Best Paper Awards acknowledged by School of Business


The AIB Centre for Finance & Business Research in the School of Business hosted the 4th annual best paper awards event on Friday October 12th 2012. These awards recognise excellence for undergraduates in their Research Papers and for postgraduates in their dissertations within the disciplines of accounting, economics and finance area.

The guest speaker was Dr. Fergal McCann, an economist in the Financial Stability division of the Irish Central Bank who spoke on the role of SMEs in Ireland, their contribution to the economy, and credit availability for them within the current crisis.

As a distinguished researcher on the topic of access to small firm finance, Dr Mc Cann provided a very comprehensive and thought provoking presentation highlighting the keys issues from both the supply and demand side for finance from both Irish and European small firms.

Dr. Denis Harrington, Head of Graduate Business at WIT, addressed the attendees including the award winners and their families and acknowledged their achievements, stating the continued importance of research in business education.

The award winners for the best Research Papers 2012:


  • Ruth Concannon - “Dividend Payout Policy in the US: A Case of the S&P 500”

  • Samantha McGuinness- “Momentum Effect in the European Market”

  • Michael Webster- “An Investigation into Under-pricing on the NASDAQ including a cross sectorial analysis with the Shanghai Market”


  • Jonathon Butler- “Earnings Quality and Earnings Management: An Empirical Analysis of the Provision for Credit Loss on Trade Receivables amongst FTSE 350 Companies”

  • Oksana Doherty- “Initial and Aftermarket Performance of IPOs in Emerging Markets: Evidence from China, India and Brazil”

  • Joanna Roche- “A Comparison of Returns to Acquiring Firm Shareholders in Domestic and Cross Border Mergers and Acquisitions: Evidence from the UK”.

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Awards winners (l to r front) Samantha Mc Guinness, Michael Webster, Oksana Doherty and Ruth Concannon and (l to right at back) Dr Sheila O Donohoe, Co-ordinator of AIB Centre for Finance and Business Research), Jonathon Butler, Ger Long, Head of Department of Accounting and Economics and Dr Denis Harrington, Head of Department of Graduate Business.

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