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Department of Accounting
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Room OLD 3.20


Tel:  +44 (0)20 7852 3780
Fax: +44 (0)20 7242 3912


General enquiries: accounting@lse.ac.uk
Undergraduate enquiries: Undergraduate Admissions
Postgraduate enquiries:  d.richards@lse.ac.uk or Graduate Admissions
Website feedback: accounting@lse.ac.uk 



The Department of Accounting continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the leading groups in the world for teaching and research on the economic, institutional and organisational aspects of accounting and financial management. Maintaining and advancing our leading international reputation for teaching and research is our top priority.

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PhD in Accounting Information Session 

Wednesday 29 November 2017

The Department of Accounting will be holding an information session at 13.00-14.00 in KSW.G.01 to learn more about the PhD programme, meet current PhD students and Faculty [More].

Congratulations to Dr Xi Li who was awarded the Review of Accounting Studies (RAST) Reviewer Award 2017 in the recent RAST Conference in Barcelona, Spain in October 2017.


Vasiliki Athanasakou and her co-author, George Athanassakos (University of Western Ontario) have just won the runner-up prize in the 2017 Charles Brandes Prize Award for their paper Earnings Quality and the Value Premium. The competition is sponsored by The Brandes Institute. The focus of the competition this year was to highlight new ideas and enhance the conversation on value investing. More information can be found here.

In his new book Financial Management for Technology Start-Ups, Professor Alnoor Bhimani  explains using straight-forward language, extensive practical illustrations and case studies how technology and innovation-based start-ups can adopt and use a financial toolkit that is effective and focused on their needs [More]. Also featured in the LSE Business Review.


American Accounting Association Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature Award 2017

Professor Wim A Van der Stede has been awarded the AAA Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature Award, given at this year’s AAA Annual Meeting in San Diego for his article on Earnings Targets and Annual Bonus Incentives in The Accounting Review (2014) with Raffi Indjejikian, Michal Matějka and Ken Merchant. Wim also won this Award in 2007 for his co-authored study on Subjectivity in Incentives in The Accounting Review (2004).



LSE Business Review - Accounting, is a new knowledge-exchange initiative designed to share the best of modern social science ideas, theories and evidence with business decision-makers and professionals, and to learn from them in turn. Recent posts by Department of Accounting faculty include Dr Julia MorleyDr Nadia Matringe, Dr Lukas Lohlein, Dr Tomasso Palermo, Professor Wim Van der Stede, and Dr Stefano Cascino.


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BSc Accounting and Finance

Our three-year undergraduate degree aims to give students an understanding of accounting and finance that will be useful throughout their careers and to develop critical and analytical skills to evaluate relevant issues in accounting and financial management in organisations.


Diploma in Accounting and Finance

The Diploma in Accounting and Finance is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of accounting and finance who wish to study these subjects further, or who wish to undertake postgraduate studies in accounting and finance but lack the depth of knowledge necessary to commence masters level study.

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MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions
Our intention is that this MSc will attract well-trained students from a wide range of disciplines, including those outside the domain of accounting. It is designed for those who wish to understand more about the multiple roles of accounting, whether they wish to become accountants or not. No prior knowledge of accounting is required.


MSc Accounting and Finance

This degree leads to a Masters of Science in Accounting and Finance. Students typically take four taught courses, with examinations at the end of the academic year.  

MSc Law and Accounting

This programme draws upon the established strengths of the Department of Law and the Department of Accounting. It provides a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of legal and accounting regulation, and is aimed at students with a background in law, accounting and related fields.

PhD in Accounting
The aim of the programme is to train students whose research is of the highest international quality in Accounting broadly conceived. The Department has a very strong research culture that includes an active seminar programme and a programme of distinguished visitors. It also has close links with the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR).

Flexibility in Cash-Flow Classification under IFRS: Determinants and Consequences

Gordon, E.A., E. Henry, B. Jorgensen, and C. L. Linthicum. (2017), Flexibility in Cash-Flow Classification under IFRS: Determinants and Consequences. Review of Accounting Studies 22 (2), 839-872.



