J. Skinner and Bob Officer, MBA'69, PhD '71

August 10, 2017: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Chicago Booth alumni and students are cordially invited to dinner and conversation with Professor Douglas J. Skinner and  Professor Bob Officer, MBA'69, PhD '71 in Melbourne.


The Australian Club
110 William Street
Melbourne, Australia




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Event Details

We will be joined from Chicago by Professor Douglas J. Skinner, Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting, Chicago Booth. Professor Bob Officer AM (Ph D '71) will lead an after-dinner discussion on "The Implications of the Trump Presidency for Financial Markets and the Global Economy". Bob is Professor Emeritus of the University of Melbourne and, in addition to his academic appointments, has had a long and distinguished career in finance and investment.

Join us for this dinner and conversation with Professor Skinner and Officer. 

Speaker Profiles

Bob Officer, MBA'69, PhD '71 (Speaker)

Professor Bob Officer is currently Professor Emeritus University of Melbourne and an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland. He has previously been the Deputy Director and a Professor at the Melbourne Business School (1986 - 2002). For a length of time Professor Officer consulted to a large number of public, private and government organisations on topics encompassing economics and finance generally.

Professor Officer specialises in:

corporate and international finance
valuation and investment appraisal
foreign exchange management
capital markets
industrial organisation

During the past ten years he has been Chairman of the Victorian WorkCover Authority (1997-2001) and Chairman Victorian Funds Management Corporation (2002-2006). Today he remains Chairman of several Funds Management companies.

Douglas J. Skinner (Speaker)
Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting, Chicago Booth

Douglas Skinner is a leading expert in corporate disclosure practices, corporate financial reporting, and corporate finance, with a focus on payout policy. His research addresses topics such as (1) the causes and capital market effects of managers' corporate disclosure choices (especially forward-looking information, including earnings forecasts, earnings pre-announcements, and guidance, corporate conference calls, etc.); (2) how the legal and regulatory environment affects managers' corporate disclosures; (3) managers' incentives to use their discretion in the financial accounting and reporting process to manage reported accounting earnings ("earnings management"); (4) how stock prices respond to earning releases, especially for high growth companies ("earnings torpedoes"); and (5) the determinants of firms' payout policies, including whether and how much firms should pay out, the form of payout (dividends versus stock repurchases), etc.

Professor Skinner's research is published in prominent accounting and finance journals, including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Business, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics. He is co-editor of the Journal of Accounting Research, and was previously co-editor of the Journal of Accounting and Economics.

Professor Skinner's research has been prominently featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Economist,, The New York Times, and BusinessWeek.

In 2010, Professor Skinner was named one of the top business school professors in the world in the Financial Times Global MBA Rankings. His teaching has included courses taught to undergraduate upper-classmen, full-time and part-time MBA students, executive MBA students, executives, consultants, and Ph.D. students. His teaching covers topics that include introductory financial accounting, intermediate financial accounting, corporate financial reporting and analysis, financial statement analysis, corporate finance, and empirical methods in accounting research.

Prior to his appointment at Chicago, he was KPMG Professor of Accounting at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, where he had been on the faculty since 1989.

He holds a bachelor's degree in Economics with first class honors in Accounting and Finance from Macquarie University in Sydney and a master's degree and PhD in Applied Economics: Accounting and Finance from the University of Rochester. He has been a tenured full professor at Chicago Booth since 2005.


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