Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Associate Professor: Kristine V. & Randy J. Vest Fellow,
Accountancy, School of
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Office: 531 TNRB
Phone: 801-422-1969


Steve Smith joined the Marriott School at Brigham Young University in 2012. He was previously on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received B.S. and M.Acc. degrees in accounting from BYU, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in management from Cornell University. Professor Smith’s research focuses on judgment and decision-making in accounting, with a primary emphasis on management control systems and performance evaluation. His research has been published in academic journals such as The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, and Contemporary Accounting Research. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Management Accounting Research and as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of other academic publications. Professor Smith teaches management accounting courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs at BYU, and has been recognized for excellence in both teaching and research. During the 2016-17 academic year Steve took a professional development leave to work as a finance and accounting consultant for Ortho Development, a medical device company in Draper, UT. He and his wife Heather have five children.


  • Ph.D., Management (Accounting), Cornell University, 2005
  • MAcc, Accountancy, Brigham Young University, 1999

Selected Publications


    • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2005 - 2012


  • Certificate of Distinguished Performance, Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Exam , Institute of Management Accountants , 2015
  • Kristine V. and Randy J. Vest Fellowship , BYU School of Accountancy , 2013


  • Spanish

Certificates and Licenses

  • Certified Management Accountant Institute of Management Accountants 2015