Phil Berger served on the faculty of the Wharton School from 1991 – 2002 (including as a tenured Associate Professor from 1998 – 2002) before joining Booth as a tenured Full Professor on July 1, 2002. His research focuses on financial reporting and corporate finance, he has published in all the top peer reviewed accounting and finance journals, and he has been an editor of Journal of Accounting Research for over 15 years. Berger has chaired or served on the dissertation committees of many top accounting students from Booth who currently work at such top schools as Harvard, MIT, Wharton, Stanford, Columbia, Ohio State, Washington University, UCSD, and others. Having recently completed a three-year term as Deputy Dean for Booth’s part-time MBA programs (evening, weekend, and EMBA), he continues serving as the Director of Booth’s Accounting Research Center.

His teaching interests are mainly in financial accounting, financial statement analysis, and empirical accounting research. His teaching experience covers undergraduate, MBA, executive, and Ph.D. courses. While at Wharton, he won every MBA teaching award that the Wharton School offers. At Chicago Booth, he has been awarded the 2011 Phoenix Prize.

Berger holds Ph.D. and MBA degrees from the University of Chicago as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Research Interests

Firm valuation; firm diversification; effects of accounting regulations; quality of accounting disclosures; information intermediaries; organizational design and corporate governance.

Academic Areas

  • Accounting

Selected Publications

Working Papers

2021 - 2022 Course Schedule

Number Course Title Quarter
30121 Accounting for Entrepreneurship: From Start-Up through IPO 2022 (Spring)
30835 Accounting for Entrepreneurship: From Start-Up through IPO 2022 (Summer)

2022 Executive Education Schedule

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