Marjorie A. Platt is Senior Associate Dean and Dean of Faculty at Northeastern University. She
received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Michigan, MBA from Babson College, and B.A.
from Northwestern University. She is a Certified Management Accountant. Prof. Platt has conducted
research in several different areas. She conducts research on factors affecting student comfort with and
learning based on classroom discussion teaching. She is particularly interested in how cold calling during
class discussion affects preparation for the class, frequency of participation in the class discussion,
comfort with class participation, and learning from the class discussion. For many years, Prof. Platt has
investigated financial, operating and governance factors affecting corporate bankruptcy and financial
distress. She has built numerous statistical models to predict bankruptcy or financial distress among
automotive suppliers, savings and loans and commercial banks. Use of these models can help large
OEMs manage their supply chain or large creditors and banks manage their portfolios. Finally, she has
conducted research on how managers use financial and non-financial information in the process of
making business decision, particularly those that deal with new product design and development.