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International Business Finance and Economics


Research in FBL aims to address the global challenges facing business nationally and internationally, drawing together research expertise and knowledge from across our faculty.

Our research on international business, finance and economics covers a broad range of interests contributing to academic and applied knowledge. Staff members in the faculty are contributing to the academic community by providing perspectives on the global financial crisis and policies based within a variety of economic climates.

In the area of accounting and finance, research has been directed towards such diverse subjects as financial literacy, school effectiveness, small business issues and services and management accounting practices. Other areas of expertise focus on corporate social responsibility for SMEs and other forms of enterprise and also sustainability reporting and business and accounting ethics. This covers ethical investment and performance and gender differences in ethical decision making.

The research has an international outlook with experience of work undertaken in China, Australia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Nigeria among many other countries. The faculty applies evidence gathered from research projects to its teaching curriculum and also involves supervising around a dozen full-time PhD students. Our staff contribute to academic knowledge through publishing and reviewing academic papers, writing accounting textbooks and also apply their knowledge to understand the effectiveness of institutions such as schools and businesses.

Research Activities and Publications

  • Jamie Morgan has had an article published in the Cambridge Journal of Economics titled Forward Looking Contrast Explanation, Illustrated Using the Great Moderation.
  • Roberta Bampton and Martin Samy are co-authors of a paper which has been published in the African Journal of Economic and Sustainable Development. The title of the paper is Motivations of legitimacy theory for CSR reporting in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria: a theoretical framework.
  • Martin Samy was recently successful in applying for a HEIF4 grant of £60,000 to enable the development of a School Quality Effectiveness Index.
  • A paper co-written by Milton Yago was presented at the BMRC-QASS Conference on Macro and Financial Economics at Brunel University in May. The subject of the paper was financial stability, wealth effects and optimal macroeconomic policy combination in the UK.
  • Junjie Wu and Mary Leung are co-authors of Understanding the motives for SMEs entry choice of international entry mode which has been published in Marketing Intelligence and Planning.
  • The School Improvement Service, developed by Martin Samy, is a specialised research and consultancy service to assist schools in identifying areas for improvement. Further details are available here.
  • Martin Samy has co-written a paper on the Cultural impact on the harmonisation of Russian Accounting Standards with the International Financial Reporting Standards: a practitioner’s perspective in the Journal of Accounting & Organisational Change.

Our Staff

  • Dr Roberta Bampton
  • Dr Jamie Morgan
  • Dr Martin Samy
  • Dr Damian Ward
  • Dr Junjie Wu
  • Dr Milton Yago
  • Dr Mary Leung