Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series

The Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series is the most prestigious intellectual engagement at the UW Bothell School of Business. Eminent senior scholars are invited to mingle with our engaged interdisciplinary community over a period of a few days. Since our school is not departmentalized, visitors must expect to engage with scholars from a wide array of disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing, and, operations management.

Visits are generally structured to include two talks. The research talk is a rigorous presentation of a specific research paper that may be of broad scholarly interest. The community talk focuses on a broader domain and is attended by colleagues from across the university. In addition, there are several opportunities for intimate research conversations with colleagues.

Visitors are reimbursed travel and lodging expenses. In addition, they are paid an honorarium.

Past Distinguished Speakers

Dean’s Distinguished Speaker, Spring 2015-16

David Kreps

Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Professor of Economics (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University

David Kreps is an economic theorist of international reputation whose path-breaking work concerns dynamic choice behavior and economic contexts in which dynamic choices are key. His research interests also include human resource management and behavioral economics.

Professor Kreps has contributed to the literatures of axiomatic choice theory, financial markets, dynamic games, bounded rationality, and human resource management. His research has awarded him recognition as a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and with an honorary doctorate from Universite Paris IX. In 1989, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal by the American Economic Association. In 2007, he received the CME Group/MSRI Prize in Innovative Quantitative Applications. In 2010 he was elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

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Dean’s Distinguished Speaker, Fall 2014-15

Ritu Agarwal

Professor and Robert H. Smith Dean’s Chair of Information Systems, University of Maryland

Professor Agarwal is a prolific and influential scholar who has published over 80 papers in the most prestigious journals on information technology management topics. Her scholarly accomplishments and professional stature are reflected in her many honors and appointments which include appointment as the current Editor-in-Chief of Information Systems Research and past service as Senior Editor of MIS Quarterly, Associate Editor of Management Science, member of the INFORMS board, Vice President of the Association for Information Systems and Standing Member (2010-2012) of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Expert Review Panel on Healthcare Effectiveness and Outcomes Research. She is a Fellow of the Association for Information Systems, Founder and Director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS), the first research center established within a U.S. business school to study the use and application of information technology in healthcare and Initiator and Chair of the Workshop on Health Information Technology and Economics (WHITE), an annual event sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and Academy Health.

Professor Agarwal will visit UWB October 22-24, 2014.

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The health of citizens is, arguably, a crucial concern for public policy in nations across the globe, and constitutes a significant proportion of government spending. In the United States, healthcare is the largest sector of the economy, accounting for more than one of every six dollars of spending in 2012. Yet, despite extraordinary expenditure, the US healthcare system suffers from significant deficiencies with respect to both healthcare quality and cost. Today, there is substantial optimism that the digital transformation of healthcare through broad and deep use of health information technology (HIT) across the healthcare ecosystem, in conjunction with other complementary changes, can address some of the systemic problems confronting healthcare. However, a number of significant obstacles need to be overcome before the transformation becomes a reality.

This talk will provide an overview of the challenges confronting the US healthcare system. Professor Agarwal will discuss the difficulties associated with incorporating innovations into an established and entrenched system where the practice of medicine has a centuries old tradition. Over the past five years we have conducted multiple studies focused on various aspects of the digitization of healthcare. These include the adoption of electronic health records by hospitals, privacy concerns associated with electronic medical data, and the growing role of the Internet in healthcare choices and public health. She will summarize key findings from her ongoing and prior research, and conclude with a discussion of the opportunities that lie ahead.

Dean’s Distinguished Speaker, Spring 2013-14

Mary E. Barth

Joan E. Horngren Professor of Accounting, Stanford University

Professor Barth’s wide-ranging and innovative contributions to scholarship on financial reporting and accounting valuation have earned her international fame and recognition as a thought leader in her field of inquiry. Among her many honors and recognitions are the current Presidency of the American Accounting Association, editorial appointments at leading scholarly journals such as The Accounting Review and Management Science and past memberships of the International Accounting Standards Board, the Accounting Standards Executive Committee of the AICPA and the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council of the FASB. Her scholarly contributions have been recognized with the American Accounting Association’s (AAA) Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award, the AAA’s Competitive Manuscript Award, and, on two occasions, with the AAA’s prestigious Wildman Medal Award. She has also received the Stanford University GSB’s MBA Distinguished Teaching Award and PhD Faculty Distinguished Service Award, the Outstanding International Accounting Educator Award of the AAA’s International Section and has served as a Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the GSB from 2002 until 2009.

Professor Barth will visit UWB April 9-11, 2014.

Engagements @ UW Bothell

  • Thu, April 10 at 10:45 AM in the Rose Room (UW1-280)
    Research Talk: Conservatism and the Information Content of Earnings
  • Friday, April 11 at 10:30 AM in Husky Hall 1160
    Open Conversation: The AAA Agenda
  • Friday, April 11 at 2:30 PM in Husky Hall 1160
    Community Talk: Financial Reporting Around the Globe, Opportunities and Challenges

Dean’s Distinguished Speaker, Fall 2013-14

Frank H. Page Jr.

Professor of Economics, Indiana University

Professor Page is a pioneering economist who has made notable contributions to the theory of network formation games and non-linear pricing games.

Professor Page’s research talk will focus on Equilibrium Markov Supernetworks and his community talk on Network Games in Business. During his visit he will also conduct a tutorial on Network Formation Games and a presentation on the main research questions, modeling approaches and key results in this area.

Engagements @ UW Bothell

  • Tuesday, September 24 at 3:00 PM in UW1-110
    Tutorial: Tutorial on Network Formation Games
  • Wednesday, September 25 at 9:00 PM in UW1-121
    Presentation: Network Formation Games
  • Friday, September 27 at 10:30 AM in the Rose Room (UW1-280)
    Research Talk: Equilibrium Markov Supernetworks
  • Friday, September 27 at 2:30 PM in UW2-340
    Community Talk: Networks Games in Business