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Melissa Martin

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  • Assistant Professor of Accounting


  • PhD, Accounting - University of Southern California (2009)
  • MS, Finance - Texas A & M University (2003)
  • BS, Accounting - Texas A & M University (2003)


  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business, 2013-2015
  • Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business, 2009-2015

Classes Taught

  • MBA Level Management Accounting 
  • Undergraduate Management Accounting

Research & Publications

Research Interests

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Incentive Compensation
  • Taxes
  • Non-financial Performance Measures

Selected Publications

  • Abdusalam, D., Reilly, G., Nyberg, A., Maltarich, M., and Martin, M.:"Pay-For-Performance, Sometimes: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Integrating Economic Rationality with Psychological Emotion to Predict Individual Performance" Academy of Management Journal, 2017

  • Brown, J., Drake, K. and Martin, M.: "Compensation in the Post-FIN 48 Period: The Case of Contracting on Tax Performance and Uncertainty " Contemporary Accounting Research, 2016

  • Chen, X., Martin, M. and Merchant, K.: "The Effect of Measurement Timing on the Information Content of Customer Satisfaction Measures"  Management Accounting Research, 2014

Working Papers

  • Drake, K. and Martin, M.:"Executive Compensation a Firm Life Cycle Analysis"
  • Drake, K. and Martin, M.:"Relative Performance Evaluation: The Role of Life Cycle Peers"
  • Drake, K. Engel, E., and Martin, M.: "Money for nothing? Using loss persistence information from tax accounts to examine bonus compensation in loss-making firms"
  • Carter, M.E., Lynch, L., and Martin, M.: "Compensation committee attribute and the treatment of earnings in incentive pay"
  • Larocque, S., Martin, M., and Walther, B.: "Analysts’ use of proxy statement compensation disclosures"
  • Abdusalam, D., Reilly, G., Nyberg, A., Maltarich, M., and Martin, M.:"Unintended Consequences of Pay-For-No-Performance: The Role of Individual Pay Decisions on Unit Performance and the Reactions of Human Capital Resources"

Research Grants

Institute of Management Accountants, 2007, to support research on the impact of economic
assumptions on incentive system effectiveness.

Awards & Affiliations

  • John W. Teets Excellence in Teaching Award (Best Undergradute Business Professor)
  • MBA Core Curriculum Teaching Award (Finalist) 
  • Scott and Mary Donaldson/Ernst & Young Excellence in Teaching 
  • Institute of Management Accountants Research Grant 
  • Mary Pickford Endowed Teaching Award 
  • KPMG/PhD Project Diversity Fellowship 
  • University of Southern California Doctoral Fellowship 
  • Gamma Phi Beta Outstanding Professor 
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon Outstanding Professor 
  • Alpha Delta Pi Outstanding Professor