Concordia University

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Thomas J. Walker, PhD

Associate Dean, Research and Research Programs
Professor, Finance
Interim Director, David O’Brien Centre for Sustainable Enterprise (DOCSE)

Office: S-MB 11333 
John Molson Building,
1450 Guy
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2387
Email: thomas.walker@concordia.ca

Thomas Walker holds a BSc in Management Information Systems (US-equivalent) from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, and an MBA and PhD degree from Washington State University. Dr. Walker joined Concordia University in 2001. Prior to his academic career, he worked for several years in the German consulting and industrial sector at such firms as Mercedes Benz, Utility Consultants International, Lahmeyer International, Telenet, and KPMG Peat Marwick. He has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Mannheim, the University of Bamberg, the European Business School, and the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management.

Dr. Walker has published widely in Finance, Law, and Management Science over the last 14 years. His articles have appeared in (among others) the Journal of Corporate Finance, Contemporary Accounting Research, Financial Management, the Risk Management & Insurance Review, the International Journal of Managerial Finance, Venture Capital, and the Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences. He has acted as a referee for numerous journals and on the peer-review committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. His latest research interests are in the field of corporate governance, risk management, sustainability, and securities litigation.

Dr. Walker has been the recipient of various distinctions throughout his career. Among other things, he was awarded an Outstanding Teaching Award from Washington State University, and a Fellowship for Experienced Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany. His research was listed among the most downloaded papers on Proquest in 2005, the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) in 2011, and received an Outstanding Paper Award in the International Journal of Managerial Finance in 2008.

In 2010, Dr. Walker was appointed as Laurentian Bank Professor in Integrated Risk Management and he served as chair of the Finance Department from 2011 to 2014. In addition, he served on the steering committee of the Montreal chapter of the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association (PRMIA), on the Standing Committee for Human Resources of the Montreal Finance Cluster (Grappe Finance Montreal), and as member of Concordia’s Senate Finance Committee.

Education

PhD (Washington State University)

Areas of expertise

  • Corporate Governance
  • Risk Management
  • Sustainability
  • Securities Litigation & Regulation
  • Catastrophe Insurance
  • Initial Public Offerings
  • Insider Trading
  • Institutional Ownership
  • Venture Capital


Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Insider Stock Trading and the Bond Market (with Andreas Oehler, Bamberg University, Kuntara Pukthuanthong, University of Missouri, and Stefan Wendt, Reykjavik University), Forthcoming, Journal of Fixed Income

Legal Opportunism, Litigation Risk, and IPO Underpricing (with Harry Turtle, Western Virginia University, Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University, and Dolruedee Thiengtham, University of Exeter), Journal of Business Research 68:2 (2015), pg. 326-340

Corporate Sustainability in Asset Pricing Models and Mutual Funds Performance Measurement (with Kerstin Lopatta and Thomas Kaspereit, University of Oldenburg), Financial Markets and Portfolio Management 28:4 (2014), pg. 363-407

The Role of Aviation Laws and Legal Liability in Aviation Disasters: A Financial Market Perspective (with Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University, and Dolruedee Thiengtham, Concordia University), Forthcoming, International Review of Law and Economics 37:1 (March 2014), pg. 51-65

Underwriters and the Broken Chinese Wall: Institutional Holdings and Post-IPO Securities Litigation (with Onem Ozocak, Brock University, Sergey Barabanov, University of St. Thomas, and Kuntara Pukthuanthong, University of Missouri), Journal of Financial Research 38:4 (Winter 2013), pg. 543-578

An Empirical Study of the Information Content and Insider Trading around Open Market Share Repurchase Announcements (with Liang Feng and Dolruedee Thiengtham, Concordia University, Harry Turtle, Western Virginia University, and Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University), Forthcoming, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance (2013)

Effects of Election Results on Stock Price Performance: Evidence from 1980 to 2008 (with Andreas Oehler and Stefan Wendt, Universität Bamberg), Managerial Finance 39:8 (June 2013), pg. 714-736

Does Family Ownership Create or Destroy Value? Evidence from Canada (with Heng Du, Concordia University, Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University, and Dolruedee Thiengtham, Concordia University), International Journal of Managerial Finance 9:1 (2013), pg. 13-48

Does Disclosure Regulation Work? Evidence from International IPO Markets (with Charles Shi, University of California, Irvine, and Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University), Contemporary Accounting Research 30:1 (Spring 2013), pg. 356–387

An International Look at the Lawsuit Avoidance Hypothesis of IPO Underpricing (with Huiling Lin, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University), Journal of Corporate Finance 19:2 (February 2013), pg. 56–77

Kurz- und langfristige Folgen einer Veränderung der Rolle des Gründers bei Unternehmen mit IPOs (with Andreas Oehler, Universität Bamberg, Dolruedee Thiengtham, Martin Martens and Jean-Philippe Arcand, Concordia University), Die Betriebswirtschaft 71:1 (January 2011), pg. 35-56

Recent Developments in the Aviation Insurance Industry (with Paul Hayes, Airclaims Ltd., Triant Flouris, Daniel Webster College, Kuntara Pukthuanthong-Le, San Diego State University, and Dolruedee Thiengtham, University of Exeter), Risk Management & Insurance Review 12:2 (August 2010), pg. 227-249

The International Aviation Insurance Regime in Times of Industry Uncertainty (with Paul Hayes, Airclaims Ltd., Triant Flouris, Daniel Webster College, and Kuntara Pukthuanthong-Le, San Diego State University), International Journal of Private Law 2:4 (August 2009), pg. 343-357

