Shannon W. Anderson
Faculty Profile

Shannon W. Anderson
Professor and Michael and Joelle Hurlston Presidential Chair

Research Expertise: Empirical analysis of quantitative and qualitative field-based data as well as survey data to study performance management and cost accounting in and at the boundaries of the firm (e.g., lean production, supplier performance management, customer profitability and lean consumption), integration of strategy, operations management and management accounting practices, and design of cost accounting systems, cost allocation mechanisms, and cost-based transfer pricing policy

Professor Anderson is an expert on the design and implementation of performance measurement and cost control systems. Her research spans the fields of management accounting and operations research. Anderson’s research has been funded by grants from professional accounting organizations such as the AICPA, the IIA, the IMA and CIMA, and from national research organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the Australian Research Council.

She was named the first recipient of the Michael and Joelle Hurlston Presidential Chair in December 2017.

Anderson’s co-authored research on activity-based costing won the 2006 American Accounting Association’s Notable Contribution Award. She has won the  AAA Management Accounting Section’s Notable Contribution to the Literature Award  three times, in 2012, 2006 and 2003. Her research has been published by The Accounting Review; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Production and Operations Management; Management Science; Manufacturing and Service Operations Management; Accounting Horizons; and the Journal of Management Accounting Research.

She co-authored the award-winning book Implementing Management Innovations (Springer, 2001) and the textbook Fundamentals of Cost Accounting (McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 4th ed., 2014).

Anderson serves on seven editorial boards, including Accounting, Organizations and Society; the Journal of Management Accounting Research; Management Accounting Research. Previously she as served as associate editor or editor for The Accounting Review, Management Science, and Production and Operations Management. She has served on numerous committees for the American Accounting Association and the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association.

She joined the Graduate School of Management faculty in June 2010.

Most recently, Anderson served as a 2019 Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She held a visiting faculty member appointment at the University of Melbourne from 2007 until 2013. She also taught at the University of Michigan and at Rice University.

At the Graduate School of Management, she teaches courses in management accounting and control, and in strategic cost management.

She received a doctorate and master’s degree in business economics at Harvard University and a B.S.E. in civil engineering at Princeton University.