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Ruth Bender

Senior Lecturer, Cranfield School of Management, UK
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Ruth Bender is a senior lecturer at Cranfield School of Management. She joined the faculty in 1994, having completed her MBA there. Prior to this she was a partner in Grant Thornton, where latterly she specialized in corporate finance, including a time on secondment as a private equity investment manager in the City of London. She is a chartered accountant, and was a committee member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Faculty of Finance and Management. Other outside roles have included non-executive directorships of a health authority and an NHS trust. Bender’s main teaching areas include financial strategy, working capital management, and corporate governance. Her doctorate is in corporate governance.

Articles by this Author

  • Reinvesting in the Company versus Rewarding Investors with Distributions
    by Ruth Bender
    Stockholders gain value from their investments in two ways—either by receiving dividends or by realizing a capital gain. Dividend policy is determined directly by a company’s board, which has to decide whether to make a payout or to reinvest.Although many factors underlie the dividend decision, there is one basic rule: If there are investment opportunities where the expected return exceeds the company’s cost of capital, value will be created by...

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