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The Neel Corporate Governance Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business was founded in 2003 following the wake of corporate scandals that preceded the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Our mission is to conduct and disseminate nationally recognized research on corporate governance with a focus on public policy. Faculty members from accounting, economics, finance, and the College of Law collaborate to provide an interdisciplinary view on a variety of topics. Our researchers have established a national reputation for research in corporate governance, particularly as it relates to:

  • Audit committees
  • Audit and risk management
  • Boards of directors
  • Executive compensation
  • Institutional investors
  • Labor markets for directors and executives
  • Proxy advisors
  • Regulatory oversight
  • Securities fraud
  • Shareholder activism

Through our Distinguished Speaker Series, the Neel Center addresses a broader range of public policy issues and brings a greater diversity of perspectives to the governance challenges currently facing corporate America. Research efforts are often motivated by these presentations, which focus on a variety of current topics in corporate governance including the audit process, executive compensation, board structure and firm performance.