Dr. Robert Bowen

Dr. Robert Bowen

Professor, Research Faculty
The George L. Argyros College of Business and Economics
Drury College, Bachelor of Arts (Latin)
Washington University in St. Louis, Master of Business Admin.
Stanford University, Ph.D.


Bob Bowen joined the Argyros School in 2020 after 8 years as Distinguished Professor of Accounting at the University of San Diego, and more than 30 years at the University of Washington, where he was the PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor of Accounting. Bowen has co-authored a number of widely used cases and has earned more than 50 teaching awards, including 36 from graduating Executive MBA students at Washington.

Bowen is among "The top 100 Most Prolific Authors in the Accounting Literature Over the Past Half-Century: 1959-2008," J. Heck (2009). His research has garnered three national awards. His papers have appeared in journals such as The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Review of Accounting Studies. A number have been highly cited; one has been labeled a "classic" in the accounting literature; and another is among the top 250 in 'all time' downloads out of more than 900,000 papers on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). Bowen is currently ranked among the Top 600 (out of over 475,000 authors) in papers downloaded from SSRN across 'all time.' His current research interests include corporate governance, disclosure policies, earnings management and the stock-price-relevance of financial and non-financial data. His co-authored work includes studies of the value-relevance of alternative earnings metrics such as "economic value added" (EVA). His work has been mentioned in The Wall Street Journal,Fortune and CFO Magazine. Bowen is a former member of the editorial board of The Accounting Review and has served as an ad hoc referee for several academic journals. His PhD students started their careers at schools such as Harvard, Michigan, UT-Dallas, UC-Irvine, USC and Washington University (St. Louis).

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Jollineau, S. J. and R. M. Bowen. A Practical Guide to using Path Analysis: Mediation and Moderation in Accounting Research. Journal of Financial Reporting, May 2023, Vol. 8(1), pp. 11-40.
Bowen, R., S. Dutta, S. Tang, and P. Zhu. Blockholder Mutual Fund Participation in Private In-house Meetings. Journal of Financial Research, Vol. 46 (3), pp. 631-679.
R. Bowen, S. Dutta, S. Tang, and P. Zhu, "Does Corporate Governance Quality Influence Insider Trading around Private Meetings between Managers and Investors?" Accounting Horizons, September 2023, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 27-58.
Bowen, R., S.J. Jollineau, and G. Pfeiffer. 2021. The Information Game. Issues in Accounting Education, 36 (1): 35–41.
Bowen, R., S. Rajgopal, and M. Venkatachalam. 2018. A Review of Buffett’s Commentary on Accounting, Governance, and Investing Practices: Does he “walk the talk”?, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, November: 55-75. (An invited summary of an article in The Accounting Review from 2014.)
Bowen, R., S. Dutta, S. Tang, and P. Zhu. 2018. Inside the ‘black box’ of Private In-house Meetings, Review of Accounting Studies, June, Vol. 23 (2): 487-527.
Perols, J., R. Bowen, C. Zimmerman and B. Samba. 2017. Finding Needles in a Haystack: Using Data Analytics to Improve Fraud Prediction, The Accounting Review, March, Vol. 92 (2): 221-245.