Jessen Hobson

Jessen Hobson

Professor of Accountancy and Director of Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics and PwC Faculty Fellow

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Biography

Professor of Accountancy Jessen L. Hobson is the director of the University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics, the co-director of the Gies Behavioral Research Lab, and the PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Faculty Fellow at the University of Illinois. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin, his B.S. and M.S. degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University and was an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining the Gies faculty in 2009. Jessen teaches graduate-level audit and data analytics. His research examines how and why managers over-report their performance, how investors and auditors can detect that deception, and how investors use and misuse information. Jessen’s research has been published in the top journals in his field, including The Accounting Review and The Journal of Accounting Research.

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4011 Business Instructional Facility

515 Gregory Drive

Champaign, IL 61820

217-265-0327

jlhobson@illinois.edu

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Accounting, University of Texas at Austin, 2006
  • B.S., Accounting, Brigham Young University, 1999
  • M.S., Accounting, Brigham Young University, 1999

Positions Held

  • Director of Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020 to present
  • Professor, Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2020 to present
  • Behavioral Research Lab Faculty Co-Coordinator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019 to present
  • Associate Professor of Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015-2020
  • Assistant Professor of Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009-2015
  • Assistant Professor, Florida State University, 2006-2009

Recent Publications

  • Hobson, J., Sommerfeldt, R., & Wang, L. Forthcoming. Cheating for the cause: the effects of performance-based pay on socially-oriented misreporting. The Accounting Review.
  • Hecht, G., Hobson, J., & Wang, L. (2020). The Effect of Performance Reporting Frequency on Employee Performance. The Accounting Review, 95 (4), 199-218.
  • Hobson, J., Stern, M., & Zimbelman, A. (2020). The Benefit of Mean Auditors: The Influence of Social Interaction and the Dark Triad on Unjustified Auditor Trust. Contemporary Accounting Research, 37 (2), 1217-1247.
  • Hobson, J., Elliott, W., & Grant, S. (2020). Trader Participation in Disclosure: Implications of Direct Interactions with Management. Contemporary Accounting Research, 37 (1), 68-100.

Other Publications

Articles

  • Hobson, J., Mayew, W., Peecher, M., & Venkatachalam, M. (2017). Improving Experienced Auditors' Detection of Deception in CEO Narratives. Journal of Accounting Research, 1-30.  link >
  • Brink, A., Hobson, J., & Stevens, D. (2017). The Effect of High Power Financial Incentives on Excessive Risk-Taking Behavior: An Experimental Examination. Journal of Management Accounting Research, 29 (1), 13-29.
  • Harris, L., Hobson, J., & Jackson, K. (2016). The Effect of Investor Status on Investors' Susceptibility to Earnings Fixation. Contemporary Accounting Research, 33 (1), 152-171.  link >
  • Bowlin, K., Hobson, J., & Piercey, M. (2015). The Effects of Auditor Rotation, Professional Skepticism, and Interactions with Managers on Audit Quality. The Accounting Review, 90 (4), 1363-1393.
  • Elliott, W., Hobson, J., & White, B. (2015). Earnings Metrics, Information Processing, and Price Efficiency in Laboratory Markets. Journal of Accounting Research, 53 (3), 555-592.
  • Hobson, J., Mayew, W., & Venkatachalam, M. (2012). Analyzing Speech to Detect Financial Misreporting. Journal of Accounting Research, 50 (2), 349-392.
  • Elliott, W., Hobson, J., & Jackson, K. (2011). Disaggregating Management Earnings Forecasts to Reduce Investors' Susceptibility to Earnings Fixation. The Accounting Review, 86 (1), 185-208.
  • Hobson, J. (2011). Do the Benefits of Reducing Accounting Complexity Persist in Markets Prone to Bubble? Contemporary Accounting Research, 28 (3), 957-989.
  • Hobson, J., Mellon, M., & Stevens, D. (2011). Determinants of Moral Judgments Regarding Budgetary Slack: An Experimental Examination of Pay Scheme and Personal Values. Behavioral Research in Accounting, 23 (1).
  • Hobson, J., & Kachelmeier, S. (2005). Strategic Disclosure of Risky Prospects: A Laboratory Experiment. The Accounting Review, 80 (3), 825-846.

Other Publications

  • Hobson, J. (2012). "'Hello,'" he lied" by Reynolds Holding, Reuters, Breaking Views. February 7.
  • Hobson, J. (2012). "Can Executives' Speech Patterns Provide a Good Investment Guide?" by Katherine Heires, Institutional Investor Magazine. March 23.
  • Hobson, J. (2012). "Could voice analysis software give away lying CEOS? New system picks up tiny 'tells' which could warn investors of fraud" by Rob Waugh, MailOnline.com. February 3.
  • Hobson, J. (2012). "Is That CEO Being Honest? Tone of Voice May Tell A Lot" by Mark Memmott, NPR, The Two-Way. February 2.
  • Hobson, J. (2012). "Listening Without Prejudice: How the Experts Analyze Earnings Calls for Lies, Bluffs, and Other Flags." By Sterling Wong, Minyanville. April 18.
  • Hobson, J. (2012). "The Vocal Clues that Show if a CEO is Lying" by Shanny Basar, Financial News. January 18.
  • Hobson, J. (2012). The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. January 13.
  • Hobson, J. (2011). "Findings" A Daily Roundup of Academic Studies. Serious, Sublime, Surreal, and Otherwise: Big Business" by Kevin Lewis. October.
  • Hobson, J. (2011). "QandA Deception Detection," Perspectives, College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Volume 10, Number 2. Fall.
  • Hobson, J. (2010). "Watch Your P's and Nonverbal Cues" by Jeff Cossette, Investor Relations Magazine, Issue 212. Pg. 39. April.
  • Hobson, J. (2010). Financial Accounting Standards Research Initiative Blog. September.

