Brian Rountree

Associate Professor of Accounting

Brian Rountree is a tenured associate professor of accounting at Rice Business. He earned his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of North Carolina in 2003. He also holds a bachelor’s degree (summa cum laude) in accounting from Babson College and was valedictorian of his graduating class.

Brian joined the Rice faculty in 2003. He has taught accounting courses across all MBA programs at Rice Business and has been the recipient of multiple teaching awards. His research focuses on the influence of external forces on the financial reporting choices and characteristics of firms. Brian’s research has been published in top academic journals including The Accounting Review; the Journal of Accounting and Economics; the Journal of Financial Economics; the Journal of Business, Finance & Accounting; and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. He serves as an editor at the Journal of Business, Finance & Accounting and is on the editorial advisory and review board of The Accounting Review.

Brian is an active member of the American Accounting Association, speaking regularly at the annual and mid-year meetings as well as helping to coordinate the research sessions. He has also presented his research at over 30 international institutions across seven countries. In addition to his academic work, Brian has served on the boards of local corporations and actively consults with various organizations about accounting-related issues. Prior to joining academia, he was a public accountant at Price Waterhouse in Boston, Massachusetts

To read more about Prof. Rountree’s work, please visit Rice Business Wisdom.

Teaching Interests:

  • Financial reporting
  • Financial statement analysis
  • Financial accounting
  • Financial disclosures

Research Interests:

  • Earnings management
  • Financial accounting
  • Use of earnings forecasts
  • Corporate finance


Journal Article
Jackson, A.B., Rountree, B., & Sivaramakrishnan, S. (2016). Earnings Co-Movements and Earnings Manipulation. UNSW Australian School of Business Research Paper No. 2013 ACCT 01. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2277396

Journal Article
Price, R., Román, F.J., & Rountree, B. (2011). The impact of governance reform on performance and transparency. Journal of Financial Economics, 99(1), 76-96.

Journal Article
Rountree, B. R. (2009). Discussion of behavioural bias and conflicts of interest in analyst stock recommendations. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 36(3-4), 419-423. doi:10.1111/j.1468-5957.2009.02127.x

Journal Article
Roundtree, B., Weston, J.P., Allayannis, G. (2008). Do Investors Value Smooth Performance? Journal of Financial Economics, 90(3), 237-251. doi:10.1016/j.jfineco.2008.02.002

Journal Article
Allayannis, G., Ihrig, J., & Weston, J. P. (2001). Exchange-rate exposure of firms and workers: Exchange-rate hedging: Financial versus operational strategies. American Economic Review, 91(2), 391-395. Retrieved from

Journal Article
Allayannis, G., & Weston, J. P. (2001). The use of foreign currency derivatives and firm market value. Review of Financial Studies, 14(1), 243-276. doi:10.1093/rfs/14.1.243

Journal Article
Blouin, J., Grein, B. M., & Rountree, B. R. (2007). An analysis of forced auditor change: The case of former Arthur Andersen clients. Accounting Review, 82(3), 621-650. doi:10.2308/accr.2007.82.3.621

Journal Article
Conrad, J., Cornell, B., Landsman, W. R., & Rountree, B. R. (2006). How do analyst recommendations respond to major news? Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 41(1), 25-49. doi:10.1017/S0022109000002416

Working Paper
Crawford, Nelson, Rountree. “Mind the Gap: CEO-Employee Pay Ratios and Shareholder Say on Pay Votes”