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Emory Executive Education Faculty Profile: Karen Sedatole


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Karen L. Sedatole is a Professor of Accounting in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University. She earned her BSE in computer engineering from Baylor University in 1987, her MBA from The University of Texas at Austin in 1989, and her PhD from The University of Michigan in 2000. Prior to her doctoral work, she worked as a systems consultant, designing and implementing customized client information systems used in forecasting, planning and decision-making.

Professor Sedatole's research focuses on the determinants and consequences of evaluation and reward systems, control in inter-organizational collaborations, and the measurement and use of non-financial performance measures for performance management. Grants supporting her research have been awarded from the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Foundation, the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation, and the Institute of Management Accountants. Her research, which includes archival, field research and experimental methodologies, has been published in The Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Management Science, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, and Accounting, Organizations, and Society. She is a two time recipient of the AAA Notable Contributions to Management Accounting Research Award (2009 and 2012) and a one time recipient of the AAA Management Accounting Section Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award (2012).

Karen serves on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, the Journal of Management Accounting Research, and Accounting, Organizations, and Society.

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Karen Sedatole completed her PhD in business administration at the University of Michigan in 2000. Prior to joining the Emory faculty, Sedatole was the Russell E. Palmer Endowed Professor of Accounting at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the design and effectiveness of performance measurement and reward systems, the role of forecasting and budgetary systems within organizations, and control in interorganizational collaborations. Her articles have been published in a number of leading journals, including Contemporary Accounting Research, the Journal of Management Accounting Research, and The Accounting Review. Sedatole is a two-time recipient of the American Accounting Association Notable Contributions to Management Accounting Research Award and currently serves as senior editor of the Journal of Management Accounting Research.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Reward Systems
  • Performance Measures
  • Interorganizational Collaboration
  • Forecasting


  • University of Michigan: PhD, Business Administration 2000
  • University of Texas at Austin: MBA, Business Administration 1989
  • Baylor University: B.S., Engineering 1987

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