Research is a strategic priority for the Accounting group and is well supported by the School's long-established research reputation and growing culture of interdisciplinarity. We also contribute to teaching and supervision across the top-ranked WBS undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, and Doctoral programmes.

Current areas of research

Our research covers many key aspects of accounting research, focusing in particular on:  

  • Auditing and accountability   

  • Accounting fraud  

  • Banking 

  • Environmental accounting  

  • Equity analysts 

  • Executive compensation 

  • Performance measurement, especially in digital platforms 

  • Social value measurement 

  • Stock market anomalies 

  • The accounting profession. 

We employ a variety of methodologies including historical research, qualitative research and econometric approaches. Our access to research databases (COMPUSTAT, Datastream, Boardex, WRDS Thomson One Banker, including Investext and IBES) compares favourably with US institutions. 

We welcome researchers with interests in all aspects of accounting and methodology. We not only offer opportunities to work with colleagues in Accounting, but we also encourage collaboration with others in WBS such as colleagues in Finance, Behavioural Science, and Organisation and Human Resource Management. 

Head of group: Professor Jo Horton.

Latest research news

School News
How accountants can save the world

WBS student Sofia Tziortzi won the CoBS article writing competition with her essay on how CSR and sustainability and help accountants achieve positive change.

Are female CFOs more ethical than men?

Just 12 per cent of CFOs in the S&P and Fortune 500 are women and yet Yuval Millo's research argues firms would be more transparent, ethical and take less risks with a female heading the finances.