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Dr Wendy Beekes

Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Wendy Beekes

The Management School

LA1 4YX

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 593623

Office Hours:

Thursdays 9:00 - 11:00 (Michaelmas Term)

Profile

Wendy Beekes is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Lancaster University.  She came to Lancaster in 2000 having completed a BSc Econ (Hons) in Business Studies (with First Class Honours), MSc Econ in Accounting and Finance, and PhD in Accounting at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, where she was also a part-time tutor and lecturer on undergraduate courses.

 

Her core research interests lie in the field of corporate governance and the link to disclosures and accounting quality. She is currently investigating the credibility of management earnings forecast disclosures in Japan. Her previous work (joint with Professor Philip Brown of University of Western Australia) examining the link between timeliness and corporate governance in a cross-country study was  funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Her work has been published in international journals such as Accounting and Finance, Corporate Governance: An International Review and Journal of Business Finance and AccountingShe has also acted as reviewer for research articles for various journals including Accounting and Business Research, Accounting and Finance, British Accounting Review, Corporate Governance: An International Review, European Accounting Review, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Accounting Education, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, etc. She has also acted as a member of the Scientific Committee for the European Accounting Association Annual Congress (2008 Rotterdam, 2009 Tampere, 2014 Tallinn, 2015 Glasgow, 2016 Maastricht). 

 

Wendy is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she was awarded a University teaching prize in 2008 in recognition of her imaginitive and effective contribution to the learning experiences of students. Her teaching at Lancaster University has been at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including introductory financial and management accounting, financial statement analysis and advanced management accounting. She has also been involved in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations (including PhD theses). She has also held various department service roles including Disabilities and Equal Opportunities Representative (2000 - 2001), Part I Director of Studies (2001 - 2002, 2004 - 2011), Deputy Undergraduate Director (2014 - date), Study Abroad Advisor (2014 - date) and Director of Teaching and Learning in Accounting (2017 - date).

 

Qualifications

BSc Econ, MSc Econ, PhD Aberystwyth, CiLTHE

Current Teaching

Academic Year 2017/18

AcF 100 - Financial Statement Analysis (Summer term)

AcF 610 - Advanced Management Accounting (Lent term)

 

Professional Role

Director of Teaching and Learning in Accounting

Deputy Undergraduate Director in Accounting and Finance & Study Abroad Advisor in Accounting and Finance

Business Studies Academic Tutor

Business Studies & BBA Staff-Student Forum Representative

Member of Consortial Degree Programme Steering Committee

Research Interests

Corporate Governance, Capital Markets, Firm Disclosures, Earnings Conservatism, Earnings timeliness.

Current Research

(1) The Credibility of Management Forecasts and their Relationship with Analyst Forecasts in Japan 

This study (with Hiroyuki Aman, Millicent Chang and Marvin Wee) examines whether the information environment influences the inter-relationship between management and analysts forecasts of earnings.

(2) Timeliness and Corporate Governance 

This research strand has developed from work with Professor Philip Brown and is examining the link between corporate governance and the informativeness of firm disclosures.  We have completed a number of individual country studies, a cross country study and a paper analysing the measures developed in the course of our research.  These have been published in Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, and Accounting and Finance.  There are also working papers available from my author page on SSRN.

 

Link to CV  

 

 

Research Grants

March 2009: 'Corporate Governance, Disclosure Policies and the Timeliness of Price Discovery' (with P. Brown), The Leverhulme Trust Grant £91,245. 

March 2008: £2,776 'Corporate Governance, Corporate Disclosure Policies and The Timeliness of Price Discovery: An International Study' (with P. Brown) Lancaster University Management School Small Grant.  Completed.

December 2005: ‘LUMS Visiting Professorship’ Grant for Professor P. Brown £3,500.  Completed.

December 2004: ‘Performance Management Systems in Action’ (with D. Otley and V. Ururuka) £6,000 grant from Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).  Completed.

October 2004: ‘Information Flows & Corporate Governance’ (with P. Brown) £2,750 grant from Lancaster University Small Grants Committee.  Completed.

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