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John Harry Evans III

Katz Alumni Professor of Accounting and Area Director for Accounting


Office: 238A Mervis Hall

Curriculum Vitae: 

  • BS in Economics, U.S. Air Force Academy
  • MA in Economics, UCLA
  • MSIA, Carnegie Mellon University
  • PhD in Accounting, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Interests: Accounting phenomena from an economic perspective; analytical models of incentives and reporting; experimental studies of reporting in managerial and tax settings; empirical studies of incentives including health care

Teaching Interests: Financial Accounting, Financial Statement Analysis, Managerial Accounting, Strategic Cost Management


MBA Courses Taught:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis 1 & 2
  • Strategic Cost Management
  • Managerial Accounting

Doctoral Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Accounting Research 
  • Agency Seminar in Management Control
  • Accounting Workshop
  • Accounting phenomena from an economic perspective
  • Analytical models of incentives and reporting
  • Experimental studies of reporting in managerial and tax settings
  • Empirical studies of incentives including health care
  • Financial Accounting
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Strategic Cost Management
  • "White Collar Incentives" (with Bok Baik, Kyonghee Kim, and Yoshio Yandori). Accounting, Organizations and Society in press 2015; DOI: 10.1016/j.aos.2015.11.006
  • "Honor Among Thieves: Open Internal reporting and managerial Collusion" (with Donald Moser, Andrew Newman, and Bryan Stikeleather). Contemporary Accounting Research 2015; DOI: 10.1111/1911-3846.12181
  • "Points to Consider When Self-Assessing Your Empirical Accounting Research" (with Mei Feng, Vicky Hoffman, Donald Moser, and Wim van der Stede). Contemporary Accounting Research  2015; 32:1162-1192.
  • "CEO Turnover, Financial distress and Contractual Innovations" (with Shuquing Luo and Nandu Nagarajan). The Accounting Review  2014; 89: 959-990.
  • "Do You Get What You Measure? Research Opportunities Based on the Veterans Healthcare Administration Experience" (with Nandu Nagarajan and Nicole Thibodeau). Accounting Horizons 2014; 28:385-413.
  • "Testing Analytics Models Using Archival or Experimental Methods" (with Shane S. Dikoli, Jeffrey Hales, Michal Matejka, Donald Moser, and Michael Williamson). Accounting Horizons 2013; 27: 129-139.
  • "CEO Turnover and Retention Light: Retaining Former CEOs on the Board" (with Nandu Nagarajan and Jason Schloetzer). Journal of Accounting Research 2010; 48: 1015-1047.
  • "Nonfinancial Performance Measures and Physician Compensation" (with Kyonghee Kim, Nandu Nagarajan, and Sukesh Patro). Journal of Management Accounting Research 2010; 22: 31-56.
  • "Agency Theory and Participative Budgeting Experiments" (with Jason Brown and Donald Moser). Journal of Management Accounting Research 2009; 21: 317-345.
  • "Knowledge Sharing and Incentive Design in Production Environments: Theory and Evidence" (with Yuhchang Hwang and David Erkens). The Accounting Review 2009; 84: 1145-1170.
  • "Board size and Firm Performance: The Moderating Effects of the Market for Corporate Control" (with Shijun Cheng and Nandu Nagarajan). Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting 2008; 31: 121-145.
  • "Value Creation in Public Enterprises: An Empirical Analysis of Coordinated Organizational Changes in the Veterans Health Administration" (with Nandu Nagarajan, Nicole Thibodeau, and Jeff Whittle). The Accounting Review 2007; 82: 483-520.
  • "Uncertainty, Legal Liability, and incentive Contracts" (with Kyonghee Kim and Nandu Nagarajan). The Accounting Review 2006; 81: 1045-1071.
  • "Budgeting Research: Three Theoretical Perspectives and Criteria for Selective Integration" (with Mark Covaleski, Joan Luft, and Michael Shields). Handbooks of Management Accounting Research 2006; 2: 587-624.
  • "Economic and Equity Effects on Tax Reporting Decisions" (with Donald Moser and Chung Kim). Accounting, Organizations and Society 2005; 30: 609-625.
  • "Non-Financial Performance Measures in the Healthcare Industry: Do Quality-Based Incentives Matter?" (with Andrew Leone and Nandu Nagarajan). Advances in Management Accounting 2005; 14: 1-31.
  • “Performance Periods in CEO Performance-Based Restricted Stock Compensation: Theory and Evidence” (with Zhan Gao, Yuhchang Hwang, and Wan-Ting Wu). Under second revision for The Accounting Review, 2016.
  • “A Reinvestigation of the Impact of Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code: The Peculiar Case of CFOs” (with Steven Balsam and Amy Yurko). Under first round revision for Journal of American Tex Association.
  • “Tacit Collusion and Voluntary Disclosure: Theory and Evidence from the U.S. Automobile Industry” (with Jeremy Bertemeu, Mei Feng, and Ayung Tseng). Under first round review at Journal of Accounting Research.
  • “Does Reducing Pay Dispersion Increase Employee Effort?” (with Conor Brown, Donald Moser, and Adam Presslee). Working paper, 2016.
  • “Working Harder but Lying More? How Managerial Effort Influences Reporting” (with Jason Brown, Eric Chan, Willie Choi, and Donald Moser). Working paper, 2015. 
  • “The Effect of Accounting on Compensation Design and Employee Turnover” (with Yuhchang Hwang and Ming-Chin Cheng). Working paper, 2010. 
  • Outstanding Management Accounting Paper Award, American Accounting Association, 2012
  • Management Accounting Section, Journal of Management Accounting Research Best Paper Award, 2012
  • University of Pittsburgh Provost Award for Excellence in Mentoring, 2011
  • Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature, American Accounting Association, 2006
  • Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature, Management Accounting Section, 2005
  • Management Accounting Section, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Best Paper Award, 2003
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, MBA Program, 2001-2002
  • McLaughlin Prize for best paper in accounting ethics, 2001
  • Notable Contribution to Government and Nonprofit Literature Award, 1995
  • Teacher of the Year, Executive MBA students, five times
  • Teacher of the Year, Full-Time MBA students
  • Financial analsis consultant to Department of Defense, Office of Assistant Secretary of Defense
  • Expert witness on legal proceeding with respect to damage estimation, appropriate application of accounting principles, usury laws, etc.
  • Financial analysis training for health care managers, including design and administration of programs for University of Pittsburgh Physicians and Highmark Insurance Company
  • Coordinator of Business Leadership Courses for Physicians, University of Pittsburgh Physicians 2002-2005
  • Instructor in Katz Executive Education Management Essentials Program

Harry loves sports, including biking, golfing, running, and rooting for the Steelers. He has served as a Big Brother in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program.