Presentations

  • Hobson, J. (2014). The Effect of Language Style Matching and Power on the Accurate Assessment Managers' Reported Performance. Cornell University.
  • Hobson, J. (2014). The Effect of Language Style Matching and Power on the Accurate Assessment Managers' Reported Performance. University of Mississippi.
  • Hobson, J. (2013). The Effect of Language Style Matching and Power on the Accurate Assessment Managers' Reported Performance. Georgia Institute of Technology.
  • Hobson, J. (2013). Salient Earnings Metrics, Motivated Reasoning and Market Efficiency. American Accounting Association FARS Section Midyear Meeting.
  • Hobson, J. (2012). Salient Earnings Metrics, Motivated Reasoning and Market Efficiency. Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium.
  • Hobson, J. (2011). The Effect of Financial Incentives and Earnings Management on Excessive Risk-Taking Behavior: An Experimental Examination. Eighth Annual BYU Accounting Research Symposium.
  • Hobson, J. (2010). Analyzing Speech to Detect Misreporting. American Accounting Association Annual Meeting.
  • Hobson, J. (2009). Analyzing Speech to Detect Misreporting. Sixth Annual Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium.
  • Hobson, J. (2009). Disaggregating Management Forecasts to Reduce Investors' Susceptibility to Earnings Fixation. American Accounting Association 2009 Annual Meeting.
  • Hobson, J. (2009). Disaggregating Management Forecasts to Reduce Investors' Susceptibility to Earnings Fixation. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Accountancy Forum.
  • Hobson, J. (2009). More than Money: The Effects of Status and Narcissism on Managerial Overreporting. Florida State University Accounting Colloquium.
  • Hobson, J. (2008). More than Money: The Effects of Status and Narcissism on Managerial Overreporting. Experimental Social Science Research Group at Florida State University.
  • Hobson, J. (2008). Disaggregating Management Forecasts to Reduce Investors' Susceptibility to Earnings Fixation. American Accounting Association Accounting, Behavior and Organizations Section Conference.
  • Hobson, J. (2007). Do the Benefits of Reducing Accounting Complexity Persist in Markets Prone to Bubble? Fourth Annual Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium.
  • Hobson, J. (2007). Do the Benefits of Reducing Accounting Complexity Persist in Markets Prone to Bubble? The University of Florida Accounting Colloquium.
  • Hobson, J. (2007). Determinants of Moral Judgments Regarding Budgetary Slack: An Experimental Examination of Pay Scheme and Personal Values. American Accounting Association 12th Annual Ethics Research Symposium.
  • Hobson, J. (2006). More than Money: The Effects of Status and Narcissism on Managerial Overreporting. Third Annual Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium.
  • Hobson, J. (2006). Do the Benefits of Reducing Accounting Complexity Persist in Markets Prone to Bubble? Experimental Social Science Research Group at Florida State University.
  • Hobson, J. (2006). Do the Benefits of Reducing Accounting Complexity Persist in Markets Prone to Bubble? American Accounting Association 2006 Annual Meeting.
  • Hobson, J. (2006). Do the Benefits of Reducing Accounting Complexity Persist in Markets Prone to Bubble? 2006 International Meeting of the Economic Science Association.
  • Hobson, J. (2006). Do the Benefits of Reducing Accounting Complexity Persist in Markets Prone to Bubble? Florida State University Accounting Colloquium.
  • Hobson, J. (2006). Do the Benefits of Reducing Accounting Complexity Persist in Markets Prone to Bubble? The University of Texas at Austin Accounting Colloquium.
  • Hobson, J. (2004). Seeing The Trees From The Forest: Do Nonprofessional Investors Overrely on Whether Firms Beat or Miss Analyst Forecasts to the Exclusion of Other Relevant Information. First Annual Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium.
  • Hobson, J. (2002). Strategic Disclosure of Risky Prospects: A Laboratory Experiment. The University of Texas at Austin Accounting Colloquium.

Honors and Awards

  • 2021 Innovation in Accounting Education Award, American Accounting Association, 2021 to present
  • Disruption Fellow, University of Illinois, Gies College of Business, 2019 to present
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Faculty Fellowship in Accountancy, Department of Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012 to present
  • Campus Distinguished Promotion Award, University of Illinois, 2020
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students, Department of Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019
  • Best Research Paper Award, AAA's Forensic Accounting, 2019
  • R.C. Evans Data Analytics Fellow, University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics, 2017-2018

Grants

  • University of Illinois Campus Research Board Award, Campus Research Board, 2010,2011
  • First Year Assistant Professor Award, Florida State University Council on Research and Creativity, 2006-2007
  • McCombs School of Business Eugene and Dora Bonham Memorial Fund, The University of Texas at Austin, 2002,2004,2005
  • Center for Business Measurement and Assurance Services Grant (with Steven Kachelmeier), The University of Texas at Austin, 2002

Teaching Interests

Audit and Financial Accounting

Research Interests

Financial Accounting, Audit, and Behavioral Finance/Economics

Current Courses

  • ACCY Analytics Applications-2 (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.

  • Applying Data Analytics inACCY (MBA 564) Develops students' knowledge regarding the role, methods, and implications of business and data analytics in business. Application opportunities span multiple areas of business. Special topics may include marketing, finance, supply chain, and accounting. Topics covered may include forecasting using time series models, modern portfolio theory, measurement and scaling, A/B testing, ANOVA, and conjoint analysis.

Contact

4011 Business Instructional Facility

515 Gregory Drive

Champaign, IL 61820

217-265-0327

jlhobson@illinois.edu

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