Michael Roberts, PhD William H. Lawrence Professor; Professor of Finance, The Wharton SchoolResearch Interests:Applied econometrics, corporate investment, capital structureAbout Michael: Professor Michael Roberts' primary research is in the area of corporate finance and in particular: capital structure, investment policy, financial contracting, and payout policy. Recent work has examined issues including the design of debt securities and the role of control rights in influencing financial and investment policy. His research has received several awards including the Brattle Prize for Distinguished Paper published in the Journal of Finance, and Best Paper awards at the Financial Management Association and Southwestern Finance Association annual conferences. He earned his BA in Economics from the University of California at San Diego, and his MA in Statistics and PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his experience at the Wharton School, he has taught at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Read full faculty bio on Wharton website Executive Education Programs Taught:Advanced Finance ProgramAcquire the finance skills necessary to remain at the leading edge of success in numerous professions with this program that covers a comprehensive range of finance disciplines. Earn Wharton alumni status upon completion of six open-enrollment Finance programs. Some restrictions will apply. Business Essentials for ExecutivesDrawing on key faculty and content from Wharton’s top-ranked MBA program, this program introduces you to the critical business concepts every successful manager needs to understand in marketing, finance, strategy, negotiations, and leadership. Corporate ValuationAcademic DirectorLearn how to evaluate the financial implications of strategic business decisions through financial modeling. Become more effective at communicating the consequences of financial decisions to your organization’s key stakeholders. Executive Development ProgramTransitioning from functional, unit, or regional management to general management requires new knowledge in areas such as finance, marketing, leadership, and strategy. This program prepares you for the complexities of organizational dynamics, cross-border communication, and global leadership. Wharton Finance for ExecutivesAcademic DirectorDemystify the process of creating shareholder value; gain techniques to evaluate the financial impact and value of strategic decisions; and explore issues such as capital structures, diversification, and risk. Wharton on Financial ManagementAcademic DirectorWhat are the financial decisions that must be made now to ensure future viability when a company is under pressure? Gain new insight on how to prepare for business life both during and after a crisis.