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Trinkle Earns Research Recognition


dsc_0503Dr. Brad Trinkle’s research in the field of accounting information systems is drawing ever-increasing attention among both practitioners and academics.

The Adkerson School of Accountancy Assistant Professor has earned an international reputation among researchers in his field, attested by the high interest in his work shown by leading professional journals. The Brigham Young University Accounting Rankings show that over the last six years, Trinkle is tied as the second most productive accounting information systems researcher among Southeastern Conference schools and tied as eighteenth worldwide. The  rankings consider the number of publications that authors have in the ten foremost accounting journals.

Trinkle – who holds the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) global certification – focuses his research on understanding how people justify their actions and how they manipulate others or how others can manipulate them.  He targets his interests in research streams on information security, where he investigates individuals’ information security behaviors. He also studies voluntary disclosures via social media, investigating investors’ perceptions of voluntary disclosures of financial information via social media.

Trinkle’s research has resulted in 20 academic articles in journals such as the Journal of Information Systems and the International Journal of Accounting Information Systems. He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Information Systems as well.

Beyond academia, Trinkle’s work is making a difference in the practice of accounting. Earlier this year, his research was featured as the cover story for D&A Magazine, a publication of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. The article in the Spring 2016 issue was titled “Nudge: How to Persuade a Professional Accountant.” It examined his research on the effect that managers’ use of influence tactics has on CPAs’ task commitment. The article can be accessed here.

Further affirmation of the value of Trinkle’s work has come through grants to further his research from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). The grant from PwC was for research examining the adoption of XBRL for both internal and external purposes. The NASBA grant was used to examine CPA Exam pass rates and characteristics of the test takers.

Trinkle joined the ASAC faculty in 2011 and is an outstanding representative of the Adkerson School of Accountancy and Mississippi State, raising the profile of our school while making a real impact on the accounting profession.