• EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

19942017

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Biography

Before joining the School of Management and Languages at the University of Heriot-Watt in 2014, Chris Pong worked at the Nottingham University Business School where he was the Head of the Accounting Division.  He also previously held academic positions at the University of Cambridge, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Manchester.  Chris is a qualified accountant and was trained in Price Waterhouse and Deloitte, Haskins & Sells.

Research interests

My main research has been in the areas of (a) the audit services market structure, (b) the pricing of audit services in the UK and (c) audit quality.

Current research projects include (1) auditor rotation on quality of accounting information, (2) how loan convenants affect competition in the audit services market and (3) audit pricing in the case of joint-audit.  The first two projects are in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Bristol and the University of Cardiff.  Both are relevant to the recent EU's paper on Reform of the Audit Market.  We have so far published a report which was commissioned by the Competition Commission.  The third project examines the audit price difference between the audits in the UK and the audits in France.  The aim of research is to contribute to the debate of the cost of a joint auditor requirement.  This project involves international collaboration with colleagues at the University of Neuchatel (Switzerland), EM Strasbourg (France) and ESSEC Business School (France).

 

Information for prospective PhD students

I am interested in supervising PhD students who will like to research into the areas of audit pricing, auditor rotation and audit quality.  I am particularly interested in applied empirical work using econometric modelling.  For prospective PhD students, please look at the articles published in these areas in journals such as The Accounting Review, The Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, The Journal of Accounting & Economics and The Auditing Journal: Practice and Theory.

For PhD application information and availiablity of PhD scholarships, please enquire our Postgraduate Office.

 

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