George G.C. Parker

George G.C. Parker
Professor Emeritus, Finance
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Additional Administrative Titles

  • Co-Director, Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive
Faculty Director, Stanford MSx Program

Research Statement

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 Stanford Graduate School of Business. He teaches or has taught courses in Corporate Finance in the MBA Program, Stanford MSx Program for Executives, and in various Executive Education Programs at the school. He is also Co-Director of the Financial Management Program and the Finance and Accounting for Nonfinancial 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 Stanford Graduate School of Business from the classes of 1962 and 1967, respectively. Between 1962 and 1964, he was a member of the United States Peace Corps in Peru.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Stanford GSB, 1967
  • MBA, Stanford GSB, 1962
  • BA, Haverford College, 1960

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford since 1973
  • Assistant-Associate Professor, Columbia University, 1967-1973
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Universidad del Valle, Colombia, 1967

Professional Experience

  • Assistant to the President, Community National Bank, 1964-1965
  • U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Peru, 1962-1964

Awards and Honors

  • Stanford Business School Lifetime Achievment Award for Teaching and Faculty Service, 2002
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford GSB MBA Students, 2006
  • Person to whom the George G.C. Parker Professorship is named - A professorship endowed by former students, 2008


Journal Articles

George G.C. Parker, Daniel Cooperman. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. 1978, Vol. 13, Issue 5, Pages 885-902.
George G.C. Parker, Robert P. Shay. Journal of Finance. 1974, Vol. 29, Issue 1, Pages 217-225.

Working Papers


Degree Courses


The Private Wealth Management and Personal Investing course will address issues that relate to the management of personal assets as opposed to institutional investing. Many investment courses at the GSB emphasize large institutional portfolios...

This 2-unit elective at the GSB is an "Overview" of the private equity industry including its reason for being, its growth and the various strategies for success that private equity firms employ. The course looks at all aspects of private equity...


The Private Wealth Management and Personal Investing course will address issues that relate to the management of personal assets as opposed to institutional investing. It will cover the origins and growth of private wealth management as an...

This 2-unit elective at the GSB is an overview of the private equity industry including its reason for being and its growth. The course looks at all aspects of private equity partnerships and private equity investing. The course may be of...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

Stanford Case Studies

The Decision | F310
Alan Rappaport, George Parker, Jaclyn Foroughi2015
Richard Lund Personal Wealth and Philanthropy | F308
George Parker, Alan Rappaport, Jaclyn Foroughi2013
Rina Castillo Implementing Asset Allocation Principles | F307
George Parker, Alan Rappaport, Jaclyn Foroughi2013
Schroder Family (A): Personal Wealth, Family, and Estates | F306A
George Parker, Alan Rappaport, Jaclyn Foroughi, Vanessa Lide2013
Schroder Family (B): Setting an Investment Strategy | F306B
George Parker, Alan Rappaport, Jaclyn Foroughi2013
Tech Roads, Incorporated | F271
Katherine Bose, George Parker2007
Financing an Extraordinary Dividend at Regal Entertainment Group | F266
George G. C. Parker, Jesse R. Sandoval2003
Gap Inc. (A) | F267(A)
David Berry, George Parker2003
MEMC Electronic Materials | F264
Eraic Bannasch, Jim Coulter, Todd Dashefsky, George Parker2003
Standard Manufacturing Company | F168
George Parker2003
Tri-Tech Computer | F234
George Parker, Ann Pattyn2003
Wel-Bilt Furniture Company | F202
George Parker2003
Internet Capital Group | E119
Victoria Chang, George Parker2002
Continental Airlines | F256
George Parker, Margot Sutherland2000
Affymax, N.V., An Initial Offering | F246
Rami Chalduri, George Parker, David Singer1992
Aloha Airlines, Inc. | F240
George Parker1992
Ford Motor Company, Dividend Policy | F239
Inghie Kwik, George G. C. Parker1992
Pacific Systems | F245
George Parker1992
Time Warner Inc. | F241
Howard Corb, George Parker1992

Stanford University Affiliations

Greater Stanford University

  • Chair, Stanford Board of Trustees Committee on Investment Responsibilities, 2003-2008
  • Member, Stanford Bookstore Advisory Board, 2000-Present
  • President, Stanford Faculty Club, 1979-1982

Service to the Profession


  • Colony Financial Corporation, 2010-present
  • Threshold Pharmaceuticals, 2006-present
  • First Republic Bank, 2002-present
  • iShares/Blackrock Mutual Funds, 2002-2014
  • Tejon Ranch Corporation, 2000-2014
  • Continental Airlines, 1996-20009
  • California Casualty Insurance Group, 1978-present


  • American Finance Association, 1999-present
  • Financial Management Association, 1999-present
  • Board of Trustees, Haverford College, Haverford, PA 1980-1991


  • iShares/Blackrock Mutual Funds, 2009-2012

In the Media

House Committee on Financial Services, 12 7, 2012
Anat Admati offers Congressional testimony on capital standards.
World Lecture Project, October 5, 2002
San Francisco Examiner, May 16, 2000
Harvard Business Review, January 1971

Insights by Stanford Business

April 1, 2006
The Southwest Airlines chairman and former CEO explains the business philosophy that has his company thriving in the brutal airline industry.

School News

November 15, 2018
The Sloan — now Stanford MSx — Program has evolved in many ways in the last six decades. Here are six of the most significant changes.
June 20, 2018
Alumni and friends of Jack McDonald gather for the official renaming celebration of the life and legacy of the GSB's beloved professor of 50 years.
April 26, 2018
Two new awards recognize outstanding academic achievement by Sloan Fellows in the Stanford MSx Program.
April 23, 2018
Two first-time political candidates talk about applying the lessons they learned at Stanford GSB.
February 5, 2018
A beloved professor whose former students span the globe, Jack McDonald is internationally known for his work on investment in the context of global equity markets.
October 15, 2008
George G.C. Parker, the Dean Witter Distinguished Professor of Finance, Emeritus, is the inspiration for a number of colleagues, friends and former students to establish an endowed chair in his honor.