Professor Robert Faff

Professor

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
r.faff@business.uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 68055

Overview

Robert Faff is Professor of Finance and Director of Research at the UQ Business School. He has an international reputation in empirical finance research: securing 13 ARC grants (funding exceeding $4 million); more than 300 refereed journal publications; career citations exceeding 9,300; and a h-index of 50 (Google Scholar). His particular passion is nurturing and developing the career trajectories of early career researchers. Robert has supervised more than 30 PhD students to successful completion and examined 50 PhD dissertations. Robert's research interests include asset pricing, risk modelling, managed fund performance, behavioural finance, corporate governance and market efficiency.

Signature Work in Profile: "Pitching Research”

Abstract

In this paper I build on Faff’s (2015) pitching template framework that provides a succinct and methodical approach to pitching a new research proposal to an academic expert. Notably, I argue that the pitching tool can be used as (a) a research planning tool (e.g. Chang and Wee, 2016; Menzies, Dixon and Rimmer, 2016); (b) a research skills development tool (Faff, 2016b); (c) a research learning tool (Faff, Ali, et al., 2016; Faff, Wallin, et al., 2016 and Ratiu, 2016); (d) a research agenda setting tool (Maxwell, 2017; Nguyen, 2017); (e) a research mentoring tool (Faff, Godfrey and Teng, 2016; Ratiu, Faff and Ratiu, 2016); (f) a research collaboration tool (Wallin and Spry, 2016); (g) research engagement & impact tool (Faff & Kastelle, 2016); and (h) research led teaching tool (Faff, Li, Nguyen & Ye, 2016). Moreover, the current paper provides an update on an extensive array of supplementary online resources. Most notably, to demonstrate that the pitch template is readily adaptable to many fields, a library of completed examples currently spans ONE HUNDRED and FIFTY alternative research areas. Other online materials and support include: web portal (PitchMyResearch.com); YouTube videos; themed pitch days; pitching competitions. The current paper is also a companion to: Faff (2016a) “a year in review” of pitching; Faff (2016c); Faff, Lay and Smith (2017) and Faff, Carrick et al. (2017). Also, this project has been identified as one of 30 Innovations that Inspire across the AACSB network worldwide Business Schools.

The paper can be downloaded from SSRN (N.B. you might need to register with SSRN and login to successfully perform the download):

This paper is now its twelth version.

Interested readers are directed to the following related URL Links & free resources:

  • AACSB Innovations that Inspire listing:

http://www.aacsb.edu/about/awards/innovations-that-inspire/recipients/

  • 70 second video about “pitching research” – an AACSB Innovation that Inspires:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe8hpIw9gUU

  • Working paper “Pitching Research” available for free download from SSRN:

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2462059

  • Online library of Pitch examples available for free download:

http://www.business.uq.edu.au/supplementary-material-pitching-research

  • Online web portal for registered users to create their own research pitch (free registration):

https://PitchMyResearch.com

  • Related SSRN working papers:

1. "The "Pitching Research" Concept: 2015, a Year in Review":

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2721528

2. "Mapping “Pitching Research” Tasks into the RSD7 Framework: A Pedagogic Perspective"

http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2724451

Supplementary Material/Resources for “Pitching Research”

  • Dedicated web portal: PitchMyResearch.com
  • DOWNLOAD a WORD version of the pitch template.
  • DOWNLOAD a WORD version of the pitch template (with cues for the pitcher).
  • DOWNLOAD a WORD version of the pitch template (with cues for the pitchee).
  • DOWNLOAD a a WORD version of the pitch template (with cues for the public policy pitcher).
  • DOWNLOAD a PowerPoint slide presentation to accompany "Pitching Research".
  • DOWNLOAD a PDF of AFAANZ 2015-16 call for grant applications using the pitch template.
  • Access to Online library of pitch examples that accompany “Pitching Research”

ADDITIONAL PRESENTATION INFORMATION

The Academic Research Process

Group Work Pitching Exercise

Pitching Research - Presentation 126

ANNOUNCEMENT: UQUAPS 2017 “Pitching Research” Competition - click here for details

Research Interests

  • Fund Performance
    Examining issues related to the performance of managed funds
  • Alternative Investments
    Examining the issues of performance, birth and demise of hedge funds and CTAs
  • Asset Pricing
    Examining the relationship or risk and return in financial markets
  • Commodity Prices and Stock Markets
    Examining the linkage between commodity prices (e.g. gold and oil) and stock market returns
  • Credit Ratings
    Examining the linkage between credit ratings and stock market reaction
  • Finance and sustainability
    Examining the linkage between corporate social performance and corporate financial performance
  • Financial Risk Tolerance
    Examining the linkage between financial risk tolerance, gender, demographic characteristics and financial crisis
  • Risk Management
    Examining the linkage between corporate use of derivatives, hedging and firm characteristics
  • Sentiment and Stock Markets
    Examining the linkage between sentiment and stock market reaction
  • Trading Strategies
    Examining the performance of pairs trading Major Research Grants

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Economics with Honours, Australian National University
  • Master of Economic Studies, Australian National University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book

  • Bishop, Steve, Faff, Robert, Oliver, Barry, and Twite, Garry Corporate finance 5th ed. Australia: Pearson Education, 2004.

  • Brailsford, Timothy J., Faff, Robert W. and Oliver, Barry Research design issues in the estimation of Beta. Sydney, NSW, Australia: McGraw-Hill, 1997.

Book Chapter

  • Mendez-Rodriguez, Paz, Galguera, Laura, Bravo, Mila, Benson, Karen, Faff, Robert and Perez-Gladish, Blanca (2015). Profiling ethical investors. In Enrique Ballestero, Blanca Pérez-Gladish and Ana Garcia-Bernabeu (Ed.), Socially responsible investment (pp. 23-52) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-11836-9_2

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

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Completed Supervision