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Ken W. Shaw

Professor and KPMG/Joseph A. Silvoso Distinguished Professor
505 Cornell Hall

Professor Shaw’s research and teaching interests are in financial accounting and corporate governance. His research has been published in leading academic journals in accounting, finance, and management, including The Accounting Review; Journal of Accounting Research; Contemporary Accounting Research; Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis; Strategic Management Journal; Journal of the American Taxation Association; Journal of Financial Research; Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; Journal of Business, Finance, and Accounting; Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting; Accounting Horizons; Research in Accounting Regulation; Journal of Financial Statement Analysis; Journal of Business Research; and others. Professor Shaw was awarded the Trulaske College of Business Distinguished Research Award in 2023.

Professor Shaw is a CPA (inactive) with work experience at KPMG (St. Louis). He teaches Advanced Accounting and Financial Accounting and Corporate Governance. He has received or been nominated for numerous School of Accountancy, Trulaske College of Business, and University of Missouri teaching awards (see list below).

Professor Shaw has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Business Research, Research in Accounting Regulation, and Issues in Accounting Education. He is actively involved in committees and meetings of the American Accounting Association and the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the American Accounting Association. Professor Shaw is the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Accountancy's PhD program.


BS, Accounting, Bradley University; MBA, University of Wisconsin; PhD, University of Wisconsin


Best First Year Professor, voted by 2019 execMBA graduates; Faculty Member of the Year, voted by 2019 School of Accountancy (SOA) graduates; Excellence in Teaching with Technology, nominee, 2018; SOA Advisory Board Teaching Excellence Award, 2018; Best First Year Professor, voted by 2016 execMBA graduates; Most Outstanding Professor, voted by 2016, 2010, 2006, and 2005 SOA graduates; Kemper Teaching Excellence award nominee, 2012, 2013, 2014; O’Brien Teaching Excellence Award, College of Business winner, 2011; O’Brien Teaching Excellence Award, Accounting area nominee, 2003, 2008.


Messod D. Beneish; David B. Farber; Matthew Glendening; Kenneth W. Shaw. 2022 "Aggregate Financial Misreporting and the Predictability of U.S. Recessions and GDP Growth." The Accounting Review (2022).

Shaw, K. and J. Whitworth. 2022.  “Client importance and unconditional conservatism in complex accounting estimates.”  Advances in Accounting, forthcoming.

Glendening, M., E. Mauldin, and K. Shaw. 2019. "Determinants and consequences of quantitative critical accounting estimate disclosures." The Accounting Review, 94 (5): 189-218

Bauman, M. and K. Shaw. 2018. “Value relevance of customer-related intangible assets,” Research in Accounting Regulation, 30 (2): 95-102.

Brockman, P., D. Chung, and K. Shaw. 2017.  “The R&D-abnormal return anomaly: a transaction cost explanation.” Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 48: 385-406.