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Faculty and Staff Profile

Frances Kennedy


Office: 300 Sirrine Hall
Phone: (864) 656-4712
Fax: (864) 656-4892

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Accounting
University of North Texas 2002

M.B.A. Executive Management
Ashland University 1996

B.A. Accounting
University of St. Thomas 1975

 Courses Taught

Principles of Management Accounting
Cost Accounting
Budgeting and Executive Control
Creative Inquiry - Lean Six Sigma


Dr. Frances Kennedy joined the Clemson faculty in 2001 and teaches managerial accounting. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Kennedy worked in both public accounting and industry. While at Rubbermaid, she gained her experience as an accounting manager in a manufacturing plant, division financial liaison with manufacturing, and as a financial analyst on a new product development team. Her research focuses on performance measurements and control systems in lean enterprises and she has published in both academic and professional journals. Dr. Kennedy was presented the 2009 Lean Six Sigma Leadership Award from the International Lean Six Sigma Conference and the Lean Accounting Summit’s 2007 award recognizing her efforts promoting lean accounting both in the classroom and in the profession. She is also the 2006 recipient of the Silver Lybrand Medal awarded by the Institute of Management Accountants and the 2006 Award of Merit from the International Federation of Accountants for her contributions to the field of management accounting.Dr. Kennedy coauthored a recent workbook titled, \"Accounting in the Lean Enterprise\" which was awarded the 2014 Shingo Prize.

 Research Interests

Dr. Kennedy's research interests include performance measures, management control systems, lean systems in manufacturing and healthcare.

 Research Publications

Fullerton, R., F. Kennedy and S. Widene. 2013. Management Accounting Practices and Control in a Lean Manufacturing Environment, Accounting, Organizations and Society 38 (1) 50-71.

Brewer, P. C. and F. A. Kennedy. Putting Accountants on a "Lean" Diet. 2013. Strategic Finance. 95 (2):26-34.

Kennedy, F. 2011. Lean practices and accounting information. Finance and
Management Faculty Magazine published by the Institute of Charter Accountants in
England and Wales.

Lawson, R. A., and F. A. Kennedy. 2010. Managing Outsourcing Decisions. Cost

Thompson, B. M., R. E. Levine, F. Kennedy, A. D. Naik, C. A. Foldes, J. H. Coverdale, P.
A. Kelly, D. Parmelee, B. Richards, P. Haidet. 2010. Characterizing the quality of learning-team processes in medical education: Development and validation of a new measure. Academic Medicine Supplement.

Kennedy, F., L. McWhorter, J. Troyer, and C. Stroup. 2010. Do non-profit hospitals
provide more charity care when faced with a mandatory minimum standard? Evidence from Texas. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy.

Kennedy, F., J. Kohlmeyer, and R. Parker. Forthcoming. 2010. The roles of organizational
justice and trust in a gain-sharing control system. Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research.

Kennedy, F., M. Loughry, T. Klammer and M. Beyerlein. 2009. The effects of
organizational support on potency in work teams: The mediating role of team processes. Small Group Research. 40(1): 72-93.

Kennedy, F. and S. Widener. 2008. A Control Framework: Insights from evidence on lean
accounting. Management Accounting Research. 19(4): 301-323.