Sridharan's primary areas of research include valuation of assets, particularly in the presence of information asymmetries between capital markets and firms, capital market responses in the presence of incomplete information and externalities across multiple firms, corporate disclosure management, contracting and managerial incentives issues, managerial decision making including investments and auditing.
His past studies also have included the impact of the interaction of different factor markets on the characteristics of accounting and information systems of a firm, strategic implications of disclosures to multiple constituents, managerial incentives in the adoption of accounting and other disclosure policies, the use of accounting and other data by the financial markets in firm valuation and the interaction of disclosure and investment decisions.
He has taught courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, profit planning and control, project management and project report, global initiatives in management, information economics and contracting.
For six years he served on the editorial board of the Accounting Review. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, the Journal of Management and Accounting Research and the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. He also was a member of the research advisory committee of the American Accounting Association for four years.
He has published in several scholarly journals, including the Rand Journal of Economics, Management Science, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review and The Review of Accounting Studies.
In 2003 he received the Chairs' Core Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.
Sridharan joined the Northwestern faculty in 1990.