Robert M. Bowen

PricewaterhouseCoopers Professor of Accounting

Bob Bowen

Foster School of Business
University of Washington
Paccar Hall, Box 353226
Seattle, WA 98195-3226, USA


Office: Paccar Hall 457

Tel: 1-206-543-4569

Fax: 1-206-685-9875

Robert M. (Bob) Bowen

Professor Bowen teaches courses in financial reporting and managerial accounting. He has written a number of widely used cases and has earned over 40 teaching awards, including one from every graduating Executive MBA class from 1987 through 2011 (except 2009) -- 35 awards out of 37 opportunities. After visiting INSEAD (Fontainebleau, France) in Winter 2001, he received the Best Core Teacher award from the December 2001 graduating class.

Professor 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 The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. A number have been highly cited; one has been labeled a "classic" in the accounting literature; and another is among the top 100 in 'all time' downloads out of over 270,000 papers on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). Bob is currently ranked among the "Top 200" (out of over 160,000 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 is an ad hoc referee for several academic journals. His Ph.D. students started their careers at schools such as Harvard, Michigan, UT-Dallas, UC-Irvine, USC, and Washington University (St. Louis).


  • Ph.D., Stanford University, 1978
  • M.B.A., Washington University (St. Louis), 1971
  • A.B., Drury University, 1968

Research Interests:

  • Disclosure policies
  • Earnings management
  • Corporate governance
  • Stock-price-relevance of financial and non-financial data

updated: May 2011