Laurie Burney

Associate Professor - Accounting and Business Law

Contact Information

Campus Phone:  (254) 516-8502
Fax:  (254) 710-1067

Office Hours

TR - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm; W - 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Others by appointment

IMA Professor-in-Residence
Associate Editor - IMA Educational Case Journal

Educational Background

  • PHD - Business Administration, University of Kentucky
  • MBA - Accounting, Middle Tennessee State University
  • BBA - Accounting, Austin Peay State University

Work Experience

  • Associate Professor, Baylor University (June 01, 2010 - Present)
  • Associate Professor, Mississippi State University (2009 - 2010)
  • Assistant Professor, Mississippi State University (2004 - 2009)
  • Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2001 - 2004)
  • Interim Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2000 - 2001)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Kentucky (1996 - 1999)
  • Instructor, Tennessee State University (1995 - 1996)
  • Assistant Professor, Austin Peay State University (1992 - 1995)
  • Adjunct Faculty, Austin Peay State University (1989 - 1990)
  • Fiscal Officer, Montgomery County Job Training Partnership Grant (1988 - 1990)
  • Senior Accountant (87-88), Staff Accountant (86), Harshman, Lewis & Associates, PC (1986 - 1988)
  • Staff Accountant, Maggart & Welch, PC (1985 - 1986)


  • Expert Witness, , Louisville, MS (2010 - 2012)

Awards and Honors

  • Mark Chain/FSA 2020 Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award, AICPA (October 2020)
  • Excellence in Lean Accounting Professor Award, Lean Enterprises Institute (September 2018)
  • R. Lee Brummet Distinguished Award for Educators, Institute of Management Accountants (June 2018)
  • Light Your World Banquet Recognition, Phi Kappa Chi (April 2013)
  • KPMG Summer Accounting Faculty Fellow, Baylor University (2012)
  • Light Your World Banquet Recognition, Phi Kappa Chi (April 2011)
  • College of Business Outstanding Faculty Research Award, Mississippi State University (2009)
  • John and Carole Ferguson Notable Scholar Award, Mississippi State University (2009)
  • Excellence in Lean Accounting Professor Award, Lean Enterprises Institute (2008)
  • Research Excellence Award, Mississippi State University College of Business and Industry (2008)
  • Gray’s MBA Faculty Award, University of North Carolina at Charlotte (2003)

Licensures and Certifications

  • Lean Accounting Knowledge Certification, Lean Frontiers (May 2020 - Present)
  • Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis, Institute of Management Accountants (September 2017 - Present)
  • Certified Management Accountant (1993 - Present)
  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive), Tennessee (1987 - Present)

Professional Memberships

  • Stuart Cameron McLeod Society (August 6, 2018 - Present)
  • American Accounting Association; Management Accounting; Accounting, Behavior and Organizations; and Gender Issues and Worklife Balance sections
  • Association for Manufacturing Excellence
  • Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
  • Institute of Management Accountants
  • Management Control Association


Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"The usefulness of the two-step normality transformation in retesting existing theories: Evidence on the Productivity Paradox," Data Base for Advances in Information Systems, The, Vol. 52, No. 1, (February 2021), pp. 53-64 (coauthors: G. Templeton, M. Pope).

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"The Purpose of a Corporation and Lean Principles: Do the Two Overlap?," Cost Management, No. May/June, (May 2020), pp. 25-30 (coauthors: F. Kennedy).

"Accounting Student Transformations," Strategic Finance, Vol. 99, No. 2, (August 2017), pp. 36-41.

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"The Intersection of "Bad Apples," "Bad Barrels," and the Enabling Use of Performance Measurement Systems," Journal of Information Systems, Vol. 31, No. 2, (Summer 2017), pp. 25-48 (coauthors: R.R. Radtke, S.K. Widener).

"Using a Two-Step Transformation to Address Non-Normality from a Business Value of Information Technology Perspective," Journal of Information Systems, Vol. 31, No. 2, (Summer 2017), pp. 149-164 (coauthors: G Templeton).

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"Hospital cost reduction: Does lean provide the answer?," Today's CPA, Vol. May/June, (May 2015), pp. 32-37 (coauthors: B Dawson).

Teaching and Learning Scholarship

"Active learning activities to revitalize managerial accounting principles," Issues in Accounting Education, Vol. 28, No. 3, (2013), pp. 653-680 (coauthors: M Matherly).

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Behavioral work outcomes of a strategic performance measurement system-based incentive plan," Behavioral Research in Accounting, Vol. 25, No. 2, (2013), pp. 115-143 (coauthors: S Widener).

Teaching and Learning Scholarship

"Increasing the competency focus using a project-driven strategy," Advances in Accounting Education, No. 11, (Fall 2010), pp. 1-31 (coauthors: M Matherly).

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"Is a balanced scorecard useful in a competitive retail environment?," Management Accounting Quarterly, Vol. 12, No. 1, (Fall 2010), pp. 1-12 (coauthors: Timothy Biggart, Richard Flannagan, William Harden).

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"The relationship between balanced scorecard characteristics and managers’ job satisfaction," Journal of Managerial Issues, Vol. 22, No. 2, (July 2010), pp. 166-181 (coauthors: N Swanson).

"Do non-profit hospitals provide more charity care when faced with a mandatory minimum standard? Evidence from Texas," Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Vol. 29, (June 2010), pp. 242-258 (coauthors: F Kennedy, J Troyer, J Stroup).

Teaching and Learning Scholarship

Excel Manual for Cost Accounting, New York, NY, 2009 (coauthors: M Matherly).

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"A path model examining the relations among strategic performance measurement system characteristics, organizational justice, and extra- and in-role performance," Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol. 34, No. 3-4, (2009), pp. 305-321 (coauthors: C Henle, S Widener).

Teaching and Learning Scholarship

"Using peer-reviewed writing in the accounting curriculum: A teaching note," Issues in Accounting Education, Vol. 24, No. 3, (2009), pp. 393-413 (coauthors: M Matherly).

"Integrating leadership experiences in the accounting curriculum," Management Accounting Quarterly, Vol. 10, No. 1, (2008), pp. 51-58 (coauthors: M Matherly).

"Financial Services Corporation: Implementing an HR balanced scorecard," Vol. 1, No. 2, (2008), pp. 1-10 (teaching notes, 12 pages) (coauthors: A Paul).

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Examining performance measurement from an integrated perspective," Journal of Information Systems, Vol. 21, No. 2, (2007), pp. 49-68 (coauthors: M Matherly).

"Strategic performance measurement systems, job-relevant information and managerial behavioral responses – role stress and performance," Behavioral Research in Accounting, Vol. 19, (2007), pp. 43-69 (coauthors: S Widener).

Applied or Integration/Application Scholarship

"How do your measurements stack up to lean?," Strategic Finance, Vol. 88, No. 11, (2007), pp. 33-41 (coauthors: F Kennedy, L Owens-Jackson, M Schoon).

"The connection between performance measurement and risk management," Strategic Finance, Vol. 87, No. 8, (2006), pp. 51-55 (coauthors: M Matherly, D Frizzell).

"Management accountants’ response to SOX: A survey of controllers," Management Accounting Quarterly, Vol. 6, No. 4, (2005), pp. 19-23 (coauthors: M Matherly, D Frizzell).

"Does the balanced scorecard reduce information overload?," Management Accounting Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 4, (2003), pp. 23-27.

Presentations and Proceedings

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