This professorship was created by The Catholic Foundation on behalf of the Ruth and Ray Hemmig Fund in May 2014 in honor of a longtime UT Dallas professor, Dr. Constantine “Connie” Konstans, to support education in accounting and corporate governance. Radhakrishnan filled the position in July 2014.
Radhakrishnan is known for developing a measure that quantifies organization capital, which embodies such ideas as employee morale, brand and culture to show how they can contribute to a company’s productivity. His research in this area garnered extensive media coverage, including in The New York Times. He was invited as a knowledge expert at the Microsoft CEO Summit and SAP Global Congress.
Businesses in general, and accounting in particular, face hard problems in this ever-changing globally connected world. Research provides innovative insights into these challenging issues and problems, and these innovative insights help students hone their critical thinking skills to be successful business leaders.
Dr. Suresh Radhakrishnan’s papers have been published in leading academic journals in accounting, finance, information systems and operations management. His research interests include valuation of intangible assets, performance evaluation, contracting, the impact of corporate governance and the value of corporate social responsibility.
In 2006, he co-authored a paper that explored the relationship between corporate charitable giving and a company’s revenue growth. The paper was a runner-up for the Moskowitz Prize for Socially Responsible Investing awarded by the University of California, Berkeley. Radhakrishnan’s research showed that in consumer product industries, a company’s charitable giving serves as advertisement.
His passion for teaching has earned the admiration of students who have nominated him for awards. He won the Naveen Jindal School of Management’s Outstanding Graduate Teacher of the Year award in 2001 and 2007. He also has received teaching awards at New York University and Rutgers University.
“With the master students, the teaching philosophy is to provide simple frameworks to guide their critical thinking skills,” he said. “I believe that my role is to guide students to learn how to learn in a changing world.”
In addition to teaching, he has guided nearly 20 PhD students throughout his career.