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Gordon ’73 Ranks High in Accounting Research

Lawrence Gordon, Ph.D. ’73

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Rensselaer’s economics department can boast an alumnus who ranks in the top 1 percent of accounting researchers worldwide. In a new study, “Prolific Authors of Accounting Literature,” Lawrence Gordon, Ph.D. ’73, was ranked 35th out of the 4,890 accounting faculty members from around the world. He was also ranked as being the most prolific person to receive a Ph.D. in 1973.

Gordon is the Ernst & Young Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting and Information Assurance, and director of the Ph.D. program, at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is also an affiliate professor in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Gordon earned his Ph.D. in managerial economics, with an emphasis on applying economics and statistics to accounting, from Rensselaer. An internationally known scholar in the area of managerial accounting, Gordon researches such issues as corporate performance measures, cost management systems, information security, and capital investments.

His current research focuses on issues related to the “economic aspects of information security,” says Gordon. “This research addresses such questions as: What is the real economic effect of cybersecurity breaches? How much should an organization invest in cybersecurity activities? And, how does information sharing help prevent cybersecurity breaches and increase homeland security?”

Gordon is the author of more than 85 articles and several books. In addition, he is the editor in chief of the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals.
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Rensselaer Magazine: Summer 2004
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