Alex Thevaranjan

Associate Professor of Accounting

(315) 443-3355
Room: 639

PhD (accounting), Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

PhD (accounting), Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Research Topics

  • Agency theory
  • Managerial accounting
  • Incentive schemes
  • The ethics of economics
  • Economic solutions to spam
  • Ethical leadership

Professor Thevaranjan teaches courses in managerial accounting and has a special interest in teaching students to understand the role that ethics and values play in organizational decision making. He also directs the Whitman/SU summer study and internship program in Singapore.

Professor Thevaranjan’s research revolves around agency theory and organizational control. The main contribution of his research has been in extending the principal-agent framework to study issues pertaining to effort allocation.

Selected Publications

"A Moral Solution to the Moral Hazard Problem," (2009), Accounting, Organizations and Society, with D. Stevens.

"Returns to Scale Pattern and Efficient Firm Size in the Public Accounting Industry: An Empirical Investigation," (2009), Journal of the Operational Research Society, with H. Chang and G. Galantine 

"Investigating Pricing Solutions to Combat Spam," (2008), Journal of Interactive Marketing, with K. Joseph.

"Shielding of CEO Compensation from the Income-decreasing Effects of Strategic Expenditures," 2002, Contemporary Accounting Research, Volume 19, No. 2, 175-193, (with Dura, A. and Iyenghar, R.)

"Monitoring and Incentives in Sales Organizations: An Agency Theoretic Perspective," 1998, Marketing Science, 17(2): 107-123, (with Joseph, K.).

Selected Publications
  • "Product Line Extensions and the Redesign of Salesforce Compensation: A Principal-Agent Perspective", , 128
  • "A Moral Solution to the Moral Hazard Problem", Accounting, Organizations and Society, forthcoming, (with Stevens, D.)