The committee is delighted to announce that Professor Efrim Boritz has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Haim Falk Award for Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Thought. The Haim Falk Award Committee received a comprehensive package in support of his nomination that included several letters from a range of junior and senior colleagues.
Professor Boritz has an impressive publication history that spans the assurance, information systems, and financial reporting disciplines. Besides his seminal contributions to research, Professor Boritz has focused intently on ensuring that his work plays a role in shaping practice. Consistent with the award criteria, his research has had a major impact on theory, practice, and education.
The widespread support for his nomination reinforces the quality and relevance of Professor Boritz’s research program. Excerpts from these letters illustrate his important contributions to accounting thought:
“[Professor Boritz] has a wide range of research interests that are supported by his vast knowledge in accounting, computer technology, and human information processing and decision-making behavior. [Professor Boritz’s] research targets the most challenging issues faced by the accounting profession. His work is not only important for advancing accounting/auditing theories, but also has had enormous impact on professional practice.”
- Ping Zhang, Professor, University of Toronto
“His pioneering expertise on machine learning in accounting is recognized by a AAA Task Force on Research Impact. They cite in their 2009 commentary six papers that make significant contributions in artificial intelligence and expert systems research. Efrim is sole author of two of these six studies.”
- Louise Hayes, Assistant Professor, University of Guelph
“His efforts in furthering our understanding of assurance and systems and their relationship to business and accounting has resulted in a significant and influential body of work…[t]here are seven articles in major mainline academic accounting journals, 22 publications in academic assurance and systems journals, plus seven other academic publications. He has authored 24 books and monographs plus an additional 14 chapters, and participated in producing six AICPA guides.”
- Thomas Scott, Professor, University of Waterloo
The committee unanimously concluded that Efrim Boritz is a highly deserving recipient of the 2018 Haim Falk Award for Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Thought.
David Godsell, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Michel Magnan, Concordia University
Jeffrey Pittman, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Chair