DePaul MBA Capstone Discussed Inversions

A recent Wall Street Journal article informed the world of the IRS’ new tax rules that crackdown on companies practicing inversion— a tactic corporations employ to use their international residency to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Ronald Graziano, DePaul MBA ’06 and global accounting specialist for Credit Suisse Securities, discussed the possibility of the IRS changing the rules on inversions during an MBA capstone class at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.

“What we learn is so practical,” Ryan Lombard, who is studying for an MBA with concentrations in strategy, execution and valuation and entrepreneurship, said. “We can read our books, we can go on the Internet, but it’s cool to hear people like Ron because he went through this same program. We can see what you can actually take from this MBA program and what you can end up doing with it.”

In addition to discussing global tax practices, Graziano presented “Bridging the GAAPs,” a recently revised case study he authored with Gwen Wu, assistant professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Graziano also says he loves presenting his work at DePaul because he enjoys returning to his alma mater to share his knowledge. Graziano was an MBA student when the SEV was in its infancy, and he loves seeing it flourish.

Some MBA programs can put too much emphasis on just learning technical knowledge, Graziano says, but that’s not the case at DePaul.

“SEV classes make the information practical and applicable.”


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