George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Bridging the Practitioner-Researcher Gap

The Investor Protection & Corporate Fraud Research Center builds on the success of the George Mason University School of Business accounting area’s focused initiatives on corporate governance and fraud prevention. Since 2006, the accounting area has sponsored three symposiums and two academic conferences. The symposiums have attracted senior officials from governmental agencies such as the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and the Government Accounting Office, as well as leading public accounting practitioners.

The academic conferences have attracted highly-regarded scholars to discuss the latest research in corporate governance and fraud. In addition, the accounting faculty has published several papers in the area of investor protection and fraud prevention. The accounting area offers two pertinent courses (Corporate Governance and Ethics, Fraud Deterrence and Detection) that are cross-listed in the School of Business' MS in Accounting and MBA programs.

The Investor Protection & Corporate Fraud Research Center represents the continuation of these efforts to bridge the gap between academic research and practical application.