The timing of the third international conference of the Foundation for Auditing Research could not have been better: not even a week before it was held, the Monitoring Committee Accountancy issued its second report, with the tantalizing title Doorpakken!(Press Ahead!). Reforms in the audit profession need to be implemented more swiftly and with a more far-reaching effect, concluded the committee. This will generate momentum for the presentation of new scholarly research on improving audit quality, in which cooperation with practice is essential. After all, this cross-fertilization can move the audit profession forward, as the title of the conference already indicates. ‘We are looking for the drivers of audit quality, across the full spectrum of the profession’, says Willem Buijink, Professor at the Dutch Open University and previously at Tilburg University. Buijink is chairing the conference, which is attended by 140 participants.
Prof. Preeti Choudhary
Prof. dr. Wim Gijselaers
Wim Gijselaers is full professor in educational research, in the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on educational innovation in higher education, social determinants of team cognition and team performance, and judgment and decision making in management and accounting. His educational development work focused on the further development of Problem-Based Learning within Business Education. Next to teaching in the award-winning Master program Management of Learning, he teaches as visiting professor at the University of Bern (Switzerland) in a post-graduate program for Health Care Professionals. Wim is member of advisory boards of universities in Germany and Switzerland, and serves as chief-editor of the Springer Book Series Innovation and Change in Professional Education. Next, he is affiliated with the consulting firm Learning Miles (based in Helsinki). In this role he has presented workshops for Scandinavian-based companies on topics of Innovation and Change. He was co-founder and chair of the EDINEB network in the Nineties. Next, he was the founding editor of the Springer Book Series Educational Innovation in Economics and Business. He served positions as Program Director of International Business, and Associated Dean of Education. Currently he is chair of the department of Educational Research and Development, at the School of Business and Economics (Maastricht University). Several of his PhD’s received awards for their PhD Thesis, or papers presented at meetings of the American Educational Research Association, the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, and the EARLI Special Interest Group 14 “Learning and Professional Development”. Together with Professor Ann Vanstraelen he coordinates the GSBE research project "Culture, Ethics, and Leadership": https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/research/institutes/gsbe/gsbe-research.
Dr. Therese Grohnert
Prof. dr. Anna Gold
Anna Gold obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Amsterdam in 2004, worked as an assistant professor at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University for six years and is currently professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where she teaches Auditing at the BSc and MSc level, as well as PhD courses in Auditing and Experimental Methods. Anna’s research interests are in the judgment and decision-making area, primarily applied to the field of Auditing. Her research has focused on the impact of regulatory changes, on judgments and decisions of auditors and financial statement users. Her recent work focuses on how auditors and audit firms handle errors and whether varying the error management climate affects auditors’ error reporting willingness and audit firm learning. Anna’s work and her publications have appeared in a number of prestigious journals such as The Accounting Review, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Business Ethics, and International Journal of Auditing.
Prof. dr. Olof Bik RA
Olof Bik is professor Behavioral Research in Auditing at Nyenrode Business University. He is also a member of the daily board of the Foundation for Auditing Research (FAR). Bik worked in accounting practice for 18 years, since 2002 always in combination with a university appointment. He obtained his PhD at the University of Groningen with a dissertation on the effects of culture on accountant behavior.
Prof. dr. Jan Bouwens
Academic board member and managing director FAR
Monique van Dijken-Eeuwijk
Anneke van Zanen
Prof. dr. Marleen Willekens
Full Professor of Accounting and Auditing at KU Leuven
Prof. dr. Jeroen Suijs
Professor of Financial Accounting at Erasmus University Rotterdam
Prof. Mark E. Peecher PhD
Mark E. Peecher, CPA, is a professor of accountancy and a Deloitte Teaching Fellow at the University of Illinois, specializing in behavioral auditing and accounting research. He holds a bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in accountancy from Illinois. Prior to returning to his alma mater, he was a faculty member at the University of Washington. An active member in the AAA’s Audit Section, Mark currently serves as the Audit Section’s past president.
Professor Peecher’s business-press writings about auditing have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, and his scholarly writings have appeared in Accounting, Organizations & Society, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Contemporary Accounting Research, International Journal of Auditing, Journal of Accounting Research, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and The Accounting Review. He has presented his research at numerous conferences, consortia, and universities, and he has served on the editorial boards at Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, The Accounting Review, and Issues in Accounting Education. Mark enjoys teaching both undergraduate courses and doctoral seminars related to auditing. He particularly likes helping to mentor doctoral students, three of whom have won outstanding doctoral dissertation awards.
Prof. Joseph Gerakos PhD
Associate Professor of Business Administration Tuck School of business
Janine van Diggelen
Prof. Steven Salterio