David L. Ikenberry is a Professor of Finance. He served as Dean from February 2011 to September 2016. He holds a B.S. degree from the Pennsylvania State University (1983), an M.M. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University (1985), and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois (1990). After twelve years at Rice, he returned to the University of Illinois. He teaches investment and corporate finance to both graduate and executive students and has received several awards for his work in the classroom, including winning prestigious awards for teaching in 1996 and 1999 while at Rice. In 1997 and again in 2002, Business Week magazine named him among the best instructors in the U.S.
Dr. Ikenberry's research concerns a broad array of empirical issues in finance. A substantial portion of his work has focused on issues relating to long-horizon stock returns, a young and often debated area of inquiry in finance. His work provides insight into issues about how and why firms repurchase stock and garners substantial interest in both the academic and corporate communities.
“Business schools fall short of their potential by separating the inseparable. Most say that teaching values is important, but their values don’t truly penetrate the DNA of the school. Adding an ethics class to a century-old business school program makes ethics marginal, not pervasive. Doing corporate citizenship as an intensive, inspiring orientation is terrific — but the impact is limited if it’s set aside once classes begin.”
About 2015 Partners in Business Ethics Conference:
Corporate leaders consistently emphasize the importance of ethics and integrity in the workplace. Yet, they are concerned that business schools are not graduating students with the depth of understanding nor educational experiences necessary to recognize and address complex ethical situations when they arise. This conference provides one of the only opportunities available for corporate leaders to play a critical role in discussing and refining the business ethics education provided at top schools around the country.