Professor Mahbub Zaman

Professor Mahbub Zaman

Professsor of Accounting

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Business, Law and Politics
  • Hull University Business School


Mahbub Zaman (BA Hons LSB, MA Essex, PhD Manchester) is Professor of Accounting at Hull University, UK. Previously, he was Professor at QUT, Brisbane, Australia and Associate Professor and PhD Programme Director at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK.

His contributions to senior level university leadership includes experience as member of the Faculty Leadership Team as well as: Chair, Faculty of Business Law and Politics Professoriate; Director, Early Careers Academics (FBLP); University Senate Member; University Research Committee Member.

He has internationally recognised expertise, acquired over nearly two decades of research and teaching, in Auditing, Corporate Governance and Sustainability. His experience includes:

Professor of Auditing and Corporate Governance; Head of Research, School of Accountancy; Leader of the Auditing & Financial Reporting Group, QUT Business School, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia.

Associate Professor and Director PhD (A&F) Programme, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK and appointments at University of Glasgow, University of Exeter and Aberystwyth University.

Visiting/Honorary Professor: Australia - Deakin University, Melbourne; Denmark - Aarhus University; Malaysia - University of Malaya; New Zealand - Massey University; USA - University of Florida, UQAM Montreal, Canada.

External Examiner (BSc and MSc programmes): Birmingham, Bradford, Durham, Glasgow, Hull, Nottingham.

Chief External Examiner, Open University UK.

Research Leadership:

Published in internationally leading journals with 3,700+ Google Scholar citations, including 1,500+ for his five papers on audit committees, sustainability and governance.

Expertise and interests include: audit committees, audit quality, auditor reporting, board effectiveness, sustainability, internal audit, risk management, standard setting and regulation.

Research funding from Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and QUT High Potential Research Grant (HPRG).

Supervised over 15 PhD and numerous Masters students; examined over 20 PhD students.

Teaching - Approach and Subjects

Role as external examiner, internal moderator and course coordinator provide evidence of leadership and competence in teaching.

Design and delivery is intellectually engaging and I am able to stimulate direct participation / discussion in large lecture sessions.

Adopt a research led and practice and policy relevant approach to teaching

Expertise in teaching at PhD, MBA, ExecEd, Masters and Bachelors level.

Courses include:Auditing and Assurance; Corporate Governance; Risk Management and Control; Financial Reporting and Analysis; Accounting Theory and Regulation.

Mahbub’s training and teaching are consistently rated high.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Audit committee disclosure tone and earnings management

Al-Shaer, H., & Zaman, M. (in press). Audit committee disclosure tone and earnings management. Journal of applied accounting research,

Climate governance effects on carbon disclosure and performance

Bui, B., Houqe, M. N., & Zaman, M. (2020). Climate governance effects on carbon disclosure and performance. The British accounting review, 52(2), Article 100880.

Enterprise risk management and firm performance: Role of the risk committee

Malik, M. F., Zaman, M., & Buckby, S. (2020). Enterprise risk management and firm performance: Role of the risk committee. Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, 16(1), Article 100178.

Credibility of sustainability reports: The contribution of audit committees

Al-Shaer, H., & Zaman, M. (2018). Credibility of sustainability reports: The contribution of audit committees. Business strategy and the environment : BSE, 27(7), 973-986.

Corporate governance, critical junctures and ethnic politics: Ownership and boards in Malaysia

Mohamad-Yusof, N. Z., Wickramasinghe, D., & Zaman, M. (2018). Corporate governance, critical junctures and ethnic politics: Ownership and boards in Malaysia. Critical Perspectives On Accounting, 55, 33-52.

Research interests


Currently Mahbub is engaged in research examining:

- the effects of governance on performance and reporting quality.

audit quality, auditor choice and auditor independence.

- the role of state and policy makers in influencing governance reforms and shaping governance practice.

- formal and private interactions between governance agents.

- international and national (regulatory and cultural) influences on governance practice, including enterprise risk management and internal control effectiveness.

He has undertaken and published research examining:

- corporate governance quality, audit fees and non-audit fees

- informal governance and behavioural effects

- effectiveness of audit committees

- international convergence and divergence in governance

- governance and control of parent-subsidiary

- value and relevance of the auditors' reports

- regulation of auditing and lobbying








Levelling Up Hull: Assessing and Addressing the Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities for Hull Programme Scope and Outline for Delivery


HCC Hull City Council




14 June 2021



Postgraduate supervision

Mahbub is interested in supervising students in auditing, sustainability, corporate governance and reporting. Completed PhDs Supervised and / or examined (full-time and visiting) doctoral students from the UK, Spain, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh.