George Serafeim

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

George Serafeim is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Accounting and Management Unit. He teaches in the MBA and doctoral programs and co-chairs the Executive Education program "Aligning Sustainability with Corporate Performance." His work on how organizations integrate sustainability issues into their business models, integrated reporting, and sustainable investing has won numerous awards.

Professor Serafeim's research interests are international, focusing on equity valuation, corporate governance, and corporate reporting issues. His work has been published in prestigious academic and practitioner journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business StudiesReview of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Finance, Contemporary Accounting Research, Management Science, Financial Analysts Journal, MIT Sloan Management Review, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Harvard Business Review and has also appeared in media outlets including Bloomberg, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, and NPR. He has written more than twenty business cases on organizations from around the world. He is the co-author with Professors Richard Macve and Joanne Horton of a book on the transparency and valuation of insurance companies and the co-author of a study, commissioned by the European Union, that evaluated the relevance of public information disclosed during the transition of European companies to IFRS.

Professor Serafeim's work with Professor Ioannis Ioannou on corporate sustainability and sell-side investment recommendations received the best paper award from the Academy of Management, and their work on corporate sustainability and access to finance received the best paper award from the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment network. Professor Serafeim's research with Professor Paul Healy on anticorruption efforts and firm performance was awarded the Hermes Fund Manager best paper prize (second place), his work with Professors Mo Khan and Leonid Kogan on the effects of price pressure on equity issuance and corporate acquisitions was awarded the Whitebox Prize (runner up), and his work with Robert Eccles on "The Performance Frontier" was recognized as "The Big Idea" at Harvard Business Review. He currently serves on the Technical Review Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Ratings and he is a member of the Standards Council of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board. He has served as an advisor to numerous organizations around the world and he is a partner at KKS Advisors.

Professor Serafeim earned his doctorate in business administration at Harvard Business School, where his dissertation was recognized with the Wyss Award for Excellence in Doctoral Research. He received a master's degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was awarded the Emeritus Professors' Prize for best academic performance.

Strategy + Business
June 1, 2012
Wall Street Journal
December 14, 2011

AL GORE AND DAVID BLOOD

Bloomberg
February 17, 2012

Tom Randall

Financial Times
May 25, 2011

Michael Skapinker

Businesses Brace for Greek Exit
Financial Times
May 16, 2012

FT reporters

Top1000funds
February 17, 2012

AMANDA WHITE

BSR
August 2012

Summary of the Latest Research and Recommendations to Attract Long-Term Investors

GRI
May 2012

Thousands of organisations now report on their economic, social and environmental performance, showing
that sustainability reporting adds value. If sustainable development is to be reached, the time has now
come for sustainability reporting to become standard practice. This can be achieved by the UN Conference
on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) adopting a policy framework on sustainability reporting based on the
report or explain approach. This proposal outlines the case for such policy approach and invites discussion.

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