Dr. Robert A. Howell      


In his career as an academic, consultant, and executive, Dr. Howell has produced an extensive number of publications. He is the author of several research studies on the changing roles of management accounting and financial management for the NAA and FEI, respectively, and articles in the Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, Financial Executive, Management Accounting, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications.

Selected Publications

  • "Becoming a Strategic CFO", Financial Executive, April 2012.

  • "80 Years and Counting: The Changing Role of Financial Management", Financial Executive, May 2011.

  • "Improving Financial Reporting", Financial Executive, April 2008

  • "The CFO: From Controller to Global Strategic Partner," Financial Executive, April 2006.

  • "Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 Compliance: From Project to Sustainability," with W. Sinnett, Financial Executive Research Foundation, November 2005.

  • "Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 Implementation: Practices of Leading Companies," with C. Graziano and W. Sinnett, Financial Executive Research Foundation, May 2005.

  • "The Strategic Communication Imperative," with Paul A. Argenti and Karen A. Beck, MIT Sloan Management Review, Vol. 46, No. 3, Spring 2005, pp. 83-89.

  • "Turn Your Budgeting Process Upside Down," Harvard Business Review, July-August 2004.

  • "Investing in Healthy Human Capital," Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, December 2003.

  • "Accounting Scandals: Where were the CFOs?," Business Strategy Review, Winter 2002.

  • "Upholding the First Line of Defence," Financial Times, August 14, 2002

  • "How Accounting Executives Looked the Wrong Way," Financial Times, August 13, 2002

  • "Tying Free Cash Flows to Market Valuations," Financial Executive, May/June 2002

  • "Fixing Financial Reporting: Financial Statement Overhaul," Financial Executive, March/April 2002

  • "Management Accounting (and Other) Lessons from the Japanese," Management Accounting, December 1992

  • With J.K. Shank, S.R. Soucy, and J. Fisher, Cost Management for Tomorrow, Financial Executives Research Foundation, 1992

  • With S.R. Soucy, Factory 2000+: Management Accounting's Changing Role, National Association of Accountants, 1988

  • With J. Brown and A. Seed, Management Accounting in the New Manufacturing Environment, National Association of Accountants, 1987

Related Links

CFO Magazine
Financial Executive
Financial Times
Harvard Business Review
Management Accounting
MIT Sloan Management Review
Strategic Finance Magazine
The Wall Street Journal

Recent Cases  
  • Procter & Gamble (A), (B), (C), (D), and (E) (2005-2014)

  • PepsiCo (A), (B) (2003-2013)

  • Johnson & Johnson (A), (B) (2002-2009)

  • Google (2006-2013)

  • eBay 2002, 2006

  • PulteGroup, Inc. (2007-2012)

  • US Bancorp (2005-2013)

  • Kraft Foods -- Cadbury PLC Merger Proposal 2010

  • Caterpillar Acquisition of Bucyrus International 2011

  • United Technologies to Buy Goodrich in $18.4B Deal 2012

  • Hewlett-Packard Company 2012

  • Texas Instruments 2000: Introducing "Pro Forma Earnings" for the First Time

  • Texas Instruments 2001: Reconciling Pro Forma and GAAP Income

  • Texas Instruments 2002: The Continuing Saga of TI's Financial Reporting

  • Intel 2003: Expensing Stock Options

  • General Motors Corporation 2002: When Future Promises Come Due

  • General Motors Corporation 2003: Correcting the Pension Shortfall or Creating Other Issues?

  • Yahoo!

  • Cisco: Acquisitions R' Us 2000, 2006

  • Xerox Corporation 2000

  • Applied Materials

  • Computer Associates, Inc.

  • EMC

  • Siebel Systems

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