Ph.D., business administration, University of California, Berkeley
Summary of Experience
Professor Zimmerman's research and teaching interests involve financial and managerial accounting. He and Professor Ross L. Watts received the American Accounting Association award for Seminal Contributions to Accounting Literature in 2004 and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants awards in 1979 and 1980 for their joint papers. He was the 1978 winner of the Competitive Manuscript Award, sponsored by the American Accounting Association, for his paper, "The Costs and Benefits of Cost Allocation." The Watts-Zimmerman research, which has come to be called "positive theories of accounting," seeks to understand the costs and benefits of various accounting procedures. Professor Zimmerman is an editor of the Journal of Accounting and Economics. He was also a distinguished faculty member of the American Accounting Association's Doctoral Consortium and a visiting professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Hong Kong University. He is a member of the board of directors of CPAC, Inc. (NASDAQ), chairs its audit committee, and is a member of the compensation and governance committees.
Elizabeth A. Eccher