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Dr. Kristine Brands

Assistant Professor of Management

Department of Management

Kristine Brands
Contact Information

(719) 333-1097



Dr. Brands has a practitioner’s view of accounting and software engineering after working in industry for over 30 years. She is a member of the Institute of Certified Management Accountant’s Board of Regents and the Institute of Management Accountant’s Technology Solutions and Practices Committee. She is past president of the Colorado Society of CPAs Educational Foundation and is a member of its Board of Directors. She is a working group expert for ISO PC/295, Audit Data Collection Standards.

She has authored numerous columns for Strategic Finance and CFO.com, a dozen peer reviewed articles, and speaks nationally and internationally on accounting and technology issues.


Doctorate of Management, Colorado Technical University

Certificate in Applied Science in Software Engineering, Harvard University Extension

MBA, Emory University

BA History, University of Rochester

Professional Experience

Regis University, Associate Professor Anderson College of Business

Allergan, Director of Financial Systems Allergan Medical

Oracle, Senior Software Engineer

BSDI, Corporate Controller

Honors & Awards

Regis University Teaching and Learning with Technology Micro Grant Recipient $2,000 (2017)

Institute of Management Accountant’s Lybrand Certificate of Merit for Business Analytics: Transforming the Role of Management Accountants published in Management Accounting Quarterly (2016)

American Accounting Association Mark Chain/FSA Innovation in Graduate Teaching Award Finalist: XBRL and Interactive Data (2011)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Accounting and Sustainability

eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL)

Integration of Technology in Accounting Courses

Appreciative Inquiry


Brands, K. & Elam, D. (in press). A case study on accounting faculty’s perceptions of technology in accounting classes. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.

Elam, D. & Brands, K. (in press). Appreciative inquiry – lessons learned from virtual teams. International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.

Brands, K. & Elam, D. (2017). A case study to identify teaching best practices for accounting curriculums. International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 8(1/2), 54-73.

Elam, D., & Brands, K. (2017). Conducting appreciative inquiry in the virtual world. International Journal of Human Resources Development & Management, 17(1/2), 37-47.

Brands, K. & Lange, L. (2016). Teaching accounting ethics: Opportunities and challenges. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, 5(1), 34-43. Retrieved from http://epublications.regis.edu/jhe/vol5/iss1/6/.

Brands, K., & Holtzblatt, M. (2015). Business Analytics: Transforming the role of management accountants [Special Issue]. Management Accounting Quarterly, 16(3), 1-12.

Brands, K., & Elam, D. (2015). Identifying quality enablers for online graduate accounting courses using an appreciative inquiry case study. International Journal of Human Resources Development & Management, 15(2/3/4), 128-141. doi:10.1504/IJHRDM.2015.071164

Elam, D., & Brands, K. (2014). Using force field analysis to help a South African entrepreneur empower employees. International Journal of Human Resources Development & Management, 13(4), 274-288. doi:10.1504/IJHRDM.2013.064076

Brands, K., & Elam, D. (2013). Addressing fundraising challenges of a non-profit organization caused by financial uncertainty using an appreciative inquiry approach. South Asian Journal of Business & Management Cases, 2(2), 163-176. doi:10.1177/2277977913509166

Elam, D. A., & Brands, K. (2013). Planned change in a Chinese company: A participatory action research approach. Journal of Management Policy & Practice, 14(5), 101-112. ISSN 1913-8067

Chinta, R., Brands, K., Beattie, M., Faustino-Pulliam, V., Kelleher, B., & Wheeler, S. (2012). Lessons from the field: Teaching a completely online “Global Business” course to African refugees in Northern Kenya and Malawi. Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal, 1(1), 144-147. Retrieved from http://jesuithighereducation.org/index.php/jhe/article/view/17/pdf