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Kester's Paper Honored at National Conference

George Kester, Martel Professor of Finance at Washington and Lee, received a Financial Education Association 2011 Conference Competitive Paper Award for his paper, “Reflections on Thirty Years of Using the Case Method to Teach Finance,” which he presented at the conference.  In this paper, which will be published in Advances in Financial Education, he discusses his experience, reflections, challenges, and lessons learned using the case method to teach finance.  He also discusses course design, including his approach to using group reports and presentations to teach cases in his W&L spring term course on Corporate Mergers, Leveraged Buyouts and Divestitures.

His spring term course is also the focus of his article, “Barbarians in the Classroom: The Case of RJR Nabisco,” which will be published in the Journal of Financial Education.  In this article, he describes how he uses a variety of teaching materials related to the takeover battle for RJR Nabisco, including a Harvard Business School case, best-selling book, selected articles and readings, and a movie to provide students with a multidisciplinary and multimedia perspective on one of the largest leveraged buyouts in history.