Saeed Akbar

Professor Saeed Akbar

Professor in Accounting and Finance/ Head of Accounting and Finance

Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

Hull University Business School

s.akbar@hull.ac.uk

01482 463066

Professor Saeed Akbar is Head of Accounting and Finance at Hull University Business School.

Prior to joining the University of Hull, he was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool and formerly worked at the Alliance Manchester Business School.

Saeed’s research has been published extensively in leading academic journals and he is currently involved in several research projects with colleagues in the UK and abroad.

His main research area covers the relationship between accounting information and stock prices, while his other broad areas of research expertise include corporate governance and risk, empirical finance, and accounting regulation.

Research

Research Interests

Saeed's research interests include capital markets research in accounting, corporate governance and risk, accounting regulation, empirical finance, intangible assets, performance measurement.

Research groups

Saeed has research collaborations with

  • Professor Andrew W. Stark, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

  • Professor Pawan Budhwar, Aston Business School, University of Aston, United Kingdom

  • Professor Khondkar E. Karim, the Robert J. Manning School of Business, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA

  • Professor Colin Clubb, King's College London, United Kingdom

  • Professor Mark Tippett, the University of Sydney, Australia

  • Professor Collins Ntim, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

  • Dr Jia Liu, University of Salford, United Kingdom

  • Dr. Abdullah Iqbal, the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom

  • Dr Syed Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, United Kingdom

  • Dr Farid Ullah, University of Chester, United Kingdom

  • Dr. Davendra Kodwani, the Open University Business School, United Kingdom

  • Dr Sardar Ahmad, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

  • Professor Phillip Ormrod, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

  • Dr Jannine Poletti Hughes, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

  • Dr Kenbata Bangassa, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

  • Dr Arshad Ali, University of Malakand, Pakistan

  • Dr Shafiq ur Rehman, University of Malakand, Pakistan

  • Dr Qaisar Abbass, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Dr Abul Hassan, King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia

  • Dr Mohammad Zahid Iqal, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

Publications

Ullah, S., Ahmad, S., Akbar, S., and Kodwani, D. (2018), 'International Evidence on the Determinants of Organisational Ethical Vulnerability', British Journal of Management, DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12289 (ABS 4).

Akbar, S., Buthiena, K., Poletti Hughes, J. and Shah, SZA. (2017), 'Board Structure and Corporate Risk Taking in the UK Financial Sector', International Review of Financial Analysis, 50, pp. 101-110 (ABS 3*).

Liu, J., Akbar, S., Shah, SZA, Zhang, D. and Pang, D. (2016), 'Market Reaction to Seasoned Offerings in China, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Volume 43, Issue 5-6, pp. 597-653 (ABS 3*).

Ali, A., Akbar, S., and Ormrod. P. (2016), 'Impact of International Accounting Standards on the Profit and Equity of AIM listed Companies’, Accounting Forum, Volume 40(1), pp. 45-62 (ABS 3*).

Iqbal, M. Z., Akbar, S. and Budhwar, P. (2015), ‘Effectiveness of Performance Appraisal: An Integrated Framework,’ International Journal of Management Reviews, Volume 17, pp. 510-533 (ABS 3*).

Full list

Teaching

Programmes taught on (2018)

Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Financial Accounting

  • Management Accounting

  • Accounting Theory

  • Advanced Management Accounting

  • Capital Markets and Institutions

  • Advanced Financial and Management Accounting

  • Corporate Finance

  • The Financial System and Risk Management,

  • Introduction to Accounting and Finance

  • Issues in Accounting and Accountability

Research PhDs

He welcomes applications covering the relationship between accounting information and stock prices, corporate governance, ethics and risk, empirical finance and accounting regulation.

PhD supervisions

Dr Abdelsalam Alkizza, The Impact of Business Environment on Management Accounting Practices: Libyan Evidence (2005, sole supervisor)

Dr Issdeeq Saadi, The Value Relevance of Capital Expenditures in the UK (2005, sole supervisor)

Dr Maqsood Iqbal Qureshi, The Value Relevance of Goodwill, Advertising and Research and Development Expenditures: Some UK Evidence (2006, principal supervisor)

Dr Prabhu N. Udawatte, Earnings Management in UK Mergers and Acquisitions (2007, principal supervisor)

Dr Shamsaddeen K. Faraj, An Empirical Investigation of the Libyan Audit Market: Perceptions of Auditor Independence and Perceived Reliability of Audited Financial Statements (2009, principal supervisor)

