Michael (Mike) Ricci

Doctoral Student

G17 Brooks Hall
310 Herty Drive
Athens, GA 30602
Phone Numbers
Work 706-542-2022
Email Address
CV - January 2017


Mike is a fifth year doctoral student in the J.M. Tull School of Accounting. Mike examines research questions in auditing using the experimental method. Mike is interested in how auditors make judgments and decisions when they have competing goals. Mike’s dissertation addresses the fundamental tension between performing an effective audit and satisfying management by investigating how performing "soft" or intangible client service activities, such as communicating effectively and being accessible to clients, affects auditors’ willingness to challenge management. In addition, Mike’s research examines how features of the auditing environment, such as documentation requirements and audit programs, can be modified to improve the auditor performance when auditing complex accounting estimates.

Prior to joining the doctoral program, Mike was an internal auditor at Red Hat, Inc. and an audit senior at KPMG. Mike earned his Master of Accountancy degree at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wake Forest University.


Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation Year
  • Accounting
University of North Carolina
  • Psychology
Wake Forest University

Prior Professional Positions

Organization / Department Title Years of Service
Red Hat
Internal Audit Senior 2010 to 2012
Associate / Senior Associate 2007 to 2010