AC471      Half Unit
Accounting in the Global Economy (MSc Management [IMEX route] only)

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Andrea Mennicken OLD 3.12


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


There are no specific pre-requisites and the course does not require a background in accounting.

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 accounting regulation, including international standard-setting and consequences for financial statement users, business entities and wider local and global stakeholders.


Topics include:


Political, institutional and economic 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 (including the BRIC countries: Brazil, Russia, India, China). The enforcement of financial reporting requirements through auditors, securities regulators, the World Bank and others.


Specific technical challenges (for example, impairment tests, 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. A 2-hour essay workshop in week 11 of MT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.

It is intended to run a small number of additional lectures with invited speakers who are centrally involved at a senior level in the setting, enforcement and convergence of international accounting regulations. Further details will be provided at the start of the session.

Formative coursework

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

Indicative reading

Detailed reading lists will be given out at the start of the session, and are largely based on academic journal articles. Other readings include policy briefings, regulatory documents, green and white papers, World Bank reports (ROSC). Relevant books: Camfferman and Zeff, Aiming for Global Accounting Standards, 2001-2011 (Oxford University Press, 2015); Botzem, The Politics of Accounting Regulation (Edward Elgar, 2012); 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); Doupnik, International Accounting (McGraw-Hill, 2014); Nobes & Parker, Comparative International Accounting (Prentice Hall, 2012); Walter, Governing Finance: East Asia's Adoption of International Standards (Cornell University Press, 2008).


Essay (100%, 7,500-8,000 words) in LT.

The 8,000 words include the bibliography.

Key facts

Department: Accounting

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication