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Ken Bills

Associate Professor
Department: Accounting and Information Systems
Office:
North Business Building
632 Bogue St Rm N217
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 884-1677
Curriculum Vitae
  • Biography
    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 ReviewContemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations, and Society, and Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory
  • Publications
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    Zimmerman, A. B., K. L. Bills, and M. Causholli. 2020. The market premium for audit partners with Big 4 experience. Forthcoming, Accounting Horizons.
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    Bills, K. L., C. Hayne, S. E. Stein. 2021. Collaborating with competitors: How do small firm accounting associations and networks successfully manage coopetitive tensions? Contemporary Accounting Research 38 (1): 545-585.
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    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. Accounting, Organizations and Society 83: 1-24.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Bills, K. L., Q. T. Swanquist, and R. L. Whited. 2016. Growing pains: Audit quality and office growth. Contemporary Accounting Research 33 (1): 288-313.
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    Bills, 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.
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    Bills, K. L., L. M. Cunningham. 2015. How small audit firm membership in associations, networks, and alliances can impact audit quality and audit fees. Current Issues in Auditing 9 (2): 29-35.
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    Bills, K. L., R. Glasscock, and D. Johnston. 2015. The capital market pricing of suspended exploratory well costs. Oil, Gas & Energy Quarterly 64 (2): 173-182.
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    Bills, 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.
  • Awards
    • Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory Outstanding Service Award
      Award for Outstanding Service as a Reviewer for Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory