Faculty – Karen Braun

Karen Braun - Professor, Accountancy
Professor, Accountancy

karen.braun@case.edu
216.368.3532
Peter B. Lewis Building 466
Office Hours: By appointment only

Karen Braun, PhD, CPA, CGMA, professor of accountancy, is the lead author of MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING (Fifth Edition), a textbook used in over 200 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada. Since her initial faculty appointment in 2006, she has received the Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award three times by the vote of Case Western Reserve students. Braun’s teaching interests center on managerial accounting, which stems from her prior work experiences as an auditor for Arthur Andersen & Company and as a corporate controller. Her primary research interest focuses on lean operations and sustainability by critically examining how accounting systems can define, measure and communicate information that will help companies generate value for all stakeholders in a sustainable manner. In the classroom, Braun’s teaching philosophy encourages students to think like business people first and then focus on how managerial accounting can be used to help solve business problems. A sought after speaker on the campus, Braun is invited often to speak to student groups about personal financial planning.

On a national level, Braun is actively involved in accounting education. In 2015 and 2016, she co-chaired the national Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting (CTLA). In addition, she has given numerous presentations at the American Accounting Association (AAA), the CTLA, and the Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium for Accounting Educators. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious national Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Teaching Award. Her publications have appeared in the Journal of Accounting Education, Issues in Accounting Education, and Contemporary Accounting Research.

Braun received her BA from Luther College in 1985 and her PhD from the University of Connecticut in 1996.

An avid outdoors enthusiast, Braun loves to ski, hike, bike, and garden.

PhD, The University of Connecticut, 1996
BA, Luther College, 1985

Initially Appointed: 2006

Interests and Courses

Research

Braun's primary research interest focuses on lean operations and sustainability, critically examining how accounting systems can define, measure and communicate information that will help companies generate value for all stakeholders in a sustainable manner.

Teaching

Braun's primary teaching interest is the field of managerial accounting. Her interest stems from prior work experiences as an auditor and as a corporate controller.

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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Selected Publications

  • Braun, K., Tietz, W. (2014).
    Managerial Accounting, 4e (4th edition ed., pp. 925). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Braun, K. (2013).
    Custom Fabric Ventures: An Instructional Resource in Job Costing for the Introductory Managerial Accounting Course (vol. 27, issue 1, pp. 267-279). Journal of Accounting Education.
  • Braun, K. (2012).
    Using a "Daily Motivational Quiz" to Increase Student Preparation, Attendance, and Participation (vol. 27, issue 1, pp. 267-279). Issues in Accounting Education .
  • Braun, K., Tietz, W. (2012).
    Managerial Accounting, 3e (3rd edition ed., pp. 925). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Braun, K., Tietz, W. (2009).
    Managerial Accounting, 2e (2nd edition ed., pp. 826). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Bamber, L., Braun, K., Harrison, T. (2007).
    Managerial Accounting (First ed., pp. 762). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
  • Braun, K. (2001).
    The Disposition of Audit-Detected Misstatements: An Examination of Risk Factors and Aggregation Effects Contemporary Accounting Research.

