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Mark Potter

Professor

Faculty Director Blended Learning MBA Program
Division Chair
Academic Division: Finance
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Bio

Mark Potter, Ph.D., is a Professor of Finance and the Associate Dean of the Graduate School at Babson College.​ Dr. Potter has been at Babson College since 1995, teaching over one hundred courses at the undergraduate, graduate and executive education levels spanning a myriad of topics that includes investments, corporate finance, derivatives, and international finance. In the past five years, he has worked with companies in the consumer services, medical device, high technology, financial services, and litigation support industries. Professor Potter’s areas of expertise includes investments and portfolio performance, behavioral finance, and alternative investment strategies. His research has appeared in the Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Alternative Investments, Journal of Financial Education, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Derivatives Quarterly, among others. His work has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s, and CFA Digest.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
  • MBA, Boston College
  • BS, Bentley College

Academic Interests

Finance; Investments; Mutual Funds and Money Management

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 - Faculty Director of the Year, BEE

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017
  • FIN 7200: BL INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • FIN 7200: BL INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
  • FIN 7200: INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
  • FIN 4540: CORPORATE FINANCIAL STRATEGY
  • FIN 6100: FINANCE

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Bliss, R.T., Potter, M.E., Schwarz, C. (2012). Decision making and risk aversion in the Cash Cab. , 84(1), 163-173.
  • Potter, M.E., Schwarz, C.G. (2012). The Mutual Fund Scandal and Investor Response. Journal of Index Investing, 3(1), 29-38.
  • Potter, M.E. (2012). Teaching Finance and Financial Accounting in an On-Line Program. Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing, 8(3), 330-339.
  • Potter, M.E., Hu, G., Meng, G. (2008). Opinion Divergence Among Professional Investment Managers. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 35, 679-703.
  • Potter, M.E., Bliss, R.T., Schwarz, C. (2008). Performance Characteristics of Individual vs. Team Managed Mutual Funds. Journal of Portfolio Management
  • Potter, M.E., Chambers, D., Lacey, N. (2004). Corporate Ethics and Shareholder Wealth: Does it Pay to Be Green?. Corporate Finance Review
  • Potter, M.E. (2003). The Do-It-Yourself Index Fund. North Central Business Journal
  • Potter, M.E., Bliss, R.T. (2003). The Impact of Gender and Social/Professional Networks on Behavior: Evidence from Mutual Fund Managers. Corporate Finance Review

Cases and Teaching Notes

  • Bliss, R.T., Potter, M.E. (in press). Sneaker 2013. 5. link
  • Potter, M., Bliss, R., , (2014). Sneaker 2013.

