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Kwangjin (KJ) Lee Assistant Professor of Accounting

Kwangjin (KJ) Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Graziadio Business School


Kwangjin (KJ) Lee is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. His research interests include the role of information intermediaries in business information environment and platform economy. He published his scholarly works in premier research journals including Journal of Accounting and Public Policy (JAPP) and Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS).  

He also has a deep passion for education and has provided transformative learning experiences. His teaching interests include Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting.

He is an honorably discharged veteran (E-5, Sergeant) and received two Army Achievement Medals (AAMs). He also worked at PwC as an internship of external auditor in Seoul, South Korea.

His hobbies include marathon, triathlon, and pro bono Christian mentoring services for teenagers and college students.


  • PhD, Michigan State University, 2018

  • MS, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2012
    Economics and Management

  • Diploma, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2011
    Economics (with Merit)

  • BS, Seoul National University, 2009

  • Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude)



  • "Local Newspaper Layoffs and Workplace Safety." (with M. Kim, and J. Shin). Asia-Pacific Journal of Financial Studies, Forthcoming.
  • “Drivers of Supplier Participation in Ride-Hailing Platforms.” (with S. Hong, J. Bauer, and N. Granados). Journal of Management Information Systems, 37(3), 602-630.
  • "Who Classifies Interest Payments as Financing Activities? An Analysis of Classification Shifting in the Statement of Cash Flows at the Adoption of IFRS." (with B. Baik, H. Cho, and W. Choi). Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 35(4), 331-351.


  • Deloitte Academic Research Award, Korean Accounting Association, 2021


  • Julian Virtue Professorship Award, Pepperdine University, 2019–2021


  • 50th Anniversary Research Award, Pepperdine University, 2019


  • The Lazaridis Institute Prize for Best Paper on Accounting Issues Affecting High-Growth Technology Firms, Canadian Academic Accounting Association, 2018


  • Top Student Paper, Communication Technology Division, AEJMC, 2015


  • Most Valuable Participant Award, Samsung Scholars Academic Camp (Twice), 2012, 2016
  • Distinguished Reserved Armed Forces Trainee Award, 2011
  • Red Cross Silver Medal, 2009
  • Army Achievement Medal (Twice), 2005, 2006


  • ACCT 472 Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 591 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 603 Accounting for Multinational Enterprises
  • ACCT 652 Accounting for Information and Control Systems