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Published Works


Employability of job applicants in skilful jobs: commonality in employer and employee perspectives


The purpose of this research is to explore the employer and employee perspectives about the employability skills of skilful jobs. The research is conducted in a developing country (Palestine) which has a high percentage of university graduates, a high unemployment rate and intense job competition. This paper defines skilful jobs as those that require employees who have attended a college or university and have completed a two-year diploma or a four-year degree.


Kahoot! Gamification in an Accounting Classroom


Published in the Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice;  Vol. 20, Iss. 2,  (2020): 135-142.

Gamification presents an effective way to teach students in a college classroom as they enjoy the competition. Kahoot offers a fun and engaging environment where students can play a game to learn course materials. The Kahoot offers multiple-choice, true or false, or short answer questions along with a puzzle for students to complete. Tips for using Kahoot effectively include keeping it fun, using it to review test or class material, and using the results to find areas where more teaching may be necessary. 


Using a Plant Tour to Teach Job Order Costing

August 2021

Do Core and Non-Core Cash Flows from Operations Persist Differentially in Predicting Future Cash Flows? Analyses Based Upon Industry Membership

May 2021

A plant tour offers accounting students the ability to see what they are studying in managerial or cost accounting in a real-world business setting. A tour of the Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee is discussed in this paper. The students enjoy the field trip and expressed positive feelings about the experience of learning accounting material outside the classroom. While in the plant, students see many elements of managerial or cost accounting after discussing them in class, including job order costing and the aspects of the product cost. A virtual tour can take the place of a physical plant tour.


This paper replicates and extends Cheng and Hollie (2008; hereafter referred to CH) research by examining the influence of industry membership on the fit of the CH disaggregated future cash flow prediction model. This study is built upon Barth et al. (2001). CH provides empirical support that a disaggregated cash flow model can improve future cash flows’ predictability one year ahead. CH finds that core components of cash flows (i.e., cash flows related to sales, cost of goods sold, and operating expenses) have greater persistence than non-core cash flows (i.e., cash flows related to interest expenses, tax payments, etc.). The current research replicates and extends the CH study for an extended sample period 1988-2010. The replication findings suggest that different core and non-core components of cash flows have different persistence levels. However, they do not support that core cash flows have higher persistence than non-core cash flows in predicting one year ahead in sample cash flows. In addition, the findings suggest that industry membership significantly affects the fit of the disaggregated cash flow prediction model of CH. As such, industry membership plays an important role in predicting the fit of the CH model across different industries.



Trap Doors and Trojan Horses: An Auditing Action Adventure

June 2021

ISBN    978-1-5310-2157-3

e-ISBN 978-1-5310-2158-0

Trap Doors and Trojan Horses: An Auditing Action Adventure is an educational novel to be used in auditing classes, at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 


Computer Encryptions in Whispering Caves: An AIS Action Adventure

August 2021

ISBN    Forthcoming

e-ISBN Forthcoming

Computer Encryptions in Whispering Caves: An AIS Action Adventure is an educational novel to be used in an Accounting Information Systems (AIS) course,  at the undergraduate and graduate courses.   


The Impossible Interview:  A Two-stage Interview Case for Auditing Students


Professional skepticism is a critical component of the auditor's skill set.  Developing this component takes time for accounting students and new auditors.  Rather than waiting until they have an internship or a full-time auditing position, students can begin practicing this essential skill earlier in their academic careers.  The case presents students in their first undergraduate auditing course an introduction to the need for more complex thinking and professional skepticism in the auditing and forensic accounting areas.  The case's focus is on risk assessment and critical evaluation of audit evidence, primarily through audit interviews.  In addition, the case allows students to learn the value of preparation and strategy uniquely:  their first attempt at the case is almost impossible to solve.

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Building Airplanes in an Accounting Class: An Interactive Exercise in Managerial or Cost Accounting 

Winter 2019

The process of building paper airplanes in an accounting classroom allows students to experience an interactive, engaging, problem-solving, and fun learning environment. This publication is in the Winter 2019 issue of Accounting Instructors' Report.

Using Movie Clips to Help Teach Accounting Principles

December 2019

Movie clips are a useful way to illustrate accounting principles in managerial or cost accounting along with auditing classes. They promote a fun learning environment and student engagement when faculty discuss how the clip illustrates a specific accounting concept.  Movie clips illustrate managerial or cost accounting concepts such as ethics, the balanced scorecard, budgeting, process re-engineering, selling or processing further, quantitative and qualitative analysis, internal controls, value, and non-value-added activities, continuous improvement and sustainability. Movie clips illustrate auditing concepts such as ethics, learning business operations, internal controls and collusion. 

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10 Minute Training: Developing Critical Thinking Skills with Logic Games


Published in the Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice;  Vol. 20, Iss. 2,  (2020): 135-142.

Successful auditors must be adept at evaluating various types of evidence, determining reasonable responses to inquiries, and brainstorming possible means of verifying information.  Many students have had limited experience with developing critical reasoning and abstract deduction skills that are necessary to be successful.  We describe the use of logic games in undergraduate auditing courses to encourage critical thinking and problem solving as well as to increase student engagement.  By using brief, non-accounting related logic games, We introduce these concepts to students in an everyday setting that allows them to continue their development outside the classroom.  Overall, this is a tool that may be useful in other courses to encourage students to invest more fully into the development of reasoning skills.

