Dr. Cormac Mac Fhionnlaoich obtained his PhD from the University of Maryland. His main research is in the area of corporate finance and product market behavior and strategic managment, with a particular focus on the impact of financial distress on competitive behavior. Other research interests include corporate governance with a particular focus on ethics and values, drawing on both philosophical and theological foundations. Dr. Mac Fhionnlaoich is a receipient of a UCD Presential Research Award. Dr. Mac Fhionnlaoich's teaching portfolio is mainly focused on graduate programmes includin the MBA and MSc programmes. His taught modules include Financial Markets and Valuation, Corporate Financial Strategy and Strategic Finance. Currently Dr. Mac Fhionnlaoich is the Academic Director of the MSc (Finance) programme. He has been deputy Subject Area of the Finance Group (2006-2010). He has also been a academic director the the Executive MBA programme.