Robert Bowen

Robert Bowen
Phone: (619) 260-2385
Office: Alcala Park West - Coronado 213

Distinguished Professor of Accounting

  • PhD, Stanford University, Accounting/Finance
  • MBA, Washington University, Accounting/Economics
  • BA, Drury College, Business Administration

Bob Bowen, distinguished professor of accounting, joined the School of Business in 2012 after more than 30 years at the University of Washington, where he was the PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor of Accounting. Bowen 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. 

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 of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. A number have been highly cited; one has been labeled a "classic" in the accounting literature; and another is among the top 100 in 'all time' downloads out of more than 380,000 papers on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). Bowen is currently ranked among the Top 250 in papers downloaded from SSRN across 'all time.' His current research interests include corporate governance, disclosure policies, earnings management and the stock-price-relevance of financial and non-financial data. His co-authored work includes studies of the value-relevance of alternative earnings metrics such as "economic value added" (EVA). His work has been mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune and CFO Magazine. Bowen is a former member of the editorial board of The Accounting Review and has served as an ad hoc referee for several academic journals. His PhD students started their careers at schools such as Harvard, Michigan, UT-Dallas, UC-Irvine, USC and Washington University (St. Louis).


  • Distinguished Mentor Award, 2015
  • Senior Faculty Research Award, 2014
  • Excellence in Teaching Award from the regional sections of the University of Washington Executive MBA classes of 1987-2008, 2010-2011
  • Excellence in Teaching Award from the North America sections of the University of Washington Executive MBA classes of 2000-2008, 2010-2011, 2013
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers IFRS Ready Grant, 2008-2009
  • Lex Gamble (Dean’s) Award for Best Teaching Case (University of Washington), 2006, 2007, 2009
  • Glen McLaughlin Research Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics for "Financial Whistle-Blowing: Target Firm Characteristics and Economic Consequences," 2008
  • Best Core Teacher Award, INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France), 2001
  • Best Paper Award, American Accounting Association, Accounting Financial Reporting Section for "Does EVA Beat Earnings? Evidence on Associations with Stock Returns and Firm Values," 1999
  • Outstanding PhD Mentor Award (University of Washington), 1998

Selected Publications

  • Perols, J., Bowen, B., Zimmerman, C. (2017) Finding Needles in a Haystack: Using Data Analytics to Improve Fraud Prediction, The Accounting Review, 92(2), 221-245.
  • Bowen, R., Jollineau, J., Lougee, B. (2014) WaMu's Option-ARM Strategy, Issues in Accounting Education, 29(4), 557-575.
  • Bowen, R., Khan, U. (2014) 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, 33(3), 233-259.
  • Bowen, R., Rajgopal, S., Venkatachalam, M. (2014) 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, 89(5), 1609-1644.
  • Bowen, R., Jollineau, J., Margheim, L. (2013) iRobot Corporation's Intellectual Property: Accounting For Research and Development Under US GAAP Versus IFRS, Journal of Business Case Studies, 9(4).
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