Education

Lehigh University, B.S., M.B.A., Ph.D.

Research Interests

Corporate Financial Management
Mergers and Acquisitions
Valuation
Capital Investment
Capital Structure and the Cost of Capital
Divisional Investment Hurdle Rates
Financial Performance Metrics
Financial Performance Benchmarking
Supply Chain Finance
Strategic Planning
Planning and Budgeting

Professor Weaver joined the full-time faculty at Lehigh in January 1998. He held the position of Director MBA and Professional Education (2003-2005) and the John C. Swartley ’24 Professorship (2004-2005 and 2012-2013). Prior to 1998, Dr. Weaver was the Lauer Adjunct Professor of Finance at Lehigh University (1986 - 1997) and the Director, Financial Planning and Analysis at Hershey Foods Corporation for almost 20 years. That position combined the theoretical with the pragmatic and involved the analysis of many different facets of finance including: mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, performance measurement, operational plans, industry group comparisons, divestiture assessment, alternative financing evaluations, dividend policy, capital expenditure analysis, and the determination of cost of capital and divisional hurdle rates.

His personal research revolves around areas of corporate finance, valuation and investment analysis, financial performance measurement, and supply chain (working capital) management. Dr. Weaver is the sole author of The Essentials of Financial Analysis (McGraw-Hill, 2011). He also is the co-author (with J. Fred Weston) of four books including: Strategic Financial Management: Applications of Corporate Finance (South-Western, February 2007) - along with its study guide and Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers and Mergers and Acquisitions (McGraw Hill - Executive MBA Series – 2001).  Both of these McGraw-Hill books have been translated for China, Russia, India, and Malaysia.

He has published in numerous leading academic and practitioner journals, provided chapters for five books, appeared in numerous textbooks discussing applications of corporate finance, and co-authored two cases published by the Darden Graduate School of Business. He serves as an associate editor for four journals and is a regular reviewer. His work has been presented at numerous professional conferences.

He currently serves as the chair of the Board of Regents - CMA/CFM Exam – Institute of Management Accountants. Additionally, he is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM). His consulting includes both large (Fortune 200) and small clients from a variety of industries on numerous topics as well as customized professional educational workshops.

In 2011, 2012,  and 2014 he was honored as the core faculty MBA Professor of the year. He, also, was honored by the 2012, 2013 and 2014 MBA graduating classes for his Excellence in Teaching.

Publications

Selected Publications and Working Papers

  • "Capital Budgeting Procedures, Policy, and Practices - Panel Session Highlights," By Weaver, Samuel, Journal of Applied Finance, Winter 2011.
  • “Measuring the Value of Investments,” Chapter Contribution to Handbook of Technology Management, Hossein Bidgoli, Editor in Chief, John Wiley & Sons, 2010.
  • “The Proposed Financial Reporting ‘Overhaul’ and Business Valuation,” by Largay, James A. and Samuel C. Weaver, Management Accounting Quarterly, Winter 2009, Winner - Lybrand Silver Medal Award
  • “Measures of Income and Firm Valuation,” by Anderson, Anne M., Roger P. Bey, and Samuel C. Weaver, Corporate Finance Review (Warren Gorham & Lamont - Thomson), March/April 2008, V12-5, 10-15.
  • "Capital Budgeting," Insert Essay, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Stephen A. Ross, Randolph W. Westerfield, and Bradford D. Jordan, 2011, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991.
  • "Cost of Capital," Insert Essay, Fundamentals of Corporate Finance, Stephen A. Ross, Randolph W. Westerfield, and Bradford D. Jordan, 2011, 2008, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1995, 1993, 1991.

Published Books

  • The Essentials of Financial Analysis, McGraw-Hill, 2011.
  • Strategic Financial Management: Applications of Corporate Finance, with J. Fred Weston, South-Western, 2008. Complete with 841 test bank questions and problems in a 299-page test bank manual, 619 Power Point slides, and 45 Excel models. In 2009, the book was redesigned and released for the educational market in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.
  • Solutions Manual for Strategic Financial Management: Applications of Corporate Finance, with J. Fred Weston, South-Western, 2008. Covers the 541 end of chapter questions and problems.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions, with J. Fred Weston, McGraw-Hill: Executive MBA Series, 2001.
  • Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers, with J. Fred Weston, McGraw-Hill: Executive MBA Series, 2001. Both McGraw-Hill books have been translated into multiple languages including a traditional Chinese (2002), a “simplified” Chinese version (2003), an Indian dialect (2002), Russian (2004), and Malaysian (2007). Worldwide sales over 100,000 copies.

Working Papers

  • Samuel C. Weaver, “Cycle Analysis and Comparison by Various Industries,” a broad study similar to the published paper for the Orthopedic Industry (2009). Preliminary stages, data downloaded.
  • Samuel C. Weaver and Anne Anderson, “13 Month Years: The Impact of Accounts Receivable Loading,” Extended credit terms or "channel stuffing" is an approach that some companies use from time to time to increase sales and income in a particular year. The purpose of this work is to define and identify channel stuffing from a financial perspective while examining the effects in the short-term and long-term on the company and its stock price.

Professional Workshops

  • Finance and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers
  • Supply Chain Finance
  • Strategic Financial Management