Paul J. Simko

Frank M. Sands Sr. Associate Professor of Business Administration


FOB 292 B

Academic Area

Areas of Expertise

Capital Markets, Financial Accounting, Corporate Financial Reporting and Disclosure, Enterprise Risk Management

Education: B.A., MAcc, University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin; CPA

Paul J. Simko's research centers broadly on issues related to financial accounting information; he has received numerous national and university recognitions for his work. Simko is particularly interested in topics related to the effect of alternative accounting treatments on the decisions of investors and financial analysts and how investors assess firms' earnings quality. His current research examines the incentives and consequences of earnings management and valuation issues pertaining to earnings volatility and growth. He teaches courses in both accounting and financial statement analysis.

Prior to joining the Darden faculty in 2002, Simko taught at Emory University, Indiana University and INSEAD. He is currently a research fellow with the Enterprise Risk Management Initiative at North Carolina State University, has worked as a senior analyst with Citicorp and is a certified public accountant.

Paul J. Simko's Ideas to Action Posts

Selected Publications

Mark E. Haskins and Paul Simko. "What a Corporate Tax Cut Might Mean," CFO Magazine, Vol. 27, No. 9, November 1, 2011, 35-39.

Paul Simko and Michael Mosebach. "Discretionary Accruals and the Emergence of Profitability,"Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Vol. 25, No. 3, Summer 2010, 351-374.


Selected Books

Simko, Paul, Kenneth R. Ferris and James Wallace.  Financial Accounting for Executives and MBAs, Third Edition. Cambridge Business Publishing, 2014.   

Eades, Kenneth M., Lynn A. Isabella, Timothy M. Laseter, Peter L. Rodriguez, Paul J. Simko, and Ian Skurnik. The Portable MBA, 5 th Edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2010.


Case Studies

Advancing knowledge through research that shapes business, Darden professors are recognized thought leaders in their fields. They are not only master case method teachers, they also author many of the cases used in Darden classrooms and around the world.

Paul J. Simko's cases are available in the Darden Business Publishing website.