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John R. M. Hand is the Robert March & Mildred Borden Hanes Distinguished Professor at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

With wide ranging interests in accounting, entrepreneurship and finance, Dr. Hand’s current research focuses on equity analysts’ financial statement forecasts, analysts’ estimates of firms’ costs of equity, and measuring and calibrating the racial/ethnic densities of executives in US public companies.  He is co-author of “Intangible Assets: Values, Measures and Risks” (Oxford University Press, 2003) with Baruch Lev of New York University.

Dr. Hand has twice won the American Accounting Association’s competitive manuscript competition for his scholarship.

He enjoys teaching in the MBA, Masters of Accounting, Undergraduate, PhD and Executive Development Programs. He received the 2018 UNC Kenan-Flagler Weatherspoon Distinguished Research Award, the 2013 UNC Kenan-Flagler Weatherspoon Award for MAC Teaching, and the 2008 Weatherspoon Distinguished Award for MBA Teaching.

Dr. Hand served as associate dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler’s top-ranked Master of Accounting Program from 2007-2011.  He is passionate about unhurried and thoughtful K-12 Christian education, and served as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees of Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill from 2007-2016.  He also has 20+ years experience providing business plan and financial modeling advice to start-up companies.

He received his PhD and his MBA with honors from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He earned his B.Sc. at the Bristol University, England, where he graduated first in his class and with highest honors.