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Kristy Towry - Emory University, Goizueta Business School. Atlanta, GA, US

Kristy Towry Kristy Towry

Vice Dean for Faculty and Research; John and Lucy Cook Professorship; Professor of Accounting | Emory University, Goizueta Business School





Kristy L. Towry is Vice Dean of Faculty and Research, Goizueta Term Chair, and Professor of Accounting at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Professor Towry joined the Goizueta Business School faculty in 2002, after receiving her Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. She has extensive experience in managerial accounting and finance, including a number of positions at Exxon and Compaq. Professor Towry's research relates to the use of accounting information for managerial decision making, with a focus on managerial control systems and financial incentives. Her research, based on the experimental method, blends theory from economics, psychology, and other social sciences to provide insights into accounting issues. She has published in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and other accounting and economics journals.

Areas of Expertise (3)

Managerial Accounting Internal Audit Behavioral Economics

Education (3)

The University of Texas at Austin: Ph.D., Accounting 2002

Texas A&M University: M.B.A., Accounting and Finance 1988

Northwestern State University of Louisiana: B.Sc., Mathematics and Computer Science 1982

Media Appearances (2)

Sports doesn’t hold monopoly on high-stake tournaments

EmoryBusiness.com  online


“There’s all kinds of evidence that people get a kick out of winning, even when a prize is not attached,” said Goizueta Business School Accounting Professor Kristy Towry, who researches behavioral economics.

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Carrots, Not Sticks Motivate Workers

Michigan State University  online


Sedatole authored the study – titled “Sticks and Carrots: The Effect of Contract Frame on Effort in Incomplete Contracts” – with Margaret Christ of the University of Georgia and Kristy Towry of Emory University...

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