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Yuan Zhang

Yuan Zhang

Associate Professor - Management

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Accounting
University o Southern California - 2003
B.S. - Accounting
Tsinghua University - 1998

Research Areas

Research Interests
Financial Accounting and Reporting; Role of Financial Analysts; Options Market; Securities Regulations. 


Does Investment Efficiency Improve after the Disclosure of Material Weaknesses in Internal Control over Financial Reporting? (with Mei Cheng and Dan Dhaliwal). Forthcoming at Journal of Accounting & Economics forthcoming - Publication
Information Interpretation or Information Discovery: Which Role of Analysts Do Investors Value More? (with Joshua Livnat). Presented at the 2011 Review of Accounting Studies Conference; Review of Accounting Studies, Vol. 17, No. 3, September 2012. 2012 - Publication
Option Prices Leading Equity Prices: Do Option Traders Have an Information Advantage? (with Wen Jin and Joshua Livnat). Presented at the 2011 Journal of Accounting Research Conference; Journal of Accounting Research, Vol. 50, No. 2, May 2012. 2012 - Publication
Analysts Earnings Forecast, Recommendation and Target Price Revisions (with Ronen Feldman and Joshua Livnat). Journal of Portfolio Management, Vol. 38, No. 3, Spring 2012. 2012 - Publication
Cover Me: Managers Responses to Decreases in Analyst Coverage (with Divya Anantharaman). The Accounting Review, Vol. 86, No. 6, November 2011. 2011 - Publication
Analysts Responsiveness and the Post Earnings Announcement Drift. Journal of Accounting & Economics, Vol. 46, No. 1, September 2008. 2008 - Publication
Revenue Recognition Timing and Attributes of Reported Revenue: The Case of Software Industrys Adoption of SOP 91-1. Journal of Accounting & Economics, Vol. 39, No. 3, September 2005. 2005 - Publication
Regulation FD and the Financial Information Environment: Early Evidence (with Frank Heflin and K.R. Subramanyam). The Accounting Review, Vol. 78, No. 1, January 2003. 2003 - Publication


Associate Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2012–Present]
Assistant Professor
Columbia University [2003–2012]

Additional Information

Teaching Interests
  • Financial Accounting; Financial Statement Analysis. 4
Teaching Experience
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I (UT Dallas, Undergraduate Course, 2013) 
  • Financial Accounting (Columbia, MBA Core Course, 2004, 2007-2011). 
  • Empirical Research in Financial Accounting (Columbia, Ph.D. Course, 2006, 2008, 2009). 
  • Financial Analysis (Columbia, Executive Education Program, 2005, 2007-2011). 
  • Core Concepts of Managerial Accounting (USC, Undergraduate Course, 2002). 
Honors and Awards
  • Teaching Excellence Award in the MBA Program, Columbia Business School, 2009. 
  • SEC and Financial Reporting Institute Fellowship, 2002. 
  • James S. Ford/Commerce Associates Doctoral Fellowship, 2001. 
  • Doctoral Fellowship, University of Southern California, 1998-2003. 
  • HongKong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Fellowship, 1997. 
  • Price Waterhouse Fellowship, 1996. 
Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • AAA Annual Meeting; AAA Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Mid-Year Meeting; The 
  • Accounting Review; Accounting Horizons; Contemporary Accounting Research; Financial 
  • Analysts Journal; Journal of Accounting and Economics; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; 
  • Journal of Accounting Research; Journal of Financial Research; Review of Accounting Studies; 
  • Research Grant Council (RGC) of Hong Kong. 
Ph.D.Dissertation Committee
  • Helen Hurwitz (2011, placement--St. Louis University) 
  • Divya Anantharaman (2009, placement--Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). 
  • Woo-Jin Chang (2009, placement--INSEAD). 
  • Feng Chen (2008, placement--University of Toronto). 
  • Masters Committee (2012-) 
  • Columbia Financial Accounting MBA Core Course Coordinator (2006-2011). 
  • Columbia Accounting Ph.D. Comprehensive Exams (2004, 2006-2010). 
  • Columbia MBA Committee (2006-2008). 
  • Columbia Accounting Search Committee (2003-2005, 2007). 
  • Columbia Finance Search Committee (2005-2006). 
  • Co-organizer, Baruch/Columbia/NYU/Rutgers 4 Schools Conference (2005). 
  • Co-organizer for Columbia Burton Workshop and Seminar Series (2004). 

News Articles

Associate Professor Focuses Students on Impacts of Accounting
Associate Professor Focuses Students on Impacts of Accounting On the first day of her classes, Dr. Yuan Zhang dispels a misconception students may have about accounting. “Many people think accounting is just bookkeeping, but it’s actually much more beyond that,” said Zhang, associate professor of accounting in the Naveen Jindal School of Management. “I always tell my students that accounting has economic consequences. It’s not just putting some numbers in books and that’s it. People actually make important economic decisions with those numbers.” Zhang became fascinated with the subject after enrolling in the accounting program as an undergraduate at Tsinghua University in Bejing, China. Zhang went on to earn a PhD at the University of Southern California. She taught at Columbia Business School before joining UT Dallas last summer. Dr. Hasan Pirkul, dean of the Jindal School and Caruth Chair of Management, said that he is pleased to have Zhang on the school’s faculty. The professor’s research focuses on how accounting affects individual businesses and the capital market. A forthcoming article examines whether companies make better investment decisions – and boost returns to shareholders – after disclosing material weaknesses in internal controls and working to improve the companies’ financial reporting.