SP Kothari

Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management
Professor of Accounting
Deputy Dean

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SP Kothari

S.P. Kothari is Deputy Dean and Gordon Y Billard Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  

His responsibilities as Deputy Dean include Faculty Affairs.  He is also Director of the MIT-India Program. 

Previously, he served as Global Head of Equity Research for Barclays Global Investors (BGI), where he was responsible for research supporting BGI’s active equity strategies, from 2008-09.  Prior to joining BGI, Kothari was Deputy Dean at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and earlier he served as Head of the Department of Economics, Finance, and Accounting at MIT Sloan.  In 2005-06, he was Thomas Henry Carroll-Ford Visiting Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.  His highly cited research focuses on financial reporting and valuation, asset allocation, explaining the diversity in international accounting practices, use of employee stock options for compensating executives, accounting for employee stock options, evaluating investment performance, and corporate uses of derivatives for hedging and speculation.  

For the past 17 years, Kothari has served as an editor of the Journal of Accounting & Economics, a world-renowned academic research journal in accounting.  He is an expert on economic policy issues in India, and he has written numerous opinion-page editorials in The Economic Times

Kothari served on the Board of Directors of Vicarious Visions from 1998-2004, and he is a senior consultant with Charles River Associates, a business-economics and litigation-support consulting firm. He has consulted with many large corporations, including leading U.S. and international banks and asset management companies, Australian television broadcast corporations, U.S. steel companies, Ernst &Young, KPMG, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and the U.S. Department of Justice.  After serving for five years as chairman, he is chairman emeritus of his undergraduate alma mater alumni association, BITSAA International.  

Kothari holds a BE in chemical engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani, India; an MBA in accounting and finance from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; and a PhD in accounting from the University of Iowa.

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Capital Markets; Corporate Governance; Disclosure; Domestic; Executive Compensation; Executive compensation; Financial Reporting; India; International; Investment Analysis