This prestigious fellowship is awarded annually by the Dr. Theo and Friedl Schoeller Research Center for Business and Society at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. Each appointment honors an internationally renowned senior scholar conducting research that contributes to responsible leadership in business and society.
Burgstahler has been a member of the Foster School faculty since 1981. He served as the school’s acting dean in 2005 and was the American Accounting Association’s vice-president for publications from 2007-2009. He is a five-time Beta Alpha Psi Professor of the Year and won the AAA-AICPA Notable Contribution to the Accounting Literature Award in 2002.
His research focuses on firm valuation, management of earnings, and the relation between accounting information and stock prices.
Burgstahler will use the fellowship’s research award of 50,000 euros to further his research on the practice of size management—minimizing assets, sales and employees—that some European private firms use to diminish the costs of mandatory audits and financial disclosures. He is collaborating on the study with Foster doctoral student Darren Bernard and Devrimi Kaya of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.