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Guest Lecture Series

Throughout the year the Department of Accounting and Information Systems hosts guest lectures by visiting academics and experts from business and industry. These lectures cover a wide range of topics and are suitable for students, graduates, staff and the profession.

Accounting Lecture:
International Accounting Scandals

michael jones

Michael Jones
Professor of Financial Reporting
University of Bristol

When: Tuesday 13 October 2015, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Where: Laws 108 Lecture Theatre, Business and Law Building
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The Department of Accounting and Information Systems is pleased to present our October guest lecturer Professor Michael Jones, University of Bristol.

Accounting scandals, creative accounting and fraud are perennial issues. In this lecture Professor Jones explores the background and context for creative accounting and fraud. Drawing on academic and professional literature, he discusses the business environments and motivations behind accounting scams and scandals across time, and their long-term impact.

Lecture abstract (PDF, 38KB)

About the presenter

Professor Michael Jones, graduated with an MA from Magdalen College, Oxford and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.  He is currently  Professor of Financial Reporting at the University of Bristol where he was Head of Department from 2009 to 2014 and has been a visiting Professor at the University of Cagliari. He has taught accounting for 32 years and was at Cardiff Business School from1996 to 2009.  He has taught financial accounting at all levels from GCSE level to final-year degree course. 

He has published over 170 articles in both professional and academic journals.  He has published 78 refereed articles.  These articles cover a wide range of topics, such as financial accounting, the history of accounting and international accounting.  He serves on four editorial boards.  He was ranked the fourth most productive accounting academic in Europe from 1991 to 2002.

As well as being Director of the Financial Reporting and Business Communication Unit, he chairs the British Accounting Association Financial and Reporting Special Interest Group and is a joint Editor of the British Accounting Review. He has run the Financial reporting and Business Communication Conference in the UK for 19 years.   He has served on the British Accounting Association Committee and on the Committee for Professors of Accounting and Finance. 

He has written four textbooks: Accounting, Financial Accounting and Management Accounting; and two research-based books Accounting for Biodiversity and Creative Accounting, Fraud and International Accounting Scandals. The final book reflects a long research history into creative accounting especially in the abuse of narrative and graphical presentation.  Michael has a wide range of research interests that include the history of accounting, financial reporting and communication and social and environmental accounting.