Will accounting help save the planet? Distinguished Professor Lecture, April 13 – News

Distinguished Professor Den Patten

Professor Emeritus Den Patten of Illinois State University will present “Will Accounting Help Save the Planet?” Reflections on Corporate Environmental Disclosure” at 5 p.m. April 13 in the Brown Ballroom of the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University.

Dr. Patten promotes sustainable accounting, including environmental disclosure, as a valuable tool in addressing climate change, resource depletion, and other ecological concerns.

The event is free and open to the public.

Patten first came to Illinois State University as an undergraduate in the fall of 1974. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1978 and a master’s degree in 1982. Patten joined the faculty in 1985, then earned a doctorate. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During her career at ISU, Patten has won numerous teaching and research awards at the departmental, college, and university level, and in 2015 was awarded the title of University Professor. In 2019, he was named professor emeritus. Capping a career of 36 years, he retired in the summer of 2021.

Patten’s research focuses primarily on better understanding corporate social responsibility (CSR) disclosure. He is a prolific author with over 70 peer-reviewed publications in academic journals. His work has helped establish legitimacy theory as the dominant explanatory theory for variations in CSR disclosure. His research has also been widely cited in accounting and other academic disciplines.

Patten currently ranks 23rd out of over 5,000 accounting scholars worldwide in career citations. He was the ninth most cited accounting researcher for the year 2020.

Those with questions about the conference can email [email protected]

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