Past, Present, and Future!
The Finance and Financial Services team at the School of Accounting and Finance was formed in 2003 when the Faculty of Business merged the Finance area of the Department of Accountancy and the Financial Services area of the former Department of Business Studies together. Since then, the team has been growing rapidly in terms of size, research productivity, and teaching expertise.
Recently, the team has reached a steady state with around 35 full-time faculty members. About 80 percent of our team members were educated overseas (mainly in North America and Australia) and about 90 percent of them earned a doctorate.
Our colleagues conduct research in a wide range of areas including: corporate finance, corporate governance, asset pricing, security analysis and portfolio management, behavioral finance, financial regulation, derivatives, financial markets, market microstructure, risk management, banking and financial institutions, international finance, applied econometrics, and financial accounting.
Research of our team members has been published in leading finance journals including The Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Financial Management, Journal of Empirical Finance, and Journal of Financial Markets.
We are also interested in promoting interdisciplinary research. Therefore, our research also appears in other top business journals such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting & Economics, Management Science, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Business Studies, among others.
In terms of teaching, our team is mainly responsible for BBA (Hons) in Financial Services and BBA (Hons) in Accounting & Finance at the undergraduate level. We are also responsible for the Master of Finance (MOF) and Master of Corporate Finance (MCF) at the graduate level. The team also provides service teaching for many other disciplines such as BBA (Hons) in Accountancy, Master of Corporate Governance, Master of Professional Accounting, MSc in Accountancy, MBA, DBA and PhD programmes.
Occasionally, our colleagues provide expert advice and consulting services to the financial sectors and regulators. Previous clients include banks, insurance companies, mutual fund, Securities and Futures Commission, and Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme Authority.
The Finance Team at the School of Accounting and Finance of PolyU enjoys the benefits of having a strong group of research-active colleagues in terms of both quality and quantity. We continue to commit ourselves to pursue research and teaching excellence in order to play our part in achieving the missions of the School, the Faculty of Business, and the PolyU.