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Venky Nagar

Venky Nagar

Associate Professor of Accounting



Ph.D., University Of Pennsylvania
M.S., Dartmouth College
B. Tech, Indian Institute Of Technology

"I don't believe I can really do without teaching. The reason is, I have to have something so that when I don't have any ideas and I'm not getting anywhere I can say to myself, "At least I'm living: at least I'm doing something; I'm making some contribution"-- it's just psychological.

"If you're teaching a class, you can think about the elementary things that you know very well. These things are kind of fun and delightful. It doesn't do any harm to think them over again. Is there a better way to present them? Are there any new problems associated with them? Are there any new thoughts you can make about them? The elementary things are easy to think about; if you can't think of a new thought, no harm done; what you thought about it before is good enough for the class. If you do think of something new, you're rather pleased that you have a new way of looking at it.

"The questions of the students are often the source of new research. They often ask profound questions that I've thought about at times and then given up on, so to speak, for a while. It wouldn't do me any harm to think about them again and see if I can go any further now. The students may not be able to see the thing I want to answer, or the subtleties I want to think about, but they remind me of a problem by asking questions in the neighborhood of that problem. It's not so easy to remind yourself of these things.

"So I find that teaching and the students keep life going." (Quoted from "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!")

My teaching and research interests lie in exploring the use of accounting information within the firm.


Venky Nagar
Stephen M. Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1234

Office Location: R3374

Phone: (734) 647-3292
E-Mail: venky@umich.edu



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