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Finding the Corporate Story Often Hidden In the Numbers

Professor Aloke (Al) Ghosh’s work was recently showcased in a special issue of CUNY’s Salute to Scholars magazine that featured CUNY Faculty Dream Makers (see pages 24 and 25) December 2016.

ALOKE (AL) GHOSH, an accounting professor at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, says he “sits on the border territory of accounting and finance, with a forensic eye.”

He received a 2016 Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award, reserved for what Fulbright calls “eminent scholars.” Over the next two years, he will conduct research with a cross-disciplinary group of Finnish scholars into the banking industry, the quality of audits and cross-country variations in corporate governance. He also will lecture and lead seminars for doctoral students and faculty at Aalto University in Finland.

At Baruch, his repertoire includes teaching challenging accounting courses required for the CPA Exams. His goal is to help students become proficient in diverse accounting standards and practices while teaching them how to parse corporate financial statements.

Under U.S. laws, publicly traded companies must report their financial status. “I specialize in detecting the quality of those financial statements, and what you can discern about a company from them. Accounting is dense and often complex and tricky. The common parlance may be a red flag to something a company is trying to hide, but the numbers often tell a hidden story.”

Ghosh ranges more widely on his blog, alokeghosh.com, which is read by business-oriented academics and accounting practitioners. It offers concise case studies of financial smoke, mirrors and skullduggery, along with thoughts on overlapping topics in accounting, finance and economics.

Take the 2016 scandal when the Swiss attorney general revealed that $4 billion had been misappropriated from state-owned companies in Malaysia — including more than $1 billion swallowed by the prime minister’s personal bank account.

His post details how the transactions occurred, then provides the bigger picture: “Emerging markets and less developed countries must rely on reputation to attract much needed private and public funds to spur economic development. Therefore, the costs to society from corruption … are disproportionately higher than [in] wealthier countries. Yet, much too often, the most egregious cases of corruption are confined to poorer countries. Because of the massive benefits of corruption, there are few incentives to institute legal and enforcement structures to confront corruption … which in turn hinders economic development.”

http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/campusstories/facultyspotlight/al-ghosh.html

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Fulbright Faculty Span the Globe

Baruch is a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars

In the current academic year, four Baruch faculty members have been honored with Fulbright Awards: Distinguished Professor Gail Levin and Assistant Professor Karen Shelby (not pictured above) of the Weissman School, as well as Professors Donna Gitter and Aloke Ghosh of the Zicklin School. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Baruch College is among the country’s top producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars.

Research in Finland

Professor of Accountancy Aloke (Al) Ghosh, who has taught at Baruch since 1993, has earned a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award for research in Finland and other European countries. 

Starting in the summer of 2016, he will engage in scholarly activities, conduct research, give lectures, conduct seminars for doctoral students and faculty, and consult with senior administrations at Aalto University.

“I feel extremely honored to be receiving this prestigious award,” said Ghosh. “Consistent with the Fulbright goals and objectives, my endeavor would be to exemplify the power of international academic exchange, share my knowledge and understanding of cultures with the intention of bridging the academic and cultural gaps between the U.S. and Finland and with the ultimate goal of a more peaceful and prosperous world.”

With the support of the United States government and through binational partnerships with foreign governments, the Fulbright Scholar Program sponsors U.S. and foreign participants for exchanges in all areas of endeavor, including the sciences, business, academe, public service, government, and the arts and continues to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/campusstories/facultyspotlight/FulbrightFacultySpantheGlobe.htm?utm_source=Fullbright-Slider&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=Sliders

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CUNY Faculty Win Carnegie Fellowships, Fulbrights, and Other Honors

Aloke Ghosh

Aloke (Al) Ghosh, a Baruch professor of accountancy who has written about capital markets and corporate finance, earned a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award for research and lectures in Finland and other European countries.

http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2016/04/25/springtime-2016-faculty-grants-honors/

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NEW YORK, NY March 1, 2016 –  Baruch College Professor Aloke (Al) Ghosh has earned a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award for research in Finland and other European countries. 

Ghosh is a Professor of Accountancy at the Zicklin School of Business. Starting in the summer of 2016, he will engage in scholarly activities, conduct research, give lectures, conduct seminars for doctoral students and faculty, and consult with senior administrations at Aalto University.

“I feel extremely honored to be receiving this prestigious award,” said Ghosh. “Consistent with the Fulbright goals and objectives, my endeavor would be to exemplify the power of international academic exchange, share my knowledge and understanding of cultures with the intention of bridging the academic and cultural gaps between the U.S. and Finland and with the ultimate goal of a more peaceful and prosperous world.”

Ghosh has published numerous articles relating to topics in financial reporting and analysis, capital markets, auditing and corporate finance. These articles have appeared in The Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Finance, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Journal of Corporate Finance, Financial Management, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, and many others.

Professor Ghosh graduated from Tulane University, in New Orleans, where he earned his Ph.D. in Accounting and Economics. His Master’s degree, which is in Economics, is also from Tulane University. 

http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/aloke-ghosh-fulbright.htm