Dr Shafiq ur Rehman, The Effect of Recent Financial Crisis on the Financial and Investment Policies of the UK Private and Public Firms (2012, principal supervisor)

Dr Arshad Ali, Implications of International Financial Reporting Standards on Small and Growing Sector: Alternative Investment Market Experience (2012, principal supervisor)

Dr Ali Muhammad, An Investigation of Entrepreneurial Characteristics, Behavioural Determinants, Motivations and Barriers in a Cross Country Setting (2012, principal supervisor)

Dr Ramadan Elfatouri, An Investigation of Corporate Governance Mechanisms and Value Creation in the United Kingdom (2012, principal supervisor)

Dr Wiqar Ahmad,An Investigation of the Recent Financial Crisis: Causes, Implications and Directions (2013, principal supervisor)

Dr Buthiena Kharabsheh, The Effect of Board Structure and Presence of Female Directors on Corporate Risk Taking in the UK (2015, principal supervisor)

Dr Majd Munir Mohammad Iskandrani, The Effect of Ownership Level, Concentration and Owners’ Identity on Market Liquidity in the UK (2015, principal supervisor)

Dr Shakeel Ahmed, Rebuilding Customer Trust in the British Retail Banking Industry Following the Recent Financial Crisis (2015, principal supervisor)

Post-doctoral fellowship supervisions

Dr Muhammad Zahid Iqbal, Associate Professor, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan, February 2012-November 2012

Dr Saqib Gulzar, Associate Professor, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan, June 2015-March 2016

Dr Irman Nasim, Assistant Professor, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Pakistan, July 2015-April 2016

International PhD Supervision

Dr Usman Ayub, Downside Risk in Asset Pricing (2013, second supervisor)

Current PhD supervisions 

Mr Hassan Elgendi, Target’s conservative accounting and M&A deal completion and dynamics (October 2016- present, principal supervisor)

Mr Syed Zubair Shah, The impact of internal, managerial and external factors on the occurrence of financial fraud in 21st century organisations (January 2017- present, principal supervisor)

Miss Dianyu Chen, Accounting treatment and value relevance of intangible assets (June 2017- present, principal supervisor)

Mr Huan Huang Cong, Financing, working capital management and performance of SMEs (October 2016- present, second supervisor) 

Mr Muhammad Asad, Corporate Governance Quality, Earnings Management and R&D Intensity (June 2017- present, principal supervisor) 

Mr Chengruizhi MA, The effects of accounting regulation on international stock markets (February 2018- present, principal supervisor) 

Teaching awards and accolades

  • MA in Learning and Teaching

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the United Kingdom

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

BBA (Peshawar)

MBA (Peshawar)

MA (Liverpool)

PhD (Manchester)

FHEA (UK)

External roles

  • Member of the European Accounting Association [EAA]

  • Member of the American Accounting Association [AAA].

  • Member of the British Accounting and Finance Association [BAFA]

  • Visiting Professor, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

  • Member of the Executive Advisory Board of ‘South Asian International Conference' Organising Committee, 2008- present

Awards and accolades

Awarded Merit Certificate by the University of Peshawar, Pakistan for securing first class/distinction and standing second in BBA in the session 1988-1990.

Topped the University of Peshawar in MBA (with first class first) and subsequently in all departments of the University of Peshawar, Pakistan (1990-1992).

Awarded Gold Medal and Merit Certificate by the University of Peshawar, Pakistan, for standing first in MBA during the session 1990-1992.

Achieved the highest aggregate marks percentage among all successful candidates in all faculties of the University of Peshawar, during the session of his graduation (1990-1992).

Awarded Quaid-e-Azam Scholarship by the Government of Pakistan (the most prestigious scholarship in Pakistan) for pursuing PhD at the Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester.

Best Paper Award (1st SAICON International Conference organised by Academy of Global Business Advancement, 2008)

Best Paper Award (2nd SAICON International Conference organised by Academy of Global Business Advancement, 2010).

Emerald Literati Network Award for Excellence. Highly commended paper 2013 award for best paper, in International Journal of Islamic and Middle Eastern Finance and Management, for the following research paper.

Professional highlights

Keynote speaker at the South Asian International Conference (SAICON), Pakistan, in 2011, 2015 and 2016.

Invited speaker at the South Asian International Conference (SAICON), Pakistan, in 2012, 2013 and 2014.