Presentations

  • Online MBA Program Impact on Graduate Finance Courses
    Potter, M., , Online MBA Program Impact on Graduate Finance Courses Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Nashville Tennessee (2015)
  • Culture Clash: Linking Financial Penalties to Corporate Culture and Leadership
    Potter, M., , Culture Clash: Linking Financial Penalties to Corporate Culture and Leadership Academy of Behavioral Finance & Economics Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA (2015)
  • Culture Clash: Linking Financial Penalties to Corporate Culture and Leadership
    Potter, M., , Culture Clash: Linking Financial Penalties to Corporate Culture and Leadership International Atlantic Economic Society Annual Meeting, Boston MA (2015)
  • Tracking Error and Portfolio Diversification using Mutual Funds and ETFs
    Potter, M., , Tracking Error and Portfolio Diversification using Mutual Funds and ETFs National Business and Economics Society Annual Meeting, Panama (2015)
  • Session Chair: Investment Manager Skill
    Potter, M. Session Chair: Investment Manager Skill 2014 Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN (2014)
  • International Tracking Error and Portfolio Diversification
    Potter, M. International Tracking Error and Portfolio Diversification 78th International Atlantic Economic Conference, Savannah, GA (2014)
  • Session Chair: General Financial Markets
    Potter, M. Session Chair: General Financial Markets 78th International Atlantic Economic Conference, Savannah, GA (2014)
  • How do Firms Choose Legal Form of Organization
    Potter, M., Schwarz, C. How do Firms Choose Legal Form of Organization 2013 FMA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2013)
  • Investment Skill of Institutional Investors
    Potter, M., Schwarz, C. Investment Skill of Institutional Investors 2013 FMA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2013)
  • Revisiting Mutual Fund Portfolio Disclosure
    Potter, M., Schwarz, C. Revisiting Mutual Fund Portfolio Disclosure 2013 FMA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2013)
  • Online Finance Instruction: The State of the Art
    Potter, M., Schwarz, C. Online Finance Instruction: The State of the Art Financial Education Association Academy of Business Education 14th Annual Conference, Southampton, Bermuda (2013)
  • Discussant for "Equity Fund Flows and Performance Around Economic Recessions"
    Potter, M. Discussant for "Equity Fund Flows and Performance Around Economic Recessions" Eastern Finance Association Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, FL (2013)
  • Discussant for "The Effect of Government Bailouts on Default Risk and Charter Values in Banking"
    Potter, M. Discussant for "The Effect of Government Bailouts on Default Risk and Charter Values in Banking" Eastern Finance Association Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, FL (2013)
  • Is All Portfolio Disclosure Equal? Evidence from Mutual Fund Portfolios
    Potter, M., Schwarz, C. Is All Portfolio Disclosure Equal? Evidence from Mutual Fund Portfolios Northern Finance Association(2012)
  • Is All Portfolio Disclosure Equal? Evidence from Mutual Fund Portfolios
    Potter, M., Schwarz, C. Is All Portfolio Disclosure Equal? Evidence from Mutual Fund Portfolios University of California - Irvine(2012)
  • Decision Making and Risk Aversion in the Cash Cab
    Potter, M. Decision Making and Risk Aversion in the Cash Cab National Business and Economics Society Annual Meeting(2011)
  • Decision Making and Risk Aversion in the Cash Cab
    Potter, M. Decision Making and Risk Aversion in the Cash Cab Academy of Behavioral Finance and Economics Annual Meeting(2010)
  • Teaching Finance in an Online Environment
    Potter, M. Teaching Finance in an Online Environment Financial Education Association Annual Meeting(2010)
  • Decision Making and Risk Aversion in the Cash Cab
    Potter, M. Decision Making and Risk Aversion in the Cash Cab Financial Management Association Annual Meeting(2010)
  • Considerations when using Mutual Fund Holdings Data
    Potter, M. Considerations when using Mutual Fund Holdings Data Midwest Finance Association Annual Meeting(2010)
  • Jekyll or Hyde: Performance of Fund Managers Who Run Multiple Funds
    Potter, M. Jekyll or Hyde: Performance of Fund Managers Who Run Multiple Funds 2007 Southern Finance Association Conference, Charleston, SC (2007)
  • Jekyll or Hyde: Performance of Fund Managers Who Run Multiple Funds
    Potter, M., Bliss, R., Schwarz, C. Jekyll or Hyde: Performance of Fund Managers Who Run Multiple Funds 2007 Financial Management Association Conference, Orlando, FL, USA (2007)
  • Behavioral Finance
    Potter, M. Behavioral Finance Undisclosed, Babson College (2007)
  • The Mutual Fund Scandal and Investor Response
    Potter, M., Schwarz, C. The Mutual Fund Scandal and Investor Response 2007 National Business and Economics Society Conference, Puerto Rico (2007)
  • The Mutual Fund Scandal and Investor Response
    Potter, M., Schwarz, C. The Mutual Fund Scandal and Investor Response 2006 Financial Management Association Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, USA (2006)
  • Group Dynamics 101: Performance Characteristics of Individual vs. Team-Managed Mutual Funds
    Potter, M. Group Dynamics 101: Performance Characteristics of Individual vs. Team-Managed Mutual Funds 2006 National Business and Economics Society Conference, Las Cabos, Mexico (2006)
  • Group Dynamics 101: Performance Characteristics of Individual vs. Team-Managed Mutual Funds
    Potter, M., Bliss, R., Schwarz, C. Group Dynamics 101: Performance Characteristics of Individual vs. Team-Managed Mutual Funds 2005 Financial Management Association Conference, Chicago, IL, USA (2005)
  • Group Dynamics 101: Performance Characteristics of Individual vs. Team-Managed Mutual Funds
    Potter, M., Bliss, R., Schwarz, C. Group Dynamics 101: Performance Characteristics of Individual vs. Team-Managed Mutual Funds 2005 Northeast Business and Economics Association Conference, Newport, RI, USA (2005)
  • Corporate Ethics and Shareholder Wealth: Does it Pay to be Green?
    Potter, M., Chambers, D., Lacey, N. Corporate Ethics and Shareholder Wealth: Does it Pay to be Green? 2003 Emerging Issues in International Accounting Conference, Niagara Univeristy, NY, USA (2003)