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Department of Accounting
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE


Room OLD 3.20


Tel:  +44 (0)20 7852 3780
Fax: +44 (0)20 7242 3912


General enquiries: accounting@lse.ac.uk
Undergraduate enquiries: Undergraduate Admissions
Postgraduate enquiries:  d.richards@lse.ac.uk or Graduate Admissions
Website feedback: accounting@lse.ac.uk 



The Department of Accounting continues to enjoy a reputation as one of the leading groups in the world for teaching and research on the economic, institutional and organisational aspects of accounting and financial management. Maintaining and advancing our leading international reputation for teaching and research is our top priority.

Read more about the department. 

CARR project receives ESRC funding under the prestigious Open Research Area award scheme

Dr Andrea Mennicken and Prof Martin Lodge have been awarded a prestigious grant of £591,000 by the Economic and Social Research Council under the “Open Research Area (ORA) for the Social Sciences” programme to study relations between Quantification, Administrative Capacity and Democracy (QUAD).

More details about the project can be obtained here.

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Professor Wim A Van der Stede recently spoke at three occasions on a three-day visit to Shanghai and Guangzhou, starting with the CGMA 2015 Annual Awards and CFO Forum, then at Sun Yat-Sen University, and he also gave the opening keynote at the China Journal of Accounting Studies conference at Jinan University.

The Behavioural Finance Forum: Risk culture in financial organisations

In this video, Professor Mike Power discusses his report on "Risk culture in financial organisations" with Mary O'Connor (Global head of financial institutions at Willis Group) and Amelia Stubbs (Senior client partner at Korn Ferry) and Matthew Locke. 

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Professor Wim A Van der Stede speaks on recorded video in Atlanta on his experiences and involvements with the American Accounting Association on the occasion of the AAA’s Centennial.

Dr Matthew Hall's lecture-flipping for AC310:

Face-to-face lectures have been replaced by a series of short "mini-lectures" that are watched on-line before each learning session.

The American Accounting Association’s President Bruce Behn invited Professor Van der Stede together with professors Diana Falsetta (University of Miami) and Robert S Kaplan (Harvard Business School) to participate in the Wednesday luncheon session at the AAA Annual Meeting in Chicago. Bruce adopted this format for his incoming president’s address to reflect with Diana, Bob and Wim on the AAA’s accomplishments and prospects at the start of its centennial year.

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BSc Accounting and Finance

Our three-year undergraduate degree aims to give students an understanding of accounting and finance that will be useful throughout their careers and to develop critical and analytical skills to evaluate relevant issues in accounting and financial management in organisations.

Diploma in Accounting and Finance
The Diploma in Accounting and Finance is designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of accounting and finance who wish to study these subjects further, or who wish to undertake postgraduate studies in accounting and finance but lack the depth of knowledge necessary to commence masters level study.
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MSc Accounting, Organisations and Institutions
Our intention is that this MSc will attract well-trained students from a wide range of disciplines, including those outside the domain of accounting. It is designed for those who wish to understand more about the multiple roles of accounting, whether they wish to become accountants or not. No prior knowledge of accounting is required.
MSc Accounting and Finance
This degree leads to a Masters of Science in Accounting and Finance. Students typically take four taught courses, with examinations at the end of the academic year.  
MSc Law and Accounting
This programme draws upon the established strengths of the Department of Law and the Department of Accounting. It provides a unique interdisciplinary approach to the study of legal and accounting regulation, and is aimed at students with a background in law, accounting and related fields.
PhD in Accounting
The aim of the programme is to train students whose research is of the highest international quality in Accounting broadly conceived. The Department has a very strong research culture that includes an active seminar programme and a programme of distinguished visitors. It also has close links with the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR).
Accounting Perspectives

Earnings Quality: Evidence from Canadian Firms' Choice between IFRS and U.S. GAAP

Burnett, BM, Gordon, EA, Jorgensen, BN & Linthicum, CL (2015), Accounting Perspectives 14 (3): 212-249. ISSN 1911-3838


What Drives the Comparability Effect of Mandatory IFRS Adoption?

Cascino, S and Gassen, J (2015), Review of Accounting Studies 20 (1): 242-282. ISSN 1380-665

Points to Consider When Self-Assessing Your Empirical Accounting Research

Evans, JH, Feng M, Hoffman VB, Moser DV & Van der Stede, WA (2015), Contemporary Accounting Research 32(3): 1162–1192. ISSN 0823-9150

How do Risk Managers become Influential? A Field Study of Toolmaking in Two Financial Institutions

Hall, M, Mikes, A, and Millo, Y (2015) Management Accounting Research, 26, 3-22. ISSN 1044-5005

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Who and What Really Counts? Stakeholder Prioritisation and Accounting for Social Value

Hall, M, Millo, Y, & Barman, E (2015), Journal of Management Studies, 52(7), 907-934. ISSN 1467-6486

Discretionary Disclosures to Risk-Averse Traders: A Research Note

Jorgensen, B and Kirschenheiter, M (2015), Contemporary Accounting Research 32(3) 1224–1235. ISSN 0823-9150

Journal of Management Accounting Research

Management Accounting: Where From, Where Now, Where To?

Van der Stede, WA (2015), Journal of Management Accounting Research,  27(1) 171-176.  ISSN 1049-2127


The Perceived Credibility of Forward-Looking Performance Disclosures

Athanasakou, V & Hussainey K (2014), Accounting and Business Research 4(3), 227-259. ISSN 2159-4260


Public Equity and Audit Pricing in the United States

Badertscher, B, Jorgensen, B, Katz, S & Kinney, W (2014), Journal of Accounting Research, 52 (2), 303-339. ISSN 0021-8456


Have Rating Agencies Become More Conservative? Implications for Capital Structure and Debt Pricing

Baghai, R, Servaes, H & Tamayo, A (2014),  Journal of Finance 69(5), 1961-2005


Owner Liability and Financial Reporting Information as Predictors of Firm Default in Bank Loans

Bhimani, A, Gulamhussen, M & Lopes, S (2014), Review of Accounting Studies, 19 (2), 769-804. ISSN 1380-665


Digitisation, ‘Big Data’ and the Transformation of Accounting Information

Bhimani, A and Willcocks, L (2014),  Accounting and Business Research 44( 4), 469–490. ISSN 2159-4260



Translations in Regulatory Space: The arenas of regulatory innovation in accounting standard setting

Chahed, Y  (2014), Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies , 21(1), 195 221. ISSN 1080-072


Earnings Targets and Annual Bonus Incentives

Indjejikian, R, Matejka, M, Merchant, KA & Van der Stede, WA (2014), The Accounting Review 89, 1227-1258


Accountability and expertise in public sector risk management: A case study

Palermo, T (2014), Financial Accountability & Management 30(3), 322-34. ISSN 1468-0408

How Do Industry Peers Respond to Control Threats?

Tamayo, A & Servaes, H (2014), Management Science, 60(2), 380-399. ISSN 0025-1909
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A manipulationist view of causality in cross-sectional survey research Accounting

Van der Stede, WA (2014), Accounting, Organizations and Society, 39 (7) 567-574. ISSN 0361-3682