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Finance, Accounting and Business Systems (FABS)

A growing area of expertise within the Business School, research in Finance, Accounting and Business Systems (FABS) spans these three subject areas together with economics. Our work in accounting has influenced professional bodies and continues to have a major impact on the design of curriculum and assessment for official qualifications.

Finance research is undertaken alongside international Central Bank authorities, investigating contemporary issues including major financial and stock market crashes.

Our studies around the topic of business systems have focused on operations research and modelling, with a more recent emphasis towards sustainability in the field.

SBS academics in this area have seen their work published in world-leading journals such as the European Journal of Operational Research and Sociology, International Review of Financial Analysis, Economics Letters, British Accounting Review, Accounting Forum and Journal of Cleaner Production.

Selected research reports

  • Analysis of cryptocurrency markets such as Bitcoin and Ripple
  • An investigation of the effect of new technologies upon contemporary financial markets including the impact of High Frequency Trading (HFT) and Flash Crashes
  • Theoretical and empirical work on Mergers and Acquisitions. This includes economic analyses of takeovers in the presence of equity participations
  • Pedagogic research in accounting. Internationally excellent research in this field includes work conducted alongside external bodies including the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)
  • Internationally recognised research in reverse logistics alongside several noteworthy industrial partners
  • Internationally recognised research on accountability in the charity sector
  • Work on environmental sustainability and sustainable operations. This includes studies of the factors impacting upon cleaner production and wider analysis of industrial ecology and industrial symbiosis that draw on the analogy between biological ecosystems and industrial system development
  • A project funded by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on the statistical measurement of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)
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