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UCLA Professor Receives CGMA-Sponsored Early Career Researcher Award

Professor honored for management accounting research at American Accounting Association annual conference 

The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) and the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association (AAA) have named Henry Friedman, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as recipient of the 2018 Best Early Career Researcher Award.

The honor recognizes an early-career researcher with the best overall body of research in management accounting. It is sponsored by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, the global accounting organization formed by members of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).  The award is given on behalf of the Association’s Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation which distinguishes a unique group of more than 150,000 management accountants worldwide who have reached the highest level of quality and competence.

Friedman earned the award as a result of his research contributions which broadly explore how information is produced and used in firms and capital markets.  Using theoretical models and archival data, he studies issues including regulation, corporate governance, managerial incentives, noise in stock prices and returns, and investor preferences. The award is accompanied by a $2000 grant.

Dr. Dhananjay Nanda, chair of the selection committee and department chair and professor of accounting at the University of Miami Business School, presented Friedman with the award at the annual AAA Conference in Washington, D.C.

“Dr. Freidman’s research covers a range of issues including incentive compensation, CEO pressure on CFOs, investor-level gender biases and reporting quality and capital market development,” said Joselin Martin, CPA, CCIFP, CGMA, chair of the Association’s Americas Region Advisory Panel and chief financial officer of Hayles and Howe, Inc. “His research offers valuable insights to management accountants who play a critical role in the reporting, governance and value creation processes of their organizations.”

Friedman earned his doctorate, master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. During his tenure at the university, he taught core managerial accounting and
helped teach entrepreneurship and materials science and engineering courses as a graduate fellow for the Innovation and Technology Management course.  His work is published in journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Management Accounting Research and the Journal of Accounting and Economics.

About the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (the Association) is the most influential body of professional accountants, combining the strengths of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to power opportunity, trust and prosperity for people, businesses and economies worldwide. It represents 667,000 members and students across 184 counties and territories in public and management accounting and advocates for the public interest and business sustainability on current and emerging issues. With broad reach, rigor and resources, the Association advances the reputation, employability and quality of CPAs, CGMAs and accounting and finance professionals globally.

About the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation
The CGMA designation is the most widely held management accounting designation in the world. It was established in 2012 by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) to elevate the profession of management accounting globally.  It distinguishes more than 150,000 accounting and finance professionals who have advanced proficiency in finance, operations, strategy and management. In the U.S., the vast majority are also CPAs.  The CGMA designation is underpinned by extensive global research to maintain the highest relevance with employers and develop competencies most in demand. CGMAs qualify through rigorous education, exam and experience requirements. They must commit to lifelong education and adhere to a stringent code of ethical conduct. Businesses, governments and nonprofits around the world trust CGMAs to guide critical decisions that drive strong performance.

About the American Accounting Association 
The American Accounting Association is the largest community of accountants in academia. Founded in 1916, we have a rich and reputable history built on leading-edge research and publications. The diversity of our membership creates a fertile environment for collaboration and innovation. Collectively, we shape the future of accounting through teaching, research and a powerful network, ensuring our position as thought leaders in accounting.