Faculty – Gary Previts

GaryPrevits - Professor, Accountancy

E. Mandell de Windt Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development
Professor, Accountancy
Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University
Council Member , Advisory Council, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board
Trustee, The Academy of Accounting Historians

gary.previts@case.edu
(216) 368-2074

Initially Appointed: 1979

The first of Gary Previts’ two research streams is the development of accounting thought and institutions, and his work investigates the corporate origins and ongoing events that have shaped contemporary accounting practices. His second area of focus is on regulation of accounting disclosures. In this research, He has worked with coauthors to review and evalute the contributions of principal policy setters such as at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Government Accounting Standards Board. He has also worked with agencies such as the Government Accountability Office, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board regarding their oversight and regulatory responsibilities. His experiences assist in understanding how – at any given time – the prevailing economy provides context for discussion and resolution of issues.

Ph.D., University of Florida, 1972
M.Acc., The Ohio State University, 1964
B.B.A., John Carroll University, 1963


Interests and Courses

Research

- Development of Accounting Thought and Institutions
- Regulation and Analysis of Corporate Disclosure
- Education Policy

Teaching

- Financial Accounting, Regulation, Disclosure and Analysis
- Accounting History
- Business History

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Previts, G. J., Walton, P., Wolnizer, P. (2012). In Previts and Bricker, SDAT Series Editors, VOL 14D (Ed.),
    A Global History of Accounting, Financial Reporting and Public Policy: Eurasia, Middle East and Africa Emerald.
  • Roybark, H., Coffman, E., Previts, G. J. (2012). In Stewart Jones (Ed.),
    The First Quarter Century of the GASB (1984-2009) Part II: A Perspective on Standard Setting (vol. 48, issue 2, pp. 147-198). Sydney: Abacus.
  • Roybark, H., Coffman, E., Previts, G. J. (2012). In Stewart Jones (Ed.),
    The First Quarter Century of the GASB (1984-2009) Part I: A Perspective on Standard Setting (vol. 48, issue 1, pp. 1-30). Sydney: Abacus.
  • Previts, G. J., Peter, W., Peter, W. (2011). In Previts and Bricker, SDAT Series Editors (Ed.),
    A Global History of Accounting, Financial Reporting and Public Policy: Asia and Oceania (vol. 14 C, ). London: Emerald.
  • Previts, G. J., Walton, P., Wolnizer , P. (2011). In Previts and Bricker, SDAT Series Editors (Ed.),
    A Global History of Accounting, Financial Reporting and Public Policy: The Americas and Public Policy: Volume A Europe (vol. 14 B , ). Emerald Press : Emerald Press.
  • Previts, G. J., Badua, F. A., Vasarhelyi, M. A. (2011). In Richard Fleischman (Ed.),
    Tracing the Development of Accounting Thought (vol. 38, issue 1, pp. 31-56). Birmingham AL: The Accounting Historians Journal .
  • Previts, G. J., Peter, W., Peter, W. (2010). In Previts and Bricker, SDAT Series Editors (Ed.),
    A Global History of Accounting, Financial Reporting and Public Policy: Europe (vol. 14 A , ). London:
  • Previts, G. J., Matsumoto, Y. (2010).
    The Dual Audit System for Joint-Stock Companies in Japan Accounting, Business and Financial History.
  • Previts, G. J., Russ, R., Coffman, E. N. (2009).
    Corporate Governance in the 19th Century: Evidence from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company Accounting Historians Journal .
  • Previts, G. J., Flesher, D., Sharp, A. (2007).
    Eight Special Women in Accounting Journal of Accountancy.
  • Previts, G. J., Parbonetti, A., Markarian, G. (2007).
    The Convergence of Governance and Disclosure Practices in the World's Largest Firms, (vol. 15, issue 2, pp. 294-310). Corporate Governance: An International Review: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Previts, G. J., Moehrle, S. R., Reynolds-Moehrle, J. A. (2006).
    The CPA Profession: Opportunities, Responsibilities and Services (2006 ed., pp. 254). New York, New York: American Insitute of Certified Public Accountants.
  • Previts, G. J., Russ, R. W., Coffman, E. N. (2006).
    The Stockholder Review Committee of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company (1828-1857): Evidence of Changes in Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance, (pp. 125-144). Accounting Historians Journal.
  • Previts, G. J., Flesher, D. L., Samson, W. D. (2006).
    Corporate Governance and External and Internal Controls: The Case of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, Circa 1831, (pp. 45-62). Issues in Accounting Education.
  • Previts, G. J. (2005).
    Education with Purpose Journal of Accountancy.
  • Previts, G. J., Flesher, D. L., Samson, W. D. (2005).
    Auditing in the United States, A Historical Perspective Abacus.
  • Previts, G. J., Flesher, D., Samson, W. (2003).
    Quality of Earnings: The Case of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad in the 19th Century Issues in Accounting Education.
  • Previts, G. J., Coffman, E., Roybark, H. (2003).
    Keeping Watch! Recounting 25 Years of the Office of the Chief Accountant: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Abacus.
  • Previts, G. J., Merino, B. (1998).
    A History of Accountancy in the United States (pp. 576). Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio State University Press [Re-published in Chinese in 2007 under OSU Press contract].