The Stock Market Reaction to Losing or Gaining Foreign Private Issuer Status 


Burnett, B.M., B. Jorgensen, and T.J. Pollard. (2017), Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Vol. 36, Issue 2 (2017), pp. 101-118. 



Navigating Institutional Complexity: The Production of Risk Culture in the Financial Sector


Palermo, T., Power, M., Ashby, S., 2017. Navigating Institutional Complexity: The Production of Risk Culture in the Financial Sector. Journal of Management Studies 54 (2), 154–181.



Investor Attentionto Rounding as a Salient Forecast Feature 

V. Athanasakou, and  Simpson, A, 2016,  "Investor Attention to Rounding as a Salient Forecast Feature", International Journal of Forecasting", Vol. 32, Issue 4, pp. 1212-1233.


Democratising the social sphere

Quantifying, Economising, and Marketising: Democratising the social sphere?


L. Kurunmäki, A. Mennicken & P. Miller, “Quantifying, Economising, and Marketising: Democratising the social sphere?”.  Sociologie du Travail Vol. 58, 4 (2016), 390-402.  


Professional investors and the decision usefulness of financial reporting

Professional investors and the decision usefulness of financial reporting.


Cascino, S., M. Clatworthy, B. Garcia Osma, J. Gassen, S. Imam, and T. Jeanjean ‘Professional investors and the decision usefulness of financial reporting.’ Research monograph commissioned by EFRAG and ICAS, 2016.


Accounting Perspectives

Earnings Quality: Evidence from Canadian Firms' Choice between IFRS and U.S. GAAP

Burnett, BM, Gordon, EA, Jorgensen, BN & Linthicum, CL (2015), Accounting Perspectives 14 (3): 212-249. ISSN 1911-3838



What Drives the Comparability Effect of Mandatory IFRS Adoption?

Cascino, S and Gassen, J (2015), Review of Accounting Studies 20 (1): 242-282. ISSN 1380-665



Points to Consider When Self-Assessing Your Empirical Accounting Research

Evans, JH, Feng M, Hoffman VB, Moser DV & Van der Stede, WA (2015), Contemporary Accounting Research 32(3): 1162–1192. ISSN 0823-9150



Discretionary Disclosures to Risk-Averse Traders: A Research Note

Jorgensen, B and Kirschenheiter, M (2015), Contemporary Accounting Research 32(3) 1224–1235. ISSN 0823-9150


Journal of Management Accounting Research

Management Accounting: Where From, Where Now, Where To?

Van der Stede, WA (2015), Journal of Management Accounting Research,  27(1) 171-176.  ISSN 1049-2127



The Perceived Credibility of Forward-Looking Performance Disclosures

Athanasakou, V & Hussainey K (2014), Accounting and Business Research 4(3), 227-259. ISSN 2159-4260



Public Equity and Audit Pricing in the United States

Badertscher, B, Jorgensen, B, Katz, S & Kinney, W (2014), Journal of Accounting Research, 52 (2), 303-339. ISSN 0021-8456



Have Rating Agencies Become More Conservative? Implications for Capital Structure and Debt Pricing

Baghai, R, Servaes, H & Tamayo, A (2014),  Journal of Finance 69(5), 1961-2005



Owner Liability and Financial Reporting Information as Predictors of Firm Default in Bank Loans

Bhimani, A, Gulamhussen, M & Lopes, S (2014), Review of Accounting Studies, 19 (2), 769-804. ISSN 1380-665



Digitisation, ‘Big Data’ and the Transformation of Accounting Information

Bhimani, A and Willcocks, L (2014),  Accounting and Business Research 44( 4), 469–490. ISSN 2159-4260



Translations in Regulatory Space: The arenas of regulatory innovation in accounting standard setting

Chahed, Y  (2014), Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies , 21(1), 195 221. ISSN 1080-072



Earnings Targets and Annual Bonus Incentives

Indjejikian, R, Matejka, M, Merchant, KA & Van der Stede, WA (2014), The Accounting Review 89, 1227-1258



Accountability and expertise in public sector risk management: A case study

Palermo, T (2014), Financial Accountability & Management 30(3), 322-34. ISSN 1468-0408