Institutional Investors and Shareholder Litigation (with Harry Turtle, Washington State University, Sergey Barabanov, University of St. Thomas, and Onem Ozocak, Brock University), Financial Management 37:2 (Summer 2008), pg. 227-250

Leverage, Pre-IPO Insider Ownership, and Underpricing: High-Tech versus Low-Tech IPOs (with Jaemin Kim and Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University), Management Decision 46:1 (March 2008), pg. 106-130

Family Control, Underwriter Prestige, and IPO Underpricing: A Cross Country Analysis (with Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University), Multinational Business Review 16:2 (2008 Special Issue), pg. 1-29

How Employee Stock Options and Executive Equity Ownership Affect Long-term IPO Operating Performance (with Richard Roll, University of California, Los Angeles, and Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University), Journal of Corporate Finance 13:5 (December 2007), pg. 695-720

Die Rolle des Luftverkehrsrechts und der Haftung bei Flugzeugkatastrophen: Eine Finanzmarktanalyse (with Dolruedee Thiengtham, Concordia University, and Andreas Oehler, Universität Bamberg, Germany), Zeitschrift für Betriebswirtschaft 77:12 (December 2007), pg. 1231-1262

Dynamic Relationships and Technological Innovation in Hot and Cold Issue Markets (with Michael Yi Lin, Concordia University), International Journal of Managerial Finance 3:3 (Summer 2007), pg. 200-228

Venture Capital in China: A Culture Shock for Western Investors (with Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University), Management Decision 45:4 (May 2007), pg. 708-731

The Role of Indemnification Agreements and Legal Liability in Railroad Disasters: A Financial Market Perspective (with Dolruedee Thiengtham, Onem Ozocak, and Sergey Barabanov), International Journal of Managerial Finance 3:4 (Fall 2007), pg. 338-359
  • Recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Paper Award in the International Journal of Managerial Finance
Bookbuilding versus Auction Selling Methods: A Study of US IPOs (with Nikhil Varaiya and Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University), Venture Capital 9:4 (October 2007), pg. 1-36

Causes and Consequences of Venture Capitalist Litigation (with Xuan Liu and Imants Paeglis, Concordia University), Journal of Private Equity 9:4 (Fall 2006), pg. 59-75

The Financial Performance of Low-Cost and Full-Service Airlines in Times of Crisis (with Triant Flouris, Concordia University), Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences 22:1 (March 2005), pg. 3-20

On the Performance of Airlines and Airplane Manufacturers Following Aviation Disasters (with Dolruedee Thiengtham and Michael Yi Lin, Concordia University), Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences 22:1 (March 2005), pg. 21-34

On the Pros and Cons of Employee Stock Options: What Are the Alternatives? (with Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University), Journal of Corporate Ownership and Control 4:1 (Fall 2006), pg. 266-277

Financial Comparisons across Different Business Models in the Canadian Airline Industry (with Triant Flouris, San Jose State University), Journal of Air Transportation 12:1 (January 2007), pg. 25-52

On the Stock Market’s Reaction to Major Railroad Accidents (with Sergey Barabanov, University of St. Thomas, and Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University), Journal of the Transportation Research Forum 45:1 (Spring 2006) pg. 23-39

Confidence in Airline Performance in Difficult Market Conditions: An Analysis of JetBlue’s Financial Market Results (with Triant Flouris, Concordia University), Journal of Air Transportation 10:1 (January 2005), pg. 38-57

Book Chapters

Keeping an Eye on the Founders and a Thumb on the Mercenaries: A Study of Corporate Governance in IPO Firms (with Jason Moschella, Martin Martens, Jean McGuire, Concordia University), In: Corporate Governance in the 21st Century, Nova Science Publishers, New York, NY (December 2008), pg. 23-66

Are Investors Home Biased? Evidence from Germany (with Andreas Oehler and Stefan Wendt, Universität Bamberg, and Marco Rummer, University of Oxford), in: Diversification and Portfolio Management of Mutual Funds, Greg N. Gregoriou (ed.), Palgrave MacMillan, New York, NY (October 2006), pg. 57-77

Venture Capital in Europe: Closing the Gap to the U.S. (with Andreas Oehler, Universität Bamberg, Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University, and Marco Rummer, University of Oxford), in: Venture Capital in Europe, Greg N. Gregoriou, Maher Kooli and Roman Kräussl (eds.), Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (lead chapter, November 2006), pg. 3-17

Why Venture Capital Markets Are Well Developed in Some Countries But Comparatively Small in Others: Evidence from Europe (with Kuntara Pukthuanthong, San Diego State University, and Dolruedee Thiengtham, Concordia University), in: Venture Capital in Europe, Greg N. Gregoriou, Maher Kooli and Roman Kräussl (eds.), Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (November 2006), pg. 33-50

Working Papers

Litigation Risk and Institutional Monitoring (with Kuntara Pukthuanthong, University of Missouri, Harry Turtle, University of Western Virginia, and Jun Wang, Concordia University)

On the Role of the Chief Risk Officer and the Risk Committee in Insuring Financial Institutions against Litigation (with Kuntara Pukthuanthong, University of Missouri, and Arash Amoozegar, Concordia University)

The Impact of Firm-Founder and CEO Succession on Equity Performance (with Martin Martens and Jean-Philippe Arcand, Concordia University)
• The results of this working paper were highlighted in articles submitted by Martin Martens to the Harvard Business Manager and the Harvard Business Review:
-Gründer an die Macht!, Harvard Business Manager, 1/2006 (January 2006)
-Hang On to Those Founders, Harvard Business Review 83:10 (October 2005)

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