Professor Accounting and Finance
Joseph P. Lakatos, LL.M, JD, MBA, CPA, CFE, is Professor and Chair of the Accounting and Finance Department at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He is formerly the Elingburg Distinguished Professor of Business Innovation and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Western Carolina University. He has more than 28 years of industry experience as an attorney, accountant, fraud examiner, risk manager, and/or business consultant. He teaches courses in International Business Law, Commercial Law, Corporate and International Taxation, Corporate Finance, Estate Planning, Financial and Managerial Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Entrepreneurial Finance & Strategy, Regulatory Environment of Certified Public Accountants, Valuations, and Strategic Management. His teaching methods and style have received the North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Teaching Awards for Inspirational Teaching at UNCP and WCU, and Graduate Award for Teaching Excellence at WCU. Dr. Lakatos' research covers the areas of forensic accounting, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, strategy and innovation, leadership, securities regulation, corporate and international taxation, and corporate social responsibility and ethics. His articles have earned several research awards and have been published in, among others, the Harvard Business Review, CPA Journal, China Business Review, Current Topics in Management, and International Journal of Management Cases. He serves as an advisor to entrepreneurs, businesses and not-for-profit organizations, providing seminars and consulting services related to risk management, internal controls, fraud detection and prevention, leadership, corporate governance, strategic management & innovation, and valuation. He also serves his community as a little league coach and volunteer for several charities. Dr. Lakatos holds an LL.M from Boston University School of Law, JD from St. John’s University School of Law, MBA from St. John’s University, and BBA from the University of Notre Dame.