Michael G. Williamson, Ph.D.,  an assistant  professor of accounting at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, received the Best Early Career Researcher Award from the American Institute of CPAs.

The award was presented Monday at the annual meeting of the American Accounting Association in San Francisco by AICPA director of academic and career awareness Heather Collins.  The $2,000 grant is given to a researcher with the best overall body of research in management accounting. Eligible research must have been completed within the first five years of joining a faculty.

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in the United Kingdom and the Society of Management Accountants co-sponsored the award. It was granted in collaboration with the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association.

Williamson¬ís award-winning research investigates the role that performance evaluation and reward systems play in promoting creativity, productivity and risk taking in the workplace.  His research results have appeared in many professional publications including Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Accounting, Organizations and Society, and Contemporary Accounting Research.

In 2009, Williamson received the Mortar Board Preferred Professor from the Mortar Board National Honor Society, the Outstanding Educator Award from the Texas Executive MBA at Mexico City Class of 2009 and the Trammell/College of Business Administration Foundation Teaching Award for Assistant Professors.

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