Ron Kasznik

Professor, Accounting
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Ron Kasznik

The Paul L. and Phyllis Wattis Professor of Management and Professor of Accounting

Business School Trust Faculty Fellow for 2022–2023
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Additional Administrative Titles

Co-Director, Responsible Investing Initiative
Director, Francisco Partners Leadership Program
Director, Mergers and Acquisitions
Co-Director, Directors’ Consortium

Research Statement

Ron Kasznik’s research focuses on examining the strategic use of accounting and financial information by market participants, particularly firm managers. Within this broad area, he focuses primarily on issues related to the provision of financial and non-financial information, corporate disclosure strategy, earnings management, disclosure and reporting effects of employee stock options, and mergers and acquisitions.


Ron Kasznik is a professor of accounting at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ron joined Stanford GSB in 1995 after receiving his PhD in Accounting from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Kasznik specializes in financial accounting and its interactions with the capital markets. Specifically, his research looks at the determinants and outcomes of corporate voluntary disclosures, with particular emphasis on incentives to manage expectations of future firm performance. His research contributes to many contemporary financial reporting issues, such as the accounting treatment of employee stock options and the effect of executive compensation plans on financial accounting and disclosure.

Professor Kasznik teaches the accelerated version of Financial Accounting, a core course focusing on the measurement of economic activity for decision making. He also teaches “Mergers and Acquisitions: Accounting, Regulatory, and Governance Issues”, an elective course on mergers and acquisitions. Professor Kasznik has received several teaching awards, including the Sloan Teaching Excellence Award in 2001, 2003, and 2005, and a number of faculty awards, including, most recently, the MBA Class of 1969 Faculty Scholarship and the Robert and Marilyn Jaedicke Faculty Fellow for 2013–2014.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, UC Berkeley, 1995
  • MS, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1994
  • BA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1989

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1995

Awards and Honors

  • GSB Trust Faculty Fellow for 2015–16
  • Robert & Marilyn Jaedicke Faculty Fellow for 2013–14
  • Sloan Teaching Excellence, Stanford GSB, 2005
  • Sloan Teaching Excellence, Stanford GSB, 2003
  • Sloan Teaching Excellence, Stanford GSB, 2001


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Service to the Profession

  • Member, American Accounting Association

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