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Cecilia Wagner Ricci is a full professor in the Department of Accounting & Finance, teaching courses in investments, working capital management, and mergers and acquisitions. She also teaches the capstone course, the Seminar in Finance.

Before joining Montclair State, Dr. Wagner Ricci spent twenty years at Seton Hall University, the last several as a full professor in the Finance and Legal Studies department. In addition, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China, where she taught micro and macroeconomics to first year graduate students, and financial decision-making in American corporations to third year undergraduates.

In addition, Dr. Ricci was a consultant with the Princeton Consulting Group for many years, specializing in the areas of spreadsheet applications and finance for nonfinancial managers for clients such as AT&T, the World Trade Institute, the NJ Society of CPA's, PSE&G, and the American Institute of Banking.

Dr. Wagner Ricci’s academic research focuses on three areas of corporate finance: growth through acquisitions in publicly held companies, the practice of working capital management and methods through which companies manipulate their working capital, and the impact of U.S. laws and regulations on publicly held corporations. Her research on the unintended consequences of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and the subsequent mismanagement of vendor financing has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, Fortune, Forbes, and Newsweek, among others.

Dr. Ricci completed her doctoral coursework at New York University, and became the first foreigner to receive a Ph.D. in business from the University of Business and Economics in Beijing, China. She received an MBA in finance from Seton Hall University, and a BA in Political Science from The State University of New York College at Brockport. She also holds an associate degree from Endicott College in Massachusetts.

Research interests

Focuses on three areas of corporate finance: growth through acquisitions in publicly held companies, the practice of working capital management and methods through which companies manipulate their working capital, and the impact of U.S. laws and regulations on publicly held corporations. 

Teaching

Investments, working capital management, and mergers and acquisitions, and the capstone course, the Seminar in Finance.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

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