Finance

Since virtually all business decisions have a financial dimension, an understanding of the financial implications of a decision is crucial for effective management. Our program, ranked No. 12 in the country by College Factual, helps Finance students develop a problem-solving, decision analysis framework centered around value creation and serving the consumer.

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Trifts, Jack

Jack W. Trifts

Professor, Finance
Faculty Suite B, Room B323
jtrifts@bryant.edu

Jack Trifts has had a distinctive career as a researcher and academic administrator but there’s one venue he enjoys the most: the classroom.

“The heart of great education, and a Bryant education, is a close and active relationship between students and faculty,” Trifts says, “with faculty lecturing less and coaching more. Our students learn by doing – making a spreadsheet, presenting their work, leading a discussion.”

This philosophy drives Trifts’ work as a member of the planning committee for Bryant’s Academic Innovation Center slated to open in 2016. With its whiteboard walls, flexible seating, and small group study spaces, the innovation center will promote active learning.

Trifts’ contributions to the field of finance are noteworthy. His most recent research with collaborator Gary E. Porter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Finance at John Carroll University's Boler School of Business, examines the career paths of mutual fund managers. Their latest findings on the role of merit appear in the Financial Analysts Journal (Vol. 70 No. 4).

Trifts is known for “flipping” the classroom: His lectures are presented online, not in the classroom, a technique that tends to yield more student-faculty engagement during class time.

“Education is not just about learning facts,” he says. “I want to spend more time pushing the students to think about real issues” – including how financial markets and the tools of finance work throughout a business enterprise. “In my class, we may be in the middle of a case, but I want to talk about how it relates to marketing and operations.”

Corporate Finance including Financial Management, Financial Statement Analysis, Managing Financial Resources (MBA) and Mergers & Acquisitions (not taught at Bryant).

Mutual Fund Management including the role of managers and whether mutual fund performance is a function of skill or luck. I also am interested in the scholarship of teaching and how to improve the craft of teaching.

  • 2017, University Merit Award for Service
  • 2017, Bryant University Teaching Award
  • 2015, University Merit Award for Research
  • 2015, Bryant University 2015 Distinguished Faculty Award
  • 2013, University Merit Award for Service

Asare, K., Trifts, J., A Cash Flow Approach to Analyzing Long-term Liabilities:A Pedagogical Exercise, Journal of Financial Educatio.

Cao, S., Trifts, J., An Examination of Shareholders’ Responses to Sports Venue Sponsorship Announcements, Northeast Decision Sciences Institute.

Trifts, J., Gary, P., The Impact of the Capitalization of Operating Leases: A Guide for Individual Investors, Financial Services Review.

Trifts, J., Kohl, L., Enhancing Evidence-Based Learning: Using ePortolios to Demonstrate Proficiency in Financial Analysis, Journal of Financial Education.

Li, S., Chen, F., Trifts, J., An Empirical Investigation of the Impact of Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions on Supply Chain, Annual Meeting of the Northeast Decision Science Institute, 2017.

Gainor, M., Trifts, J., Duxbury, T., Increasing Active Learning in Accounting and Finance by Flipping the Classroom, Journal of the Academy of Business Education, 2016.

Porter, G. E., Trifts, J., The Career Paths of Mutual Fund Managers: The Role of Merit, Financial Analysts Journal, 2014.

Annavarjula, M., Trifts, J., “Community Connections to Enhance Undergraduate International Business Education: An Example of Business Consulting Projects,” , Journal of Teaching in International Business, 2012.

Porter, G. E., Trifts, J., The Best Mutual Fund Managers: Testing the Impact of Experience using a Survivorship Bias Free Dataset, Journal of Applied Finance, 2012.

Trifts, J., The Direct and Indirect Costs and Benefits of AACSB Accreditation, SAM Advanced Management Journal, 2012.

Yobaccio, E., Mohan, R., Trifts, J., Developing International Self-Reliance in Undergraduate Students through Study Trips, Journal of the Academy of Business Education, 2012.