Brian Rountree

Associate Professor of Accounting

Brian Rountree is a tenured Associate Professor of Accounting at the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University. He earned his PhD in accounting from the University of North Carolina in 2003. He also holds a bachelors degree (summa cum laude) in accounting from Babson College and was valedictorian of his graduating class. Brian joined the Rice faculty in 2003. He has taught accounting courses across all MBA programs at the Jones School and has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards. His research focuses on the influence of external forces on the financial reporting choices and characteristics of firms. Brian's research has been published in top academic journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting & Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Business, Finance, and Accounting, and the Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis. He serves as an editor at the Journal of Business, Finance, and Accounting and is on the Editorial Advisory and Review Board of The Accounting Review. Brian is an active member of the American Accounting Association, speaking regularly at the annual and mid-year meetings, as well as helping to coordinate the research sessions. He has also presented his research at over 30 international institutions across 7 different countries. In addition to his academic work, Brian has served on the board of local corporations and actively consults with various organizations about accounting related issues. Prior to joining academia he was a public accountant at Price Waterhouse in Boston, MA.

To read more about Prof. Rountree's work, please visit Rice Business Wisdom.


Teaching Interests: 

-Financial Reporting
-Financial Statement Analysis
-Financial Accounting
-Financial Disclosures

Research Interests: 

-Earnings Management
-Financial Accounting
-Use of Earnings Forecasts
-Corporate Finance

Intellectual Contributions

Journal Article

Jackson, A.B., Rountree, B., & Sivaramakrishnan, S. (2016). Earnings Co-Movements and Earnings Manipulation. UNSW Australian School of Business Research Paper No. 2013 ACCT 01. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2277396

Journal Article

Price, R., Rom√°n, F.J., & Rountree, B. (2011). The impact of governance reform on performance and transparency. Journal of Financial Economics, 99(1), 76-96.

Journal Article

Rountree, B. R. (2009). Discussion of behavioural bias and conflicts of interest in analyst stock recommendations. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 36(3-4), 419-423. doi:10.1111/j.1468-5957.2009.02127.x

Journal Article

Roundtree, B., Weston, J.P., Allayannis, G. (2008). Do Investors Value Smooth Performance? Journal of Financial Economics, 90(3), 237-251. doi:10.1016/j.jfineco.2008.02.002

Journal Article

Blouin, J., Grein, B. M., & Rountree, B. R. (2007). An analysis of forced auditor change: The case of former arthur andersen clients. Accounting Review, 82(3), 621-650. doi:10.2308/accr.2007.82.3.621

Journal Article

Conrad, J., Cornell, B., Landsman, W. R., & Rountree, B. R. (2006). How do analyst recommendations respond to major news? Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 41(1), 25-49. doi:10.1017/S0022109000002416

Working Paper

Crawford, Nelson, Rountree. "Mind the Gap: CEO-Employee Pay Ratios and Shareholder Say on Pay Votes"