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Anna Cianci, Associate Professor of Accounting, graduated with a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University, a M.A. in Pastoral Theology at St. Joseph's College, a M.A. in Psychology from Wake Forest University and a Ph.D. in Accounting from Duke University. Anna's academic research primarily focuses on judgment and decision making behavior in financial accounting and auditing settings. She is published in numerous journals, including, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Accounting, Organizations and Society and the Journal of Applied Psychology. Anna's teaching interests include financial accounting, managerial accounting and auditing.

  • MA, St. Joseph's College (Pastoral Theology) - 2004
  • MA, Wake Forest University (Psychology) - 2003
  • Ph D, Duke University (Accounting) - 2000
  • BS, Villanova (Accounting) - 1985

  • Cianci, A. ,  Houston, R. ,  Montague, N. , &  Vogel, R. (Forthcoming). Audit partner identification: Unintended consequences on audit judgment. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory.
  • Beaudoin, C. A. ,  Cianci, A. , &  Tsakumis, G. T. (2015). The impact of CFOs' incentives and earnings management ethics on their financial reporting decisions: The mediating role of moral disengagement. Journal of Business Ethics,
  • Cianci, A. ,  Hannah, S. ,  Roberts, R. , &  Tsakumis, G. T. (2014). The effects of authentic leadership on followers' ethical decision-making in the face of temptation: An experimental study. The Leadership Quarterly,
  • Cianci, A. ,  Kaplan, S. E. , &  Samuels, J. A. (2013). The moderating effects of incentive system and performance measure on managers' and their superiors' expectations about the manager's effort. Behavioral Research in Accounting,
  • Arel, B. ,  Beaudoin, C. , &  Cianci, A. (2012). The impact of ethical leadership, the internal audit function, and moral intensity on financial reporting decisions. Journal of Business Ethics, 109 (3), 351-366.
  • Cianci, A. ,  Fernando, G. , &  Werner, E. (2011). The differential CEO dominance-compensation and corporate goverance-compensation relations: Pre- and post-SOX. Advances in Accounting, 27 (2), 213-222.
  • Cianci, A. ,  Schaubroeck, J. , &  McGill, G. (2010). Achievement goals, feedback, and task performance. Human Performance, 23 (2), 131-154.
  • Hsiao, H. ,  Chang, H. ,  Cianci, A. , &  Huang, L. (2010). First financial restructuring and operating efficiency: Evidence from Taiwanese commercial banks. Journal of Banking and Finance, 34 (7), 1461-1471.
  • Cianci, A. , &  Kaplan, S. (2010). The effect of CEO reputation and explanations for poor performance on investors' judgments about the companies' future performance and management. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 35 (4), 478-495.
  • Cianci, A. ,  Klein, H. , &  Seijts, G. (2010). The effect of negative feedback on tension and subsequent performance: The main and interactive effects of goal content and conscientiousness. Journal of Applied Psychology, 95 (4), 618-630.
  • Cianci, A. , &  Culbertson, S. (2010). The impact of motivational and cognitive factors on optimistic earnings forecasts. Handbook of Behavioral Finance. Edward Elgar Publishing, Inc. (publisher), (Chapter 11), 215-240.
  • Cianci, A. , &  Bierstaker, J. (2009). Auditors' efficiency motivated evaluation. Advances in Accounting, 25 (1), 20-27.
  • Asare, S. K. , &  Cianci, A. (2009). The effect of goals on auditors' judgments and their perceptions of and conformity to other auditors' judgments. Managerial Auditing Journal, 24 (8), 724-742.
  • Cianci, A. , &  Bierstaker, J. (2009). The effect of performance feedback and client importance on auditors' self- and public-focused ethical judgments. Managerial Auditing Journal, 24 (5), 455-474.
  • Cianci, A. , &  Bierstaker, J. (2009). The impact of positive and negative mood on the hypothesis generation and ethical judgments of auditors. Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, 28 (2), 119--144.
  • Cianci, A. , &  Kaplan, S. (2008). The effects of management's preannouncement strategies on investors' judgments of the trustworthiness of management. Journal of Business Ethics, 79, 423-444.
  • Asare, S. K. ,  Cianci, A. , &  Tsakumis, G. (2008). The impact of competing goals and experience, and litigation consciousness on auditors' judgment. International Journal of Auditing, 13 (3), 223-243.
  • Cianci, A. (2008). The impact of investor status on investors' evaluation of negative and positive, separate and combined information. The Journal of Behavioral Finance, 9 (3), 117-132.
  • Cianci, A. , &  Falsetta, D. (2008). The impact of investors' status on their evaluation of positive and negative, past and future information. Accounting & Finance, 48 (5), 719-733.
  • Ashton, R. H. , &  Cianci, A. (2007). Motivational and cognitive determinants of buy-side and sell-side analysts' earnings forecasts: An experimental study. The Journal of Behavioral Finance, 8 (1), 9-19.
  • Ashton, R. H. , &  Cianci, A. (1998). Contributions of the "Research Opportunities in Auditing" program: An empirical assessment. Accounting Horizons, 12 (2), 120-138.

  • 2010 - 2010 Literati Network Awards for Excellence: Highly Commended Award Winner, Emerald Literati Network (Managerial Auditing Journal)
  • 2010 - 2010 Outstanding Paper Award, Emerald LiteratiNetwork (Managerial Auditing Journal)
  • - 2012 Wake Forest University Research Award, Wake Forest University