Professor honored for lifetime contribution in management accounting

Ken Merchant, the Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair in Accountancy and professor of accounting at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles, received the American Accounting Association’s 2013 Lifetime Contribution Award.

Sponsored by the AICPA, the award recognizes individuals who have made an important mark on management accounting education, research, and practice.
Merchant was honored for his research and teaching in management accounting, including topics that advance business practice, innovative case-based teaching focused on how business actually operates, and his service to companies and professional organizations.

Merchant also served as dean of USC’s Leventhal School of Accounting. Before joining USC, he taught at Harvard Business School and the University of California, Berkeley.

He served on the AICPA Business & Industry Executive Committee from 2003 to 2010. Merchant has received numerous awards and an honorary doctorate from the Turku School of Economics (Finland).


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