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Stanford Graduate School of Business
The Paul L. and Phyllis Wattis Professor of Management

Research Statement

Ron Kasznik’s research focuses on examining the strategic use of accounting and financial information by market participants, particularly firm managers. Within this broad area, he focuses primarily on issues related to the provision of financial and non-financial information, corporate disclosure strategy, earnings management, disclosure and reporting effects of employee stock options, and mergers and acquisitions.

Bio

Ron Kasznik is Professor of Accounting at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. Ron joined the GSB in 1995 after receiving his PhD in Accounting from the University of California at Berkeley. Professor Kasznik specializes in financial accounting and its interactions with the capital markets. Specifically, his research looks at the determinants and outcomes of corporate voluntary disclosures, with particular emphasis on incentives to manage expectations of future firm performance. His research contributes to many contemporary financial reporting issues, such as the accounting treatment of employee stock options and the effect of executive compensation plans on financial accounting and disclosure.

Professor Kasznik teaches the accelerated version of Financial Accounting, a core course focusing on the measurement of economic activity for decision making. He also teaches “Mergers and Acquisitions: Accounting, Regulatory, and Governance Issues”, an elective course on mergers and acquisitions. Professor Kasznik has received several teaching awards, including the Sloan Teaching Excellence Award in 2001, 2003, and 2005, and a number of faculty awards, including, most recently, the MBA Class of 1969 Faculty Scholarship and the Robert and Marilyn Jaedicke Faculty Fellow for 2013-2014.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, UC Berkeley, 1995
  • MS, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1994
  • BA, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1989

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 1995

Awards and Honors

  • Graduate School of Business Trust Faculty Fellow for 2015-2016
  • Robert & Marilyn Jaedicke Faculty Fellow, Stanford GSB, 2013-2014
  • Sloan Teaching Excellence, Stanford GSB, 2005
  • Sloan Teaching Excellence, Stanford GSB, 2003
  • Sloan Teaching Excellence, Stanford GSB, 2001

Teaching

Degree Courses

2017-18

ACCT 213: Financial Accounting - Accelerated

This course develops students'' ability to read, understand, and use corporate financial statements. The course is oriented toward the user of financial accounting data (rather than the preparer) and emphasizes the reconstruction and...

2016-17

ACCT 213: Financial Accounting - Accelerated

This course develops students'' ability to read, understand, and use corporate financial statements. The course is oriented toward the user of financial accounting data (rather than the preparer) and emphasizes the reconstruction and...

ACCT 332: Mergers and Acquisitions

This course provides a comprehensive overview of strategic, economic, accounting and financial issues related to mergers and acquisitions. Specifically, we review the market for corporate control, discuss strategic and governance issues related...

Executive Education & Other Non-Degree Programs

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Stanford Ignite

In the Media

Hidden Costs of Stock Options May Soon Come Back to Haunt

New York Times, July 2000

Divide and Rule

The Economist, June 2000

CEOs Might Time News Releases. Announcements Can Have Impact on Stock Options

USA Today, December 1999

Executives Time Key Announcements to Maximize Stock-Option Values, Study Finds

Stanford Report, September 11, 1999

CEOs, Options, and Happy Talk

BusinessWeek, August 18, 1999

Insights by Stanford Business

writtenStock Options, It's all in the Timing

June 1, 1999

Researchers examine how compensation incentives affect executives' decisions to disclose information.

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Cases

AOL Time Warner (A): Accounting for Goodwill | A196A Ron Kasznik, Brian Tayan2007

AOL Time Warner (B): Recognition of Goodwill Impairment | A196B Ron Kasznik, Brian Tayan2007

The Coca-Cola Company: Accounting for Investments in Bottlers | A192 Ron Kasznik, Brian Tayan2007

Accounting Issues at Qwest Communications? (A): Depends on Whom You Ask | A188A Ron Kasznik, Erin Yurday2003

Accounting Issues at Qwest Communications? (B): Subsequest Events | A188B Ron Kasznik, Erin Yurday2003

AOL Time Warner (A): Accounting for Goodwill | A196A Ron Kasznik, Brian Tayan2007

AOL Time Warner (B): Recognition of Goodwill Impairment | A196B Ron Kasznik, Brian Tayan2007

The Coca-Cola Company: Accounting for Investments in Bottlers | A192 Ron Kasznik, Brian Tayan2007

Accounting Issues at Qwest Communications? (A): Depends on Whom You Ask | A188A Ron Kasznik, Erin Yurday2003

Accounting Issues at Qwest Communications? (B): Subsequest Events | A188B Ron Kasznik, Erin Yurday2003

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