Faculty & Research

Larry R. Davis

Professor : Accounting Department

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Larry Davis’ teaching interests include financial accounting and auditing at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame, the University of Minnesota, Michigan Tech, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Boston college. As a teacher, he is fond of telling his students that accounting is as much the art of judgment as it is the science of measurement and that in the end the only thing an accountant really has to sell is her credibility. He has won or been nominated for teaching awards at Notre Dame, the University of Minnesota and Michigan Tech. As an advisor to the accounting clubs at Michigan Tech and St. Thomas, he has worked with students to provide financial consulting services to various nonprofit organizations.

Davis' current research focuses on the market for assurance services and the relations between individual learner characteristics and performance in e-learning environments. His work has appeared in journals such as The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research and Experimental Economics. He was formerly on the editorial board of the International Journal of Auditing. He is currently president of the Midwest Region of the American Accounting Association.


Academic Background

B.S., accountancy, Miami University 
M.B.A., Indiana University
Ph.D, business (accounting), Indiana University

Research Specialties

  • Auditor regulation
  • Audit market structure and audit quality
  • E-learning

Current Research

  • The ability to meet or beat earnings in the period preceding an auditor change
  • Restatements and auditor switches in the pre- and post-SOX periods
  • Demand for non-audit assurance services
  • Technology-acceptance and e-learning

Major Works