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Ken Bills

Associate Professor
Department: Accounting and Information Systems
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, and Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory
  • Publications
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.