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Shannon W. Anderson

Academic Advisor
University of California, Davis, Graduate School of Management
To contact Shannon W. Anderson, please email Jake George at or call +1.617.864.7900

Shannon Anderson is the inaugural Hurlston Presidential Chair and Professor of Management at University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management, where she teaches courses in management accounting and internal management controls.

Her degrees are in business economics and engineering and her research spans these fields, covering topics such as cost accounting, performance measurement, incentive contracting, supply chain contracting, and operations management. She uses empirical analysis of firm-level accounting and operational data to test economic theories about firm performance. She also has experience designing, administering and analyzing survey data. Her published work has employed data from many industries including: automotive, electronics manufacture, office furniture manufacture, commercial airlines, consumer retail, coal extraction, transportation, and warehousing and distribution.

Dr. Anderson’s research has been funded by professional and national research organizations such as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the National Science Foundation and the Australian Research Council. She regularly presents at conferences worldwide and has won the “Notable Contribution to the Accounting Literature” award and thrice won the “Notable Contribution to the Management Accounting Literature Award” from the American Accounting Association. She has been an Editor of The Accounting Review and an Associate Editor at Management Science, and is on the Editorial Board of numerous journals. Her work appears in leading journals, including The Accounting Review; Management Science; and Contemporary Accounting Research, and she is an author on the popular management accounting textbook, Fundamentals of Cost Accounting, which is in fifth edition.

Previously, Dr. Anderson was on faculty at the University of Michigan and Rice University. She has held visiting faculty appointments at Harvard Business School and the University of Melbourne. Earlier Dr. Anderson worked as an engineer for General Motors Corporation.

The Interaction of Managerial and Tax Transfer Pricing
January 21, 2016
Published in Bloomberg BNA Tax Management Transfer Pricing Report

The authors examine the differences between transfer prices used for tax and for management purposes, emphasizing the need to explain the differences to tax authorities who may question the company’s motives.

News & Events
December 14, 2017
Academic Advisor Shannon Anderson Named UC Davis' Michael and Joelle Hurlston Presidential Chair

Brattle Academic Advisor Shannon Anderson has been named the inaugural recipient of the Michael and Joelle Hurlston Presidential Chair, which is a first-of-its-kind endowed faculty chair position at University of California, Davis.