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Professor Susan Watts


Susan G. Watts

Contact information: 4041 Rawls Hall, (765) 494-4504, swatts@purdue.edu 

I am currently a Professor of Management in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. My research focuses on the effect of information and competition in markets. Most recently, my efforts have been focused on understanding voluntary disclosures made by firms—what triggers them and how they affect stock prices and product market competition.  I have also continued to study firms’ decisions to engage in socially responsible activities and how those decisions affect product market competition as well as disclosure and assurance decisions made by rival firms. Some of my earliest papers use experimental economics methods to study information dissemination in asset markets. My work has been published in various journals including Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting & Economics, The Accounting Review, Management Science, Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, and others.  I have been named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar and a Krannert Faculty Fellow.

My teaching interests include financial and managerial accounting, and I have taught a Purdue Honors Program project course on corporate social responsibility and ethics.  I also teach and work closely with our doctoral students on their research and am the area academic advisor for the doctoral program in Accounting.  I was included in Purdue University’s Book of Great Teachers in 2008 and was awarded the Purdue University Charles B. Murphy Teaching Award in 2004. I am a fellow of the Purdue University Teaching Academy and have participated both as a senior faculty member and a junior faculty award recipient in Purdue’s Teaching for Tomorrow program.  I have also received several School-wide teaching awards at Purdue.  Before joining Purdue, I was a faculty member at Indiana University-Bloomington where I also received university, school and department teaching awards.