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Luann J. Lynch

Unit: Darden School of Business
Department: Darden Graduate School of Business
Office location and address
FOB 292 D
90 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S., Meredith College
MBA, Duke University
Ph.D., University of North Carolina

Almand R. Coleman Professor of Business Administration Luann J. Lynch teaches Accounting in the First Year core MBA program and a Second Year elective in management accounting. She is frequently recognized for her outstanding teaching; she was the recipient of the University of Virginia Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award and elected Faculty Marshall in 2000 and 2013, was nominated for the Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) in 2001, has been recognized as an Outstanding Professor inBusinessWeek’s Guide to the best Business Schools and is frequently nominated for the Outstanding Faculty Award at Darden.

Her research interests are primarily in the design and impact of incentive and compensation systems. The focus of her work can be broadly characterized as an exploration of how incentives and compensation systems are structured to encourage the desired behavior by the individuals or organizations. In particular, her work has examined incentive issues associated with stock options, compensation in post-merger integration efforts and the effect of financial reporting, accounting and regulation on incentive compensation. She has published her work in leading accounting and finance journals, including The Accounting ReviewJournal of Accounting and EconomicsJournal of Financial Economics and Review of Accounting Studies. From 2006–09, she held the Robert F. Vandell research chair at Darden in recognition of her research contributions. In 2006, she received the Glen McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics for work related to compensation around the implementation of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. From 2005–08, she served as Darden’s Associate Dean for Intellectual Capital.

Lynch spent the 2004–05 academic year teaching at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining the faculty at the Darden School, she taught in the Master of Accounting program at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. She was assistant vice president at Roche Biomedical Laboratories, Inc., held positions in finance and accounting at Roche, Northern Telecom (NorTel) and Procter & Gamble. She holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a doctorate in accounting from the University of North Carolina.

GBAC 7202: Enterprise Analytics III: Financial Decision Making
Credits: 2
In this course, we will (a) explore approaches for structuring and analyzing common business and financial decisions and (b) discuss respective analytical methods. We will explore what factors drive a firm¿s value and how a manager should exploit information at hand to to improve his/her strategic decisions. This course aims, in part, to improve your analytical skills by gaining insight into risk and uncertainty.
GBUS 7272: Accounting for Managers
Credits: 3
As the language of business and the cornerstone of the financial capital markets, accounting provides terminology, frameworks, and concepts with which to understand and analyze the financial consequences of business activities. As these activities have become increasingly complex and global, the task of presenting timely, relevant, and reliable financial information to interested internal and external users has become more challenging. Prerequisites: Restricted to Darden students.
GBUS 8465: Mgmt Planning & Control Sys
Credits: 2
This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the design and use of planning and control systems to facilitate the implementation of an organization's strategy. Many organizations have discovered that having a great strategy is not enough if the right structures and processes are not in place to implement that strategy.
GBUS 8999: Darden Independent Study
Credits: 2–3
A Darden Independent Study elective includes either case development or a research project to be conducted by an individual student under the direction of a faculty member. Students should secure the agreement of a resident faculty member to supervise their independent study and assign the final grade that is to be based to a significant degree on written evidence of the individual student's accomplishment.