Welcome to Assistant Professor of Finance- Rajib Chowdhury
The College of Business communication team asked Professor Chowdhury a few questions.
What classes will you be teaching?
FINA 362, FINA 461
How did you decide to study in your chosen area?
I enjoy learning about the dividend policies of companies, the determinants of capital structure of companies, the effect of capital structure decision on firm performance, and insider trading. Other topics, such as, corporate governance, effects of macroeconomic news on stock market, etc., also interest me a lot.
Why did you want to become a professor?
My education background inspires me to contribute more as an academician. I feel that I can contribute more as a teacher and researcher.
Tell us a little bit about your professional experiences before coming to Mankato.
After my under graduate degree, I worked as an accountant. My responsibilities included, but not limited to, preparing financial accounting statements of my company in compliance with the Companies Act and Accounting Standards, scrutinizing general and debtors ledger, verifying action taken reports on the scrutiny details, and maintaining fixed assets in accordance with prevailing rules and regulations. I also performed duties related to import activities that included verifying information contained in commercial invoice, packing list, bill of lading, and insurance documents relating to different shipments, obtaining authorization for making payments, scheduling and disbursing payments, and informing related parties. After my MBA, I worked as an assistant manager in which I developed and reviewed strategies for business growth, such as, analyzing profitability of all distribution channels across the company, reviewing budgets periodically, identifying required process improvements to enhance quality of MIS and initiate actions, reviewing and analyzing proposals for sanctioning capital expenditure, applying appropriate management control tools, managing execution of sanction processes, generating review mechanism, etc.
Describe your teaching style.
I encourage my students to focus on three things:
- Think rather than memorize – though memorization is important in certain circumstances
- Work hard and repeatedly practice the problems
- Analyze from a practical standpoint. I believe that the most effective learning process is the one in which the instructor can successfully engage students with the subject.
What most excites you about being a professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato?
To be able to engage in overall development and improvement of students.