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PricewaterhouseCoopers Awards Bentley College Two Inaugural Research Grants

June 3, 2007

Bentley College researchers received two of the 13 grants awarded from PricewaterhouseCoopers as part of its first-ever international PwC INQuires program, established to assist faculty and PhD students seeking to increase the knowledge base that contributes to the practice of auditing and tax.

Jean Bedard, Timothy B. Harbert Professor of Accountancy, and PhD student Kimberly Westermann, received a grant for their research entitled "Remediation of Internal Control Material Weaknesses." Their co-investigators are Rani Hoitash, who will join Bentley faculty this summer, and Udi Hoitash, a PhD student at Rutgers University.

A second grant was awarded to Mohammad J. Abdolmohammadi, John E. Rhodes Professor of Accountancy; William J. Read, professor of Accountancy; and PhD student Kwadwo Asare for the project, "Expanding Auditors' Knowledge of Detailed Corporate Governance Factors Associated with Financial Fraud and Restatements."

"The selection of two Bentley teams is an affirmation of the practice-relevance of research by Bentley College faculty," says Bedard. "The topics of these two proposals -- internal control and fraud detection -- are of crucial importance in the current environment."

Abdolmohammadi emphasized how important it is to have a program that encourages faculty collaboration with doctoral students."The financial support provides an opportunity for our PhD students to engage, under supervision, in applied research that is of interest to the profession," he said.

"It also provides the chance for the students to work closely with professorial mentors in a research study that holds promise for publication," adds Read. "The award highlights Bentley's active role in practical academic research and the training of future scholars."

 

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