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Brian Shapiro

Professor

  • Education
  • B.A., Ancient Near Eastern Studies and Latin, University of Minnesota 
    Ph.D., Accounting, University of Minnesota
  • Research Interests
  • Understanding how organizations embed their espoused values in their everyday practices and thereby advance effective enterprise risk management, employee development and ethical financial reporting.

Brian Shapiro teaches graduate courses in introductory financial accounting and undergraduate courses in intermediate financial accounting. He also has co-taught an undergraduate senior integrative theology course that explores the interfaces among faith, accounting and business management, and principled decision making.

Shapiro’s research focuses on understanding how organizations embed their espoused values in their everyday practices and thereby advance effective enterprise risk management, employee development and ethical financial reporting. His research is published in Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Journal of Business Ethics, and Critical Perspectives on Accounting, among others. He serves on the editorial boards of Accounting and the Public Interest, Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting, and Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

Shapiro loves challenging and empowering students to master accounting concepts and techniques. He uses multiple methods to analyze, interpret and demystify accounting scenarios. He enjoys facilitating classroom discussions of ethical perspectives on accounting and business practices.


  • Goodpaster, K. E., Maines, T., Naughton, M. J., & Shapiro, B. P. (2018). Using UNPRME to teach, research, and enact business ethics: Insights from the Catholic identity matrix for business schools. Journal of Business Ethics, (147)(4), pp. 761-777
  • Shapiro, B. P. (2016). Using traditional narratives and other narrative devices to enact humanizing business practices. Journal of Business Ethics, (139)(1), pp. 1-19
  • Jiang, X., Lunawat, R., & Shapiro, B. P. (2015). The impact of financial histories on individuals and societies: A replication and extension of Berg et. al.. Research in Experimental Economics, (18), pp. 95-135
  • Shapiro, B. P., & Naughton, M. J. (2015). The expression of espoused humanizing values in organizational practice: A conceptual framework and case study. Journal of Business Ethics, (126), pp. 65-81
  • Shapiro, B. P., & Naughton, M. J. (2013). Toward an integrated vision of undergraduate liberal and accounting education in the public interest: The holistic development of persons and institutions. Accounting and the Public Interest, (13)(1), pp. 14-38
  • Shapiro, B. P., Cohen, N. M., & Naughton, M. J. (2012). Leviticus on how to make and distribute profit. Society and Business Review, (8)(1), pp. 45-54
  • Shapiro, B. P. (2009). A comparative analysis of theological and critical perspectives on emancipatory praxis through accounting. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, (20)(8), pp. 944-955
  • Shapiro, B. P., & Matson, D. M. (2008). Strategies of resistance to internal control regulation. Accounting Organizations and Society, (33), pp. 199-228
  • Shapiro, B. P. (2006). Accounting science's contribution to the corporate governance and executive accountability problem. Accounting and the Public Interest, (6), pp. 51-69
  • Shapiro, B. P. (2005). Thematized selective disclosure. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, (16), pp. 299-326
  • Shapiro, B. P., Schatzberg, J., Sevcik, G., Thorne, L., & Wallace, S. (2005). A re-examination of behavior in experimental audit markets: The effects of moral reasoning and economic incentives on auditor reporting and fees. Contemporary Accounting Research, (22)(1), pp. 229-264
  • Anctil, R. M., Dickhaut, J., Kanodia, C., & Shapiro, B. P. (2004). Information transparency and coordination failure: Theory and experiment. Journal of Accounting Research, (42)(2), pp. 159-195
  • Shapiro, B. P., & Baker, C. (2003). Information technology and the social construction of information privacy: Reply. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, (22), pp. 287-290
  • Shapiro, B. P. (2002). Rash words, insincere assurances, uncertain promises: Verifying employers' intentions in labor contracts. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, (13), pp. 63-88
  • Waller, W., Shapiro, B. P., & Sevcik, G. (1999). Do cost-based pricing biases persist in laboratory markets?. Accounting Organizations and Society, (24), pp. 717-739
  • Shapiro, B. P. (1998). Toward a normative model of rational argumentation for critical accounting discussions. Accounting Organizations and Society, (23), pp. 717-739
  • Shapiro, B. P. (1997). Objectivity, relativism, and truth in external financial reporting: What's really at stake in the disputes?. Accounting Organizations and Society, (22), pp. 165-185
  • Shapiro, B. P. (2003). Curriculum Transformation and Disability: Implementing Universal Design in Higher Education. Technology transformation and universally accessible web tables (pp. 265-284.). Minneapolis, MN: Center for Research on Developmental Education and Urban Literacy.

  • Best Paper Award, International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference, 2015
  • McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics, University of Oklahoma, 2003
  • Research Fellow, John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, University of St. Thomas, 2012

  • AAA - American Accounting Association - Public Interest Section, Reviewer
  • Accounting and the Public Interest,
  • Accounting, Organizations and Society, Reviewer
  • Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research, Reviewer
  • Behavioral Research in Accounting, Reviewer
  • Bet Shalom Congregation,
  • Contemporary Accounting Research, Reviewer
  • Critical Perspectives on Accounting,
  • Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Reviewer
  • Journal of Business Ethics, Reviewer
  • Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting
  • American Accounting Association
  • Financial Executives International

  • Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2014 - present)
  • David A. and Barbara Koch Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul / Minneapolis (2015 - present)
  • Associate Professor, University of St. Thomas - Opus College of Business, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2007 - 2014)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2004 - 2007)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1997 - 2003)
  • Assistant Professor, The University of Arizona, (1991 - 1997)
  • Teaching and Research Assistant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1984 - 1990)