Jack Stecher, PhD
I have a PhD from University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree from University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to University of Alberta, I was at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and at NHH in Bergen, Norway. In addition to my work in academe, I have over a decade of experience in industry.
My research is primarily focused on the effects of information and disclosure on capital markets and on private debt, with additional interests in more general questions related to decision making under risk and uncertainty. My research collaborations span numerous academic disciplines, including grants received related to finance and to cognitive neuroscience. I have published in top accounting and business journals, and also in economics, operations research, computer science, and analytical philosophy.
My overall teaching philosophy is to focus on the connection between accounting and other core and functional disciplines. I emphasize to my students the interdisciplinary aspects of learning, connecting my classes to what the students cover in the rest of their overall program. Students should see financial accounting as essential for understanding finance and financial economics. Similarly, when I have taught managerial accounting, I have stressed connections to operations, as well as links between cost measurement issues and financial reporting issues. Through learning the details of how accounting works (and it by nature involves details) in part of a broader context of the students’ overall coursework, the students develop an appreciation for and interest in the subject.
May be taken on its own or as the first of a two-course sequence that develops student competence in using financial information. Using case analysis, students learn to value a firm through the use of a five-step process: (1) examination of firm's industry, markets and strategy, (2) evaluation of firm's accounting policies and their impact on the financial reports, (3) applying fundamental analysis to assess financial strengths and weaknesses, (4) forecasting future earnings and cash flows, and (5) applying valuation models. Corequisites: ACCTG 415 or 412.
Intended for students who would like to build on the financial accounting knowledge developed in ACCTG 501, and is especially useful for those contemplating a career in financial management. Useful both as a stand-alone course and as a foundation for further study in financial statement analysis. Provides further depth in balance sheet valuation and income measurement in order to enhance students' ability to use financial accounting as a management tool. Prerequisite: ACCTG 501. Corequisite: FIN 501 or 503. Students may receive credit for only two of the following three courses: ACCTG 610, 614 and 615.
Other - Academic Advisory Committee Member, Accounting Standards Board
20190201 to 20220131
Acacemic Advisory Committee, AcSB
Other - Coordinating Editor, Theory and Decision
Started: 2019Journal homepage
Other - Editorial Board Member, Advances in Accounting
Started: 2019Journal homepage
Other - External Member, Executive Committee, Institute for Public Economics
Started: 2018Institute for Public Economics