William J. Chambers

William J. ChambersAssociate Professor of the Practice Emeritus of Administrative Sciences

PhD, MPhil, MA, Columbia University
BA, College of Wooster

Dr. Chambers has over twenty years of experience developing and overseeing credit models, internal credit scoring systems, and default risk assessment processes for Standard & Poor’s. He is an expert in international finance, portfolio management, and the economics of real estate development. Chambers taught undergraduate and graduate courses in finance, credit analysis, and portfolio management. He also undertakes consulting assignments for financial institutions and corporations, with a focus on creditworthiness, parent-subsidiary relationships, and transfer pricing, and has provided expert reports and/or served as an expert witness in cases appearing before the U.S Tax Court, the Tax Court of Canada, and various other regulators and tribunals.


“The Changing Landscape for Credit Ratings.” Online article in Law360: The Newswire for Business Lawyers (October 2010).

“Effect of the Dodd–Frank Act on Credit Rating Agencies.” Law 360 (October 2010).


“Case Study: Dow Chemical’s Acquisition of Rohm & Haas.” Paper presented at the Eastern Academy of Management 2010 Meeting, Portland, Maine, May 12-15, 2010. Nominated for CASE Best First Time Submission.


“Rating Agencies—Can’t Live With Them, Can We Live Without Them?” Morin Center for Banking & Financial Law’s Workshop on Financial Reform. Boston University, Boston, Mass., 2010.

“Rating Agencies—Can’t Live With Them, Can We Live Without Them?” Workshop on Financial Reform, Boston University, Boston, Mass., November 2010.

“Dow Chemical’s Acquisition of Rohm & Haas.” Eastern Academy of Management’s Annual Meeting, May 2010.

“Economic and Financial Aspects of Securitization.” Webinar, May 2010.

What advice do you have for new students?

On the online program:
The program moves very quickly. The seven-week courses seem to fly by. There is little time for recovery. Get a good start and don’t let up. If you get behind, catching up can be very difficult.

In general:
While the details of any business situation or decision are always important, being able to put a particular situation into perspective and understanding how the various components interact are critical in order to make the appropriate decision.