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Lin Nan

Lin Nan

Brock Family Chair Professor
Senior Associate Dean
Department Head in Management


Professor Lin Nan is the Brock Family Chair Professor, Senior Associate Dean, and Department Head in Management at Daniels School of Business, Purdue University. According to “Accounting Research Rankings” by Brigham Young University, Professor Lin Nan has been ranked in top 10 analytical authors in all topics globally every year since 2019 (#7 in 2019; #6 in 2020; #3 in 2021; #5 in 2022; #4 in 2023). In addition, she was ranked #2 top analytical author in Financial Analytical Research globally in 2019, 2020, and 2022 rankings. She is the only female scholar consistently ranked as the top 10 authors.

Professor Nan has published numerous research papers on top journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Management Science, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, and Journal of Management Accounting Research. She has won research awards including Jay N. Ross Young Faculty Scholar Award at Purdue and Outstanding Management Accounting Paper Award of American Accounting Association. She currently serves on editorial boards of Journal of Management Accounting Research and Production and Operations Management. Professor Nan is also a distinguished instructor in both residential and online Masters as well as undergraduate programs.

Before joining Purdue in 2012, Professor Nan taught at Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a Bachelor degree in Engineering from Tianjin University, a Master degree in Economics from West Virginia University, and a PhD degree in Accounting from the University of Florida.

  • Financial Reporting

    Fouling Up: Can higher penalties encourage good companies to manipulate their financial reports?

    In September 2018, Orlando-based SeaWorld Entertainment and its former CEO agreed to pay a penalty of more than $5 million to the Securities and Exchange Commission for misleading investors about the impact of the documentary film Blackfish on the company’s reputation and business. A study by accounting professors at Purdue’s Krannert School of Management and TCU’s Neeley School of Business finds that while penalties on companies for misconduct in financial reporting help to improve investment efficiency, increasing such penalties may induce entrepreneurs with good projects to offer rosier pictures of their prospects.

    Full story: Fouling Up: Can higher penalties encourage good companies to manipulate their financial reports?

  • Downside of High Information Quality

    Professor Lin Nan discusses her research on the downside of high information quality in accounting

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    Advancing Accounting

    The Krannert School of Management presented the fourth annual Purdue Accounting Theory Conference in May with a program that included distinguished guest speakers from across the country as well as rising scholars in the field. Accounting professors Mark Bagnoli, the Olson Chair in Management, and Susan Watts, the Emanuel T. Weiler Chair in Management, served as coordinators of the conference along with Associate Professor Lin Nan.

    Full story: Advancing Accounting

  • Quality, Competition, and Risk-Taking

    Accounting Information Quality, Interbank Competition, and Bank Risk-Taking.

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    Nan among top global researchers

    Lin Nan has been ranked the No. 4 top analytical author over the past six years in the 2023 accounting research rankings produced by Brigham Young University.

    Full story: Nan among top global researchers

  • Daniels School’s new leadership team in place
    Since being unveiled as Purdue University’s next big move one year ago, the Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr. School of Business is gaining momentum, evidenced by a $50 million gift from the Lilly Endowment for the school’s new building, a $50 million gift from the Dean and Barbara White Foundation, and recognition as a game-changer in shaping the future of business education.

Phone: (765) 496-0551
Office: RAWL 4031

Area(s) of Expertise

Accounting, Compensation, Corporate Governance, Executive Compensation, Fair Value Accounting, Fraud, Industrial Organization, Performance Management