Accounting and Financial Management
The accounting and financial management subject group is actively engaged in research which spans the full range of the discipline. A particular feature of the subject group is that many of our members have practical experience of accounting and are professionally qualified. Therefore, our research has also tended to have a practically relevant bias, and this has helped to attract funding from leading UK professional accountancy bodies.
Professor Lisa Jack, successfully bid for funding from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants to investigate risk and inter-organisational performance measures in intermediate food chain companies. This was a collaborative project with academics from the University Pablo Olavide in Seville. A related research interest is food fraud and Lisa was recently awarded funding by the University’s Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) Investment Panel to develop a suite of courses for industry around that theme. Lisa’s other research interests include management information for decision-making, accounting communication and the history of fair value accounting.
Khaled Hussainey's research has appeared in various international peer-reviewed journals, including British Accounting Review; International Review of Financial Analysis; Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation; Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research; Accounting Research Journal; International Journal of Disclosure and Governance; Managerial Auditing Journal; International Review of Applied Economics; Journal of Risk Research; International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation; Public Money & Management; Applied Economics; Research in International Business and Finance; Corporate Ownership and Control; Journal of Accounting and Taxation; International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management; Meditari Accountancy Research; Journal of Financial Crime; Journal of Applied Business Research; Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting; European Journal of Islamic Finance; International Journal of Business. He has secured a grant of $120,000 from Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF) with Dr. Mohammed Elgammal (Qatar University).
Tony Hines, in collaboration with academics from the Universities of Glasgow and Bournemouth, received funding from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales to examine how changing regulation has impacted on the interactions between audit partners, finance directors and audit committee chairs in UK-listed companies. The publications from this project have influenced regulatory policy makers, and the work was therefore selected by the Business School to be one of its submitted impact case studies for REF 2014.
Professor Russell Craig, Tony Hines and Karen McBride are engaged in a project which aims to identify the extent that seventeenth and eighteenth century naval accounting influenced the development of wider accounting practices.
Examples of current research
Accounting education is a particular specialism of the group with recent published articles on the use of coursework to develop higher level skills among final year students, an audit learning project with a third sector organisation, communication skills and the teaching of ethics on undergraduate accounting programmes.
Forensic accounting is another focus for the subject group. In addition to publications, members of the group have been involved with the delivery and management of the annual counter fraud and forensic accounting conference, organised jointly with the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies.
Recent research and publications also cover standard setting, the use and impact of bank support on UK SMEs, business life cycle and capital structure in Chinese manufacturing companies, the developing role of the financial controller and the impact of the financial downturn on culture, sport and recreation charities.
Other active researchers in the subject group are exploring the relationship between institutional ownership and corporate governance in the UK, university accounts as a basis for accountability, the association between corporate ownership structures and corporate performance, trust and quality assurance in higher education, financing small businesses and stock market anomalies in frontier markets.
The subject group has a good track record in the supervision of doctoral research degreestudents and welcomes applications from interested students.
Potential PhD Supervisors:
Research – Professor Khaled Hussainey