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Nandu J Nagarajan


[Nagarajan, Nandu J]
  • Professor, Accounting


Nandu J. Nagarajan is the Accounting Alumni Endowed Professor at the College of Business, University of Texas at Arlington, Former Full Professor at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, and is a Visiting Professor of Accounting and Finance at the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration in Bangkok, Thailand. Dr. Nagarajan’s research interests are in the areas of the Economics of Contracts, Corporate Governance, Disclosure and Fraud, Auditor Incentives and Liablity and Law and Financial Economics. His teaching interests are in the areas of Managerial Accounting, Strategic Cost Management, Corporate Governance and Performance Measurement and Management Control. He has published extensively in the leading research journals in Accounting, Finance and Business.

Dr. Nagarajan was Academic Director of the ‘Management Program for Executives’ and ‘Financial Thinking for Non Financial Managers’ at the Katz School.  He has received numerous teaching awards including the Katz School’s ‘Excellence in Teaching Award’ several times, and the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from EMBA students enrolled in Pitt’s EMBA (Pittsburgh), EMBA (Prague) and EMBA (Manchester) programs. In addition to his Business School teaching experience he has taught in numerous executive and corporate training programs in North and South America, Europe and Asia.

Dr. Nagarajan is a past member of the editorial boards of The Accounting Review and the Journal of Management Accounting Research and past associate editor of the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance. He is also a referee for several journals in accounting, economics and finance. He has extensive work experience with Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd and has also provided consulting services on cost reduction and performance measurement to several organizations including major hospitals, ISA, Copperweld, Fiserv, L.B. Foster, Kodak, Siam Cement Group, Timkin, Westinghouse and several companies in China, Eastern Europe, South America and Thailand.


    • Aug 1984 to July 2014 Professor
      The University of Pittsburgh


  • Membership
    • Oct 1995 to Present Financial Management Association  American Finance Association
    • Oct 1985 to Present American Accounting Association
    • Oct 1975 to Present Chartered Global Management Accountants


      Journal Article Published
      • “Information Complementarities and Supply Chain Analysts” (Co-author: Shuqing Luo), The Accounting Review, 2015

        “You Get What You Measure: Research Opportunities Based on the Veterans Health Administration Experience”, (Co-authors: Harry Evans and Nicole Thibodeau), Accounting Horizons, 2014

        “CEO Turnover, Financial Distress and Contractual Innovations”, (Co-authors: Harry Evans,

           Shuqing Luo). The Accounting Review, 2014. Runner Up for the Best Paper Award of the Multinational Finance Society 2013

        “Birds of a Feather: Value Implications of Political Alignment Between Top Management and Directors ” (Co-authors: Jongsub Lee and Kwang Lee).The Journal of Financial Economics, 2014. Semi-Finalist for the Best paper Award in Corporate Finance, Financial Management Association 2012

        Form versus Substance: The Effect of Family Influence and Corporate Governance Practices on Firm Value in Thailand”, (Co-authors: Tom Connelly and Piman Limpaphayom). Journal of Banking and Finance, 2012

        “CEO Turnover and Retention Light: Does Retaining Former CEOs on the Board Create Value?” (Co-authors: Harry Evans and Jason Schloetzer), Journal of Accounting Research, 2010.  Excerpted in the Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Forum:

        “Non-Financial Performance Measures and Physician Compensation Contracts”, (Co-authors: J.H. Evans,

          Kyonghee Kim and Sukesh Patro), Journal of Management Accounting Research, 2010. Awarded the 2012 Journal of Management Accounting Research Best Paper Award

        “Takeover Threats and the Importance of Board Size in Corporate Governance” (with Shijun Cheng and Harry Evans), Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 2008

        “Value Creation in Public Enterprises: An Empirical analysis of Coordinated Organizational Changes in

           the Veterans Health Administration” (co-authored with Nicole Thibodeau and Harry Evans), The

          Accounting Review, 2007

        “Uncertainty, Legal Liability and Incentive Contracts” (co-authored with Harry Evans and

          Kyonghee Kim), The Accounting Review, 2006

        Does CEO Charisma Matter? An Empirical Analysis of the Relationships Among CEO Charisma,

           Organizational Performance and Environmental Uncertainty”,  Academy of  Management Journal, 2006 (Co-authors: Brad Agle, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and Dhinu Srinivasan)

        “Do Quality-Based Incentives Increase Costs?  Evidence From the Managed Care Industry,” Advances in

          Management Accounting, 2005 (Co-authors: J. H.Evans III and A. Leone)

        “Management Control and Hospital Cost Reduction:  Additional Evidence," Journal of Accounting and

          Public Policy, 2001 (Co-authors:  J.H. Evans III and Y. Hwang).

