Robert Bowen

Distinguished Professor of Accounting
Robert Bowen
(619) 260-2385
Office Location
Olin Hall 223
  • PhD, Stanford University, Accounting/Finance
  • MBA, Washington University, Accounting/Economics
  • BA, Drury College, Business Administration
Areas of Expertise

Selected Publications

  • Finding Needles in a Haystack: Using Data Analytics to Improve Fraud Prediction, The Accounting Review
  • WaMu's Option-ARM Strategy, Issues in Accounting Education
  • The Economic Consequences of Relaxing Fair Value Accounting and Impairment Rules on Banks during the Financial Crisis of 2008-2009, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy
  • Is Warren Buffett's commentary on accounting, governance and investing practices reflected in the investment decisions and subsequent influence of Berkshire Hathaway?, The Accounting Review
  • iRobot Corporation's Intellectual Property: Accounting For Research and Development Under US GAAP Versus IFRS, Journal of Business Case Studies


Professor Bowen joined the School of Business Administration in 2012 after more than 30 years at the University of Washington, where he was the PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor of Accounting. Bowen earned his PhD from Stanford University, a MBA from Washington University (St. Louis) and a BA from Drury College. He has co-authored a number of widely used cases and has earned more than 50 teaching awards, including 35 from graduating Executive MBA students at Washington. After visiting INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) in 2001, he received the Best Core Teacher award from the December 2001 graduating class.

Professor Bowen is among "The top 100 Most Prolific Authors in the Accounting Literature Over the Past Half-Century: 1959-2008," J. Heck (2009). His research has garnered three national awards. His papers have appeared in journals such as The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance and the Journal…


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