Dr Jessica Yang

Associate Professor in Accounting and Financial Management

Dr Jessica Yang

Dr Jessica Yang

Library Liaison
By area: Corporate Governance, Auditing, Corporate Social Responsibility, Behavioural Finance.
By industry: Banking and financial services, High-technology.
By geography: Europe, Emerging countries.
259, Edith Morley, Whiteknights
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Dr Jessica Yang began her career as a graduate audit trainee with one of the Big 4 accounting firms and became a qualified accountant. After receiving a full scholarship, she moved into doing her PhD in Corporate Governance and lecturing at universities. She is a fellow of Higher Education Academy.

Her principal research interests are in the areas of:

  1. Corporate governance, accountability and social and environmental responsibility, focusing on the role of the audit and remuneration committee, board diversity, and risk management.
  2. Corporate disclosures and communications: Sign and argumentation, storytelling and visualisation in accounting narratives, especially focusing on the effectiveness in communications through the use of social media and big data.

Jessica is currently supervising 6 PhD students and willing to consider the supervision of doctoral students with keen interests in such research areas. Jessica is an editorial advisor of the journal of “Corporate Governance: The International Journal of Business in Society” and a reviewer for several leading corporate governance journals. She serves as an External Examiner for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programmes at several UK universities. She sits on various boards of professional accounting bodies.

Programme Delivery

Module convenor for Business Finance and Advanced Business Finance for both UG and PG Accounting programmes.


Journal Articles

(2015) Gender Diversity in the Boardroom: Women’s Experiences and Perspectives. Human Resource Management (USA), 54 (2), PP. 265–281. ISSN 1099-050X (with Kakabadse, N., Nicolopoulou, K., Özbilgin, M. F., Figueira, C. and Kakabadse, A.)

(2013)International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) as a Change Agent in Ukraine. Journal of Governance and Regulation, 2 (3). pp.139 - 151. ISSN 2220-9352 (with Kakabadse, N. and Lozovskyi, D.)

(2011) Developing “Best Practices” for Bankers’ Pay in Line with Basel III.Risk Governance and Control: Financial Markets and Institutions, 1 (3). pp. 7-16. ISSN 2077-429 (with Yu, P. and Kakabadse, N.)

(2011) The Financial System Reform in China: The Lesson Learnt from the Global Financial Crisis. Corporate Ownership and Control, 8 (4). pp. 56-63. ISSN 1727-9232 (with Kakabadse, N.)

(2010) The Effectiveness of Non-Executive Directors in Chinese State-Owned Enterprises. Management Decision, 48 (7). pp. 1063-1079. ISSN 0025-1747 (with Kakabadse, N. and Sanders, R.)

Book Chapters

(2015)A Semiotic Approach to Critical Reasoning.In: Liu, K., Nakata, K., Li, W. and Galarreta, D. (eds) Information and Knowledge Management in Complex Systems. Springer, London, pp. 10 – 19. ISSBN 9783319162737 (with Sarbo, J.)

(2013) How Chinese Styled Executive Remuneration Works: Evidence from Chinese Red-Chips. In: Van den Berghe, L. and Kakabadse, A. (eds) How to Make Boards Work: An International Overview (with Kakabadse, N.)

(2009) The Recruitment and Evaluation of Boards of Directors in China. In: Kakabadse, A. and Kakabadse, N. (eds.) Global Boards: One Desire, Many Realities. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 236-265. ISBN 9780230212121 (with Kakabadse, N. and Sanders, R.)


(2015) A Structuration Theory Perspective on the Institutional Change in Higher Education Sector. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) 29th Annual Conference, University of Portsmouth. (with Abdaless, S.)

(2015) An Examination of Corporate Carbon Disclosure Strategy within UK Utility, Energy and Mining Industries. In: 38th European Accounting Association (EAA) Annual Congress 2015, University of Strathclyde, Scotland. (with Liu, Y. S.)

(2014) Power and Control in the Context of Organisational Change: A Case Study of Budgetary System in a UK University. In: 4thBiennial International Conference of Global Accounting and Organizational Change, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (with Abdaless, S. and Kakabadse, N.)

(2014) A Longitudinal Study of Carbon Disclosure Strategy: Evidence from Utility, Energy and Mining Industries in the UK. In: 26th International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research and Emerging Scholars Colloquium, St Andrews, Scotland. (with Liu, Y. S.)

(2014) Progress Report on Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Study of Carbon Disclosure Strategies: Evidence from UK Listed Companies. In: Emerging Scholar Consortium on Social and Environmental Accounting, IESEG, IÉSEG School of Management, Lille, France. (with Liu, Y. S.)

(2013) Responding to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme: An Empirical Analysis of Corporate Carbon Disclosure Strategy. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) 27th Annual Conference, 2013, University of Liverpool. (with Liu, Y. S.)

(2012) What Makes Corporations More Sustainable? A Closer Look at the Impact of Global Climate Change on Corporate Emission Disclosure Strategy. In: European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) 11th Annual Colloquium, 2012, IMD. (with Kakabadse, N.)

(2011) State Capitalism and Social Responsibility in China's Banking Industry. In: European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) 10th Annual Colloquium, 2011, INSTEAD. (with Kakabadse, N.)

(2011) The Post-Financial Crisis Challenges for Corporate Governance and Banking Reform in China. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) 25th Annual Conference, 2011, Aston University. (with Kakabadse, N.)

(2011) Paying for Long-Term Performance: Restructuring Bankers' Pay for Risk Regulation. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) 25th Annual Conference, 2011, Aston University. (with Yu, P. and Kakabadse, N.)

(2010) Global Financial Crisis: Implications for Chinese Corporate Governance. In: British Academy of Management (BAM) 24th Annual Conference, 2010, University of Sheffield. (with Kakabadse, N.)

(2008) Training, Education and Evaluation of Board of Directors in Chinese SOEs. In: European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) 7th Annual Colloquium, 2008, Cranfield School of Management. (with Kakabadse, N. and Sanders, R.)

PhD Supervision

Research Supervision

I am supervising 6 PhD Students as the first supervisor.

Yang Liu - 01/2012

“A Longitudinal Study of UK Carbon Emission Disclosure Strategy and its Association with Corporate Environmental Reputation and Financial Performance: Evidence from 2002-2012”

Sara Abdaless - 09/2012

“The Role of Accounting as a Structure of Significance in Facilitate Change towards Sustainability: Evidence from a UK University”

Chao Zhang (PT) - 04/2012

An Empirical Study of CEO Remunerations and Political Promotion: Evidence from China’s State-Owned Enterprises

Yasir AlBalushi - 09/2014

“The Association between Audit Committee Multiple Directorships and Industry Expertise on the Internal Controls over the Financial Reporting: the Case of Sultanate of Oman”

Siwen Liu - 10/2014

“A Semiotic Approach to Evaluating the Understandability of Corporate Disclosures”

Calvin Machaya - 10/2015

"The Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Corporate Financial Performance within the Mining Sector: An International Perspective"

Research Grants and Contracts

2015 Erasmus+ mobility Grant (€1,300)

2015 UROP Grant (£1320) Sole Principal Investigator

Research Project Title: Social Media Disclosures: A study of corporate use of Twitter.

2011 - 2012 Start-up Research Grant (£2000) Sole Principal Investigator

Research Project Title: Mind the Pension Gap: A Systematic Literature Review of the Financial Capability Needs for UK Pre-Retiree Market.