Assistant Professor, Managerial Accounting; Approved Doctoral Dissertation Supervisor

Adam Presslee, Assistant ProfessorOffice: 3161 Hagey Hall

Phone: 519-888-4567 x41088


Adam Presslee CV

Research Summary

My research interest is developing theory that informs practice regarding the design and implementation of effective management control systems. I apply psychology and economic theory to develop predictions regarding the impact of management control system features on employee behavior, and I use field studies and experiments to test those predictions. 

Work experience

  • Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo (2018 - current)
  • Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh (2013 - 2017)
  • Staff Accountant, Deloitte and Touche (2005 - 2009)

Education and certifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce (University of Alberta)
  • Ph.D. (Waterloo)
  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) (Alberta)


  • Mitchell, T., A. Presslee, A. Schulz and A. Webb. Forthcoming. Webb. Needs versus wants: Which motivates more effort? Journal of Management Accounting Research

  • Birnberg, J., W. Choi, and A. Presslee. Forthcoming. Giving customers decision rights: A field study of pay-what-you-want pricing at a performance arts theatre. Accounting Perspectives.

  • Burt, I., T. Libby, and A. Presslee. 2020. The impact of superior-subordinate identity and possible ex post adjustment on subordinate expectancy and performance. Journal of Management Accounting Research, 32(1): 31-49.
  • Kelly, K., and A. Presslee. 2017. The interactive effect of winner proportion and tournament group identity on tournament performance. Accounting, Organisations and Society, 56: 21-34.
  • Kelly, K., A. Presslee and A. Webb. 2017. The effects of tangible versus cash rewards in consecutive sales tournaments: A field experiment. The Accounting Review, 92(6): 165-186.
  • Presslee, A., T. Vance and A. Webb. 2013. The effects of reward type on employee goal selection, goal commitment and performance. The Accounting Review, 88(5): 1805-1831.
  • Boritz, J., F. Borthwick, and A. Presslee. 2012. The effect of business process representation type on assessment of business and control risks: Diagrams versus narratives. Issues in Accounting Education, 27(4): 895-915.
University of Waterloo

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