Accounting

The accounting area is preeminent in research and teaching related to the dissemination and use of information in markets and within firms.

Faculty affiliated with the area are worldwide leaders in scholarship and in their contributions to accounting pedagogy. They also help shape accounting practices in the United States and elsewhere as a result of their influence in the standard-setting process.

Research by the accounting faculty draws on economics, finance, and statistics and employs analytical and empirical methodologies to study issues such as:

  • The pricing of securities in capital markets, with a focus on the role of financial reporting and information intermediaries.
  • The design of performance measurement and incentive systems.
  • Best practices in corporate governance and executive compensation.

Faculty in the area teach in the MBA, Stanford MSx, Executive Education, and PhD programs, with courses focusing on two broad areas: financial reporting and management control. Beyond the core MBA classes, a wide variety of electives cover topics in global financial reporting, financial statement analysis, and accounting-based valuation techniques.

Recent Publications in Accounting

David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, September
2018

This Data Spotlight provides data and statistics on the attributes of boards of directors of publicly traded companies in the United States. This data supplements the issues introduced in the...

David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan, Edward Watts
Stanford Closer Look Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, September
2018

Companies in the United States are staying private longer, and this trend has important implications for companies and their employees. Employees holding equity awards in private companies are restricted from...

David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, September
2018

This Quick Guide provides data and statistics on the attributes of the CEOs and CEO succession events at publicly traded companies in the United States. This data supplements the issues...

David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan
CGRI Quick Guide Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, September
2018

This Data Spotlight provides data and statistics on unethical behavior in corporations and other negative outcomes including bankruptcy, litigation, and corruption in the United States. This data supplements in the...

Stephen Comello, Stefan J. Reichelstein, Anshuman Sahoo
Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. September
2018, Vol. 92, Pages 744-756

Over the past decade, solar photovoltaic (PV) power has experienced dramatic deployment growth coupled with substantial decreases in system prices. This article examines how solar PV power is currently positioned...