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   Contact Information

    The Institute for Corporate Responsibility
    2131 G Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20052

    Email: Patti Niles
    Phone: 202-994-5206
    Fax: 202-994-5966

Visiting Scholars

Current Visiting Scholar

The Honorable Cynthia A. Glassman, Ph.D. - Senior Research Scholar

Cyndi Glassman

Cynthia A. Glassman is a member of the Board of Discover Financial Services and serves on the audit committee. She is also on the Board of Navigant Consulting, Inc. and serves on the nominating and governance and on the compensation committees. Prior to her current roles, she was appointed by President Bush to serve as the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2006 to January 2009. In that role, she served as the principal economic advisor to the Secretary of Commerce and oversaw two major Federal statistical agencies. She was also the Secretary's designated Board Representative to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), where she was actively involved in PBGC investment policy and corporate governance matters.

Appointed by President Bush, Dr. Glassman served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from 2002 to 2006 and served as Acting Chairman during the summer of 2005. As the only Commissioner with a doctorate in economics, Dr. Glassman brought a unique voice to the Commission, where she regularly sought greater rigor in the regulatory process. During her tenure, she was closely involved in developing and voting on the regulations implementing the requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, as well as a number of other regulations regarding corporate governance and financial markets. Her role also included voting on numerous enforcement actions.

Dr. Glassman has spent over 35 years in the public and private sectors focusing on financial services regulatory and public policy issues. Earlier in her career, she spent 12 years at the Federal Reserve and 15 years at consulting firms. She is a Trustee of the SEC Historical Society and is on the Advisory Board of C-LEAF, the Center for Law, Economics, and Finance at the George Washington University (GWU) Law School. She has served on the Boards of the Federal Reserve Board Credit Union, the National Economists Club, Women in Housing and Finance, the Commission on Savings and Investment in America, and Hopkins House, a preschool for low income families.

Dr. Glassman is a Senior Research Scholar focusing on corporate governance in the Institute for Corporate Responsibility at the GWU School of Business. She has written extensively on corporate governance, financial reporting, risk management and competitiveness issues. She speaks nationally and internationally before professional and business groups. Dr. Glassman received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College. She was a supervisor in economics at the University of Cambridge, England, where she has been named an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College.

Past Visiting Scholars

Marina Mattera - Research Scholar

Marina is an Assistant Professor at Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM)'s School of Social Sciences, in Spain. She has worked in the Argentina, Spanish and Swiss private sectors prior to her immersion in the academic world. At UEM, she teaches courses related to Business Management and Innovation Management, with a strong focus on Social Innovation and Corporate Social Responsibility. Her research addresses the links between Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and firms overall reputation (including corporate reputation, brand awareness, brand value and brand reputation); CSR and knowledge production; and CSR and new technologies, such as the Internet of Things. Recently, she took part in a UEM team of Professors who served as consultants for the World Bank in the delivery of a specialized Management course for government officials in Equatorial Guinea. Her duties involved academic coordination of the project, teaching and managerial duties.

Dr. Stephen Brammer

Stephen Brammer is Professor and Director of the Centre for Business Organizations and Society at the University of Bath in the UK. His research addresses the links between organisational strategy and social responsibility with a focus on how organisations build effective relationships with stakeholders including employees, communities, investors, and suppliers. He also has a keen interest in organisational governance and is a serving school governor. His research has been published in leading scholarly and practitioner journals including the Journal of Management Studies, the Strategic Management Journal, and the Journal of Business Research.

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Jie Zhang

Jie Zhang is a PhD student in Finance at Business School of Renmin university of China. Her research focuses on Corporate Finance, banking industry also included. Now she is working on links between corporate governance and banking performance with a focus on the China's banking sector during financial crisis.

Ms. Zhang's research is entitled "Corporate Governance and Performance of Listed Commercial Banks during Financial Crisis: Evidence from China's Banking Industry." This paper provides an empirical analysis of bank governance and performance in China. The primary purpose of this study is to investigate how corporate governance practices affect the performance of China's listed commercial banks during financial crisis. Our dataset includes governance and performance data for all listed commercial banks in China from June 2007-June 2009. We find that there is a significant relationship between the factors of bank governance and bank performance in China.

This paper has been accepted by the annual conference of the Academy of International Business (AIB 2010 Annual Meeting, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Yingqing Gong

Yingqing Gong is a Ph.D student of School of business at Renmin University of China in Beijing, P.R.China. She studies industrial economics at present and interests in China's market development, market segmentation, and market distribution especially. She had participated in several subjects sponsored by local governments and her research results include Development of Consumer Market in Beijing, Development of Wholesale and Retail Market in China, Business Network Planning of Guiyang and so on.

Ms. Gong's research is entitled "City-biased Economic Policies, Urbanization, and Urban - Rural Market Segmentation in China." With her advisor, Professor Jiawen Yang, she is evaluating the relationship between city-biased economic policies and urban-rural market segmentation in China. Their conclusion is twofold: First, when it comes to the macro level, the policy adopted in the process of economic development during past decades is city-biased and at the cost of rural market development. Second, when it comes to micro level, the city-biased policy reflects the absence of corporate responsibility including ignorance of dissimilar consumption demand of rural market, quality safety of goods selling in rural market and pollution of environment as well.