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Two new professors join the Department

Professor Peter Pope

Peter-PopeProfessor Peter Pope joins us from Cass Business School, where he was a Professor of Accounting from 2011-2013, and prior to that he held professorships at Lancaster University Management School and Strathclyde Business School. He has also held appointments as a Visiting Professor at New York University’s Stern School, the University of California at Berkeley, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Chinese University Hong Kong, Monash University and Macquarie University.

Peter’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of capital markets, financial reporting and securities valuation. He has published widely in leading accounting journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies and Contemporary Accounting Research, as well as in many international finance journals. His current research interests focus on IFRS implementation in Europe, global equity market anomalies and fundamental valuation models, with particular reference to the links between financial statement factors, risk and equity returns. He was the Scientific Coordinator of the EU-Funded (€2.5m) INTACCT Research and Training Network 2007-2010, and he has been the recipient of numerous other research grants.

His research has received several prestigious awards, including the 2008 Best Paper Award 2004-2008 from the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the American Accounting Association. He was also the British Accounting & Finance Association Distinguished Academic of the Year in 2006.

Peter has considerable experience in consulting and advisory roles for major organisations, mainly in the investment management industry. He has also served as the Academic Coordinator of the Institute of Quantitative Investment Research (UK) since 1991.

He is a qualified accountant (FCMA) and was previously a member of the UK Accounting Standards Board Academic Panel. He is co-editor of the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, a former Associate Editor of Contemporary Accounting Research, and has served on the editorial boards of other leading accounting journals such as Journal of Accounting Research.


Professor Bjorn Jorgensen

bjorn-jorgensenPrior to joining the Department of Accounting at LSE, Professor Bjorn Jorgensen was a member of the faculty at Harvard, Columbia and Colorado. Bjorn, however, has visited with LSE in 1997 when he taught AC420 in Michaelmas term.

Originally from Denmark, Bjorn has a keen interest in international accounting and auditing standards and their enforcement. Specifically, his recent research investigates the consequences of the recent adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in over 120 countries. For example, he has investigated whether financial reporting quality under IFRS is comparable to US accounting standards. In this area, he also studies how Canadian companies that are cross-listed in the US choose between IFRS and US accounting standards. Finally, he examines firms’ classification of interest within the statement of cash flows. Bjorn also has had the opportunity to study IFRS adoption from a practical perspective since he served as a Visiting Academic Scholar at the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Professor Jorgensen also does research on the role of risk, and on measuring, managing and controlling for risk. Specifically, he studies the incentives for, and consequences of, managers’ voluntary disclosures about risks. He also studies ways in which firms effectively communicate, and regulators identify, very infrequently occurring extreme losses. Overall, his research concludes that risk disclosures affect inherent as well as perceived riskiness. While risk is not traditionally addressed in accounting research, LSE has long been on the forefront of research in this area as evidenced by the wide-reaching work of the Department of Accounting’s Centre for the Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR).

Finally, Bjorn also studies how earnings management may lead to unusual patterns in accounting numbers. For example, firms appear more likely to report earnings per share of one pound than 99 pence. He documents that these patterns are more likely to arise in fiscal year earnings than in earning for the trailing four quarters. Bjorn’s work applies research methods from accounting, economics, finance, history and statistics.

Professor Jorgensen has taught both undergraduate, master and doctoral level courses and combines case-based learning with current research and regulatory developments. He is an effective teacher who received the Best MBA Core Teacher Award earlier this Summer. To date, Bjorn has advised over thirty doctoral students who now work at universities around the world including Alabama, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, IESE, INSEAD, KAIST, Toronto, UCLA, Washington and Wharton, as well as the Federal Reserve Board and USAF.