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Costly Reflections in a Midas Mirror

Fourth Edition

December 2018

ISBN    978-1-5310-1254-0

e-ISBN 978-1-53101-255-7

Costly Reflections in a Midas Mirror is an educational novel to be used in principles of managerial accounting class, MBA program or financial course.   The inverse of ledgers, margins, and units, the story contains dead bodies, a wealthy client, and a drug-money laundering scheme. This supplemental text mixes fraud, murder, art, ethics, terrorism, and managerial accounting together to get a better way of learning the accounting process.


Teaching Sustainability in the Accounting Classroom

May 2018

As accounting faculty members, it is important that we add aspects of sustainability into accounting classrooms to help prepare students for what they will see in the workplace. The methods of discussing sustainability in the classroom come from the teaching experiences of the authors. Cost, managerial, and intermediate accounting courses, as well as auditing at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, serve as conduits for sustainability concepts. Examples include discussing the triple bottom line, examining CSR reports and assurance services for them, talking about required environmental reporting and integrated reporting, and examining green balanced. scorecards. with a global perspective on sustainability.

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Innovative New Apps and Uses for the Accounting Classroom

Spring 2017

New instructional technologies provide educators with opportunities for student engagement and collaboration. This instructional resource paper reviews several recent innovative technologies, including Doceri, DisplayNote, Poll Everywhere, Top Hat, nClass and Asana

Ask the Experts:  What is a Consequence of Retaining a Renegade Employee?


This Non for Profit World article is a follow up article to the 2015 publication.

Teaching Corporate Social Responsibility in an MBA program


This paper discusses  corporate social responsibility (CSR) and proposes that CSR should be taught in an MBA program and, more specifically, in a Managerial Accounting course of an MBA program. CSR aligns strongly with other managerial accounting topics typically taught in an MBA Program such as the balanced scorecard and triple-bottom line reporting. 

Academic Integrity in an Online Business Communication Environment

Summer 2017

This study uses qualitative research questions by Hofstra University as open-ended blog questions for students to use critical thinking skills to express their opinions. The students' feedback in this sample indicates that overwhelmingly (97%) of the responses mentioned one or more of the precepts of academic integrity (honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility).

Grade Distributions under Different Testing Environments-Evidence from an Upper Level Accounting Class

December 2017

With the spread of online education, as more and more courses are being offered online, the paper answers the important question of whether grade distributions in these online sections are comparable to in class sections of the same course.

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The Impact of IFRS Adoption:  A Literature Review

Spring 2015

Globalization of capital markets has increased the need for harmonized accounting standards all over the world.  Regulators believe the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) developed by the International Accounting Standards Board provide harmonized financial statements. This paper reviews the extant literature, which deals with harmonization of accounting standards and presents the overall consequences of IFRS adoption.

What Can You Do with a Renegade Employee?

Oct/Nov/Dec 2015

What's the board responsibility when an employee takes unfair advantage of the organization?

Impact of the Size of Board of Directors on Earnings Quality when Stock Options are Expensed as per SFAS 123 (R)

January - June, 2015

The paper examines the association between the number of Board of Director (BOD) members and earnings quality when stock options are expensed under SFAS 123 (R) as part of CEO compensation. The paper analyzes the effect of expensing CEO Stock Options on earnings quality when the BOD size serves as a mitigating factor.

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Granting Stock Options as Part of CEO Compensation and the Impact on Earnings Quality.

Spring 2014

The objective of this research is to test the granting of stock options as part of CEO compensation to earnings quality.  The study uses data from CompuStat and ExecuComp databases spanning the years of 2000 through 2009.  The Dechow and Dichev (2002) model provides the earnings quality model.

The Impact of CEO Stock Option Expensing as per SFAS 123 (R) on Earnings Quality

June 1, 2014

This paper examines the relationship between stock option expensing as per SFAS 123 (R) as a part of CEO compensation and earnings quality. We hypothesize the expensing of CEO stock options as per SFAS 123 (R) positively influences earnings quality. Estimating earnings quality using multiple regression, we find empirical support for our hypothesis.

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DISSERTATION: The Impact of Stock Option Expensing as Part of CEO Compensation and Earning Quality

August 2012

The objective of this research is to test the expensing of stock options as part of CEO compensation to earnings quality. Agency theory posits a conflict between the CEO's own self-interest and that of the owners who seek to maximize the long term value of their investment.  To avoid this conflict compensation should align and bond these parties.

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How the Agency and Shareholder Theory Affect the Financial Statements

Spring 2009

The purpose of this paper is to note how the Agency and Shareholder theory affects the financial reporting process.  The financial reporting process is defined by the level of service that the financial statements provide to shareholders and stakeholders.  By examining the Shareholder theory, and noting what impact the shareholders have on the financial statements, once can start to examine how shareholders, stakeholders and agents influence the financial reporting process in an organization and the agency conflicts that exist.

August 2009

The purpose of this research is to determine the impact of material differences in the conceptual framework of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on the financial statements.

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