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Alex Thevaranjan

Alex Thevaranjan

Associate Professor of Accounting

315-443-3355
Room: 639
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Ph D, University of Minnesota (Accounting)


Research Topics

  • Agency theory
  • Entrepreneurial accounting
  • Incentive schemes
  • Ethics of economics
  • Economic solutions to spam
  • Ethical leadership

Professor Thevaranjan has a special interest in encouraging students to do a side business and to teach them the financial and managerial accounting they need to make decisions related to do their side business. He also emphasizes the importance of ethical decision making. In the past, he also directed the summer internship program in Singapore and taught in the Sejong-Syracuse MBA program in South Korea.

Professor Thevaranjan’s research revolves around agency theory and organizational control. His main contribution has been extending the principal-agent framework to study issues pertaining to morality and moral hazard. Currently, he is researching the interplay between the moral and incentive solutions to the moral hazard problem.

Working Papers
  • "The Effect of Audit Quality on Cash Incentive Compensation. ", , 2013 (with Fernando, G.)
  • "How should firms deal with unprofitable customers? The Impact on Salesforce Compensation.", , 2013 (with Banerjee, S.)
  • "Multi-product Interactions and Salesforce Compensation.", , 2013 (with Banerjee, S.)
  • "Optimal Mix of Incentive Solutions and Moral Solutions.", , 2013
  • "Targeting and Salesforce Compensation: How to deal with unprofitable customers?", (with Banerjee, S.)
  • "Multi-product Interactions and Salesforce Compensation", (with Banerjee, S.)
  • "Multi-product Interactions and Incentives", (with Banerjee, S.)
  • "The Optimal Contract in the Presence of Moral Sensitivity and Reciprocity",
Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Teaching Award - Syracuse University (1993)
  • Heilman Award for Excellence in Teaching - University of Minnesota (1992)