Assistant Professor, Managerial Accounting

Office: 3161 Hagey Hall

Phone: 519-888-4567 x31088


Curriculum Vitae (doc)

Research Summary

My research applies theory from psychology and economics to understand how various incentive systems and control environments affect employee effort and performance.

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)


  • 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.

Working papers

  • Berger, L., L. Guo, and A. Presslee. Better to give than to Receive: The positive effect of prosocial rewards on goal commitment and performance.
  • Birnberg, J., W. Choi, and A. Presslee. Pay-what-you-want in the arts: A qualitative field study.
  • Brown, C., J.H. Evans, D. Moser, and A. Presslee. Performance measurement and pay dispersion.
  • Burt, I., T. Libby, and A. Presslee. The effects of ex post goal adjustment and social identity with a superior on subordinates’ performance.
  • Choi, W., and A. Presslee. The performance effects of tangible versus cash rewards: The mediating role of categorization.
  • Mitchell, T., A. Presslee, A. Schultz, and A. Webb. The effect of mental budgeting on performance.


  • 2017. University of Pittsburgh's Katz Graduate School of Business Teacher of the Year.
  • 2011. Outstanding Management Accounting Paper Award, Management Accounting Section, AAA Annual Meeting, with T. Vance and A. Webb.


  • Incentive Research Foundation. 2017. $7,000. Reward type and organizational identity. With K. Kelly.
  • CRDF (University of Pittsburgh). 2015. $10,000. The performance effects of tangible rewards. With W. Choi.
  • CRDF (University of Pittsburgh). 2014. $10,000. Social identity and competitive incentives. With K. Kelly.
  • SSHRC. 2015. $126,663. The effects of non-cash rewards on motivation and performance. With A. Webb (Principal Investigator) and K. Kelly.
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