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Director, PhD Programs and Associate Professor, Accounting


Fabrizio Ferri joined the Miami Herbert Business School's faculty in 2018 and teaches financial and managerial accounting. Professor Ferri's research interests focus primarily on corporate governance issues, with particular emphasis on shareholder activism, boards of directors and executive compensation. He is a Research Member at the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI).

His research has been presented at numerous international and national conferences and has been published in the Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, Management Science, Review of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of Corporate Finance. Media mentions to note include The New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, Barron's, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Financial Times and CFO Magazine. He is currently an editor for the Contemporary Accounting Research, an associate editor for Management Science, and a member of the editorial board of The Accounting Review, the Journal of Management Accounting Research and the Journal of Law, Finance and Accounting. He received an Outstanding Reviewer Award from The Accounting Review, and was included by Poets & Quants among the Favorite MBA Professors of the Class of 2020.

Professor Ferri earned a B.S. cum laude in Economics and Business Administration from La Sapienza Rome University, and an MBA and Ph.D. from the Stern School of Business (New York University). Prior to joining the University of Miami, he taught graduate, undergraduate, doctoral and executive courses at Harvard Business School (2004-2009), Stern School of Business NYU (2009-2011) and Columbia Business School (2011-2018), and worked as a consultant at Stern Stewart & Co, specializing in performance measurement and executive pay.

Research Interests

Corporate Governance; Executive Compensation; Shareholder Activism; Board of Directors

Featured Publications

  • “Uncertainty about Managers’ Reporting Objectives and Investors’ Response to Earnings Reports Evidence from the 2006 Executive Compensation Disclosures”, with R. Zheng and Y. Zou, Journal of Accounting and Economics, vol. 66, 2018.

    “Understanding Uncontested Director Elections”, with Y. Ertimur and D. Oesch, Management Science, vol. 64, 2018.

    “Does the Director Election System matter? Evidence from Majority Voting”, with Y. Ertimur and D. Oesch, Review of Accounting Studies, vol. 20, 2015.

    “Shareholder Votes and Proxy Advisors: Evidence from Say on Pay”, with Y. Ertimur and D. Oesch, Journal of Accounting Research, vol. 51, 2013.

    “Reputation Penalties for Poor Monitoring of Executive Pay: Evidence from Option Backdating”, with Y. Ertimur and D. Maber, Journal of Financial Economics, vol.104, 2012.

    “Shareholder Activism and CEO Pay”, with Y. Ertimur and V. Muslu, Review of Financial Studies, vol. 24, 2011.

    “The Impact of Shareholder Activism on Financial Reporting and Compensation: The Case of Employee Stock Options Expensing”, with T. Sandino, The Accounting Review, vol.84, 2009.

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Director, PhD Programs, Miami Herbert Business School, 2020- Present
  • Associate Professor, Miami Herbert Business School, 2018- Present
  • Associate Professor, Columbia Business School, 2013 - 2018
  • Doctoral Program Coordinator, Columbia Business School, 2013 - 2017
  • Assistant Professor, Columbia Business School, 2011 - 2013
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Stern School of Business, 2009 - 2011
  • Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School, 2004 - 2009


  • Ph.D., Business Administration, New York University, Stern School of Business, 2005
  • MBA, New York University, Stern School of Business, 1998
  • B.S., Economics, University La Sapienza Rome, 1995

Honors and Awards

  • Favorite MBA Professors Of The Class of 2020, Poets & Quants
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award at The Accounting Review, 2017-2020
  • Co-winner of John L. Weinberg Center Corporate Governance Symposium Best Paper Award, 2012 and 2015
  • Best Paper, Management Accounting Section Mid-Year Conference, 2009
  • Outstanding Paper in Corporate Finance, EFA Annual Meeting, 2007


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