Jeffrey Pittman

B.Comm. (Co-op)(Hons.), MBA, PhD, CMA, CA

 Professor

  • Chair in Corporate Governance & Transparency
Expertise
  • Accounting
  • Finance
Contact Information
Ph: 709.864.3100
Em: jpittman@mun.ca
Office: BN-3014
Personal Profile

After spending two years as a lecturer with the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University, Dr. Jeffrey Pittman enrolled in the accounting PhD program at the University of Waterloo in 1996. Apart from a two-year visit at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), Dr. Pittman has been a professor at Memorial University since 2000. He was promoted to full professor in 2009.

More recently, Dr. Pittman was appointed Memorial University’s chair in corporate in corporate governance and transparency as well as its CMA professor of accounting. He also holds two professional accounting designations: chartered accountant (CA) and certified management accountant (CMA).

Dr. Pittman’s research primarily analyzes the role that firm- and country-level governance structures play in shaping economic outcomes in private and public companies. Although Dr. Pittman mainly publishes in such major accounting journals as The Accounting Review; the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Contemporary Accounting Research (where he is an editor), his archival research also appears in top finance (e.g., the Journal of Financial Economics) and ethics (e.g., the Journal of Business Ethics) outlets.

Honours/Awards/Accreditation

2016

  • Haim Falk Award for Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Thought, Canadian Academic Accounting Association

2015

  • Best Paper Award, World Accounting Frontiers Series Conference

2013

  • CMA Canada National Fellowship designation (FCMA)

2012

  • Dean’s Service Award, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University

2011 – Present

  • Chair in Corporate Governance and Transparency appointment

2011

  • Dean’s Research Award, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University

2011

  • Best Paper Award, China Goes Global Conference, Harvard University

2010 – Present

  • Editor, Contemporary Accounting Research

2010

  • Dean’s Teaching Award, Faculty of Business Administration, Memorial University

2009

  • President’s Award for Outstanding Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland

2009

  • Arts in Academics recipient, University of Waterloo

2008 – Present

  • CMA Professor of Accounting appointment

2008 – Present

  • Editorial board member, Auditing: A Journal of Theory and Practice

2008

  • Best Paper Award, European Accounting Association Annual Congress, Rotterdam
Research
  • He, X., J. A. Pittman, O. Rui, and D. Wu. 2017. “Do social ties between external auditors and audit committee members affect audit quality?” The Accounting Review, forthcoming.
  • Fang, J., J. A. Pittman, Y. Zhang, and Y. Zhao. 2017. “Auditor choice and its implications for group-affiliated firms.” Contemporary Accounting Research 34: 39–82.
  • Anantharaman, D., J. A. Pittman, and N. Wans. 2016. “State liability regimes within the U.S. and auditor reporting.” The Accounting Review 91: 1545-1575.
  • El Ghoul, S., O. Guedhami, J. A. Pittman, and S. Rizeanu. 2016. “Cross-country evidence on the importance of auditor choice to corporate debt maturity.” Contemporary Accounting Research 33: 718–751.
  • El Ghoul, S., O. Guedhami, and J. A. Pittman. 2016. “Cross-country evidence on the importance of Big Four auditors to equity pricing: The mediating role of legal institutions.” Accounting, Organizations and Society 54: 60–81.
  • He, X., J. A. Pittman, and O. Rui. 2016. “Reputational implications for partners after a major audit failure: Evidence from China.” Journal of Business Ethics 138: 703–722.
  • Guedhami, O., J. A. Pittman, and W. Saffar. 2014. “Auditor choice in politically connected firms.” Journal of Accounting Research 52: 107-162.
  • Lennox, C. S., P. Lisowsky, and J. A. Pittman. 2013. “Tax aggressiveness and accounting fraud.” Journal of Accounting Research 51: 739-778.
  • El Ghoul, S., O. Guedhami, Y. Ni, J. A. Pittman, and S. Saadi. 2013. “Does information asymmetry matter to equity pricing? Evidence from firms’ geographic location.” Contemporary Accounting Research 30: 140–181.
  • Hoopes, J., D. Mescall, and J. A. Pittman. 2012. “Do IRS audits deter corporate tax avoidance?” The Accounting Review 87: 1603-1639.
  • El Ghoul, S., O. Guedhami, Y. Ni, J. A. Pittman, and S. Saadi. 2012. “Does religion matter to equity pricing?” Journal of Business Ethics 111: 491-518.
  • Lennox, C. S. and J. A. Pittman. 2011. “Voluntary audits versus mandatory audits.” The Accounting Review 86: 1655-1678.
  • El Ghoul, S., O. Guedhami, and J. A. Pittman. 2011. “The role of IRS monitoring in equity pricing in public firms.” Contemporary Accounting Research 28: 643-674.
  • Guedhami, O. and J. A. Pittman. 2011. “The choice between private and public capital markets: The importance of disclosure standards and auditor discipline to countries divesting state-owned enterprises.” Journal of Accounting and Public Policy 30: 395-430.
  • Lennox, C. S. and J. A. Pittman. 2010. “Auditing the auditors: Evidence on the recent reforms to the external monitoring of audit firms.” Journal of Accounting and Economics 49: 84-103.
  • Lennox, C. S. and J. A. Pittman. 2010. “Big Five audits and accounting fraud.” Contemporary Accounting Research 27: 209-247.
  • Guedhami, O., J. A. Pittman, and W. Saffar. 2009. “Auditor choice in privatized firms: Empirical evidence on the role of state and foreign owners.” Journal of Accounting and Economics 48: 151-171.
  • Guedhami, O. and J. A. Pittman. 2008. “The importance of IRS monitoring to debt pricing in private firms.” Journal of Financial Economics 90: 38-58.