Presentations

  • Previts, G. J. 63rd Annual Meeting, "Why Accounting Must Change!", Southeast Region, American Accounting Association, (2011).
  • Previts, G. J. (Presenter & Author), Flesher, D. L. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, "Donaldson Brown (1885-1965): 20th Century Financial Manager: The Power of An Idea Over Time", American Accounting Association, Nw York City. (2009).
  • Previts, G. J. Annual Saxe Memorial Lecture, "21st Century Auditing Challenges", Baruch College, New York City. (2008).
  • Previts, G. J., Flesher, D., Sharp, A. American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, "Personal Property and the Mobile and Ohio Railroad in the 1850s: 'Emancipated by Force of Circumstances.'", American Accounting Association, Washington, D.C.. (2006).
  • Previts, G. J., Flesher, D. L. Accounting Hall of Fame and Academy of Accounting Historians Conference, "Donaldson Brown, Innovator of the DuPont Formula: His Influence on Financial Management", Accounting Hall of Fame and Academy of Accounting Historians, The Ohio State University. (2005).
  • Previts, G. J., Flesher, D. L., Samson, W. D. Annual Accounting, Business & Financial History Conference, "The Railroad Influence on the Development of the American Accounting Profession,", Centre for Business Performance,Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, Cardiff, UK. (2005).
  • Previts, G. J., Kramer, S. Southeast Region, American Accounting Association, "The International Match Company Scandal: Rediscovered History", American Accounting Association, (2005).
  • Previts, G. J. Osaka City University Presentation, "Pathways for Common Goals,", Osaka City University, Japan. (2005).


Academic and Professional Activities

  • Member, Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession, United States Department of the Treasury, 2007 - 2008
  • Officer, President/Elect/Past, American Accounting Association , 2007 - 2008
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Accounting History (AUS), 1997 - Present
  • Editorial Review Board Member, Accounting Historians Journal, 1993 - Present
  • Editor, Guest/Special Issue, Abacus, 1988 - 2011
  • Editor, Journal Editor, Research in Accounting Regulation, Cleveland, Ohio , 1987 - Present
  • Accreditation Team Member, AACSB, 1984 - Present
  • Trustee, The Academy of Accounting Historians, 1974 - Present
  • Officer, President/Elect/Past, Academy of Accounting Historians, 1973 - 1975


Awards

  • 125 People of Impact in Accounting: Leaders who left a mark on the profession , American Institute of CPAs. (2012).
  • Accounting Hall of Fame, The Ohio State University. (2011).
  • Distinguished University Professor, Case Western Reserve University . (2011).
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, The Association of Accounting and Finance Academics of Turkey. (2010).
  • 2010 Outstanding Educator, The American Accounting Association. (2010).
  • Gold Medal for Service, The American Insitute of CPAs. (2007).
  • Gold Medal for Meritorious Service to the CPA Profession, The Ohio Society of CPA. (2002).
  • Research Recognition Award, Weatherhead School of Management. (2000).
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Accounting Education, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.. (1996).
  • Theodore M. Alfred Distinguished Service Award, Weatherhead School of Management. (1995).
  • Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Award of Merit, Federation of Schools of Accountancy. (1991).



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