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Professor Annita Florou

Professor Annita

Professor of Accounting

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7882 2709
Room Number: Room 4.22B, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus


Annita Florou is Professor of Accounting at the School of Business and Management. She specialises in financial reporting and international accounting/auditing. Prior to joining Queen Mary, Annita was a Reader of Accounting at King’s College London. She holds a BA in Accounting and Finance from University of Macedonia (Greece), an MBA from Manchester Business School and a Ph.D from Warwick Business School. On completion of her studies she obtained the position of post-doctoral Research Fellow at London Business School. Her research has been supported by several funding bodies including the ESRC and the European Commission. Professor Florou serves on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Accounting Research and Accounting Horizons. She also serves as the Academic Advisor and member of the Research Advisory Board at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).


Postgraduate Teaching

  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting (BUSM061)
  • Research Methods in Accounting (BUSM143)


Research Interests:

  • Auditor Regulation; Audit Pricing; Audit Quality
  • Financial Reporting Enforcement
  • Capital Market Consequences of IFRS Adoption
  • Corporate Governance Effectiveness; Executive Compensation


Journal Articles

  • Florou, A., U. Kosi, and P. Pope (2017). Are international accounting standards more credit relevant than domestic standards? Accounting and Business Research, 47 (1), 1-29.
  • Florou, A. and U. Kosi (2015). Does mandatory IFRS adoption facilitate debt financing? Review of Accounting Studies, 20 (4), 1407-1456.
  • Florou, A. and P. Pope (2012). Mandatory IFRS adoption and institutional investment decisions, The Accounting Review, 87 (6), 1993-2025.
  • Florou, A. (2010). The role of taxes in compensation: A case of shareholder expropriation, European Accounting Review, 19 (2), 343-374.
  • Florou, A. and P. Pope (2008). Are boards and institutional investors active monitors? Evidence from CEO dismissal, Managerial Auditing Journal, 23 (9), 862-872 (2009 Awards Excellence – Highly Commended Award Winner).
  • Florou, A. (2008). A discussion of managerial entrenchment and corporate social performance, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 35 (5-6), 790-793
  • Florou, A. and G. Galarniotis (2007). Benchmarking Greek corporate governance structures and disclosures, Corporate Governance: An International Review, 15 (5), 979-998.
  • Conyon, M. and A. Florou (2006). The pattern of investment surrounding CEO retirements: UK evidence, British Accounting Review, 38 (1), 299-319.
  • Florou, A. (2005). Top director shake-up: The link between Chairman and CEO dismissal, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 32 (1-2), 97-128.
  • Florou, A. (2005). A discussion of performance of private to public MBOs: The role of venture capital, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 32 (3-4), 683-690.  
  • Florou, A. (2004). The design of bonuses and its implications for investment choices, Journal of Corporate Ownership and Control, 1 (2), 150-155.
  • Florou, A. (2003). Trends and developments in top management teams: Evidence from UK panel data. Corporate Governance Journal, 2 (1), 29-33.
  • Conyon, M. and A. Florou (2002). Top executive dismissal, ownership and corporate performance, Accounting and Business Research, 32 (4), 209-226.

PhD Supervision

Current Doctoral Students
1st Supervisor:

  • Yuan Shuai
  • Mariam Al-Sabah
  • Hao Lan

PhD Supervision Completions (1st supervisor/joint supervision)

  • Urska Kosi (2010)
  • Vesela Grozeva (2010)

Public Engagement

  • ICAEW: Academic advisor and member of the Research Advisory Board  
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