PhD in Accounting at University of Antwerp

Deadline: October 1, 2012
Open to:student containing a sturdy tutorial background in accounting and finance, together with smart analysis and statistical skills and a superb command of the English language
Scholarship:The research position is funded by a project grant of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)


The Department of Accounting and Finance of the Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences of the University of Antwerp has a full-time vacancy (m/f) for a doctoral student in accounting.
The department investigates intra-industry imitation in discretionary money disclosure and management commentary. Imitation of discretionary reporting content and connected reporting decisions could also be conceived as a rational response to discretion and connected ambiguity so as to satisfy specific and implicit trade norms. This issue is crucial within the current discussion on a principles-based versus rules-based approach within the reporting standard-setting method.  The subsequent analysis questions will be addressed: (1) what’s the extent of intra-industry benchmarking in specific discretionary reporting decisions and that imitation mechanisms drive reporting conformity, (2) what’s the impact of skilled intermediaries (e.g. auditors, consultants) on imitation-driven reporting, (3) that firm-specific factors (e.g. relative performance) have an effect on the extent of benchmarked reporting, and (4) whether or not and to what extent self-serving consequences (e.g. money analyst behavior, value of capital) of industry-based imitation in external reporting are often observed.


The Doctoral student applicant is predicted to conduct analysis within the field of monetary disclosure behavior in a world setting. The analysis are going to be administered in shut collaboration with Prof. Walter Aerts and Prof. Tom Van Caneghem. The Doctoral student candidate is predicted to enroll the university’s Ph.D. program and to get a Ph.D. at the top of the project. a brief project description are often found below. we provide a four-year Doctoral student position (with periodic evaluation), a web monthly grant of over 1800 euro, and an interesting operating setting during a spirited cosmopolitan town.


The ideal candidate for Doctoral student contains a sturdy tutorial background in accounting and finance, together with smart analysis and statistical skills and a superb command of the English language. a hunt master degree would be another advantage for this Doctoral student position.


Doctoral student applications should be sent by regular mail, and should include:
1. a detailed CV including description of background in accounting and research,
2. complete transcripts of bachelor and master degrees including detailed marks,
3. a motivation letter and [4] (if available) results on TOEFL/GMAT/GRE tests.

To Prof. Walter Aerts
University of Antwerp
Faculty of Applied Economic Sciences
Prinsstraat 13
B-2000 Antwerpen
For more information, please contact Prof. Walter Aerts (University of Antwerp) at

The position is open until filled with a final deadline of October 1, 2012.

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