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Melissa Martin

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  • Assistant Professor of Accounting


  • PhD - University of Southern California (2008)
  • MS - Texas A & M University (2003)
  • BS - Texas A & M University (2003)


  • Rice University, Jones Graduate School of Business, 2013-2015
  • 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

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

Working Papers

  • Reilly, G., Nyberg, A., Maltarich, M., and Martin, M.:"Compensation Strategy: The Role of Threshold and Forgiveness in Pay-for-Performance Systems" (Revise and resubmit at Academy of Management Journal)
  • 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"
  • Shaw, J. and Martin, M.: "The Effect of Organization Level Variables on Individual Incentives: The Case of Pay Dispersion"
  • Cadmand, B., Carter, M.E., and Martin, M.: "Who sets price in the labor market: The case of dynamic CEOs"

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