Z. Ayça Altintiğ
The Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management
PhD, Louisiana State University
Why did you choose to come to CGU? I came to Drucker for the small faculty size and interdisciplinary nature of the school, as well as the impressive quality of its students and faculty.
What are your research interests? My research interests span a wide range of topics in corporate finance, international finance, and industrial organization. My research can be grouped in two lines: agency theory and the relationship between industrial structure and financial performance.
What is the best book you could give someone to get them interested in your field? I keep a shelf of “fun finance reads” in my office for students. In order to get an overview of basic corporate finance: Burton Malkiel’s Random Walk Down Wall Street; if they are interested in a chronicle of the latest financial crisis and the bailout efforts: Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail; or if they are interested in the life of a Wall Street trader, the classic Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis; or if their interest is in international finance: Rouge Trader by Nick Leeson.
Do you welcome or despair the widespread digitalization of books and media? I do both. I welcome the ease and speed of buying digital books and the ability to read from my iPhone/iPad wherever I am. However, I also despair
the loss of book lending/borrowing between friends, or the smell and feel of a physical book. I also miss strolling around bookstores.
What is your most common form of procrastination when trying to get work done? Planning trips or finding other things to do online rather than starting the actual work.
If you could choose a career outside academe, what would it be? I would love to be a chef and open a nice bookstore/café. But with my training I would probably end up in professional finance.