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Karl Hackenbrack

Associate Professor of Management
Faculty Director, MAcc Programs
Associate Dean and Director of Accountancy

Subject Area(s): Accounting and Taxation

Karl Hackenbrack joined the Owen faculty as an Associate Professor in 2004 from the Fisher School of Accounting at the University of Florida, where he had been a tenured Associate Professor since 1995. The focus of Professor Hackenbrack's scholarship is mandated corporate disclosure. His writings and teachings address corporate governance issues associated with external financial reporting, including fraudulent financial reporting, the structure of accounting standards, the public accounting industry, corporate valuation, and the regulation of professional services.

Professor Hackenbrack is currently working on papers that examine audit client retention and engagement-level pricing pressures, mandatory disclosure and the joint sourcing of audit and management advisory services, as well as the trade-offs among corporate governance mechanisms. He was a PricewaterhouseCoopers Fellow the past five years, and received numerous teaching awards at the University of Florida. Professor Hackenbrack was also a KPMG Faculty Fellow from 1995 to 1998, and a Visiting Professor at Owen from 2002 to 2003.

Professor Hackenbrack has been an editorial board member of Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory since 1996, an editorial board member of The Accounting Review from 1996 to 1999, and an ad hoc reviewer for many journals. From 1999-2001 Professor Hackenbrack was a member of the Independence Standards Board's Legal Services Task Force, from 1997-2002 a Ph.D. Coordinator at the University of Florida, and from 2001-2002 chair of the American Accounting Association's New Faculty Consortium Committee. He is currently a co-director of Vanderbilt's Law and Business program.

B.S. (Business Administration), Davis and Elkins College, 1979
C.P.A. Pennsylvania, 1981
M.B.A. (Finance), Shippensburg University, 1983
Ph.D.(Accounting & MIS), The Ohio State University 1988

Research Interest(s):
Audit service production, earnings management, corporate governance, mandated corporate disclosure.

Area(s) of Expertise:
Corporate disclosure, the public accounting industry.


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