Kristian Mortenson

Assistant Professor, Accounting

(651) 962-5542

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 2018 Courses
Summer 2018 Courses
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ACCT 215 - 01 Managerial Accounting - - - - - - - -
Description of course Managerial Accounting : CRN: 30533 4 Credit Hours
This is a fully online section of ACCT 215. This format allows for convenience, flexibility, a comfortable learning environment, and offers a range of student resources. All materials, communication, assignments, and exams will be completed entirely online. Lectures are delivered through recorded videos that explain course topics and provide guided problem examples. In addition, an electronic textbook supplements the lectures for additional clarification and discussion boards are used to facilitate student interaction and conversation. This course is well organized with scheduled assignments and appropriate testing windows to provide an effective curriculum. Although there are specific exam dates and assignment deadlines to keep students on track, there is opportunity to work ahead on assignments within the exam modules. 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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J-Term 2019 Courses
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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
  • American Accounting Association
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Professional Service
  • AAA - American Accounting Association,

  • 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

  • "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