Lawrence A. Gordon, Ph.D.
EY Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting and Information Assurance
Affiliate Professor in University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

Accounting & Information Assurance
Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland
4332F Van Munching Hall
Phone: 301-405-2255

Dr. Lawrence A. Gordon is the EY Alumni Professor of Managerial Accounting and Information Assurance at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. He is also an Affiliate Professor in the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies. Dr. Gordon earned his Ph.D. in Managerial Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. An internationally known scholar in the areas of managerial accounting and cybersecurity economics, Dr. Gordon's research focuses on such issues as economic aspects of cybersecurity, corporate performance measures, cost management systems, and capital investments. He is the author of more than 90 articles, published in such journals as The Accounting Review, MIS Quarterly, ACM Transactions on Information and System Security, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Accounting Organizations and Society, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Computer Security, Decision Sciences, Omega, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, European Accounting Review, Accounting and Business Research, Managerial and Decision Economics, Communications of the ACM, and Management Accounting Research. Dr. Gordon's current research emphasizes the importance of utilizing concepts from managerial accounting and economics within an information-based economy. In particular, he is considered one of the pioneers in the emerging field of cybersecurity economics.  Dr. Gordon is the coauthor of the Gordon-Loeb Model, which provides an economic framework for deriving an organization's optimal level of cybersecurity investments.  This Model has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times.  Dr. Gordon also is the author of several books, including Managerial Accounting: Concepts and Empirical Evidence, Managing Cybersecurity Resources: A Cost-Benefit Analysis and Capital Budgeting: A Decision Support System Approach. In addition, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals. In two authoritative studies, Dr. Gordon was cited as being among the world's most influential/productive accounting researchers.

The recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, Dr. Gordon has been an invited speaker at numerous universities around the world, including Harvard University, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Toronto, London Business School, London School of Economics, the University of Manchester, Instituto de Empresa and the Univerisity of California-Berkeley. He also has served as a consultant to several private (e.g., IBM) and public (e.g., U.S. General Accounting Office, now the Government Accountability Office) organizations. In October 2007, he was invited to provide Congressional Testimony concerning his research on cybersecurity economics before a Subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. In addition to the Smith School of Business, Dr. Gordon's research on cybersecurity economics has been supported by the National Security Agency and is currently being supported by the Department of Homeland Security.

Dr. Gordon's former Ph.D. students are currently distinguished faculty at such universities as Stanford University, Ohio State University, Instituto de Empresa, Michigan State University, The College of William and Mary, and National Taiwan University. His former M.B.A. students frequently call him on the "Management Accounting Hotline" (affectionately named by his students) to discuss issues confronting their organizations. Dr. Gordon also is an active member of various professional organizations, a frequent contributor to the popular press (e.g., The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Financial Times), and served as the President of the University of Maryland Faculty/Staff Club for over a decade.

Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Gordon was a faculty member at McGill University and the University of Kansas. He also served as a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University while on sabbatical from the University of Maryland.


Last updated on September 2014