Smith accepting award
Murphy Smith (left) is congratulated on his Distinguished Paper Award by American Accounting Association President-Elect Susan Haka.

Murphy Smith, accounting professor at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, was presented with the Distinguished Paper Award by the American Accounting Association southwest region at its annual conference in Houston in March 2008. Smith’s paper is titled “Does Corporate Reputation Translate into Higher Market Value?” and was coauthored with Mays PhD graduate Kun Wang, now an assistant professor of accounting at Texas Southern University.

Smith gives much of the credit for his success to faculty colleagues and students with whom he works at Texas A&M. In 2005, two of his former PhD students whose dissertations he chaired or co-chaired, received national awards for outstanding dissertations. Smith is nationally recognized for his research in international accounting and business ethics. Regarding his research interest, Smith says, “a good corporate reputation is essential for long-term success in today’s global economy. Doing business requires trust, fair dealings, and honest communication.” In 2002, Smith testified at a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. regarding business and accounting ethics.

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