Anne Beyer

Anne Beyer
Associate Professor, Accounting
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Additional Administrative Titles

  • Co-Director, Finance and Accounting for the Nonfinancial Executive

Research Statement

Anne Beyer’s research interest is in the area of financial accounting with a focus on corporate disclosure, capital market prices, and corporate governance. Recent work has examined the properties of analyst and management earnings forecasts as well as investors’ reaction to different kinds of corporate disclosures.


Anne Beyer is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Michelle R. Clayman Faculty Scholar for 2008-2009 and 2010-2013. She teaches the introductory class in financial accounting and received the MBA Distinguished Teaching Award in 2013.

Anne’s research focuses on corporate disclosure, information economics and corporate governance. Her recent work examines the properties of financial analysts’ and management’s earnings forecasts, as well as investors’ reaction to earnings forecasts and other forms of corporate disclosures. This work includes studying managers’ and analysts’ incentives to bias forecasts and investors’ inferences about firms’ performance based on earnings forecasts.

Native to Germany, Anne attended the University of Stuttgart and the University of Wales, Swansea, prior to moving to the U.S. for her doctoral studies. She received her PhD in Accounting from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Anne maintains a love for the outdoors, running, and travel.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, 2006
  • Diplom Kauffrau, University of Stuttgart, 2001

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2006

Awards and Honors

  • R. Michael Shanahan Faculty Scholar, Stanford GSB, 2018-2019
  • MSx Teaching Excellence Award, Stanford GSB, 2018
  • Walter J. Gores Award, Stanford University, 2014
  • MBA Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford GSB, 2013
  • German National Academic Foundation, 1997-2001


Journal Articles

Anne Beyer, Ilan Guttman, Iván Marinovic. The Account Review. July 2019, Vol. 94, Issue 4, Pages 77-101.
Jeremy Bertomeu, Anne Beyer, Daniel J. Taylor. Foundations & Trends in Accounting. August 17, 2016, Vol. 10, Issue 2-4, Pages 179-236.
Anne Beyer, Iván Marinovic, Ilan Guttman. Journal of Accounting Research. September 2014, Vol. 52, Issue 4, Pages 817-847.
Anne Beyer, Ilan Guttman. Journal of Accounting Research. December 2012, Vol. 50, Issue 5, Pages 1141–1177.
Jeremy Bertomeu, Anne Beyer, Ronald A. Dye. The Accounting Review. May 2011, Vol. 86, Issue 3, Pages 857-886.
Anne Beyer, Ilan Guttman. The Accounting Review. March 2011, Vol. 86, Issue 2, Pages 451-481.
Anne Beyer, Daniel Cohen, Thomas Lys, Beverly Walther. Journal of Accounting and Economics. 2010, Vol. 50, Issue 2–3, Pages 296–343.
Anne Beyer. The Accounting Review. November 2009, Vol. 84, Issue 6, Pages 1713-1747.
Anne Beyer. Journal of Accounting and Economics. 2008, Vol. 46, Issue 2-3, Pages 334–348.
Anne Beyer, Sri S. Sridhar. Journal of Accounting Research. March 2006, Vol. 44, Issue 1, Pages 29-51.


Degree Courses


This is a course about the financial decision-making process largely from the point of view of the CEO of an entrepreneurial venture, ranging from very early to very late stages. The course takes a two-pronged approach: First, we develop tools...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

Stanford Case Studies

Fair Value Accounting for Financial Securities at Alphabet | A233
Anne Beyer, Jaclyn Foroughi2018
Revenue Recognition at Microsoft Corporation | A234
Anne Beyer, Jaclyn Foroughi2018
Depreciation at Deutsche Lufthansa AG | A224
Anne Beyer, Jaclyn Foroughi2015
BreatheScreen Inc. Transaction Analysis and Financial Statements | A216
Madhav Rajan, Anne Beyer, Jaclyn Foroughi2014
The Farm Winery | A217
Madhav Rajan, Anne Beyer, Jaclyn Foroughi2014
Work Well (B) | E362B
Bethany Coates, R. Ellis, Lisa Sweeney, Anne Beyer2010

Service to the Profession

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Accounting and Economics

Insights by Stanford Business

August 1, 2007
Research explores the reliability of auditors' financial reports.

School News

September 27, 2018
Considering the future of management education as we welcome students back to campus.
June 15, 2018
Students in the MBA, PhD, and MSx programs honored Professors Amit Seru, Peter Reiss, and Anne Beyer, respectively, for their teaching and service.
June 4, 2013
Stanford GSB students honor three professors for their extraordinary teaching skill.