Best 40-Under-40 Professor Florian Hoos

Florian Hoos of HEC is among the 40 best business school profs under 40

Florian Hoos of HEC is among the 40 best business school profs under 40

Florian Hoos 

Assistant Professor of Accounting and Management Control

Age: 33

Institution: HEC Paris, France

Since: 2011

Hometown: Paris, France

Marital status: Not married yet (but happy and in love)

Children: None


2010 Ph.D. in Accounting, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland

2006 Master of Business Administration, University of Giessen, Germany

Courses currently teaching: 

Social Entrepreneurship, Social Impact Measuring, Financial Accounting and Reporting

Fun fact: I have the ugliest car in the world (or at least on the HEC campus). Students (and colleagues) keep telling me that they do not understand how a German can drive such a car.

Professor you most admire: I would not be on this list without the support and advice of Prof. Messier (UNLV) and Prof. Morhart (HEC Lausanne). Thank you!!!

Most memorable moment as a professor: There are a lot of great moments to remember, but the following anecdote crossed my mind first: I remember one student who told me after the last financial accounting class that he was positively surprised that an accounting professor cared about people and not only about numbers. I guess that it was a compliment.

“If I weren’t a B-school professor…” I would be a salmon fishing guide somewhere in Canada or a sommelier in a restaurant.

Students say: 

Financial Accounting is not the most exciting of topics in any MBA core curriculum, but only does Prof. Hoos manage to keep us awake during a three hour session, he also teaches us how to see the story in a financial statement. So accounting is no longer just balancing profit and loss, it becomes an investigation into a company through the numbers.

-Lavaniya Das, HEC MBA, Class of 2014

Dr Florian Hoos is an incredible teacher. He makes accounting sound easy and even fun. Moreover, he is able to adapt to the level and the mood of the class. He is good at both teaching theory and telling anecdotes from the real business world. Thanks to him, I am now fluent in financial statements and balance sheets. Thank you, Professor Hoos!

Laetitia Rossille, HEC MBA, Class of 2013

Professor Hoos’s approach is very student-centered. By taking time to get to know students, he’s able to make class material more relevant. Outside of his core financial accounting class, he was also happy to discuss his entrepreneurship experience in West Africa. Realizing that there was student demand for a course on social ventures, Prof. Hoos surveyed students and designed an elective in this field.

-HEC MBA, Class of 2014

When HEC Paris MBAs launched a Facebook poll to nominate their favorite professor, one name topped the list: Florian Hoos. The assistant professor of accounting and management control  teaches financial accounting in the MBA program–a subject many business students dread. However, those in Hoos’ class would beg to differ, citing an engaging and intelligent professor as the reason.

When he’s not charming MBAs into appreciating financial statements, Hoos is researching the judgement processes of key players in corporate governance, auditor independence requirements, and the effects of new legislation on financial reporting. In 2011, his work won the  Best Dissertation Award from the German Institute of Internal Auditors. Hoos’ interest set extends to accounting education and social entrepreneurship. In 2010, Hoos was awarded the Prix Pralong prize for a development aid project he conducted in Ivory Coast.

Florian Hoos is among “The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40

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