Kristian Mortenson

Associate Professor, Accounting

kgm@stthomas.edu

(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

See publications in UST Research Online

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.

Fall 2018 Courses
Fall 2018 Courses
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J-Term 2019 Courses
J-Term 2019 Courses
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Spring 2019 Courses
Spring 2019 Courses
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ACCT 215 - 09 Managerial Accounting - - - - - - - -
Description of course Managerial Accounting : CRN: 22666 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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ACCT 317 - 01 Cost Accounting - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MCH 233
Description of course Cost Accounting : CRN: 22013 4 Credit Hours
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: ACCT 215
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ACCT 317 - 02 Cost Accounting - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MCH 233
Description of course Cost Accounting : CRN: 22014 4 Credit Hours
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: ACCT 215
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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Associate Professor, University of St Thomas, (2018 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2012 - 2018)
  • 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,
  • Accounting Information Systems Educators Conference,

Public Service
  • Parker Elementary Parent Advisory Council, Chairperson

Publications
  • Kemper, K., & Mortenson, K. G. (2018). Procyclical ratings and market reactions. North American Journal of Economics and Finance,
  • Mortenson, K. G., & Pitre, T. (2018). Who benefits when firms allow their employees to choose their compensation contract? The effect of employee choice on effort, wages, and firm profitability. Advances in Accounting, (42), pp. 125-135
  • Caplan, D., Mortenson, K. G., & Lester, M. (2017). Can incentives mitigate student overconfidence at grade forecasts?. Accounting Education: A Journal of Theory, Practice and Research, (27)(1), pp. 27-47
  • 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 Educator 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
  • "Vantage ethanol company: Process costing in renewable fuels" American Accounting Association, Chicago, Illinois, January 01, 2016
  • "Integrating accounting themes with enterprise system experiences: An accounting department's journey" Accounting Information Systems Educators Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, January 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