Accountancy professor wins prestigious research award

October 18, 2019

Arizona State University Professor Pablo Casas-Arce was recently recognized for his research with the prestigious 2019 Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature Award.

The associate professor of accountancy and his co-authorsF. Asís Martínez-Jerez, an associate accountancy professor at the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, and Sofia M. Lourenço, senior assistant professor of accountancy at Lisbon School of Economics and Management. received the award from the American Accounting Association, the largest organization of accountants in academia. The award-winning research, “The performance effect of feedback frequency and detail: Evidence from a field experiment in customer satisfaction,” was published in the Journal of Accounting Research in December 2017.

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The paper examines the effects of non-financial performance feedback on the behavior of professionals working for an insurance repair company. The researchers found that professionals perform better when they receive more detailed but less frequent feedback.

The award recognizes an outstanding contribution to the management accounting literature within the past five years (2015–2019), including books, monographs and journal articles on management accounting topics. The committee reviews submissions and determines award winners based on relevance to theory, practice or instruction of management accounting; broad appeal to those interested in management accounting; originality and potential contribution to knowledge; and impact or potential impact on other research.

Casas-Arce’s research focuses on compensation, control systems, the use of accounting information, organizational economics, and corporate governance. His work has been published in some of the top economics, management and accounting journals, such as the Journal of Political Economy, Management Science, Journal of Accounting Research and The Accounting Review, among others.

A native of Spain, Casas-Arce earned his undergraduate degree in economics at Pompeu Fabra University. He received his PhD from Harvard University. He has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management Accounting Research, Decision Sciences, and European Accounting Review. He has received several fellowships, as well as research grants and awards for teaching. Prior to joining the W. P. Carey School of Business in 2012, Casas-Arce was on the faculty at Pompeu Fabra University and the University of Oxford.

Shay Moser

Managing Editor, W. P. Carey School of Business


ASU’s 2019-20 Organ Series launches Oct. 20

October 18, 2019

The School of Music’s 2019-20 Organ Series celebrates the pipe organ — an instrument with a repertoire than spans more than 500 years. Performances this year feature a wide range of music, from 14th century Europe to contemporary America.

“The 2019-20 organ series is all about connections — connections between art and power, between different musical traditions and between ASU organists and the local community,” said Kimberly Marshall, Goldman Professor of Organ in the School of Music in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Fritz pipe organ Fritz Organ in Organ Hall Download Full Image

This year’s series features ASU doctoral alumni Guy Whatley and Kristin Holton-Prouty, both leaders in the greater-Phoenix musical community. Marshall’s concert explores influences from southern Europe on the organ music of the north. Marshall’s organ studio students present a holiday celebration in their organ Christmas concerts and recreate the late-medieval and Renaissance origins of organ music in a program entitled “Gargoyles and Galliards.”  The series finale features a concert of organ variation sets by Dexter Kennedy, winner of the Grand Prix d’Interprétation at the 24th Concours International d’Orgue de Chartres, in a program that is co-sponsored by the Central Arizona chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

“The pipe organ has an unmatched power and versatility in the musical world,” Marshall said. "This year’s series exposes the beauty and intensity of this extraordinary instrument.”

All organ concerts are performed in ASU’s Organ Hall in the School of Music. Tickets for all events may be purchased at the Herberger Institute Box Office or by calling 480-965-6447.

2019-20 Organ Series

Graces in Play: Guy Whatley
Sunday, Oct. 20, 2:30 p.m.

Playing both organ and harpsichord, ASU alumnus Guy Whatley brings to life the unique keyboard music of the British Isles during the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.

Transalpine Adventures: Kimberly Marshall
Sunday, Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m.


Goldman Professor of Organ Kimberly Marshall presents a program of early organ music showing links between northern and southern keyboard cultures.

O Holy Night: An Organ Concert for Christmas
Saturday, Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 15, 2:30 and 5 p.m.


Mezzo soprano Sarah Welden joins Kimberly Marshall and the ASU Organ Studio in this musical celebration of Christmas.

Songs of Home: Kristin Holton-Prouty 
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2:30 p.m.


ASU alumna Kristin Holton-Prouty presents organ works based on old and new melodies, playing the Fritts (1992) and Traeri (1742) instruments.

Gargoyles and Galliards
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2:30 p.m.


Kimberly Marshall and the ASU Organ Studio recreate the late-medieval and Renaissance origins of the King of instruments.

Variety of the Variation: Dexter Kennedy
Sunday, March 1, 2:30 p.m.


Prizewinner Dexter Kennedy performs variation sets from the vast organ repertoire, including one of the most elaborate partitas by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Lynne MacDonald

communications specialist, School of Music