Ken Bills is an Associate Professor of accounting in the Eli Broad College of Business. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a PhD in accounting in 2012. Prior to joining the Accounting & Information Systems Department, Ken was an Associate Professor and Doris M. Cook Chair in Accounting at the University of Arkansas and an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University. Ken teaches advanced auditing in the M.S. in Accounting program and has previously taught audit and assurance services for undergraduates. He is a Certified Public Accountant in Utah and worked as a senior auditor for Tanner LC in Salt Lake City, Utah prior to joining academia. His research has been published in such journals as The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory.
Bills, K. L., M. Cobabe, J. Pittman, and S. E. Stein.
2020. To share or not to share: The importance of peer firm similarity to
auditor choice. Forthcoming, Accounting, Organizations and Society.
Bills, K. L., C.
Hayne, S. E. Stein. 2018. A field study on small accounting firm membership in
associations and networks: Implications for audit quality. The Accounting Review 93 (5): 73-96.
Bills, K. L., L. L.
Lisic, T. A. Seidel. 2017. Do CEO succession and succession planning affect stakeholders'
perceptions of financial reporting risk? Evidence from audit fees. The Accounting Review 92 (4): 27-52.
Bills, K. L., L. M.
Cunningham, and L. A. Myers. 2016. Small audit firm membership in associations,
networks, and alliances: Implications for audit quality and audit fees. The Accounting Review 91 (3): 767-792.
K. L., Q. T. Swanquist, and R. L. Whited. 2016. Growing pains: Audit quality
and office growth. Contemporary
Accounting Research 33 (1): 288-313.
K. L., and N. M. Stephens. 2016. Spatial competition at the intersection of the
large and small audit firm markets. Auditing:
A Journal of Practice & Theory 35 (1): 23-45.
Bills, K. L., R. Glasscock, and D. Johnston. 2015. The
capital market pricing of suspended exploratory well costs. Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly 64 (2):
K. L., S. E. Stein, and D. C. Jeter. 2015. Auditor industry specialization and
evidence of cost efficiencies in homogenous industries. The Accounting Review 90 (5): 1721-1754.