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Corporate Finance
Cheng, Shijun

Associate Professor
University of Maryland


Educational Background

Ph.D. in Accounting, University of Pittsburgh


Associate Professor of Accounting (with tenure), August 2007 - Present, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park
Assistant Professor of Accounting, July 2001 - August 2007, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Honors / Achievements

Robert H. Smith School Top 15% Teaching Award Winner, 2010 and 2009 (twice)
Reznick Group Faculty Research Fellow, 2007-2012
Outstanding Dissertation Award (first place), 2002, American Accounting Association’s Management Accounting Section

Short BIO

Professor Shijun Cheng is an associate professor (with tenure) and the Reznick Group Faculty Research Fellow at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park. He earned his Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001.
Professor Cheng is specialized in management control and corporate governance. His research has been published in leading academic journals such as The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, The Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial Economics. He currently serves on the editorial board of Contemporary Accounting Research.


  • 1. The market for corporate control and CEO compensation: Complements or substitutes? (with R. Indjejikian), Contemporary Accounting Research, 26 (2009): 701-728.
    2. Managerial influence and CEO performance incentives (with R. Indjejikian), International Review of Law and Economics, 29 (2009): 115-126.
    3. Perceived importance of corporate boards in October 1987, Finance Research Letters, 5 (2008): 146-155.
    4. Board size and the variability of corporate performance, Journal of Financial Economics, 87 (2008): 157-176.
    5. Board size and firm performance: The moderating effects of the market for corporate control (with J. H. Evans III and N. Nagarajan), Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, 31 (2008): 121-145.
    6. Insider trades and private information: A special case of delayed-disclosure (with V. Nagar and M. Rajan), The Review of Financial Studies, 20 (2007): 1833-1864.
    7. The role of peer performance in managerial compensation surrounding the 1996 Telecommunications Act (with X. Xu), Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 25 (2006): 596-608.
    8. Identifying control motives in managerial ownership: Evidence from antitakeover legislation (with V. Nagar and M. Rajan), The Review of Financial Studies, 18 (2005): 637 - 672.
    9. R&D expenditures and CEO compensation, The Accounting Review, 79 (2004): 305 – 328.
    10. On the pitfall of using intuitive judgment in audit scheduling (with K. H. Chan and S. F. Lam), Advances in Quantitative Analysis of Finance and Accounting, 6 (1998): 1-11.
    11. Audit scheduling and the control of travel costs using an optimization model for multinational and multilocational audits (with K. H. Chan and S. F. Lam), Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, 13 (1998): 67 – 98.