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Joel H. Amernic

Joel H. Amernic

Professor of Accounting


Joel Amernic is a Professor of Accounting and past editor of Canadian Accounting Perspectives. He is a recipient of the Canadian Academic Accounting Association’s Outstanding Educator Award, the Roger Martin and Nancy Lang Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Rotman School, among other awards. His work has appeared in numerous academic and professional refereed journals, such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal, Abacus, and Human Relations, among many others. Joel is the author and co-author of ten books. His main research interests currently include the accountability language of corporate leadership, financial reporting, management control, accounting education, and management education.

Selected Publications - Papers

  • Elevating Financial Reporting Beyond a Mere Compliance Instrument

    Wally Smieliauskas, Russell Craig and Joel Amernic

    Accounting Perspectives



    Pages: 61-100

  • Evaluating Assertions by a Wells Fargo CEO of a 'Return to Ethical Conduct'

    Joel Amernic and Russell Craig




    Pages: 400-426

  • The Language of Leadership in a Deadly Pandemic

    Russell Craig and Joel Amernic

    Strategy & Leadership



    Pages: 41-47

  • CEO Speeches and Safety Culture: British Petroleum before the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

    Joel Amernic and Russell Craig

    Critical Perspectives on Accounting



    Pages: 61-80

  • Detecting Linguistic Traces of Destructive Narcissism At-a-Distance in a CEO's Letter to Shareholders

    Russell Craig and Joel Amernic

    Journal of Business Ethics



    Pages: 563-575

  • Accounting as a Facilitator of Extreme Narcissism

    Joel Amernic and Russell Craig

    Journal of Business Ethics



    Pages: 79-93

  • Understanding Accounting Through Conceptual Metaphor

    Joel Amernic and Russell Craig

    Critical Perspectives on Accounting



    Pages: 875-883

  • The Transformational Leader as Pedagogue, Physician, Architect, Commander, and Saint: Five Root Metaphors in Jack Welch’s Letters to Stockholders of General Electric

    Joel Amernic, Russell Craig and Dennis Tourish

    Human Relations



    Pages: 1839-1872

  • ‘Close Readings’ of Internet Corporate Financial Reporting: Towards a More Critical Pedagogy on the Information Highway

    Joel Amernic

    The Internet and Higher Education



    Pages: 87-112

  • The Roles of Accounting in Collective Bargaining

    Joel Amernic

    Accounting, Organizations and Society



    Pages: 227-253

  • A Factor-Analytic Study of the Construct Validity of Holland's Self-Directed Search Test

    Dahlia Rachman, Joel Amernic and Nissim Aranya

    Educational and Psychological Measurement



    Pages: 425-437

  • Levels of Cognitive Complexity and the Design of Accounting Curriculum

    Joel Amernic and Robin Enns

    The Accounting Review



    Pages: 133-146

  • Is There a Generally Accepted Standard Accountant?

    Joel Amernic, Nissim Aranya and Jerry Pollock

    CA Magazine

    Issue:October 1979


    Pages: 34-42

Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

  • Decoding CEO-speak

    Russell Craig and Joel Amernic

    University of Toronto Press


  • Measuring and Assessing 'Tone at the Top' Using Annual Report CEO Letters

    Joel Amernic, Russell Craig and Dennis Tourish

    Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland


  • CEO-speak: The Language of Corporate Leadership

    Joel Amernic and Russell Craig

    McGill-Queen's University Press


Research and Teaching Interests

Teaching interests include Financial Reporting and Management Control. Research interests include Financial Reporting and Critical Analysis; Corporate Reporting and the Internet; Management Education; Top Management Accountability Language.

Honors and Awards

  • Manuscript Excellence Award, Academy of Accounting Historians

  • Walter J. MacDonald Award, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

  • FCA (Ontario), Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario

  • Outstanding Accounting Educator Award, Canadian Academic Accounting Association

  • MBA Teaching Excellence Awards, Rotman School of Management

Academic / Professional Service

  • Audit Committee, University of Toronto

  • Subcommittee on Curriculum and Standards of Governing Council,

  • Commerce Programs Council,

  • University of Toronto Faculty Association Bargaining Team,

  • Provostial Task Force on the Faculty of Management/Commerce and Finance Relationship,

  • Woodsworth College Liaison for Commerce and Finance,

  • Various Rotman School of Management and Faculty of Arts and Science Committees including Recruiting, Promotion, Tenure, Renewal, Curriculum, Acting Director of Commerce Programs,

  • Chair, CAAA's 'Outstanding Accounting Educator' Committee

  • Editorial Boards of scholarly journals: Contemporary Accounting Research; Accounting Review; Accounting Horizons; Accounting Education; Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting,

  • Past Editor, Canadian Accounting Perspectives