        "The Effect of Property Rights and Audit Information Quality on Team Incentives for Inventory

           Reduction," Management Science, 1998 (Co-authors: R. Balakrishnan and K. Sivaramakrishnan).

        "Involuntary Benchmarking and Quality Improvement:  The Effect of Mandated Public Disclosure on

            Hospitals," The Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, 1997 (Co-authors: J.H. Evans III, Y.

            Hwang and K. Shastri).  Excerpted in Modern Healthcare, Feb. 17, 1997.

        "Corporate Responses to Segment Disclosure Requirements," Journal of Accounting and Economics, 1996 (Co-author: S. Sridhar). Reprinted in Developments in Financial Reporting by Multinationals, 2003 edited by Clare B. Roberts, The New Library of International Accounting, Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, UK

        "Physicians' Response to Length of Stay Profiling," Medical Care, 1995 (Co-authors:  J.H. Evans III and Y. Hwang).

        "Managerial Entrenchment, Reputation and Corporate Investment Myopia," Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, 1995 (Co-authors:  K. Sivaramakrishnan and S. Sridhar).

        “Moral Hazard and Contractibility in Investment Decisions,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 1995 (Co-author: A. Mukherji).

        "Incentives for Overhead Cost Reduction:  Setup Time and Lot Size Considerations," International Journal of Production Economics, 1992 (Co-author:  G.G. Hegde)

        "Collusion in Auditing," Journal of Accounting Research, 1991 (Co-authors: S. Baiman, and J.H. Evans


        "Corporate Capital Structure, Agency Costs and Ownership Control," Journal of Finance, 1990, (Co-author: A. Agrawal).

        "Imperfect Information, Insurance and Auditors' Legal Liability," Contemporary Accounting Research, 1987 (Co-author: B.V. Balachandran).

        "An Analysis of the Stock Price Reaction to Sudden Executive Deaths: Implications for the Managerial Labor Market," Journal of Accounting and Economics, 1985 (Co-authors: W.B. Johnson, R.P. Magee and H.A. Newman).


        “Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Managerial Entrenchment and Resistance to Change,” Journal of Strategic Performance Measurement, 2000 (Co-author: Susan McEvily).

        “Performance Measurement and Strategies for Value Creation in Health Care Organizations,” Journal of Strategic Performance Measurement, 1998 (Co-authors: J.H. Evans III and Andrew J. Leone).

        "Cost Reduction and Process Reengineering in Hospitals," The Journal of Cost Management, 1997 (Co- authors:  J.H. Evans III and Y. Hwang).  Reprinted in Emerging Practices in Cost Management, 1998, Editor James Edwards, (Warren, Gorham and Lamont).

        “Benchmarking the Perioperative Process: Introducing Anesthesia Clinical Pathways to Improve Processes and Outcomes and to Reduce Nursing Labor Intensity in Ambulatory Orthopedic Surgery,” Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 1998 (Co-authors: B. Williams, B. DeRiso

        “Benchmarking the Perioperative Process: Effects of Regional Anesthesia Clinical Pathway Techniques on Process Efficiency and Recovery Profiles in Ambulatory Orthopedic Surgery,” Journal of Clinical Anesthesia, 1998 (Co-authors: B. Williams, B. DeRiso

        "Critical Pathways in Neurosurgery and Total Quality Management at Allegheny General Hospital," International Association of Management Journal: Forum on Research in Health Care Financial Management, 1998 (Co-authors:  J.H. Evans III, Y. Hwang and Edward McQuade).

        "Threshold Margins for Creating Economic Value," Financial Management, 1986 (Co-authors:  B.V. Balachandran, A. Rappaport).

        "The Use of Cost Information in Competitive Strategy:  A Comparison of U.S. and Japanese Approaches," Competitive Intelligence Review, 1991

        “Does CEO Charisma Matter? An Empirical Analysis of the Relationships Among CEO Charisma,

              Organizational Performance and Environmental Uncertainty”: (with Brad Agle, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld and

              Dhinu Srinivasan), Academy of Management best paper proceedings, 2004.

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