Kristian Mortenson

Assistant Professor, Accounting

2115 Summit Ave
McNeely Hall 353
St. Paul, MN 55105

B.S., Accounting and Economics, Utah State University
M.S., Applied Economics, Utah State University
M.S.A., Accounting, University of Arizona
Ph.D., Accounting, University of Arizona

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Kristian Mortenson's work focuses on the area of behavioral accounting, which is the intersection of economics, psychology and accounting. He is interested in how people make decisions using accounting information and how those decisions often deviate from what economists would predict. He is also interested in how accounting data is used within a firm to make operating decisions. His primary teaching interests are in cost and managerial accounting. He is also involved with Big Data, data analytics and SAP.

Summer 2017 Courses
Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses
Fall 2017 Courses
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ACCT 215 - 03 Managerial Accounting M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MCH 234
Description of course Managerial Accounting : CRN: 42802
This course is designed to give students an understanding of how accounting and business information is used in planning, budgeting, decision-making, and performance evaluation. Prerequisite: ACCT 210
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ACCT 317 - 01 Cost Accounting M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 MCH 116
Description of course Cost Accounting : CRN: 42816
A rigorous study is made of the elements of product costs, including job, process, standard, and variable costing systems and procedures. A managerial emphasis is added through inclusion of cost-volume-profit relationships, budgeting techniques, and other selected topics. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in ACCT 215
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ACCT 317 - 02 Cost Accounting M - - - - - - 1730 - 2115 MCH 116
Description of course Cost Accounting : CRN: 42815
A rigorous study is made of the elements of product costs, including job, process, standard, and variable costing systems and procedures. A managerial emphasis is added through inclusion of cost-volume-profit relationships, budgeting techniques, and other selected topics. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in ACCT 215
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ACCT 720 - 201 Cost Accounting M - - - - - - 1730 - 2130 MCH 116
Description of course Cost Accounting : CRN: 42826
This course is a study of cost accounting, cost behavior, cost accumulation and cost measurement, including their impact on managerial decision-making. Topics include operations planning and budgeting; standard, variable and fixed costs; overhead analysis; cost-volume-profit relationships; capital budgeting; purchasing and inventory control; job order and process costing; responsibility accounting; productivity; and quality measurement. -- Prerequisite: ACCT 605 or ACCT 625.
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2012 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire (2011 - 2012)
  • Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, (2008 - 2011)

Professional Memberships
  • AICPA
  • American Accounting Association
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Professional Service
  • AAA - American Accounting Association,

Publications
  • Caplan, D., Mortenson, K. G., & Lester, M. (forthcoming). Can incentives mitigate student overconfidence at grade forecasts?. Accounting Education: A Journal of Theory, Practice and Research,
  • Mortenson, K. G., & Sathe, R. S. (2017). A case study of group processes and student evaluation of teaching. Accounting Education: A Journal of Theory, Practice and Research, (27)(1), pp. 28-53
  • Vician, C. M., & Mortenson, K. G. (2017). Integrating accounting themes with enterprise system experiences: An accounting department's journey. AIS Educators Journal, (12)(1), pp. 34-58
  • Marshall, B., Mortenson, K. G., Bourne, A., & Price, K. (2010). Visualizing basic accounting flows: Does XBRL + model + animation = understanding??. International Journal of Digital Accounting Research, (10), pp. 27-54

Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Accounting
  • Behavioral Economics

Presentations
  • "Connecting the dots: Exploring the use of enterprise systems to teach accounting concepts across the accounting curriculum" Accounting Information Systems Educators Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 01, 2016
  • "Effects of pay variability and mutual monitoring on employee effort and contract choice" AAA - American Accounting Association, Atlanta, Georgia, August 01, 2014
  • "Student overconfidence at grade predictions: Is it real or is it bravado?" OCB Faculty Research Symposium, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 01, 2014