Dr. Jeffrey Pittman

Report from the Chair in Corporate Governance and Transparency


My research primarily analyzes the role that firm- and country-level governance structures play in shaping economic outcomes in private and public companies.

In 2018, I had papers accepted for publication by Contemporary Accounting Research and the Journal of the American Taxation Association. My recent projects largely focus on examining the importance of political and social links to financial analysts’ forecast properties and external auditors’ performance.

Another series of ongoing projects explore the impact of strict corporate tax enforcement on constraining stock price crash risk and whether audit quality is sensitive to audit partner characteristics. I continue to work on these and other projects with several under revision at major journals, including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Accounting, Organizations and Society.

Besides my own research activities, I continue to serve as the deputy editor-in-chief of Contemporary Accounting Research and as a consulting editor at Auditing: A Journal of Theory and Practice.

Apart from serving as a faculty leader at several doctoral consortia, I have also been named as the Shidler Speaker for 2018-2019 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Although I mainly publish my research in accounting journals, my archival evidence also appears in top finance (e.g. the Journal of Financial Economics) and ethics (e.g. the Journal of Business Ethics) outlets. Given that it naturally takes several years for the impact of scholarly research to become evident, I hope that my current projects have a similar impact on academic research and public policy discourse as my earlier papers.


Faculty of Business Administration

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000