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Shane Goodwin, PhD

Shane Goodwin, PhD

Senior Fellow, Columbia University
Managing Director, The Center for Global Enterprise
New York, NY, USA


Shane Goodwin is the Managing Director of the Applied Corporate Governance Institute at the Center for Global Enterprise, a New York based nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of the contemporary corporation, globalization, economic trends and the impact on society.  Additionally, Dr. Goodwin serves as a Senior Fellow and Project Director at the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law and Public Policy at Columbia University and as a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. Most recently, he served as a Fellow of Business Economics at Harvard Business School.

His research is focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and shareholder activism. Dr. Goodwin serves on the Harvard University Extension School faculty, where he teaches Global Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Governance and is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University.

Dr. Goodwin has 25 years of M&A, corporate finance and principal investing experience at Wall Street firms including:

  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Citigroup Corporate & Investment Banking
  • Credit Suisse / Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette

He has advised on over 100 M&A assignments totaling over $50 billion in transaction value, including sell-side and buy-side transactions, anti-raid, takeover and activism defenses, cross-border M&A, special committee and restructuring advisory assignments.  Additionally, he has executed over 100 public and private debt and equity investments totaling over $40 billion and has extensive private equity and corporate restructuring experience.  Dr. Goodwin is the Chairman of Argus Capital Partners, serves on the Associate Board of the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University and is an active member of the CFA Institute and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Dr. Goodwin was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Business Economics at Harvard Business School to conduct M&A and corporate governance research.  He earned an PhD in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University, with a focus in finance.  His dissertation, “Corporate Governance and Hedge Fund Activism”, was cited by several journals and news agencies, including Bloomberg and was used to create a proprietary trading index (Goodwin Chakraborty Activist Index™).  Dr. Goodwin holds an MBA, with a concentration in finance, from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and attended The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.  He graduated cum laude with a BSBA from the Collins College of Business at The University of Tulsa and was recipient of the Jess Chouteau Outstanding Senior Award

Dr. Goodwin was a three-year letterwinner in football, earning All-American Scholar and Student-Athlete of the Year awards and was drafted by Winnipeg Blue Bombers of Canadian Football League.  Dr. Goodwin received the Outstanding Alumni Award and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at The University of Tulsa and the Saskatchewan Sport’s Hall of Fame, as a member of the Canadian Junior Football League National Championship team.

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