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Paul J. Simko

Associate Professor
Associate Dean, Executive MBA Formats
Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 292B
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.A., MAcc, University of Florida
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
CPA
Biography

Paul J. Simko's research centers broadly on issues related to financial accounting information; he has received numerous national and university recognitions for his work. Simko is particularly interested in topics related to the effect of alternative accounting treatments on the decisions of investors and financial analysts and how investors assess firms' earnings quality. His current research examines the incentives and consequences of earnings management and valuation issues pertaining to earnings volatility and growth. He teaches courses in both accounting and financial statement analysis.

Prior to joining the Darden faculty in 2002, Simko taught at Emory University, Indiana University and INSEAD. He is currently a research fellow with the Enterprise Risk Management Initiative at North Carolina State University, has worked as a Senior Analyst with Citicorp and is a Certified Public Accountant.

GBUS 7275: Accounting for Managers - Part I
Credits: 2
As the language of business and the cornerstone of the financial capital markets, accounting provides terminology, frameworks, and concepts with which to understand and analyze the financial consequences of business activities. As these activities have become increasingly complex and global, the task of presenting timely, relevant, and reliable financial information to interested internal and external users has become more challenging.
GBUS 7276: Accounting for Managers - Part II
Credits: 2
As the language of business and the cornerstone of the financial capital markets, accounting provides terminology, frameworks, and concepts with which to understand and analyze the financial consequences of business activities. As these activities have become increasingly complex and global, the task of presenting timely, relevant, and reliable financial information to interested internal and external users has become more challenging.
GBUS 7277: Accounting for Managers (Part I)
Credits: 2
This course consists of two complementary components: managerial accounting and financial accounting. Managerial accounting has an internal focus and pertains to the collection and analysis of financial information relevant to business operations, including costs analysis, product and service costing, planning, budgeting, and performance evaluation.
GBUS 7278: Accounting for Managers (Part II)
Credits: 2
This course consists of two complementary components: managerial accounting and financial accounting. Managerial accounting has an internal focus and pertains to the collection and analysis of financial information relevant to business operations, including costs analysis, product and service costing, planning, budgeting, and performance evaluation.
GBUS 7807: Action Learning - Part III
Credits: 2
In these courses, students are engaged in applying the knowledge and experiences of the MBA Program within their business and job settings. Because participants in the MBA Program for Executives are employed on a full-time basis, they have the unique opportunity to immediately apply part or all of the learning.
GBUS 7815: Leadership Residency 1: Leading with an Enterprise Perspective
Credits: 3
Leadership Residency 1 challenges students to develop an understanding of and an appreciation for taking an enterprise perspective when making any management decision. Students will learn what an enterprise perspective involves, what it means to manage/lead with an enterprise perspective, and what the implications of that perspective for themselves as leaders are. The course is a mix of traditional academic pedagogy and experiential activities.
GBUS 7817: LR3: Leading in Emerging Economies
Credits: 3
This course follows MBAExec core courses and is a capstone for the MBAExec integrated core curriculum. It provides students with an opportunity to learn, first-hand, the challenges of doing business in an emerging economy, emphasizing the global dimension of leading with an enterprise perspective. Leadership Residency 3 gives students a context for examining and evaluating their own readiness for global leadership.
GBUS 7818: Leadership Residency II
Credits: 2
The capstone of the MBA for Executives program. Students will consider their futures, the futures of their organizations and, most important, the leadership role they will play in the future of their organizations. Innovative thinking is the dominant theme of this course. Prerequisites: Restricted to executive Darden Students
GBUS 8410: Financial Statement Analysis and Corporate Valuation
Credits: 2
This course analyzes and applies tools and techniques to accounting data in order to derive measurements that aid in corporate valuation. Students will first develop a deeper understanding of accounting data by examining the incentives corporate officers face while making financial reporting choices as well as understanding the conceptual limitations of the financial reporting model.
GBUS 8500: Special Topics Seminar
Credits: 2–3
Each seminar is a course of study for students with special interests in business administration topics not currently included in the normal course offerings of the MBA Program. The seminar topics should be consistent with the objectives of the Second Year Program.
GBUS 8645: Honor the Trad of Past While Confront the Chall of the Future-Dubai/Bahrain
Credits: 2
The course will explore the issues facing leaders in the region through engagements in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and the Kingdom of Bahrain. These two countries have adopted different approaches to economic development and their vision for the future while considering their long tradition and history. We will explore the current and future plans for economic development, the role of business leaders in shaping these changes and their roles.
GBUS 8999: Darden Independent Study
Credits: 2–3
A Darden Independent Study elective includes either case development or a research project to be conducted by an individual student under the direction of a faculty member. Students should secure the agreement of a resident faculty member to supervise their independent study and assign the final grade that is to be based to a significant degree on written evidence of the individual student's accomplishment.