George G C Parker

Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance, Emeritus

Director of the Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive Program

Faculty Director of the Stanford MSx Program

Phone: (650) 723-9117


Academic Areas: Finance

George Parker’s teaching and research interests are primarily in the field of corporate finance, management of financial institutions, and corporate governance. He is the author of numerous case studies related to these subjects which are used in the MBA Program at Stanford and other schools. He has also authored several articles on capital structure, risk management, and corporate valuation.


George Parker is the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance (Emeritus) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He teaches courses in Corporate Finance in the MBA Program, Stanford MSx Program for Executives, and in various other Executive Education Programs at the School. He is also Director of the Financial Management Program and the Finance and Accounting for Non-financial Executives Program. Prior to joining the faculty at Stanford in 1973, Professor Parker was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Finance at Columbia University in New York City.

Professor Parker was the recipient of the 2000 Robert T. Davis Award for Faculty Lifetime Achievement at the Graduate School of Business and the 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award in the Stanford MBA Program. In addition, Professor Parker serves on four boards of directors of listed, publicly traded companies, one mutual fund company, one privately held company, and one nonprofit organization. In addition he has served from 2003 to the present as the Faculty Chairman of the Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility for the Board of Trustees of Stanford University. Between 1977-1989, Professor Parker served as a Trustee of Haverford College, his undergraduate alma mater. Professor Parker holds an MBA and PhD degree from the Stanford Business school from the classes of 1962 and 1967, respectively. Between 1962-64, he was a member of the United States Peace Corps in Peru.

Academic Degrees

PhD, 1967, MBA, 1962, Stanford University; BA, Haverford College, 1960.

Professional Experience

At Stanford since 1973. Assistant/Associate Professor, Columbia University, 1967-73; Visiting Associate Professor, Universidad del Valle (Colombia), 1967; Assistant to the President, Community National Bank, 1964-65; U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, 1962-64.

Selected Publications

  • Competitive Bidding in the Underwriting of Public Utility Securities: Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 1978
  • Some Factors Affecting Awareness of Annual Percentage Rates in Consumer Installment Credit Transactions: Journal of Finance, 1974
  • How to Get a Better Forecast: Harvard Business Review, 1971

Working Papers

  • 395: Competitive Bidding in the Underwriting of Public Utilities Securities

Selected Cases

  • F246: Affymax, N.V.: An Initial Offering
  • F240: Aloha Airlines, Inc.
  • F244: Bankers Trust New York Corporation
  • F245: Pacific Systems Corporation
  • F241: Time Warner Inc.
  • F271: Tech Roads, Incorporated
  • F239: Ford Motor Company - Dividend Policy
  • F256: Continental Airlines
  • F202: Wel-Bilt Furniture Company
  • F234: Tri-Tech Computer
  • F168: Standard Manufacturing Company
  • F264: MEMC Electronic Materials
  • E119: Internet Capital Group
  • F267(A): Gap Inc. (A)

Awards and Honors

  • Distinguished Teaching Award, 2006, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, MBA Students

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