Anaheim, Calif. (Aug. 5, 2013) – The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) are pleased to announce that David Erkens, assistant professor of accounting at the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, has been awarded the AICPA-sponsored 2013 Best Early Career Researcher Award by the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA).
The award was presented at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association in Anaheim, Calif. by Steve Matzke, AICPA director, faculty & university initiatives, and Michal Matejka, Ph.D., chair of the AAA awards selection committee, Harvey and Missy Jabara Family Accounting Professorship, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. The $2,000 grant award is given to the researcher with the best overall body of research in management accounting. Eligible research must have been completed within the first five years of joining a faculty.
The award was granted in collaboration with the Management Accounting Section of the AAA.
Erkens received the award based on his combined research contributions within five years of earning his Ph.D. This includes important contributions to accounting research on management control and corporate governance. In particular, his work examines the choice of performance measures in incentive contracts; the use of equity compensation in R&D-intensive firms; the value of corporate governance during the financial crisis; and the role of accounting financial experts on audit committees.
“David’s career is off to a great start, and his colleagues in management accounting look forward to seeing more of his research as he continues on that path,” said Michael Matejka, Ph.D., Harvey and Missy Jabara Family Accounting Professorship, W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz., upon presenting the award.
Erkens earned a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Arizona State University and an M.S. in International Management from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He joined the faculty at the Marshall School in 2008. His research has been published in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, and Journal of Corporate Finance.