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Dr. Phyllis Keys

Dr. Phyllis Keys

Professor, Finance

Office: GSBM 518
Phone: 443-885-1693



Ph.D. Florida State University - Finance.

M.B.A. Jackson State University - Business Administration.

B.E. University of Mississippi - Engineering

Dr. Phyllis Keys, Professor of Finance, has taught at Morgan State since 2006. She received a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Mississippi, an MBA from Jackson State University, and her PhD in Finance from Florida State University. She is a Certified Financial Manager and a Certified Management Accountant. She completed the Boston University Financial Planning Program and successfully completed the exam for the Certified Financial Planner.

She has received several honors and awards, including the IMA Educational Case Journal's Gold Award for a coauthored case and the Journal of Financial Research's Outstanding Article Award for a coauthored research article. She also received a Certificate of Teaching Appreciation from the Morgan State student chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants.

Dr. Keys enjoys traveling and has made presentations to students in Ghana, Botswana, and China. She has also given research presentations at conferences in several countries on topics related to diversity, corporate governance, and mergers/acquisitions.

Research Interests
Corporate governance
Workforce diversity
Executive compensation
Student learning outcomes

Recent Publications

  • Evans, J. D., Jones, T., & Keys, P. Y. (forthcoming). The Significance of Diversity Positioning in Higher Education for Branding and Marketing, Journal of Marketing for Higher Education
  • Lloyd, C.B., Ibrahim, S., & Keys, P.Y. (2022). Identifiable attributes of successful restructuring potential. Academy of Accounting and Financial Studies Journal, 26(6), 1-19.
  • Agyekum, A.A.B. & Keys, P.Y., (2021) Dream Expansion: Capital Investment Decision in Action. Journal of Finance Case Research, 19(2), 79-83.
  • Agyekum, A.A.B., Austin, N.K., & Keys, P.Y. (2017). Realizing the Dream: Decision-Making in Action. IMA Educational Case Journal, 10(3), Article 2, 1-7.
  • Agyekum, A.A.B., Austin, N.K., & Keys, P.Y. (2017). Teaching Note for Realizing the Dream: Decision-Making in Action. IMA Educational Case Journal, 10(3), Article 2, TN, 1-8.
  • Kang, K., Keys, P. Y., & Shin, Y. (2016). Free Trade Agreements and Bridgehead Effect: Evidence from Korea-Chile FTA. Singapore Economic Review, 60(4), 1-17.
  • Keys, P. Y. (2016). A Corporate Finance Approach to Integrating Bloomberg and Stock-Trak into the Finance Curriculum. Journal of Economics and Finance Education, 15(3), 38-55.
  • Orimoloye, Y. H., Austin, N. K., & Keys, P. Y. (2015). Employee Fraud: A Tale of Greed and Temptations. Journal of Business Cases and Applications, 14, 1-14.
  • Ellis, K. M. & Keys, P. Y. (2015). Workforce Diversity and Shareholder Value: A Multi-Level Perspective. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 44(2), 191-212. doi 10.1007/s11156-013-0403-7.
  • Keys, P. Y., Owens, W. L., & Queen, P. E. (2014). AACSB Accreditation Bang or Bust: A Study of Student Learning Outcomes in Relationship to Institutional Resources, The Southwestern Business Administration Journal, 14(2), 71-84.
  • Omar, A., Austin, N. K., & Keys, P. Y. (2014). No Longer Business as Usual: Employee Fraud and Ethical Issues. Journal of Business Cases and Applications, 12, 112-123.
  • Ellis, K. M. & Keys, P. Y. (2014). Event Study Methodology: An Overview and Special Considerations for African Markets in D. Zoogah (ed.). Advancing Research Methodology in the African Context: Techniques, Methods, and Designs (Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, Volume 10, 69-97), Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. doi 10.1108/S1479-838720140000010005
  • Ellis, K. M. & Keys, P. Y. (2014). Deal making in Africa: Do we buy some or all of the target? Africa Academy of Management Conference Proceedings, 412-427.