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ND Impact Partners: Five Years In and Growing

Lynn Freehill-Maye

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It started in 2014 with a modest question: How could Mendoza alumni continue to use their business skills and acumen to benefit local nonprofits? 


Five years later, there’s a strong answer in the form of the Notre Dame Impact Partners initiative. The program pairs Mendoza alumni with a nonprofit in their own community for four months of work on a strategic project. Annual closing dinners were recently held for the Mendoza volunteers to present their recommendations to the organizations they collaborated with and to celebrate the teamwork. Most teams are comprised of 6 alumni, who collaborate and also spend time working on individual portions of the project that leverage their specific skill-sets and expertise.…

Keep an eye on the road ahead when estimating cost of equity capital

Keep an eye on the road ahead when estimating cost of equity capital

Melissa Jackson

Estimating investment returns is tricky — especially, to paraphrase an old Danish saying, when dealing with the future.

Still, it comes with the territory when you're a financial manager tasked with evaluating the capital investment opportunities that will drive your firm’s strategies and determining which ones will maximize returns. One of the standard tools of the trade is cost of equity capital estimation (COEC). While this estimate strongly influences corporate capital budgeting decisions, exactly how it’s calculated and what assumptions drive the estimate can vary.  …

USMCA has important predecessor: NAFTA, professor says

USMCA has important predecessor: NAFTA, professor says

Carol Elliott

Notre Dame trade expert Jeff Bergstrand testified before the international trade commission that many of the expected effects of the proposed US-Mexico-Canada Agreement can be estimated using what we’ve already learned about the effects of free trade agreements.

As the Nov. 30 deadline approaches for signing the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), University of Notre Dame finance professor Jeffrey Bergstrand

Carlos Ghosn, CEO, Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi: Discipline and organization will lead you anywhere

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Management & Organization professor Tim Hubbard was interviewed live on CNN about the chairman of Nissan's arrest.

I think the board of directors, they really have a lot more independence, a lot more power to be able to, you know, push the CEO in a way that they need to be able to be pushed. And for example CEO dismissal I think is the ultimate way in order for a board of directors to start to impact those firms that they're overseeing. And as time goes on, I'm hopeful that we'll see more dismissals because I don't think that there are very many other punishments that have quite the same esteem for a chief executive officer as being fired from their company. 

Graduate Alumni Board Revs Up

Tim Ponisciak

Energized and ready to execute—that’s how members of the Mendoza Graduate Alumni Board came away from their biannual meeting in mid-September.

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The board acts as “focus group, sounding board, advisers, critics, and strategists” for the Mendoza College of Business, as member Chris Remington, MNA ’95, puts it. “We hope our recommendations and input contribute to Mendoza's reputation as one of America's best business schools,” he adds.