- Aug 28, 2019
Ivey is proud to welcome six faculty members and one full-time appointment to campus! To help you get to know our new faculty, we asked each of them a list of questions about their academic – and personal – interests.
Get to know:
Ryan Hudgins, Lecturer, Managerial Accounting and Control
Ryan is finishing his PhD in accountancy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gies College of Business. His primary research interest is managerial accounting.
Before coming to Ivey, Ryan worked as a graduate instructor and research assistant in the Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois, and as a graduate instructor in the Department of English at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to that, he worked as a tax accountant.
- What is the most important thing business executives can learn from your research?
In my research on data analytics with co-authors from the University of Illinois, we find that data analytics are perceived as less credible than human experts when their forecasts suggest “bad news” for the firm but not when they suggest “good news.” I think the takeaway is that firms need to be aware of potential psychological biases that might prevent a successful transition to a data-driven culture.
- Who have been your strongest influences in life?
Besides my family, the strongest influence in my life was actually someone I encountered only once. He was a guest speaker for my introductory business seminar during my first year as an undergraduate. He told us that we should major in accounting if we were undecided about what kind of business career we wanted. I eventually found better reasons to continue studying accounting, but I still think that was great advice given the many things you can do with an accounting background.
- What led you to your career?
As an undergraduate, I had great accounting professors who showed me how interesting managerial accounting can be, so before I even graduated, I knew I would come back for a PhD some day. I took a few detours, but I eventually made it back to that original plan.
- What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I spend my free time with my spouse and our two children. I like finding new book series to read to my kids. I think I probably get more excited than they do about reading the next book in each series, though.
- What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I’ve never travelled outside of Canada and the United States, though I hope to change that soon.
- What is the most played song on your playlist as of now?
My kids control my playlist, so I suppose it would be the My Little Pony theme song.
- What book would you recommend to others? Why?
I thought Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi was an interesting book. Consistent with the book's argument, I find that taking a walk or completing a mundane task often leads to insights about problems that I’ve been thinking through.