Christopher Williams

Christopher Williams

  • Associate Professor of Accounting
  • Michael and Joan Sakkinen Faculty Fellow
  • Faculty Director Accounting PhD Program
Education
  • PhD University of North Carolina 2009
  • MAcc Brigham Young University 2005
  • BS Brigham Young University 2005

Contact Information

Phone
(734) 647-2842
Email
Room
R3360
Research

Chris Williams is an associate professor of accounting and the Michael and Joan Sakkinen Faculty Fellow at the Ross School of Business. His research focuses on the role of accounting in debt contracting, banking and risk. His research has been published in top accounting and finance journals including Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting & Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Accounting Studies. He also serves on the editorial boards of Accounting Review and is currently the Faculty Director of the Accounting PhD program.    While at Ross Chris has taught Intermediate Accounting to undergraduate students, Accounting Principles and Financial Statement Analysis to MBAs and undergraduate students. He has also taught an numerous courses in Executive Education on value creation and risk management.   Chris received his PhD in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and both his Masters and Bachelors in accounting from Brigham Young University. 

Executive Leadership

Christopher D. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Accounting, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Norman E. Auerbach Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business. He received his PhD from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and he received both a Masters and BS in accounting from the Marriot School of Management at Brigham Young University.

Professor Williams’ research focuses on understanding the role of accounting information in creating and resolving risk and uncertainty in both capital markets and financial institutions. His work has been published in leading peer reviewed accounting journals and has been presented in front of both domestic and international accounting standard setters as well as members of the Federal Reserve. His more recent work focuses on how discretionary accounting choices made by banks affect both the risk of the individual bank and the bank’s contribution to systemic risk. Since coming to the Ross Business School Professor Williams has taught financial statement analysis to both MBA and Masters of Accounting students.

Effects on Comparability and Capital Market Benefits of Voluntary IFRS Adoption

Authors
Mary Barth, Wayne Landsman, Mark Lang, Christopher Williams
Published Date
2018

Source

Journal of Financial Reporting
Volume: 
3
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1-22

The Informational Role of the Media in Private Lending

Authors
Robert Bushman, Christopher Williams, Regina Wittenberg-Moerman
Published Date
03/2017

Source

Journal of Accounting Research
Volume: 
55
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
115-152

Bank Competition: Measurement, Decision-Making and Risk-Taking

Authors
Robert Bushman, Bradley Hendricks, Christopher Williams
Published Date
06/2016

Source

Journal of Accounting Research
Volume: 
54
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
777-826

Asymmetric Responses to Good and Bad News: A Case for Ambiguity.

Authors
Christopher Williams
Published Date
03/2015

Source

The Accounting Review
Volume: 
90
Issue: 
2
Pages: 
785-817

Delayed Expected Loss Recognition and the Risk Profile of Banks

Authors
Robert Bushman, Christopher Williams
Published Date
06/2015

Source

Journal of Accounting Research
Volume: 
53
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
511

The Impact of Ambiguity on Managerial Investment and Cash Holdings

Authors
Monica Neamtiu, Nemit Shroff, Hal White, Christopher Williams
Published Date
09/2014

Source

Journal of Business Finance and Accounting
Volume: 
41
Issue: 
7-8
Pages: 
1071-1099

Accounting Discretion, Loan Loss Provisioning, and Discipline of Banks' Risk-Taking

Authors
Robert Bushman, Christopher Williams
Published Date
08/2012

Source

Journal of Accounting & Economics
Volume: 
54
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
1-18

Are International Accounting Standards-based and US GAAP-based Accounting Amounts Comparable?

Authors
Mary Barth, Wayne Landsman, Mark Lang, Christopher Williams
Published Date
08/2012

Source

Journal of Accounting & Economics
Volume: 
54
Issue: 
1
Pages: 
68-93

Religious Social Norms and Corporate Financial Reporting

Authors
Scott Dyreng, William Mayew, Christopher Williams
Published Date
10/2012

Source

Journal of Business Finance and Accounting
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
7-8
Pages: 
845-875
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Ross Thought In Action
In a new Michigan Ross Executive Education program, Professors Gwen Yu and Christopher Williams teach managers how to drive value generation.

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