Accounting & Information Assurance

Smith School Business Summit Addresses Innovation

On March 28, 2014, at the North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Md., students, faculty and business professionals met for the third annual Smith School Business Summit. This year’s theme looked at innovation as an essential building block for the prosperity and survival of corporations. With more than 600 registered attendants, it was the largest Summit yet.

Infusing Accounting, Economics in the Cybersecurity Curriculum

Smith School of Business Professor Lawrence A. Gordon recently co-developed a formula to determine how much a company should invest in cybersecurity. Now, he targets University of Maryland honors students with this innovation.

His course, Accounting and Economic Aspects of Cybersecurity, introduces financial management principles to a discipline grounded in computer science and engineering.



Hotel Info

Conference Hotel:

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Adelphi Rd at University Blvd.
College Park, MD 20740

$169.00/night (May 28-29)
Reference: Journal of Accounting and Public Policy Conference
Conference rate expires May 7

Other Hotels:

Holiday Inn
10000 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
Clarion Inn and Fundome
8601 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
Quality Inn
7200 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740

While You're Here

Experience the rich culture, history and diversity that represent America in Washington, D.C. The nation’s capital is known for its many world famous monuments, museums, restaurants and neighborhoods. Home of the nation’s law makers and lobbyists, Washington DC is truly a city like no other!

Please visit the links below for information on Washington, D.C.’s tourist attractions:

Contact Us

Contact Diane Hall at with any questions about the conference.

Conference Coordinators:

  • Alnoor Bhimani, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Salvador Carmona, IE Business School (Madrid, Spain)
  • Lawrence A. Gordon, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
  • Martin P. Loeb, , Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland



Journal of Accounting and Public Policy Conference
Thursday, May 29th

All activities are in Van Munching Hall (VMH)

8:15 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Continental Breakfast (VMH 1400 Atrium)

9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome (VMH 1412 Rouse Room)

Michael O. Ball, Senior Associate Dean and Dean's Chair in Management Science,
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

9:15 a.m. – 10 a.m.

“An Analysis of the Maturity and Strategic Impact of Investments in ERM”

Mark Beasley, North Carolina State University

Bruce Branson, North Carolina State University

Don Pagach, North CarolinaState University

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

“Shareholders' Preference for Excessively Risky Projects, Equilibrium Debt Contracts, and Bailouts”

Michael J. Smith, Boston University 

10:45 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.

Break (VMH 1400 Atrium)

11:10 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.

“Risk Management Committee Formation: Symbolic Commitments to Risk Management or Substantive Monitoring of Risk Outcomes?”

Chris S. Hines, Missouri State University

Gary F. Peters, University of Arkansas

11:55 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch  (VMH 2517 Executive Dining Room)

Keynote Speaker: 
Clifford Rossi, Executive-in-Residence and Professor of the Practice,
Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland,
and former Managing Director and Chief Risk Officer for Citigroup’s Consumer Lending Group

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

“The Effect of Agency Problems on Optimal Operating Leverage And Risk Allocation”

Hui Chen, University of Colorado

2:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

“The Spectacular Growth in Financial Derivatives:  Is it the Effect of Accounting Methods or Public Policy?”

A. Rashad Abdel-Khalik, University of Illinois

Po-Chang Chen, Miami University

3 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Break (VMH 1400 Atrium)

3:25 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.

Panel “Role of Accounting in Managing Risk”

A. Rashad Abdel-Khalik, Professor of Accountancy and V.K. Zimmerman, Professor in International Accounting, University of Illinois

Eugene Cantor, Special Counsel from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (Securities and Corporate Practices Division)

Shyam Sunder, James L. Frank Professor of Accounting, Economics, and Finance, Yale School of Management, Yale University

4:25 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Reception – Food and Drinks (VMH 2333 Executive Meeting Space)

5:45 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Concluding Dinner (VMH 2333 Executive Meeting Space)


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