Lorenzo Patelli, PhD

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Associate Dean for Faculty; Professor
School of Accountancy, Denver MBA (Full Time), MBA Programs
Lorenzo Patelli

Biography at a Glance

Lorenzo Patelli, PhD, CMA, is associate dean for faculty and professor in the School of Accountancy. He is also chair of the Committee on Ethics of the Institute of Management Accountants. He has received a number of academic honors, including several teaching excellence awards and the 2008 David Solomons Prize from Management Accounting Research.



  • PhD, Business Administration and Management—Accounting, Bocconi University, 2006


Academic Positions Held

  • Associate Professor, School of Accountancy, Daniels College of Business (2015–2022)
  • Assistant Professor, School of Accountancy, Daniels College of Business (2011–2015)
  • Assistant Professor, Benedictine College, School of Business (2007–2011)
  • Assistant Professor, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (2006–2007)


Awards and Honors

  • 2017 Thomas Howard Innovative Teacher Award, Daniels College of Business, University of Denver
  • 2011 Executive MBA Teaching Excellence Award, Benedictine College
  • 2009 Best Management Paper, SDA Bocconi School of Management
  • 2008 David Solomons Prize, Management Accounting Research



  • Dworkis, K., and Patelli, L. (2022), “Asymmetric Responses to Multiple Performance Measures: the Role of Non-Pathological Narcissism”, Management Accounting Research, 57(4): 100806.
  • Patelli, L. (2022), Twitter and Musk Clash on Metrics, Strategic Finance.
  • Patelli, L. (2022), Boosting ethical awareness, Strategic Finance, 103(8), 15-16.
  • Patelli, L. (2020), Ethics maps for AI analytics, Strategic Finance, 102(7), 13-14.
  • Greiner, A., Patelli, L., and Pedrini, M. (2019), “Characteristics of Managerial Tone Priced by Auditors: Evidence based on Annual Letters to Shareholders of Large U.S. Firms.” AUDITING: A Journal of Practice & Theory, In-Press.
  • Patelli, L. and Victoravich, L. (2019). “Investor Reactions to Management Attributions: Revisions versus Late Filings Following Preliminary Earnings Announcements,” Accounting and the Public Interest, 19(1), 1-30.
  • Patelli, L. (2018). “Properties of Performance Measurement and Management Systems Used Dialogically between Parent Companies and Foreign Subsidiaries”, Advances in Management Accounting, 30, 27-59
  • Clouse, M., Giacalone, R. A., Olsen, T. D., and Patelli, L. (2017). “Individual Ethical Orientations and the Perceived Acceptability of Questionable Finance Ethics Decisions”, Journal of Business Ethics, 144(3), .
  • Grove, H., and Patelli, L. (2015). “Lessons Learned From the SEC’s FCPA Enforcement Actions Involving Oil, Gas, and Energy Firms”, Oil, Gas and Energy Quarterly, 63(4), 599-609.
  • Patelli, L., and Pedrini, M. (2015), “Is Tone at the Top Associated with Financial Reporting Aggressiveness?”, Journal of Business Ethics, 126(1), 3-19.
  • Patelli, L., and Pedrini, M. (2014), “Is the Optimism in CEO’s Letters to Shareholders Sincere? Impression Management versus Communicative Action during the Economic Crisis”, Journal of Business Ethics, 124(1), 19-34.
  • Grove, H., and Patelli, L. (2013), “Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns: Risk Assessment and Corporate Governance Differences?”, Corporate Ownership and Control, 11(1), 611.
  • Basilico, E., Grove, H., and Patelli, L. (2012), “Asia’s Enron: Satyam (Sanskrit Word for Truth)”, Journal of Forensic & Investigative Accounting, 4(2), 142-175.
  • Grove, H., Patelli, L., Victoravich, and Xu, P. (2011), “Corporate Governance and Performance in the Wake of the Financial Crisis: Evidence from US Commercial Banks”, Corporate Governance: An International Review, 19(5), 418-436.
  • Habisch, M. A., L. Patelli, M. Pedrini, and C. Schwarz (2011), “Different talks with different folks: A comparative survey of Stakeholder Dialogue in Germany, Italy, and the U.S.”, Journal of Business Ethics, 100(3), 381-404.
  • Dossi, A., L. Patelli, and L. Zoni (2010), “The Missing Link between Corporate Performance Measurement Systems and Chief Executive Officer Incentive Plans”, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, 25(4), 5311-558.
  • Dossi, A., and L. Patelli (2010), “Performance measurement systems in multinational companies: the use of non-financial performance indicators in relationships between headquarters and subsidiaries”, Long Range Planning, 43(4), 498-526.
  • Dossi, A., and L. Patelli (2008), “The decision-influencing use of performance measurement systems (PMS) in relationships between headquarters and subsidiaries”, Management Accounting Research, 19(1), 126-148. Winner of the David Solomons Prize (best paper published by Management Accounting Research in 2008).
  • Patelli, L., and A. Prencipe (2007), “The relationship between voluntary disclosure and independent directors in presence of a dominant shareholder,” European Accounting Review, 16(1), 5-33.

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