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UTD’s 2002 Kusch Lecture To Feature Speaker
On Controversial Topic of ‘Pay for Performance’

Management Professor Rajiv Banker To Give Talk on April 16

UTD's Rajiv BankerRICHARDSON, Texas (April 2, 2002) - The annual Polykarp Kusch Lecture Series Concerns of the Lively Mind will resume at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) later this month with a talk entitled “Pay for Performance: Myth or Reality?” by a leading UTD faculty member and expert on management issues. 

Dr. Rajiv D. Banker, Ashbel Smith chair and director of accounting and information management programs in the university’s School of Management, will give the talk at noon on Tuesday, April 16, at UTD’s Cecil and Ida Green Center for the Study of Science and Society.

Banker’s lecture will highlight his research and findings about how incentive-based compensation has been shown to improve a company’s results - not only by attracting superior workers, but also by providing better service to customers and ultimately improving the company’s bottom line. His talk also will address performance measurement and stock options.

Banker is regarded as one of the most prolific and influential interdisciplinary researchers in the field of management and is a leader in analytical modeling and statistical analysis of data collected from companies to address complex or emerging problems of importance to managers. He has received numerous awards for his research and published more than 100 articles in scholarly journals. The National Science Foundation, the Financial Executives Research Foundation, the Institute of Management Accountants and several corporations have supported his studies.

Banker received a doctorate in business administration from Harvard University.

About the Polykarp Kusch Lecture Series

The late Polykarp Kusch was the 1955 Nobel Laureate in Physics. He came to UTD in 1972, where he was a Regental Professor and served on the university’s physics faculty until he reached emeritus status in 1982. His science career was marked by a delight in teaching and research and he connected with his students in countless ways, including via presentations of physics experiments in his “Phenomena of Nature” classes.

Prior to joining UTD, Kusch served as professor, vice president, provost and dean of faculties at Columbia University.

When he retired in 1982, UTD endowed a program of annual lectures with the theme Concerns of the Lively Mind to honor Kusch.

All Kusch Lectures are free and open to the public. For additional information, please call (972) 883-2272.

About UTD

The University of Texas at Dallas, located at the convergence of Richardson, Plano and Dallas in the heart of the complex of major multinational technology corporations known as the Telecom Corridor, enrolls more than 7,000 undergraduate and 5,000 graduate students. The school’s freshman class traditionally stands at the forefront of Texas state universities in terms of average SAT scores. The university offers a broad assortment of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. For additional information about UTD, please visit the university’s Web site at


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