Not available in 2013/14
AC471      Half Unit
Accounting in the Global Economy (MSc Management [IMEX route] only)

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Andrea Mennicken and Dr Kazbi Soonawalla


This course is available on the MSc in International Management. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

This course examines the fast changing practices and institutions of accounting in the global economy, with a particular emphasis on the roles of accounting in global financial governance. International accounting and auditing standards have been advocated as a way of enhancing global financial stability, so as to stimulate the flow of cross-national investment, expand the scope for market-oriented development, and integrate local enterprises into global financial markets. This course critically examines dynamics of international standard-setting and consequences for financial statement users, business entities and wider local and global stakeholders. Topics include: Political, institutional and technical influences in changing national and international financial reporting frameworks. The political economy of accounting standard-setting. The work of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the European Union, national accounting bodies, and their political and economic environments. The effects of national financial reporting requirements and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) on business entities and economic development, particularly developing and emerging economies. The enforcement of financial reporting requirements through auditors, securities regulators, the World Bank and others. Specific technical challenges (for example, mergers and acquisitions, foreign currency transactions, derivatives and other financial instruments, fair value accounting and intangible assets). The course explores issues from different theoretical perspectives through comparative empirical analysis


18 hours of lectures and 8 hours of seminars in the MT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.

Formative coursework

Students are required to write a 7,500-8,000 word assessed long essay, to be submitted after the Christmas break. This written work forms 100% of the assessment. Individual feedback will be given on long essay outlines. Essay relevant readings, exercises and case studies are set for class discussion each week.

Indicative reading

Camfferman & Zeff, Financial Reporting and Global Capital Markets: A History of the International Accounting Standards Committee (Oxford University Press, 2006); Chapman, Cooper & Miller, Accounting, Organizations and Institutions (Oxford University Press, 2009); Djelic & Quack, Transnational Communities: Shaping Global Economic Governance (Cambridge University Press, 2010); Bowden & Seabrooke, Global Standards of Market Civilization (Routledge, 2006); Roberts, Weetman & Gordon, International Corporate Reporting: A Comparative Approach (Prentice Hall, 2008); Nobes & Parker, Comparative International Accounting (Prentice Hall, 2012); Walter, Governing Finance: East Asia's Adoption of International Standards (Cornell University Press, 2008); Walton & Aerts, Global Financial Accounting and Reporting (Cengage, 2009).


Essay (100%, 8000 words) in the lent term.

Key facts

Department: Accounting

Total students 2012/13: Unavailable

Average class size 2012/13: 1

Value: Half Unit

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