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Dr. Rong Zhao


Associate Professor

Haskayne School of Business, Accounting [ACCT]

Editorial Board Member

Contemporary Accounting Research

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Educational Background

PhD Accounting (minor: Finance), University of Iowa,

M.S. Accounting, University of Texas at Dallas,

B.S. Accounting, Peking University,


Rong Zhao is an Associate Professor of Accounting at Haskayne School of Business.

Her research has been published in leading academic journals and top practitioner outlets, including The Accounting Review, Management ScienceContemporary Accounting Research, Harvard Business Review, and California Management Review. She won the prestigious Deloitte Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for her PhD thesis and is a recipient of SSHRC Insight Grant and several CPA Alberta research grants. She is currently a member of the editorial board at Contemporary Accounting Research.

She teaches financial accounting both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Since joining Haskayne, she has been nominated several times by students for teaching awards and received the MBA Society Outstanding Teaching and Learning Award in 2019. Prior to her academic career, she was a CPA licensed in Texas and worked as a tax accountant and business systems analyst at the RIA division of Thomson Reuters.


Areas of Research

limitations of financial reporting; intangibles; new economy firms; analyst and management forecasts; and supply chain information.


Course number Course title Semester
ACCT 341 LEC 01 01 Intermediate Financial Acct I 2020
ACCT 341 LEC 02 02 Intermediate Financial Acct I 2020
ACCT 341 LEC 03 03 Intermediate Financial Acct I 2021
ACCT 641 LEC 01 01 Intermediate Fnce ACCT I 2021
ACCT 641 LEC 02 02 Intermediate Fnce ACCT I 2020
ACCT 641 LEC 03 03 Intermediate Fnce ACCT I 2021


Research Data Dissemination


  • Dean's Innovative Research , Haskayne School of Business. 2024
  • Dean's Research Scholar , Haskayne School of Business. 2023
  • SSHRC Insight Grants "Do Digital Technology Firms Generate Excess Profits?", Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. 2022
  • MBA Society Outstanding Teaching and Learning Award, Haskayne School of Business. 2019


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