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Purdue Finance Conference and John McConnell Birthday Celebration

Conference Celebrating Finance and John J. McConnell's Birthday

(partly sponsored by the Burton D. Morgan Chair in Private Enterprise)

Held at the Ross-Ade Pavilion, Steven Beering Drive, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

November 13 – 14, 2015


On occasion of this conference and birthday, we would also like to make a gift to Krannert in John’s name to support doctoral education.  If you are interested in participating in fund raising:

For checks, please make them payable to the Purdue Research Foundation; in the note section write: “In honor of John J McConnell,” and send them to Logan Jordan, Associate Dean for Administration, Krannert School of Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907.

For a gift of stock, the details are in this link:  Please inform Logan Jordan at when you have made a donation.

For credit card payments, please click on the following link:


Day 1. Friday, 13 November, 2015 – Ross-Ade Pavilion


Diane Denis, University of Pittsburgh
CEO Assessment and the Structure of Newly Formed Boards
(co-authored with Dave Denis and Mark Walker)

E. Han Kim, University of Michigan
Are Executive Suite Independence and Board Independence Interrelated?
(co-authored with Yao Lu)

Omesh Kini, Georgia State University
Industry Tournament Incentives and the Strategic Value of Corporate Liquidity
(co-authored with Jian Huang and Bharat Jain)

Erik Lie, University of Iowa
Investor Inattention in Acquisitions with a Choice of Payment Type


Day 2. Saturday 14 November, 2015 – Ross-Ade Pavilion


Gordon Phillips, University of Southern California
CEOs and the Product Market: When are Powerful CEOs Beneficial?
(co-authored with Minwen Li and Yao Lu)

Stephen McKeon, University of Oregon
Intermediation in Private Equity: The Role of Placement Agents
(co-authored with Matthew Cain and Steven Davidoff Solomon)   

Michael Cooper, University of Utah
The Mutual Fund Fee Puzzle
(co-authored with Michael Halling and Wenhao Yang)   

Greg Kadlec, VPI
Institutional Investors and Stock Return Anomalies
(co-authored with Roger Edelen and Ozgur Ince)