James Cicon

James CiconBUSINESS SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES: Energy Industry Business Systems
Assistant Professor of Management


James Cicon uses advanced computer methodologies to analyze the writing and expressions of investors, management, analysts, and others. Once quantified, the results are used as explanatory variables in existing models of corporate/market behavior. In the process of receiving his doctorate in finance from the University of Missouri, he developed his dissertation around a new measure of financial disclosure he calls “camouflage”. He uses this measure to show how some IPO founders use the corporate governance mechanisms of bylaws and charters to artificially increase perceived firm value to increase their own wealth at the shareholders’ expense. His research has attracted the attention of many senior economists.

His research and teaching interests encompass entrepreneurship, technology in business, digital media and cloud computing in business, and financial markets. He has been teaching for the last seven years at the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business in such areas as portfolio management, investments, corporate finance and financial management. Prior to his career in academe, he worked for more nearly 15 years at Hewlett Packard and Fluke Networks as an electrical/computer engineer, with the rank of senior staff engineer.

Dr. Cicon earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering at Brigham Young University, and completed a dual degree program in business and law at the University of Missouri, in which he earned both MBA and JD with an emphasis on corporate finance and investments. He received his Ph.D. in Financial Economics, with support areas in statistics and econometrics, from the University of Missouri in May 2012.