James (Yibo) Zhang

Assistant Professor



Academic Background

  • Ph.D. University of South Florida 2018
  • M.S.A University of Texas at Dallas 2014
  • B.S. Nankai University 2012

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Accountancy, Miami University (2018 - Present)
  • Graduate Assistant, University of South Florida (2014 - 2018)
  • Instructor, University of South Florida (2015 - 2017)
  • Teaching Assistant, University of Texas at Dallas (2013 - 2014)

Recent Publications

  • Kemi Ajayi and Yibo (James) Zhang. 2022. The Joint Effects of Argument Quality and Interactivity on Nonprofessional Investors' Perceptions of Disclosure Credibility and Investment Decisions. Journal of Information Systems. In-print.
  • Tim Eaton, Abby Larson, and Yibo (James) Zhang. 2022. Building a Bot. Strategic Finance. January.
  • Hilda Carrillo, Robin Pennington, and Yibo (James) Zhang (2021). Is an Emoji Worth a Thousand Words? The Effect of Emoji Usage on Nonprofessional Investors' Perceptions. Journal of Information Systems. In-print.
  • Yibo (James) Zhang and Patrick Wheeler (2021) The Impact of Data Type and Graphical Presentation Type on Financial and Non-Financial Information Literacy in Undergraduate Accounting Students: Two Experiments with Business Analytics Dashboards. The Accounting Educators' Journal. 31.
  • Yibo (James) Zhang, Snigdha Porwal, and Tim V Eaton (2020) Data preparation for accountants: Extract, transform, and load - With ETL processes, CPAs can prepare data for analytics and visualization. Journal of Accountancy. December.
  • BriAuna Keys and Yibo (James) Zhang (2020) Introducing RPA in an Undergraduate AIS Course: Three RPA Exercises on Process Automations in Accounting. Journal of Emerging Technologies in Accounting 17 (2) 25-30.
  • Yibo (James) Zhang (2020) The Impact of Vivid Graphical Presentation of Financial Information in Digital Annual Reports on Investors' Impressions of Management and Firm Performance. Journal of Information Systems 34 (3): 233-253.
  • Yibo (James) Zhang, Tawei (David) Wang, and Carol Hsu (2019) The Effects of Voluntary GDPR Adoption and the Readability of Privacy Statements on Customers' Information Disclosure Intention and Trust. Journal of Intellectual 21 (2): 145-163.
  • Peter C. Kipp, Yibo (James) Zhang, and Amanuel Fekade Tadesse (2019) Can Social Media Interaction and Message Features Influence Nonprofessional Investors' Perceptions of the Firm? Journal of Information Systems 33 (2): 77-98.
  • Antoinette L. Smith, Yibo (James) Zhang, and Peter C. Kipp (2019) Cloud-Computing Risk Disclosure and ICFR Material Weakness: The Moderating Role of Accounting Reporting Complexity. Journal of Information Systems 33 (3): 1-17.

Honors & Awards

  • Lybrand Award, Certificates of Merit, Institute of Management Accountants 2022
  • AIS Outstanding Dissertation Award 2019
  • The Best Research Paper Award, AIS/SET Section Midyear Meeting 2017
  • Dr. Henry Efebera Memorial Scholarship 2016
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Doctoral Scholarship 2014


Dr. Yibo (James) Zhang joined the faculty of the Farmer School of Business in the fall semester of 2018. His teaching interests include accounting information systems, data analytics, managerial accounting, and financial accounting. Dr. Zhang's primary research interest is judgment and decision-making in accounting information systems. Special areas of interest include: graphical vividness, user interactivity, social media, dashboard presentations in auditing, and cloud computing. Dr. Zhang earned his Ph.D. from Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy at the University of South Florida, and he is a CPA (Texas), CMA, and SAP Certified Associate. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Information Systems. He has won awards for his teaching and research from the American Accounting Association and the Institute of Management Accountants.

Outside of work, Dr. Zhang is a multi-instrumentalist and a pickleball player. He plays the oboe, English horn, Irish whistle, piano, and electric bass and serves as the faculty advisor for the pickleball club at Miami University.


  • FALL 2022
    ACC 361 A, MW 11:40AM-1:00PM, FSB 0013
    ACC 361 B, MW 1:15-2:35PM, FSB 0013
James (Yibo) Zhang

Contact Information

Office Hours

  • FALL 2022
    MW 8:30-11:00am


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