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David Platt

Associate Professor of Instruction

Department:     Accounting

Industry Areas:     International Business, Manufacturing

Research Areas:     Accounting - Cost, Accounting - Managerial, Control Systems, Cost Management, International Business

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David E. Platt is a Sr. Lecturer in the Department of Accounting. He earned his BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his MBA in Marketing from Syracuse University, and his PhD in Accounting from Cornell University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and also holds the Chartered Global Management Accountant designation. Prof. Platt has taught in the McCombs School of Business’ BBA, MPA, MBA and Executive MBA programs, receiving teaching awards at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. From 2001 until 2012, he directed UT-Austin’s Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and has served as chairman of the Partnership in International Management, a consortium of leading graduate business schools with 57 member schools in 35 countries. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Sorbonne Graduate Business School and Tec de Monterrey, and has delivered training for Dell and other companies in the US, Europe, Latin America and China. His primary teaching and publication interests are in organizational performance management and the measurement of the cost of goods and services for decision making. Prior to joining UT-Austin in 1996, Prof. Platt worked for Pricewaterhouse Coopers (assurance services, clients including Campbell Soup and Vanguard Mutual Funds) and Raymond Corporation (financial and product management in supply chain capital goods and software integration).



Professional Awards

CIBER Grants 2002-2010



Teaching Awards

Undergraduate Teaching Honor Roll



MBA Teaching Honor Roll, 2004-2006



Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award



Ronald W. Hilton and David E. Platt. 2011. Creating Value in a Global Business Environment. New York: McGraw-Hill Irwin.


David E. Platt and Steve Buchheit. 2004. Easler Envelope Company – Cost System Design and the Role of the Corporate Accountant. Case Research Journal 23.


Rowland Atiase, David E. Platt, and Senyo Y. Tse. 2004. Operational Restructuring Charges and Post-Restructuring Performance. Contemporary Accounting Research 21, 493-522.


David E. Platt. 2002. Business Education in Latin America: The McCombs School and its Center for Internal Business Education and Research. Discovery 16.


David E. Platt and Brigitte Oger. 2002. Modèles de création de valeur en Europe et aux Etats-Unis: une comparaison des modèles de l’EFQM et du Baldridge Award Criteria. Comptabilité, Contrôle, Audit.


David E. Platt and Kristy L. Towry. 2001. Pecos Products: A Project Introducing Complexity into the Study of Activity-Based Costing. Issues in Accounting Education 16, 99-124.


David E. Platt, Michael H. Granof, and Igor Vaysman. 2000. Using Activity-Based Costing to Manage More Effectively. IBM Endowment for the Business of Government Grant Report Series.


David E. Platt, Lawrence W. Robinson, and Robert B. Freund. 1997. Tractable (Q,R) Heuristic Models for Constrained Service Levels. Management Science 43, 951-965.