Faculty members of the ACCT team generally specialize in five accounting related disciplines, namely Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Auditing, Taxation and Accounting Information System. Over the years, faculty members of the ACCT team contribute to the missions of the PolyU, Faculty of Business as well as School of Accounting and Finance in three dimensions: teaching, research and scholarly activities and professional and consultancy services.
In teaching, faculty members of the ACCT team teach courses from undergraduate level to postgraduate level in a wide spectrum of subject areas: elementary financial accounting to advanced financial accounting subjects, accounting theory and accounting standard subjects, cost and managerial accounting subjects, assurance attestation and forensic accounting subjects, Hong Kong and PRC taxation subjects and accounting information system subjects.
In research, faculty members of the ACCT team focus their research in a wide range of areas including: cash flows and accruals, value relevance/mispricing, earnings management, international accounting issues, economic incentives, management accounting issues, corporate governance, audit judgment, tax avoidance/auditing, tax policy and tax law/case law development, information system audit, control and security, value of IT, accounting/management information systems, technology diffusion, etc.
Research output of the faculty members of the ACCT team are published in high quality international journals including those well-received top-tier journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting & Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance, Management Science, Journal of Banking and Finance, Information Systems Research, Decision Support Systems, Communication of the ACM, among others.
Other scholarly publications and activities including AF in-house journals, namely Asia-Pacific Journal of Taxation, China Accounting and Finance Review and Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, as well as Hong Kong Tax Workbook (updated edition) by CCH Hong Kong Limited.
In professional and consultancy services, over the years, faculty members of the ACCT team actively participate as members of various committees of accountancy/taxation professional bodies, chambers of commerce as well as government board/committees. They continuously serve as examination board members, markers and reviewers of accountancy and tax professional examinations. Faculty members of the ACCT team also offer guest lectures in seminars/workshops organized by professional bodies as well as professional accounting firms.
The economics team in the School of Accounting and Finance has over 10 regular members and several temporary/visiting members. All regular members have a PhD degree in economics or finance and are actively engaged in teaching and research. Team members regularly publish their research outputs in renowned internationally refereed journals.
Our team offers economics subjects at undergraduate, master and doctoral levels. Our major teaching duties include offering general education in economics to all students in the University, introductory and specialized economics subjects to business and science/engineering undergraduate students, managerial economics subjects to MBA students, China-related subjects to MSc in China Business Studies students, and advanced level economics to DBA and PhD students.
Our major research focus includes international economics, financial economics, industrial organization and information economics, Chinese economy, and economics of environment and resources. Our recent publications include articles published in Applied Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, China Economic Review, Economica, Economics Letters, Financial Management, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Empirical Finance, Journal of Finance, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Money and Finance, Managerial and Decision Economics, Review of International Economics and World Development.
Our team members regularly contribute their expert knowledge to the professional community. Examples of professional services conducted by our team members include providing high-level consultancy services to Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), serving as executive committee member of the Hong Kong Economic Association (HKEA), and serving as external examiners of PhD and MPhil theses for reputable local and overseas universities.
Past, Present, and Future!
The Finance and Financial Services team at the School of Accounting and Finance was formed in 2003 when the Faculty of Business merged the Finance area of the Department of Accountancy and the Financial Services area of the former Department of Business Studies together. Since then, the team has been growing rapidly in terms of size, research productivity, and teaching expertise.
Recently, the team has reached a steady state with around 35 full-time faculty members. About 80 percent of our team members were educated overseas (mainly in North America and Australia) and about 90 percent of them earned a doctorate.
Our colleagues conduct research in a wide range of areas including: corporate finance, corporate governance, asset pricing, security analysis and portfolio management, behavioral finance, financial regulation, derivatives, financial markets, market microstructure, risk management, banking and financial institutions, international finance, applied econometrics, and financial accounting.
Research of our team members has been published in leading finance journals including The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, Journal of Empirical Finance, and Journal of Financial Markets.
We are also interested in promoting interdisciplinary research. Therefore, our research also appears in other top business journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting & Economics, Management Science, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Business Studies, among others.
In terms of teaching, our team is mainly responsible for BBA (Hons) in Financial Services and BBA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance at the undergraduate level. We are also responsible for the Master of Finance (MOF) and Master of Corporate Finance (MCF) at the graduate level. The team also provides service teaching for many other disciplines such as BBA (Hons) in Accountancy, Master of Corporate Governance, Master of Professional Accounting, MSc in Accountancy, MBA, DBA and PhD programmes.
Occasionally, our colleagues provide expert advice and consulting services to the financial sectors and regulators. Previous clients include banks, insurance companies, mutual fund, Securities and Futures Commission, and Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme Authority.
The Finance Team at the School of Accounting and Finance of PolyU enjoys the benefits of having a strong group of research-active colleagues in terms of both quality and quantity. We continue to commit ourselves to pursue research and teaching excellence in order to play our part in achieving the missions of the School, the Faculty of Business, and the PolyU.
Over the years, faculty members of the LAW team contribute to the missions of the PolyU, Faculty of Business as well as School of Accounting and Finance in three dimensions: teaching, research and scholarly activities and professional and consultancy services.
In teaching, faculty members of the LAW team teach courses from undergraduate level to postgraduate level in a wide spectrum of subject areas including Business Law, Company Law, Corporate Social Responsibility, Chinese Law, Corporate Governance, Securities Regulation, E-Commerce Law, Employment Law, Insolvency Law, Banking Law, Financial Reporting Environment, Basic Law, etc.
In research, faculty members of the LAW team focus on inter-disciplinary research in relation to law, including Law and Economics, Law and Finance, Law and Accounting. Over the years the LAW team has developed its specialization in three areas including Competition Law, Corporate Governance Laws, and Empirical Legal Studies. Research output of the faculty members of the law team appeared in the form of high quality monographs published by Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Edward Elgar, and in the form of original research articles in well-received legal journals.
In scholarly, professional and consultancy services, faculty members of the law team actively promote the local, regional and international legal development by serving as advisers and expert group members of various drafting committees. Faculty members of the law team also take scholarly activities such as journal editors and reviewers, organizers and keynote speakers in various academic conferences; and professional and consultancy activities such as external examiners, panel judge in professional awards, guest lecturers in seminars / workshops organized by professional bodies and law firms. Starting from 2005, faculty member of the LAW team set up the not-for-profit organization the Asian Competition Forum. Since then the forum has established its reputation as a leading regional platform for discussion for policymakers, business persons and academics dealing with the law and economics of competition law and policy in Asia Pacific Region.