At the 2007 American Accounting Association’s Annual Meeting, a renowned archeologist, Denise Schmandt-Besserat, said that global business would have never flourished but for double-entry accounting and the needed credible recordkeeping that goes with it. Her research is argued to show that civilization began with double-entry accounting, and writing began with the needed recordkeeping to capture debts and promises. The idea is that without an ability to keep track of promises of future performance, inter-temporal exchanges could never happen, without which commerce would have been stifled. 

While I am paraphrasing, accounting scholarship has played a key role in understanding the way the business world operates. My colleagues at the Jones School have played and continue to play an important role in developing our common understanding of capital markets, business contracting and agency relationships and how accounting helps shape them. 

One of the initiatives we are particularly excited about is the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program, which features world-class accounting faculty and a curriculum designed for students with non-business undergraduate academic background. You can learn more about the MAcc program online. 

I am very proud to say that I am part of a group of trailblazing senior scholars who have made major contributions to accounting research and pedagogy, balanced by vibrant, next-generation-scholars who will reach even greater heights. My colleagues include:

  • A member of The Accounting Hall of Fame;
  • A current editor of two of the top-3 accounting research journals; and
  • Recipient of academe’s research impact award for management accounting practice.

My colleagues’ teaching accomplishments are extraordinary. Their passion for educating the future leaders of a premier business school and a world-class research university is frequently recognized by teaching awards at the Jones School’s annual investiture. Who would have guessed that debits and credits can be that inspiring! As you become part of the Jones School and Rice University, I urge you to visit with my colleagues and learn more about their research agenda and teaching interests. It would be worth your time. 

Sincerely,

K. Ramesh
Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting

Top electives

MGMT 503 - Management Control

This course builds on earlier courses on cost management and corporate strategy and focuses on the management control systems that can be used for the effective implementation of strategy. Included topics are the balanced scorecard, stretch budgets, performance evaluation and incentives, organizational and operational controls, and the development of metrics to motivate and evaluate performance.

MGMT 601 - Financial Statement Analysis

Study of how investors, financial analysts, creditors, and managers use financial statement information in evaluating firm performance and in valuing firms. Emphasizes industry and firm-level analysis of accounting information using financial accounting concepts and finance theory.

MGMT 603 - Income Taxation and Business Decisions

Course covers 1) the types of taxes and the history of the U.S. income tax; 2) tax policy in light of worldwide business taxation; 3) measurement of business income and deductions; 4) tax reporting and 5) the choice of entity among U.S. forms of business organization.

MGMT 617 - The Information Economy: Theory and Applications

This course offers an advanced introduction into the Economics of Information with an emphasis on core business applications.

MGMT 673 - Cost Analysis in Healthcare

As healthcare costs continue to rise at an alarming rate in the U.S. over the past decade (about 20% of GDP by some accounts), issues relating cost measurement and management in the delivery of healthcare have also taken center stage. Experts in business and management have argued that extant cost systems do a poor job of measuring how much it costs to treat patients. Without accurate measurement of these costs, many decisions could go wrong. Cost management and efficiency initiatives would be misguided, and medical reimbursements would lack proper cost bases. These concerns have triggered advances in cost measurement and management techniques that are useful not just in the healthcare setting but also in other service organizations. The purpose of this elective is to help students develop a critical understanding of the nature of costs in healthcare delivery, their measurement in a variety of decision contexts, and how they can be managed and improved. Students will be exposed to tools such as the break-even analysis, role of cost allocations, activity-based costing, time-driven activity based costing, and cost control.

Full-Time Faculty

Brian Akins

Brian Akins

Associate Professor of Accounting
713-348-4253
Karthik Balakrishnan

Karthik Balakrishnan

Associate Professor of Accounting
713-348-2817
Hailey Ballew

Hailey Ballew

Assistant Professor of Accounting
713-348-6217
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Thomas Hemmer

Houston Endowment Professor of Accounting
713-348-2044
Ben Lansford

Ben Lansford

Professor in the Practice of Accounting and Director of the MAcc Program
713-348-2347
Patricia Naranjo

Patricia Naranjo

Assistant Professor of Accounting
713-348-5386
Leila Peyravan

Leila Peyravan

Assistant Professor of Accounting
713-348-6140
K. Ramesh

K. Ramesh

Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting
713-348-5380
Brian Rountree

Brian Rountree

Associate Professor of Accounting
713-348-5328
Shiva Sivaramakrishnan

Shiva Sivaramakrishnan

Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Accounting
713-348-4653
Stephen A. Zeff

Stephen A. Zeff

Keith Anderson Professor of Accounting
713-348-6066

Part-Time Faculty

Garrie Castor-Brooks

Geraldine Castor-Brooks

Lecturer in Management – Accounting
 
Danielle Supkis Cheek

Danielle Supkis Cheek

Lecturer in Management – Accounting
713-628-7552
Kelly_Drakey

Kelly Drakey

Lecturer in Management - Accounting
713-348-2038
Bradley W. Fralic

Bradley W. Fralic

Lecturer in Management – Accounting
713-348-4927
Ronald Guymon

Ronald (Ron) N. Guymon

Lecturer in Management - Accounting
 
Jeff Lashober

Jeff Laschober

Lecturer in Management – Accounting
 
Mary Kay Scucci

Mary Kay Scucci

Lecturer in Management – Accounting
 
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Stacey Squatrito

Lecturer in Management – Accounting
 

Raghu Venugopalan

Visiting Associate Professor – Accounting
 
V. Richard Viebig

V. Richard Viebig

Professor in the Practice of Accounting
 

Emeriti Faculty

Bala G. Dharan Ph.D.

Bala G. Dharan

J. Howard Creekmore Professor of Accounting (Emeritus)
617-416-3447
Wilfred Uecker Ph.D.

Wilfred Uecker

Professor of Management (Emeritus)
713-504-0167