Mark Potter

  • Professor
  • Faculty Director: Evening MBA and CAM Programs
Academic Division: Finance
781-239-6492

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; Entrepreneurial Finance; Mutual Funds and Money Management

Awards & Honors

  • 2018 — Most Inspiring Professor, 2018 Blended Learning MBA Program
  • 2017 — Favorite Professor, Blended Learning MBA Class of 2019
  • 2016 — Thomas Kennedy Award for Excellence in Teaching, Babson College
  • 2015 — Faculty Director of the Year, BEE
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Courses

  • Degree Courses 2019

    • FIN 6110 FINANCE FOR ENTREPRENEURS
  • Degree Courses 2018

    • FIN 7200 BL1 INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    • FIN 7200 INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    • FIN 6110 FINANCE FOR ENTREPRENEURS

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Schwarz, C.G., Potter, M.E. (2016). Revisiting Mutual Fund Portfolio Disclosure. Review of Financial Studies, The. Vol: 29, Issue: 12, Page: 3519-3544.
  • Bliss, R.T., Potter, M.E., Schwarz, C. (2012). Decision making and risk aversion in the Cash Cab. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization. Vol: 84, Issue: 1, Page: 163-173. Elsevier BV.
  • Potter, M.E., Schwarz, C.G. (2012). The Mutual Fund Scandal and Investor Response. Journal of Index Investing, The. Vol: 3, Issue: 1, Page: 29-38. Institutional Investor, Inc..
  • Potter, M.E. (2012). Teaching Finance and Financial Accounting in an On-Line Program. Journal of Modern Accounting and Auditing. Vol: 8, Issue: 3, Page: 330-339. David Publishing Co., Inc..
  • Potter, M.E., Hu, G., Meng, G. (2008). Opinion Divergence Among Professional Investment Managers. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. Vol: 35, Page: 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

  • Potter, M.E. (2018). Juliette's Lemonade Stands. Babson College. link
  • Bliss, R.T., Potter, M.E. (2015). Sneaker 2013. Page: 5. Babson College/Harvard Business School Publishing. link
  • Bliss, R.T., Potter, M.E. (2014). Sneakers 2013. Babson College.

Book Chapters

  • Potter, M., , . (2015). Organization, Structure, and Services of Mutual Funds: Mutual Funds and Exchange-Traded Funds. Page: p.399-416. Oxford University Press.

Presentations

  • Social Impact, Diversity and Inclusion Potter, M. AACSB Europe, Middle East, Africa Annual Conference, Paris, France (2018)
  • Mistakes We Make in Finance Potter, M. DIFC Finance for Youth Academy, Dubai UAE (2018)
  • Beyond Fintech: What the World of Finance will look like in 10 years Potter, M. DIFC Power Breakfast, Dubai UAE (2018)
  • Mistakes We Make in Finance Potter, M. BBVA Bancomer Research Presentation, Mexico City (2018)
  • Presenting at Conferences: the good, the bad, and the ugly Potter, M. Eastern Finance Association, Philadelphia, PA (2018)
  • Business Decision-Making and Value Creation Potter, M. 2018 ASSA ABLOY MSC Conference, Orlando FL (2018)
  • Financial Literacy Success Drivers Potter, M. National Business and Economic Society, Puerto Vallarta Mexico (2017)
  • Culture Clash: Linking Financial Penalties to Corporate Culture and Leadership Potter, M. National Business and Economics Society, Los Cabos Mexico (2016)
  • Online MBA Program Impact on Graduate Finance Courses Potter, M. , . Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Nashville Tennessee (2015)
  • Culture Clash: Linking Financial Penalties to Corporate Culture and Leadership Potter, M. , . Academy of Behavioral Finance & Economics Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA (2015)
  • Culture Clash: Linking Financial Penalties to Corporate Culture and Leadership Potter, M. , . International Atlantic Economic Society Annual Meeting, Boston MA (2015)
  • Tracking Error and Portfolio Diversification using Mutual Funds and ETFs Potter, M. , . National Business and Economics Society Annual Meeting, Panama (2015)
  • Session Chair: Investment Manager Skill Potter, M. 2014 Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN (2014)
  • International Tracking Error and Portfolio Diversification Potter, M. 78th International Atlantic Economic Conference, Savannah, GA (2014)
  • Session Chair: General Financial Markets Potter, M. 78th International Atlantic Economic Conference, Savannah, GA (2014)
  • How do Firms Choose Legal Form of Organization Potter, M. Schwarz, C. 2013 FMA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2013)
  • Investment Skill of Institutional Investors Potter, M. Schwarz, C. 2013 FMA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2013)
  • Revisiting Mutual Fund Portfolio Disclosure Potter, M. Schwarz, C. 2013 FMA Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2013)
  • Online Finance Instruction: The State of the Art Potter, M. Schwarz, C. 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. 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. Eastern Finance Association Annual Meeting, St. Pete Beach, FL (2013)
  • Is All Portfolio Disclosure Equal? Evidence from Mutual Fund Portfolios Potter, M. Schwarz, C. Northern Finance Association, (2012)
  • Is All Portfolio Disclosure Equal? Evidence from Mutual Fund Portfolios Potter, M. Schwarz, C. University of California - Irvine, (2012)
  • Decision Making and Risk Aversion in the Cash Cab Potter, M. National Business and Economics Society Annual Meeting, (2011)
  • Decision Making and Risk Aversion in the Cash Cab Potter, M. Academy of Behavioral Finance and Economics Annual Meeting, (2010)
  • Teaching Finance in an Online Environment Potter, M. Financial Education Association Annual Meeting, (2010)
  • Decision Making and Risk Aversion in the Cash Cab Potter, M. Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, (2010)
  • Considerations when using Mutual Fund Holdings Data Potter, M. Midwest Finance Association Annual Meeting, (2010)
  • Jekyll or Hyde: Performance of Fund Managers Who Run Multiple Funds Potter, M. 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. 2007 Financial Management Association Conference, Orlando, FL, USA (2007)
  • Behavioral Finance Potter, M. Undisclosed, Babson College (2007)
  • The Mutual Fund Scandal and Investor Response Potter, M. Schwarz, C. 2007 National Business and Economics Society Conference, Puerto Rico (2007)
  • The Mutual Fund Scandal and Investor Response Potter, M. Schwarz, C. 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. 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. 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. 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. 2003 Emerging Issues in International Accounting Conference, Niagara Univeristy, NY, USA (2003)
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