Join thought leaders from business, government and academia at the 8th Annual


Ken Merchant

Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair in Accountancy; Professor, USC Marshall School of Business and Leventhal School of Accounting


Recipient of Three of the American Accounting Association's Notable Contributions to Research Awards, Ken Merchant is an expert in management accounting, management control systems, and ethics. He has published in many top journals, including Accounting, Organizations and Society, The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accountancy, Journal of Marketing, and Management Science. He is also the author of Blind Spots, Biases, and other Pathologies in the Boardroom, published in 2010, and nine other books.

He is currently serving as an editor of The Accounting Review and two book collections and on the editorial boards of 10 other academic journals, including Corporate Governance: An International Review. He has received four Notable Contributions to Research awards from the American Accounting Association, two for lifetime contributions to the management accounting and behavioral accounting fields. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Turku School of Economics (Finland) in 2010. Professor Merchant served as Dean of the Leventhal School of Accounting from 1994 to 2001. Before joining USC, Professor Merchant taught at Harvard Business School and the University of California, Berkeley.