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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Jerold L. Zimmerman

Dr. Jerold L. Zimmerman is Professor Emeritus at Simon Business School, University of Rochester.  From 1998 to 2015, he was the School’s Ronald L. Bittner Professor of Business Administration.  A founding editor of the Journal of Accounting and Economics (JAE), Professor Zimmerman received his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. His research and teaching span financial and management accounting including recent publications in The Accounting Review (TAR), the Journal of Law, Finance, and Accounting, Accounting and Business Research , Accounting Horizons as well as JAE.  He has been the recipient of prestigious American Accounting Association awards including its Outstanding Accounting Educator Award (2016), the Seminal Contribution to Accounting Literature (2004), and the 1978 Competitive Manuscript Award for his TAR paper, ‘The Costs and Benefits of Cost Allocations’.  With Ross Watts, he has twice received the AICPA ‘Notable Contribution to the Accounting Literature Award’ (1978 and 1979). This ground-breaking research into the costs and benefits of accounting techniques and practice has become known as Positive Accounting Theory.  Professor Zimmerman is the author of a number of textbooks in accounting and managerial economics, including his MBA texts, Accounting for Decision Making and Control (in its 9th edition) and Managerial Economics and Organizational Architecture (with J. Brickley and C. Smith) in its 6th edition. Called upon frequently as an expert witness, Professor Zimmerman is also a sought-after visiting professor and speaker. The list of individuals on whose doctoral committee he served or chaired represents a Who’s Who of accounting and finance researchers.