Fall 2014 office hours: 1:00-2:45 Tuesdays and by appointment
Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business
Rice University - MS 531
P. O. Box 2932
Houston, TX 77252-2932
Office: 231 McNair Hall
Tel: (713) 348 6066
Fax: (713) 348 6296
Stephen A. Zeff holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Colorado, and M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. He has received honorary doctorates from the Turku School of Economics, in Finland; the University of Waterloo, in Canada; and Universidad de Alcalá, in Spain. He was Editor of The Accounting Review in 1978-83 and was President of the American Accounting Association (AAA) in 1985-86. In 1988, he received the AAA’s Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, and in 1999 the AAA’s International Accounting Section named him the recipient of its Outstanding International Accounting Educator Award. From 1961 to 1978, he was on the faculty at Tulane University. He has taught at Rice University since 1978. He has lectured in over 55 countries.
In 1973 and 2001, Zeff received the Hourglass Award from the Academy of Accounting Historians, thus becoming one of the few two-time recipients of the award. In 2008, the Academy gave him the Thomas J. Burns Biographical Research Award. In 2002, he was inducted as the 70th member of the Accounting Hall of Fame, of The Ohio State University. In 2003, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland made him an ICAS Honorary Research Fellow. In 2009, the European Accounting Association gave him the inaugural Anthony G. Hopwood Award for Academic Leadership. In 2009, CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales made him an honorary member. In August 2011, he gave the Presidential Scholar Address at the AAA’s annual meeting. In 2011, the International Federation of Accountants gave him its inaugural IFAC International Gold Service Award.
Zeff is author or editor of 29 books and has written more than 100 articles. He serves on the editorial board of eighteen research journals edited in eleven countries. He was book review editor of The International Journal of Accounting from 1997 to 2003 and is currently book review editor of The Accounting Review. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, University of Chicago, Harvard Business School, Northwestern University, and the University of Texas at Austin, and at universities in Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. He served on the advisory council to the Financial Accounting Standards Board, and he was a public member of the planning committee of the AICPA’s Auditing Standards Board. From 1981 to 2009, he was a member of the executive committee/board of the European Accounting Association. Since 1991, he has been a member of the academic panel of the UK’s Accounting Standards Board/Accounting Council, and from 1991 to 2002 he served as International Research Adviser to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
At Rice University, Zeff has been an Associate of Sid W. Richardson College (1979-96), Director of the Managerial Studies Program (1980-99), Speaker of Faculty Council (1989-90), and Co-Chair of the Faculty and Shared Governance Task Force (2004-05).
Selected Recent Publications:
Company Financial Reporting: A Historical and Comparative Study of the Dutch Regulatory Process (Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1992), with Frans van der Wel and Kees Camfferman.
“The Contributions of Theodore Limperg Jr (1879-1961) to Dutch Accounting and Auditing” in Edwards (editor), Twentieth-Century Accounting Thinkers (London: Routledge, 1994), with Kees Camfferman.
“A Perspective on the US Public/Private-Sector Approach to Standard Setting and Financial Reporting,” Accounting Horizons, March 1995.
“A Study of Academic Research Journals in Accounting,” Accounting Horizons, September 1996.
Readings & Notes on Financial Accounting: Issues and Controversies (New York: Irwin/McGraw-Hill, fifth edition, 1997), with Bala G. Dharan.
“The Early Years of the Association of University Teachers of Accounting: 1947-1959,” The British Accounting Review, June 1997 (Special Issue).
“Playing the Congressional Card on Employee Stock Options: A Fearful Escalation in the Impact of Economic Consequences on Standard Setting” in Cooke and Nobes (editors), The Development of Accounting in an International Context: A Festschrift in Honour of R. H. Parker (London: Routledge, 1997).
“The Evolution of the Conceptual Framework for Business Enterprises in the United States,” The Accounting Historians Journal, December 1999.
“John B. Canning: A View of His Academic Career,” Abacus, February 2000.
Henry Rand Hatfield: Humanist, Scholar, and Accounting Educator (Stamford, CT: JAI Press Inc./Elsevier, 2000).
“Mathews, Gynther and Chambers: Three Pioneering Australian Theorists,” Accounting and Business Research, Summer 2001, with Geoff Whittington.
“The Work of the Special Committee on Research Program,” The Accounting Historians Journal, December 2001.
“Retired Audit Firm Partners on Boards: Independence Considerations, Director’s Monthly, February 2002, with Dan M. Guy.
“‘Political’ Lobbying on Proposed Standards: A Challenge to the IASB,” Accounting Horizons, March 2002.
“Du Pont’s Early Policy on the Rotation of Audit Firms,” Journal of Accounting & Public Policy, January/February 2003.
“U.S. GAAP Confronts the IASB: Roles of the SEC and the European Commission,” North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Summer 2003.
