Fei Du

Fei Du

Associate Professor of Accountancy and Arthur Anderson Fellowship in Accountancy

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Biography

Fei Du is an associate professor of accountancy in Gies College of Business. Before she joined the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017, she taught at the University of Hong Kong from 2011-2017. Fei is interested in archival managerial accounting research. Her research focuses on the role of social preferences and social equity in managerial decision making. She enjoys working with data, such as extracting unstructured data, putting such data into order, identifying useful variables, and building databases for organizational decision-making purposes. Fei runs field interviews with practitioners to guide her empirical efforts. Her research has appeared in top academic journals, including The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, Academy of Management Journal, and Journal of Management Accounting Research. She won the American Accounting Association’s Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature Award in 2016 and its Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award in 2018.

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298 Wohlers Hall

1206 S. Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

217-300-5711

feidu@illinois.edu

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Accounting, University of Southern California, 2011
  • B.A., Accounting, Beijing Technology and Business University, 2003

Positions Held

  • Associate Professor of Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020 to present
  • Assistant Professor of Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017-2020
  • Assistant Professor of Accountancy, University of Hong Kong, 2011-2017

Recent Publications

  • Wang, D., Du, F., & Marquis, C. (2019). Defending Mao's Dream: How Politicians' Ideological Imprinting Affects Firms' Political Appointment in China. Academy of Management Journal, 62 (4), 1111-1136.
  • Xu, D., Zhou, K., & Du, F. (2019). Deviant versus Aspirational Risk Taking: The Effects of Performance Feedback on Bribery Expenditure and R&D Intensity. Academy of Management Journal, 62 (4), 1226-1251.
  • Cheng, Q., Du, F., Wang, X., & Wang, Y. (2019). Do Corporate Site Visits Impact Stock Prices. Contemporary Accounting Research, 36 (1), 359-388.
  • Dai, N., Du, F., Tang, G., & Young, M. (2018). Seeking Legitimacy through quality CSR Reporting: Evidence from China. Journal of Management Accounting Research, 30 (1), 1-29.
  • Du, F., & Xu, K. (2018). The Path to Independence: Board Cohesion, Cognitive Conflict, and Information Sharing. Journal of Management Accounting Research, 30 (1), 31-54.
  • Du, F., Erkens, D., Young, M., & Tang, G. (2018). How Adopting New Performance Measures Affects Subjective Performance Evaluations: Evidence from EVA Adoption by Chinese State-Owned Enterprises. The Accounting Review, 93 (1), 161-185.

Other Publications

Articles

  • Cheng, Q., Du, F., Wang, X., & Wang, Y. (2016). Seeing is Believing: Analysts' Corporate Site Visits. Review of Accounting Studies, 21 (4), 1245-1286.
  • Young, M., Du, F., Dworkis, K., & Olsen, K. (2016). It's All about All of Us: The Rise of Global Narcissism and Its Implications for Management Control System Research. Journal of Management Accounting Research, 28 (1), 39-55.
  • Du, F. (2016). Discussion of 'The Impact of IFRS Goodwill Reporting on Financial Analysts' Equity Valuation Judgments: Some Experimental Evidence'. Accounting and Finance, 56 159-164.
  • Du, F., Tang, G., & Young, M. (2012). Influence Activities and Favoritism in Subjective Performance Evaluation: Evidence from Chinese State-owned Enterprises. The Accounting Review, 87 (5), 1555-1588.
  • Young, M., Van der Stede, W., Gong, J., Sandino, T., & Du, F. (2008). The Business of Selling Movies. Strategic Finance, 35-41.

Honors and Awards

  • Arthur Anderson Fellowship, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Accountancy, 2019 to present
  • R.C. Evans Data Analytics Fellow, University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics, 2018-2020
  • Raymond A. Hoffman Faculty Excellence Award, Department of Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018-2019
  • Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award, Management Accounting Section, American Accounting Association, 2018
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017, 2018
  • Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature Award, Management Accounting Section, American Accounting Association, 2016

Grants

  • Analyst Teamwork: Team Composition and Forecast Performance.” Principle Investigator, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2014-2015
  • Seeing is Believing: Do Analysts Benefit from Site Visits? Principle Investigator, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong Research Grants Council, 2013-2014

Teaching Interests

Fei currently teaches Data Analytics for Management Accounting (ACCY 512). This course serves to build up students' data analytics skills and provides interactive workshops for students to work on hands-on data cases in small groups. Students learn how to collect, clean, analyze, interpret, and communicate data to facilitate managerial decision-making. Here is a link to the road map for this course: https://prezi.com/view/BQTk0YHwUrRB6yZi0tgl
Fei has taught Cost Accounting, Management Accounting, and Management Control System. Feel free to download some managerial accounting mini-cases from her website www.feidu.us

Research Interests

Fei is interested in studying the interactive effect of social preferences and control systems on employees’ behavior and organizational outcomes. Fei's research has examined how social preferences affect subjective performance evaluation, information sharing, and the formation of social ties. To study these research questions, Fei uses a variety of research methods and complements the archival empirical analysis with fieldwork. Fei focuses on the following research topics: (1) Subjective performance evaluation, for example, how supervisors' subjective adjustments vary with the characteristics of subordinates being evaluated and with the attributes of performance measures being adopted; (2) Information sharing, for example, how analysts and fund managers benefit from talking with firm managers during their corporate site visits, and how independent directors become less subject to CEO influence when the information sharing in boardrooms is more sufficient. (3) Political ties, for example, how political ties affect companies' capability building, bribery activities, and risk-taking behaviour.

Current Courses

  • Data Analytics for Mgmt Acctg (ACCY 512) Data analytics incorporated into management decision making, including planning, cost management, and management control system design. Focuses on developing your skills of gathering and analyzing data for internal decision making purposes.

  • ACCY Analytics Appl - A (ACCY 578) Develops students’ knowledge regarding the role, methods, and implications of business and data analytics in accounting via real-world applications of fundamental and advanced analytics principles. Application opportunities span multiple areas of accounting, including audit, fraud identification and detection, financial accounting, and managerial accounting. After engaging in this course, students should (1) have a foundational understanding of the role of business / data analytics in accounting and (2) be able to apply this knowledge to real-world clients, business decisions, etc.

  • Accy Analytics Appl A (ACCY 593) Individual investigations or research projects selected by the students, subject to approval by the graduate adviser and the executive officer of the Department.

Contact

298 Wohlers Hall

1206 S. Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

217-300-5711

feidu@illinois.edu

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