Accounting & Information Systems Division



The research of the accounting faculty involves economic analyses of external and internal financial reporting, auditing, and taxation. The analyses are both theoretical and empirical.

Topics examined include:

  • The role of financial reports in contracting with debt holders and management
  • Factors influencing the timing and extent of management voluntary disclosures
  • The use of market prices in evaluating and compensating managers
  • The role of communication in incentive contracts
  • The economics of the auditing industry
  • Factors affecting audit quality and the demand for audit service
  • The impact of litigation on audit quality, audit prices, and choice of auditor
  • The impact of corporate and personal income taxes on the choice of management compensation mechanisms, as well as other economic consequences of various tax policies.

Management Information Systems

The research methodologies used in the MIS faculty members include economics, empirical, design science, and computer simulation. They cover fields such as big data analytics, complex adaptive systems, e-commerce, human-computer interaction, information technology investment, information technology management, security and privacy, and systems analysis and design.

Management Information Systems Division faculty members are recognized for their research, and several recent rankings place our division among the top in the world, including:

  • For the years 2008-10, the MIS Division ranked first in the world in terms of the number of publications in the top four research journals in Information Systems (Journal of the Association for Information Systems, Journal of Management Information Systems, Management Information Systems Quarterly, and Information Systems Research) and second in terms of the number of publications in the top two research journals in Information Systems (Management Information Systems Quarterly, and Information Systems Research)
    Source: IS Research Rankings
  • We are ranked second globally in the number of publications in the top two IS journals in the last three years, and in the top three IS journals in the last five years. The same site ranks one of our professors as the most prolific researcher in the IS discipline. Several other members of our division also place highly in these rankings
    Source: IS Research Rankings
  • We were ranked the most prolific institution for research on human computer interaction (HCI) in IS research from 1990-2008. Three members of our division were ranked in the top 16 researchers in this field, with one as the first.
    Source: Zhang, P., Li, N., Scialdone, M.J., and Carey, J. 2009 “The Intellectual Advancement of Human-Computer Interaction Research: A Critical Assessment of the MIS Literature (1990-2008),” AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction,” (1:3) pp. 55-107.
  • We were ranked globally to have the highest average publication rate per faculty member of any institution in the top three journals during 2003-2007.
    Source: Clark, J.G., Warren, J., and Au, Y.A. “Assessing Researcher Publication Productivity in the Leading Information Systems Journals: A 2003-2007 Update,” Communications of the Association for Information Systems (24:14) 2009.

All working papers and journal publications are issued by the MIS Division, Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of British Columbia. 

Papers are available by contacting: Nicole Lobo, Administrative Assistant, MIS Division

Tel: +1 604.822.0490
Fax: +1 604.822.0045

In certain cases there will be a fee of $4.00 per paper.

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