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Professor Theodore (Ted) Christensen, Ph.D.

Director and C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry Distinguished Chair of Business 
University of Georgia | J.M. Tull School of Accounting 

Dr. Ted Christensen, professor at the University of Georgia J.M. Tull School of Accounting, will be presenting on data visualization and infographics in 10-K filings, as part of the Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series.


The Securities and Exchange Commission encourages the presentation of financial data and information in graphical form (infographics) to assist users in better understanding financial disclosures. We find a significant increase in the use of infographics in 10-K filings from 2002-2017. Consistent with infographics improving the clarity of financial disclosures, we find a significantly positive association between the use of infographics and annual report readability. Further, we find that firms use GAAP-related infographics when earnings are more persistent and non-financial key performance indicator infographics when earnings are less persistent, consistent with firms using data visualization to emphasize the information that is most relevant in helping stakeholders to understand company performance. Overall, our evidence suggests that infographics are an important element of corporate disclosure that managers use to communicate with stakeholders.

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About Professor Ted Christensen:

Ted Christensen is director and Terry Distinguished Chair of Business in the J. M. Tull School of Accounting at the University of Georgia. Prior to coming to UGA, he was on the faculty at Brigham Young University from 2000-2015 and at Case Western Reserve University from 1995-2000. He was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan (2013-2014), the University of Utah (2012), and has taught at Santa Clara University in a summer program since 2005.

He received a B.S. degree in accounting at San Jose State University, a MAcc degree in tax at Brigham Young University, and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Georgia. Professor Christensen is an editor of the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting.

His research focuses on voluntary disclosure. In particular, much of his published research has explored non-GAAP reporting and management earnings forecasts. He has authored and coauthored articles published in many journals including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Organizations and Society, the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, the Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, Accounting Horizons, and Issues in Accounting Education. He is also the author of an advanced financial accounting textbook and a managerial accounting textbook.

Professor Christensen has taught financial accounting at all levels, financial statement analysis, business valuation, both introductory and intermediate managerial accounting, and corporate taxation. He is the recipient of numerous awards for both teaching and research. He has been active in serving as an officer and on various committees of the American Accounting Association and is a CPA.

University of Georgia J.M. Tull School of Accounting Profile

Archana Jain
Friday, April 9, 2021 - 9:30am to 11:00am