Karl Schuhmacher completed his PhD in Management at the University of Lausanne in 2014. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 2016, Schuhmacher was a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. Schuhmacher's primary research focus is related to management accounting, activity based costing, and information aggregation.
Areas of Expertise (4)
Budgeting and Planning
University of Lausanne: PhD, Management 2014
University of Mannheim: Diplom-Kaufmann, Business Administration 2009
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Goizueta Business School welcomes new faculty
Goizueta welcomes new faculty including (from left to right) Vilma Todri, assistant professor of information systems & operations management; Rohan Ganduri, assistant professor of finance; Jesse Bockstedt, associate professor of information systems & operations management; Cassandra Estep, assistant professor of accounting; Karl Schuhmacher, assistant professor of accounting; Inyoung Chae, assistant professor of marketing; Demetrius Lewis, assistant professor of organization & management; Morgan Ward, assistant professor of marketing; and Tian Heong Chan, assistant professor of information systems & operations management. John Kim, not pictured, is a lecturer in organization & management.
“We are thrilled about these additions to our team,” says Kristy Towry, vice dean for faculty & research, Goizueta Term Chair in Accounting, and professor of accounting. “They are all innovators in their fields, and I can’t wait to see what new knowledge they’ll bring to the table here at Goizueta.”
The controllability principle suggests evaluating managers solely based on performance measures they can control. In practice, however, companies often disregard this principle. Therefore, our study addresses organisational benefits linked to the lack of controllability in measures used for managers’ performance evaluations. We draw on important case-based findings to establish a positive ‘base relationship’ between lack of controllability and proactive work behaviour. We test this base relationship with a large-scale sample and find that companies encourage higher levels of proactive work behaviour when they rely on less controllable performance measures. Drawing on recent developments in role theory, we advance previous research and extend the base model by including the theoretical construct of flexible role orientation. We examine different mechanisms through which flexible role orientation potentially impacts the base model. Using survey responses from 432 managers, we find evidence for a mediation model as opposed to an interaction model. Specifically, we find that lack of controllability enhances role conflict, which in turn induces more flexible role orientations ultimately resulting in higher levels of proactive work behaviour.
This study examines the moderating effects of performance measurement systems (PMS), i.e. PMS sophistication (i.e. BSC-like PMS), on the relationships between internal values drivers (internal efficiency, employee commitment, organizational flexibility) and performance outcomes (customer satisfaction, market performance, financial performance). Consistent with arguments of BSC proponents we argue that highly sophisticated PMS help managers to better manage the relationship between less straightforward value drivers and performance outcomes. We find that level of PMS sophistication moderates some of the relationships between internal value drivers and performance outcomes. Specifically, performance effects shift from more straightforward value drivers (internal efficiency), to less straightforward ones (employee commitment and organizational flexibility) when complexity and, thus, PMS sophistication are high. In line with our argumentation, we find a negative moderation effect of PMS sophistication on the relationship between internal efficiency and financial performance, and a positive moderation effect on the relationship between organizational flexibility and financial performance. Moreover, the relationship between employee commitment and market performance is positively moderated by PMS sophistication. Our empirical evidence is based on survey data from 331 electronic equipment-manufacturing companies.