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Foster Accounting faculty ranks first worldwide in research contributions

According to a new study from a team of researchers at Brigham Young University, the University of Washington Foster School of Business Department of Accounting ranks first in the world in contributions to the area of financial accounting research.

The study ranks accounting programs from around the globe by topical area based on the number of articles published in top journals over periods of 19, 12 and six years. Topical areas include information systems, auditing, managerial, tax and financial accounting. Financial accounting is the area of study pursued by the largest number of accounting researchers.

The Foster School’s Department of Accounting topped the 19-year and 6-year measurements, followed by Stanford University Graduate School of Business, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. The Foster School ranked second in the 12-year measurement.

“This level of performance is extremely gratifying and we’re all proud of the department’s success,” said James Jiambalvo, dean of the Foster School of Business. “The fact that Foster was ranked first in both long-term and short-term periods is evidence of our ongoing commitment to retain and recruit the best scholars in the field.”

Most prolific researchers

The Brigham Young study also names several Foster faculty members among the “most prolific authors in the accounting literature over the past half-century,” measured against more than 10,000 researchers published in 25 core accounting journals from 1959 to 2008.

In the top one percent of accounting authors published since 1959 is Terry Shevlin, the Paul Pigott-PACCAR Professor of Business Administration, chair of the Department of Accounting and director of the Master of Professional Accounting Program in Taxation.

In the top two percent are Robert Bowen, the PricewaterhouseCoopers & Alumni Professor of Accounting; and Dean Jiambalvo, the Kirby L. Cramer Chair in Business Administration.

And in the top six percent of all authors are David Burgstahler, the Gerhard G. Mueller Endowed Professor in Accounting; Jane Kennedy, the Deloitte & Touche Professor of Accounting; Shiva Rajgopal, the Julius A. Roller Professor of Accounting; and Steve Sefcik, the Alton Kirk Lanterman/Holland America Line Westours Endowed Professor of Accounting and associate dean of Undergraduate Programs.