The Role of Connections in Obtaining Directorships


Are you an aspiring board member? What kind of board positions will improve your future options? What will increase the likelihood of your being picked for additional directorships? These questions are analyzed by Professor Rüdiger Fahlenbrach using an extensive data set consisting of 11 000 individual directors and close to 1 600 firms.

The research seminar is based on Professor Fahlenbrach’s recent work on director labor markets and the importance of network recommendations therein. The event will take place on January 17 at Auditorium Futurum, Hanken School of Economics.

Rüdiger Fahlenbrach is Swiss Finance Institute Associate Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He holds a senior chair from the Swiss Finance Institute. Formerly on the faculty of the Fisher College of Business of the Ohio State University (USA), he received a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton).

He has research interests in empirical corporate finance, in particular corporate governance and entrepreneurship. Rüdiger Fahlenbrach has published in the leading academic journals in finance, including the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Review of Financial Studies and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Wednesday 17.1 10.15-11.45
Venue: Auditorium Futurum, Hanken School of Economics