Renée B Adams
Professor of Finance
Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street
Renée is a truly global scholar. Her work focuses on information flows on boards, bank governance, group decision-making, the governance of central banks and gender diversity on and off boards.
After receiving an MS in Mathematics from Stanford University and a PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago, she held positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Stockholm School of Economics, the University of Queensland and the University of New South Wales and visiting positions in Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the US. She is a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute and a Senior Fellow of the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research.
Her global experience is reflected in the interdisciplinary nature of her research, which has been published in top accounting, economics, finance and management journals.
In 2019 Renée won the Female Career Award from HEC Lausanne. This award honours twice a year an outstanding female academic career outside HEC and Renée won the 1st edition in 2019.
Renée’s work on gender diversity in particular has received global media coverage. Her work has been featured in news outlets such as the Financial Times, the Economist, the Daily Telegraph, Boston Globe, Australian Associated Press, The Australian, Irish Herald, Scotland on Sunday, Board IQ, Press Trust of India, The New Zealand Herald, Berlingske Nyhedsmagasin, NK (Norway), Politiken (Denmark), DN (Norway) among others.
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Renée's research highlights organizational design problems to which seemingly inefficient governance mechanisms are the solution; her research also highlights the role selection plays in understanding corporate leaders.
Her work has a strong policy orientation and lies at the intersection between economics, finance, management and psychology. It is informed by her diverse career path that started at the New York Fed and led to universities in Sweden and Australia with visiting positions in Norway and other countries along the way. She has research using data on the Federal Reserve, and research using data from each country she has worked in, as well as from other countries with which she has a strong connection. Her research is also informed by her interactions with scholars in other disciplines: in recent work she uses survey techniques and psychological and law-based questionnaires.
Much of Renée’s recent work focuses on understanding the role of gender in leadership. Gender is a relatively new topic in the governance literature, but it is an important policy concern. Many countries have implemented boardroom diversity policies in the form of legal quotas for listed or state-owned firms, governance code amendments, and disclosure requirements. Boards are and will change in significant ways as a result of these policies. To understand board behaviour and governance outcome in the coming decades, it is her view that it is essential to understand the role of gender in leadership.
Her work focuses on several themes: team behaviour, directors, bank governance, and gender.
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Renée has an extensive track record of service to the profession. She has served in a variety of roles in the main professional associations and at numerous journals and was director of FIRN, the Finance Research Network, a network of major Australian universities for 5 years. She currently sits on the Council of the Society for Financial Studies (SFS) and serves as a Finance Department Editor at Management Science. She co-founded AFFECT, the American Finance Association’s 'Academic Female Finance Committee,' in 2015, and currently chairs it.