Accounting
Todd  Sayre

Todd Sayre

Associate Professor

Associate Professor Todd Sayre is a highly accomplished academic whose research examines ethics in financial accounting and sustainable, socially responsible business. Dr. Sayre is a Certified Public Accountant with a Ph.D. in Business Administration, as well as holding additional professional certification in sustainability reporting, which was granted by the Global Reporting Initiative.

Dr. Sayre’s recent articles turn the lens on topical issues in the digital space, exploring the usefulness of traffic measures across internet sectors and debating the value-relevance of financial and nonfinancial information for online businesses. In addition, they explore relevant financial topics, arguing the case that shareholder ownership is in fact a myth and discussing the implications on accounting.

Having received recognition for his achievements in financial research by the Western Region American Accounting Association, as well as receiving the Outstanding Research Award from the School of Management, Professor Sayre hopes his students will adopt a similar rigor for directing their knowledge of accounting towards causes that help drive meaningful, sustainable change.

Sabbatical

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Dr. Sayre will be taking a sabbatical leave, during which time he will be working on two articles, each in collaboration with a USF School of Management peer – one with J.P. Allen and one with Carol Graham. Dr. Sayre and his colleagues will challenge the belief that the concept of maximizing shareholder value should be the primary goal of business, and argue that this concept should have a reduced role in business education. This work is intended to show educators and students that they can teach and consider business strategies that create environmental and societal benefits.

Education

Ph.D., Business Administration, Major: Accounting; Minor: Judgment and Decision Making, University of Arizona, 1995

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last 3 years of teaching and do not represent the current course offerings.
  • BUS 202: Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 345: Intro to Sustainable Business
  • BUS 201: Principles of Accounting I
Publications

The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

"The Effects of Task Interdependency on Cooperative and Competitive Group Processes: An Example of Scheduling Audit Engagements," Human Resource Management Research, Vol. 2, No. 5, 2012 (with Carol Graham)

"Responses to Risk in Tournaments," Accounting Organizations and Society, 2012 (with F.W. Rankin)

Honors and Awards

Outstanding Research Award, USF School of Management, 2000

Todd Sayre, University of San Francisco School of Management