Performance Evaluation Research Helps Earn Best Early Career Researcher Award

Michael G. Williamson, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas–Austin, received the AICPA’s Best Early Career Researcher Award.


The $2,000 grant is awarded to the researcher with the best overall body of research in management accounting. The award is co-sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the United Kingdom and the Society of Management Accountants and is granted in collaboration with the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA).


Eligible research must have been completed within the first five years of joining a faculty. Williamson’s winning research investigates the role that performance evaluation and reward systems play in promoting creativity, productivity and risk taking in the workplace. His research results have appeared in many professional publications, including Journal of Accounting Research; The Accounting Review; Accounting, Organizations and Society; and Contemporary Accounting Research.


The award was presented at the AAA’s annual meeting in San Francisco by Heather Collins, AICPA director–Academic and Career Awareness.


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