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Romana Autrey

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Associate Professor of Accounting

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301

Portland Center

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland  Oregon  97201


Romana Autrey joined the faculty of Willamette University's Atkinson Graduate School of Management in 2016. Before coming to Willamette, Romana served on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for six years and at Harvard Business School for five years. Prior to entering academia, Romana was a senior manager in KPMG's Intellectual Property Services group, where she performed a wide variety of forensic accounting services, including investigations of underreporting of royalties, channel diversion ("gray markets"), fraudulent warranty claims, procurement fraud, among others.

At Willamette, Romana has taught accounting courses in all three of Atkinson's programs: undergraduate business, full-time Early Career/ Career Change MBA, and the evening MBA for Professionals. Romana's research interests are inherently interdisciplinary and can be summed up, broadly, as using incentives and other management control systems to mitigate dysfunctional behaviors and to foster desirable behaviors. Her research has been published in outlets from multiple disciplines, including The Accounting Review, Marketing Science, and Production and Operations Management. Romana serves on the editorial boards of Decision Sciences and Advances in Management Accounting, as well as serving as an external member on the internal audit committee for Oregon's Judicial Department.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business
  • B.S. California State University, East Bay

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • Certified in Financial Forensic

Areas of Instruction

Introductory accounting, Managerial decision-making, Performance
measurement, Organizational incentives

Research Interests

Teams and collaboration, Management control systems, Gray markets, Career concerns

Published Research

Autrey, R. L., T. Bauer, K. Jackson and E. Klevsky. 2019. Deploying Connectors: A Control to Manage Employee Turnover Intentions? Accounting, Organizations and Society 79:101059. 

Autrey, R. L., F. Bova, and D. Soberman. 2015. When Gray is Good: Complementary Goods and Emerging Markets. Production and Operations Management 24(4): 547-559.

Autrey, R. L., F. Bova, and D. Soberman. 2014. Organizational Structure and Gray Markets. Marketing Science 33(6): 849-870.

Autrey, R. L. and R.C. Sansing. 2014. Licensing Intellectual Property with Self-Reported Outcomes. Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance 29(3): 260-277.

Autrey, R. L. and F. Bova. 2012. Gray Markets and Multinational Transfer Pricing. The Accounting Review 87(2): 393-421.

Autrey, R. L., S. S. Dikolli, and D. P. Newman. 2010. Performance Measure Aggregation, Career Incentives and Explicit Incentives. Journal of Management Accounting Research 22: 115-131.

Autrey, R. L., S. S. Dikolli, and D. P. Newman. 2007. Career Concerns and Mandatory Disclosure. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy 26(5): 527-554.

Published Educational Materials (Cases)

Autrey, R. L. and D. Shanthikumar. Compass Box Whisky Company. 2009 (and Teaching Note, 2011). Harvard Business School Publishing, Boston, MA.

Autrey, R. L., V.G. Narayanan, and J. Rozovsky. Sara Campbell Ltd. (A), (B), & (C) cases. 2008 & 2009 (and Teaching Note, 2008). Harvard Business School Publishing, Boston, MA.

Autrey, R. L. Deferred Taxes at Obadiah Vineyard. 2007 (and Teaching Note, 2007). Harvard Business School Publishing, Boston, MA.

Honors, Recognitions and Outstanding Achievements

Jerry E. Hudson Award for Excellence in Teaching, Willamette University, 2019

“List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, multiple semesters spanning Spring 2011 to Fall 2015

Teacher Scholar Certificate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013

First Place, Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, Management Accounting Section of American Accounting Association, 2006

Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2002

National High Score award, About Top 150 in the USA on May 1994 CPA Exam, Becker CPA Review, 1994

Willamette University

Atkinson Graduate School of Management

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.

Portland Center

200 SW Market Street, Suite 101
Portland Oregon 97201 U.S.A.