Department Chair of Accounting and Finance and Associate Professor of Accounting
Dr. Robert Boylan graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a BS in Accounting where he captained the varsity basketball team and led his team into the NCAA tournament. His PhD thesis, "Tax Aspects of the Endogenous Deterioration of Capital”, combines aspects of Accounting and Finance and concerns the tax ramifications surrounding the acquisition and use of physical capital.
Boylan started his career at the accounting firm Main Hurdman, (now part of Peat Marwick), where he became a CPA. While at Peat Marwick he specialized in tax and financial strategy. After receiving his PhD, he has continued his interest in financial strategy and has actively consulted at companies such as Albany International, IBM, General Electric, and numerous small firms. He also has managed a small consulting firm, which is dedicated to the design and implementation of financial strategies for individuals and small firms. He is actively pursuing research in many areas including auditing, asset protection, and strategic modeling for corporate decision-making. His paper, “The Semiconductor Silicon Industry Roadmap: Epochs Driven by the Dynamics between Disruptive Technologies and Core Competencies”, was awarded “Paper of the Year for 2006” by Technological Forecasting and Social Change, a top tier journal.
Ph.D. - Economics - Duke University
M.B.A. - Accounting, Finance - University of New Hampshire
B.A. - Accounting - Franklin and Marshall College
Visiting Professor of Accounting, University of North Florida, 2002-03
Clinical Professor of Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1987-2002
Professor of Accounting, Duxx School of Business Leadership, 2000-02
Lecturer of Economics, Duke University, 1982-87
Certified Public Accountant, 1991-Present
Senior Auditor & Senior Tax Consultant, KPMG, 1980-82
Recent Scholarship & Research
“Get ‘Real’ and Gain; How to Boost Real-estate Profits through Tax Planning”, with Kim Capriotti, Chiropractic Economics, V 50, No.16, December 2004.
“Specialization and Knowledge Fragmentation: Cure or Malady?” with James Mote. Proceedings of American Association of Accounting and Finance Annual Meeting, December 1997, Abstract p 278.
“Core Capabilities and Strategy: Empirical Evidence for the Semiconductor Silicon Industry”, with S. Walsh, A. Paulson and J. Morone, (1996). In H. Thomas and D O’Neal (eds.) Strategic Integration, New York: Wiley, 149-165.