Associate Professor James Hesford


Phone: 314-516-6142
Office: 212 Anheuser-Busch Hall
You can download Dr. Hesford's CV here. 

James W. Hesford is an Associate Professor of Accounting. Prior to joining the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Professor Hesford held academic appointments in Calgary (Canada), Lausanne (Switzerland), Akron, Ithaca and St. Louis. Hesford has a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching interests are in managerial accounting, specifically cost accounting and management control. Professor Hesford is well known for his expertise in accounting issues related to the hospitality industry. His research and teaching cases have been published in numerous journals, including Contemporary Accounting Research, the Journal of Management Accounting Research and Accounting, Organizations and Society. Hesford has taught undergraduate, graduate and executive education courses, and supervised consulting projects with many firms including Accor, Delta Dental, Monsanto and MasterCard International. Before earning his Ph.D., Dr. Hesford held positions as a marketing manager in the semiconductor industry, and an electrical engineer in the consumer electronics and broadcasting industries. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, reading, amateur radio and woodworking.


Ph.D., 1998, University of Southern California. Business Administration (Concentration: Accounting)

M.B.A., 1993, University of Notre Dame

Management control systems

Design and implementation of cost accounting systems

Use of accounting information and its effects upon managerial decision making and worker behavior(s)