R. Lynn Hannan


Area Coordinator

Office GW 1 - Room 502
Phone 504-862-8473
Email rhannan@tulane.edu
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Professor R. Lynn Hannan is one of the senior faculty members in accounting, and she demonstrates dedication to the health of the program through both instruction and extensive leadership. She serves as the Faculty Director for the MA of Accounting program and as the Accounting Area Coordinator, helping to implement the dean’s strategy for the Freeman School.

Professor Hannan’s award-winning research in management accounting investigates how to design accounting control systems that motivate employees to behave in ways that benefit their organizations.

Prior to coming to Tulane, Professor Hannan was a faculty member at Georgia State University, where she served as a Professor of Accounting and Director of the Accounting PhD program; she has a professional background in tax compliance in government and industry.


Professor Hannan teaches in the MBA programs in New Orleans and Houston, including the first accounting course that covers external and internal reporting and a course on managerial accounting.


Freeman Service & Outreach:

Professor Hannan is very active behind the scenes at Freeman. Beyond her focus on Freeman’s research footprint, she serves on the Promotion & Tenure Committee, evaluating performance of all faculty. She also interacts extensively with major accounting firms – in the U.S. and abroad – to foster job opportunities and to ensure that Freeman’s programs stay on the cutting edge.

Award-Winning Research:

Professor Hannan’s work has won national awards, including the Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature Award, which is the highest award granted by the American Accounting Association. She has also won the Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Award, and the McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics. Her articles are published in prestigious scholarly journals including The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Accounting, Organizations and Society, and the Journal of Labor Economics.

Industry Thought Leadership:

Professor Hannan’s influence extends throughout the profession. She is currently serving as Associate Editor for Contemporary Accounting Research, and just completed her term as Associate Editor for the Journal of Management Accounting Research. She regularly speaks at conferences, and was recently a keynote speaker at the Global Management Accounting Research Symposium in Copenhagen.


Hannan, R. L. 2016. “Discussion of ‘Communicated Values as Informal Controls: Gaining Accuracy While Undermining Productivity?’” forthcoming Contemporary Accounting Research.

Church, B. K., R. L. Hannan, and J. X. Kuang. 2014. “Information Acquisition and Honesty in Managerial Reporting.” Contemporary Accounting Research 31: 398-419.

Hannan, R. L., K. L. Towry, and Y. Zhang 2013. “The Effect of Mutual Monitoring on Effort in Tournament Contracts.” Contemporary Accounting Research 30:1401-1426

Hannan, R. L., G. P. McPhee, A. H. Newman, and I. D. Tafkov. 2013. “The Effect of Relative Performance Information on Effort Allocation and Performance in a Multi-Task Environment.” The Accounting Review 88 (2): 553-575.

Church, B. K., R. L. Hannan, and J. X. Kuang. 2012. “Shared Interest and Honesty in Budget Reporting.” Accounting, Organizations, and Society 37(3): 155-167

Memorable Moment

Professor Hannan is a major fan of crossword puzzles and she loves playing Words with Friends with her former students. One of her former MBA students is her toughest competitor, and one year he let her win for her birthday.

Education & Affiliations

University of Pittsburhg, Ph.D. in Business Administration

University of Pittsburgh, B.A. in English Literature

Duquesne University, B.S. in Business Administration

American Accounting Association
Canadian Academic Accounting Association
Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) Research Foundation Board of Directors


Enjoys sailing Lake Pontchartrain on her 28 foot Catalina; her favorite vacation is sailing in the Caribbean.

Favorite dance is the hustle (think Saturday Night Fever), but she also also enjoys West Coast swing and cha cha.

She lives Uptown and enjoys riding her bike or walking to Tulane.