“‘The Apotheosis of Holding Company Accounting’: Unilever’s Financial Reporting Innovations from the 1920s to the 1940s,” Accounting, Business & Financial History, July 2003, with Kees Camfferman.
“Political Lobbying on Accounting Standards—National and International Experience,” chapter in Nobes and Parker, Comparative International Accounting (London: Prentice Hall, 9th edition, 2006) – revised for the 10th edition published in 2008, for the 11th edition published in 2010, and for the 12th edition published in 2012; currently in revision for the 13th edition to be published in 2016.
“The Primacy of ‘Present Fairly’ in the Auditor’s Report,” Accounting Perspectives, Vol. 6, No. 1 (2007).
Financial Reporting and Global Capital Markets: A History of the International Accounting Standards Committee, 1973-2000 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007), with Kees Camfferman.
“The SEC Preempts the Accounting Principles Board in 1965: The Classification of the Deferred Tax Credit Relating to Installment Sales,” The Accounting Historians Journal, June 2007.
“The SEC Rules Historical Cost Accounting: 1934 to the 1970s,” Accounting and Business Research, International Accounting Policy Forum Issue 2007.
“Some Obstacles to Global Financial Reporting Comparability and Convergence at a High Level of Quality,” The British Accounting Review, December 2007.
“Auditors’ Affirmations of Company Compliance with IFRS: An Exploratory International Study,” Accounting Perspectives, Vol. 4, No. 4 (2008), with Christopher Nobes.
“IFRS Developments in the USA and EU, and Some Implications for Australia,” Australian Accounting Review, December 2008.
“The Contribution of the Harvard Business School to Management Control, 1908-1980,” Journal of Management Accounting Research, 2008 special issue.
“The Formation and Early Years of the Union Européenne des Experts Comptables Economiques et Financiers, 1951-1963,” Accounting, Business & Financial History, November 2009, with Kees Camfferman.
(editor) Principles Before Standards: The ICAEW’s ‘N Series’ of Recommendations on Accounting Principles 1942-1969 (London: ICAEW Financial Reporting Faculty, 2009).
“The Ontario Securities Commission on Accounting and Auditing from the 1960s to 2008 – Part 1: 1960s to 1985,” Accounting Perspectives, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2010), with Vaughan S. Radcliffe (pdf available on request).
“The Ontario Securities Commission on Accounting and Auditing from the 1960s to 2008 – Part 2: The First Four Chief Accountants, 1986 -1996,” Accounting Perspectives, Vol. 9, No. 2 (2010), with Vaughan S. Radcliffe (pdf available on request).
“Has Australia (or Any Other Jurisdiction) ‘Adopted’ IFRS?” Australian Accounting Review, June 2010, with Christopher Nobes.
Insights from Accounting History: Selected Writings of Stephen Zeff (London: Routledge, 2010).
Accounting Education and the Profession in New Zealand: Profiles of the Pioneering Academics and the Early University Accounting Departments 1900-1970 (Wellington: New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, 2010), with Donald G. Trow.
“Accounting for Initial Franchise Fee Revenue: When a Journal Article in 1970 Constituted GAAP in the Eyes of the SEC,” Research in Accounting Regulation, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2012.
Major Contributors to the British Accountancy Profession: A Biographical Sourcebook (Edinburgh: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, 2012), with Robert H. Parker and Malcolm Anderson.
“The Evolution of the IASC into the IASB, and the Challenges it Faces,” The Accounting Review, May 2012.
“Accounting Standards,” chapter 30 in volume 1 of the Handbook of Key Global Financial Markets, Institutions, and Infrastructure (Elsevier, 2013).
“The Objectives of Financial Reporting: A Historical Survey and Analysis,” Accounting and Business Research, International Accounting Policy Forum, Vol. 43, No. 4 (pdf available on request).
“Some Methodological Deficiencies in Empirical Research Articles in Accounting,” Accounting Horizons, September 2014, with Thomas R. Dyckman.
Research and Publications in Progress:
Aiming for a Single Global Standard: The International Accounting Standards Board, 2001-2011, book manuscript for Oxford University Press; more than 170 interviews have been conducted in Europe, North America, Asia, and the South Pacific; with Kees Camfferman; scheduled for publication in 2015.
“The Trueblood Report on the Objectives of Financial Statements (1971-73): A Historical Study.”
“The Wheat Study on Establishment of Accounting Principles (1971-72): A Historical Study.”
“The Ontario Securities Commission on Accounting and Auditing from the 1960s to 2008 – Part 3: The Fifth Chief Accountant, 1996 – 2008”; with Sally Gunz and Vaughan S. Radcliffe, forthcoming in Accounting Perspectives.
Last revised on August 20, 2014.