Presentations

  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), , . (Presenter & Author) CTLA- Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting, "Excel-based Active Learning in the Management Accounting Course", AAA, Atlanta, GA. (2015).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), Tietz, W. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium for Accounting Educators, "Resources for Using Current Events and Excel in the Managerial Accounting Course", Pearson Education, Houston, TX. (2015).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), Tietz, W. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium for Accounting Educators, "Resources for Using Current Events and Excel in the Managerial Accounting Course", Pearson Education, Chicago, IL. (2015).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), , . (Presenter & Author) Texas Society of CPAs Conference for Accounting Educators, "Resources for Using Current Events and Excel in the Managerial Accounting Course", Texas Society of CPAs, Austin, TX. (2014).
  • Braun, K. (Panelist/Discussant), , . (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association- Annual Meeting, "Strategies for Turning Teaching Efforts into Publications", AAA, Atlanta, GA. (2014).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), Tietz, W. (Presenter & Author) CTLA- Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting, "Resources for Using Current Events and Excel in the Managerial Accounting Course", AAA, Atlanta, GA. (2014).
  • Braun, K. (Panelist/Discussant), Tietz, W. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association- Ohio Region, "Action Research: Turning your teaching efforts into research publications", AAA, Columbus, OH. (2014).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), Sellers, D. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association- Ohio Region, "Promoting the Importance of Teaching in the Doctoral Education", AAA, Columbus, OH. (2014).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), Tietz, W. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association- Ohio Region, "Resources for Using Current Events and Excel in the Managerial Accounting Course", AAA, Columbus, OH. (2014).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), Tietz, W. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium for Accounting Educators, "Resources for Using Current Events and Excel in the Managerial Accounting Course", Pearson Education, Phoenix, AZ. (2014).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), Tietz, W. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium for Accounting Educators, "Resources for Using Current Events and Excel in the Managerial Accounting Course", Pearson Education, Miami, FL. (2014).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) Texas Society of CPAs conference for Accounting Educators, "Strategies and Tools for Integrating Sustainability into Introductory Accounting Courses", AAA, Austin, TX. (2013).
  • Braun, K. (Panelist/Discussant) American Accounting Association, "A Panel discussion with Ernst & Young on Integrating Sustainability into the Accounting Curriculum", AAA, Los Angeles, CA. (2013).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, "Strategies and Tools for Integrating Sustainability into Introductory Accounting Courses", AAA, Los Angeles, CA. (2013).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), Tietz, W. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association CTLA conference, "Strategies and Tools for Integrating Sustainability into Introductory Accounting Courses", AAA, Los Angeles, CA. (2013).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association-Annual Meeting, "Custom Fabric Ventures: An Instructional Resource in Job Costing for the Introductory Managerial Accounting Course", AAA, Los Angeles, CA. (2013).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association- Ohio Region, "Custom Fabric Ventures: An Instructional Resource in Job Costing for the Introductory Managerial Accounting Course", AAA, Sandusky, OH. (2013).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association- Ohio Region, "Strateiges and Tools for Integrating Sustainability into Introductory Accounting Courses", AAA, Sandusky, OH. (2013).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) Teachers of Accounting at Two-year Colleges Conference, "Strategies and Tools for Integrating Sustainability into Introductory Accounting Courses", AAA, Long Beach, CA. (2013).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium for Accounting Educators, "Strategies and Tools for Integrating Sustainability into the Introductory Accounting Courses", Pearson Education, Las Vegas, NV. (2013).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) Webinars on March 15 and March 27, "Integrating Sustainability into an Introductory Accounting Course", Pearson Education, Cleveland, OH. (2013).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), Tietz, W. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium for Accounting Educators, "Strategies and Tools for Integrating Sustainability into the Introductory Accounting Courses", Pearson Education, Tampa, FL. (2013).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), Tietz, W. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association CTLA conference, "Integrating Sustainability into an Introductory Accounting Course", AAA, Washington, DC. (2012).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author), Tietz, W. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association- Ohio Region, "Integrating Sustainability into an Introductory Accounting Course", AAA, Cincinnati, Oh. (2012).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) Webinars on April 4, April13, May 4 , "Integrating Sustainability into an Introductory Accounting Course", Pearson Education, Cleveland Oh. (2012).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium for Educators, "Integrating Sustainability into an Introductory Accounting Course", Pearson Education, Scottsdale, AZ. (2012).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium for Educators, "Integrating Sustainability into an Introductory Accounting Course", Pearson Education, Charleston, SC. (2012).
  • Braun, K. American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, "Integrating Sustainability into an Introductory Managerial Accunting Course", American Accounting Association, Denver, CO. (2011).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association -Ohio Region, "Using Excel to Teach Cost Behavior Analysis in an Introductory Managerial Accounting Course", AAA, Columbus, OH. (2011).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association -Ohio Region, "Personal Budgeting (Effective Learning Strategies Session)", AAA, Columbus, OH. (2010).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium- Jamestown, NC, "Effectively Engaging Millennials in the Classroom", Guilford Technical College, Jamestown, NC. (2010).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium- Akron, OH, "Sustainability and Lean Accounting in an Introductory Accounting Class", University of Akron, Akron, Ohio. (2010).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium-Phoenix, AZ, "Current Topics in Managerial Accounting", Prentice Hall/Pearson Education, Phoenix, AZ. (2010).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium-Orlando, FL, "Current Topics in Managerial Accounting", Prentice Hall/Pearson Education, Orlando, FL. (2010).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, "Evaluating Performance of Corporate Divisions (Effective Learning Strategies Session)", AAA, New York, NY. (2009).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, "Personal Budgeting (Effective Learning Strategies Session)", AAA, NewYork, NY. (2009).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) American Accounting Association Annual Meeting, "Teaching Financial Literacy In and Out of the Classroom", AAA, New York, NY. (2009).
  • Braun, K. (Presenter & Author) Prentice Hall Accounting Symposium, "Effectively Engaging Millennials in the Classroom", University of Akron, Akron, Ohio. (2009).

Academic and Professional Activities

  • Guest Speaker, CWRU Greek Life "Life after College" Series, 2016
  • Guest Speaker, CWRU Women's Tennis Team, 2016
  • Faculty Advisor, Beta Alpha Psi, 2015 - Present
  • Undergraduate Accounting Program Director, 2015 - Present
  • Committee Member, UGIS (undergraduate and integrated studies) Committee, 2015 - Present
  • Guest Speaker, CWRU Residence "Upper Class Experience" Speaker Series, 2015
  • Guest Speaker, CWRU Medical School "Personal Finance" Interest Group, 2015
  • Conference-Related, CTLA Traveling Team, American Accounting Association, 2015 - Present
  • Chairperson, CTLA (Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting), Chicago, IL, 2015 - 2016
  • Guest Speaker, Greek Life Faculty Fridays Series, 2014
  • Guest Speaker, Sigma Phi Epsilon, 2014
  • Guest Speaker, CWRU Student Leadership Conference, 2014
  • Guest Speaker, Phi Mu, 2014
  • Guest Speaker, Physics Graduate School Association, 2014
  • Chairperson, CTLA (Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting), Chicago, IL, 2014 - 2015
  • Member, Sustainability Alliance, 2012 - 2015
  • Guest Speaker, Phi Mu, 2012
  • Chairperson, AAA- Ohio region- Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section , 2011
  • Task Force Member, AAA Task Force on Financial Literacy, 2007 - 2009

Awards

  • Distinguished Service Alumni Award, Luther College. (2015).
  • Nominee, 2015 J. Bruce Jackson Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, Case Western Reserve University. (2015).
  • Nominee, 2015 Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University . (2015).
  • Nominee, 2015 Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Case Western Reserve University. (2015).
  • CWRU Faculty Sustainability Champion, CWRU- Office of Sustainability. (2014).
  • Nominee, 2014 Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University . (2014).
  • Recipient, 2013 Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University . (2013).
  • Recipient, 2012 Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award, Alpha Kappa Psi, Case Western Reserve University Chapter. (2012).
  • Honorable Mention, Bea Sanders/AICPA Innovation in Accounting Education, AICPA. (2009).
  • Recipient, 2008 Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award, Alpha Kappa Psi, Case Western Reserve University Chapter. (2008).
  • Recipient of the Outstanding Accounting Teacher of the Year, Alpha Kappa Psi, University of Georgia Chapter. (2000).