Robert Hutchinson

Robert Hutchinson


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Associate Professor of Accounting, School of Business and Economics

  • PhD in Manufacturing Management and Engineering, concentration in Manufacturing Cost Accounting, University of Toledo
  • MBA, concentrations in Manufacturing Management and Accounting, University of Notre Dame
  • BSBA, concentration in Accounting, Duquesne University


After receiving his undergraduate degree in accounting, Robert worked within the corporate finance organizations of two Fortune 500 corporations as a cost analyst, plant controller, financial auditor, corporate security auditor, and operations auditor.  As an MBA student at the University of Notre Dame, he received a fellowship to work as a research assistant, which prompted his interest in scholarly research.  He completed his PhD at the University of Toledo, focusing on the dynamics of cost accounting system design and production strategies.  Prior to joining Michigan Tech, Robert has held academic positions at Oakland University and the University of Detroit Mercy.

Teaching Interests

  • Managerial accounting
  • Cost accounting

Research Interests

  • Cost accounting system design
  • Transfer pricing
  • Industrial dynamics
  • Simulations
  • Semiotics

Selected Publications

  • "Cost Accounting and Simulation: Towards a Post-Structuralist Understanding”, Advances in Management Accounting, Vol. 22 (2013)
  • “Death and Taxes: Auto Dealers Face Their Final Reckoning”, International Journal of Business and Social Research, with Joseph Pia, Vol. 2, No. 5 (2012)
  • “A Conceptual Framework for Prototyping Outsourcing in New Product Development: A Knowledge-Based View”, Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 21, No. 5 (2010) with Ying Liao and Kun Liao
  • “Quantifying the Impact of Cost Accounting System Design on Manufacturing Performance: A Simulation Approach”, Advances in Management Accounting, Vol.18 (2010)
  • “Zen Accounting: How Japanese Management Accounting Practice Supports Lean Management”, Management Accounting Quarterly, with Kun Liao, Vol. 11, No. 1 (2009)