KPMG Expands Professor-in-Residence Program

Two accounting professors are working with New York-based KPMG (FY16 gross revenue of $8.6 billion) as the first KPMG James Marwick professors-in-residence. The new program is focused on evolving innovation opportunities and understanding challenges in the audit profession.

Assistant professor of accounting Eldar Maksymov (Carey School of Business, Arizona State University) and assistant professor G. Bradley Bennett (Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts-Amherst) are working with KPMG to better understand innovation in the audit profession and identify how university accounting curriculums can change to keep pace with the rapidly evolving profession.

The professors are concentrating on the intersection of KPMG’s audit practice technology investments and standards, including emerging topics and new technologies, such as cognitive and blockchain technologies, and data and analytics.

“The KPMG James Marwick Professor-in-Residence program adds to our culture of learning initiatives as we expand our efforts to help university professors enhance their technical skills, gain industry experience and advance their workplace understanding to better prepare future leaders,” says Jackie Daylor, national MP, audit quality and professional practice.

Maksymov previously worked as an auditor with a Big 4 firm and brings a wealth of research experience to KPMG. Bennett is a former KPMG audit manager and audit practice national trainer.

“The KPMG James Marwick residency program provides professors with an insider’s view of the skills and capabilities KPMG will need in graduating students, and helps them understand the innovation process, one of our strategic priorities,” says audit partner and national audit innovation leader Shaun Budnik.