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School of Business and Management

Dr Zhe Li

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Lecturer in Accounting

Email: zhe.li1@qmul.ac.uk

Profile

Roles:

Biography:

Dr Zhe Li is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Accounting and joined the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary University of London in December 2021.

Before joining Queen Mary, Zhe was an Assistant Professor (Research Focused) in Finance at Swansea University. Zhe holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Birmingham (2020), an MSc in Business Finance and Accounting from the University of Warwick (2016), and a Bachelor of Economics in Finance from the South China University of Technology (2015).

His research interests mainly cover empirical topics in corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainable finance, corporate finance (i.e. foreign institutional investors, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, top management teams’ attributes), corporate governance and financial reporting quality.

Professional Activities and Qualifications

  • Academic services: the referee for Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, International Journal of Finance & Economics, Accounting Forum, International Review of Financial Analysis, Applied Economics, etc.
  • Current and former affiliations: American Finance Association (AFA), European Finance Association (EFA), Financial Management Association (FMA), European Financial Management Association (EFMA), British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA)
  • Passed CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) Level 1
  • Passed ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) Financial Management, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Accountant in Business, Corporate and Business Law, and Performance Management exams

Google Scholar page:
https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=TpjskxoAAAAJ&hl=zh-CN&oi=sra

ORCID:
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1442-4499

Publons page:
https://publons.com/researcher/4460854/zhe-li/

SSRN page:
https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=4643664

Teaching

Undergraduate:

  •  BUS331: Company Valuation

Research

Research Interests:

Corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainable finance, corporate finance (i.e. foreign institutional investors, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, top management teams’ attributes), corporate governance and financial reporting quality.

Research group membership:

  • Behavioural Finance working group (BFWG)
  • Accounting & Accountability Research Group (AARG)

Publications

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Li, Z. & Wang, B. (Accepted/In press). Community Social Capital and Board Advising: Evidence from the Structure of Board Committees. British Journal of Management. (ABS-4).

Li, Z., Wang, B., & Zhou, D. (Accepted). Financial Experts of Top Management Teams and Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from China. Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting.

Li, Z., & Wang, P. (Accepted/In press). Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from Chinese Listed Firms. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting.

Li, Z. & Wang, B. (Accepted/In press). The influence of foreign institutional investors on audit fees: evidence from Chinese listed firms. Accounting Forum.

Li, Z., Pryshchepa, O., & Wang, B. (2021). Financial experts on the top management team: Do they reduce investment inefficiency?. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting.

Li, Z., Wang, B., Wu, T., & Zhou, D. (2021). The influence of qualified foreign institutional investors on internal control quality: Evidence from China. International Review of Financial Analysis, 78. (International collaboration.)

Li, Z., & Wang, P. (2021). Flotation costs of seasoned equity offerings: Does corporate social responsibility matter?. European Financial Management.

Li, Z., Wang, P., & Wu, T. (2020). Do foreign institutional investors drive corporate social responsibility? Evidence from listed firms in China. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 48(1-2), 338-373. (International collaboration.)

The Role of Cross-border Alliances in Corporate Social Responsibility: International Evidence (with Chenchen Huang), revised & resubmitted in the Journal of Financial Research (ABS-3*/ABDC-A).

 

Refereed conference presentations

"Community Social Capital and Board Advising: Evidence from the Structure of Board Committees", presented at the 2022 Financial Management Association (FMA) European Conference (France, July 2022) and revised & resubmitted in British Journal of Management (ABS-4).

"The Influence of Foreign Institutional Investors on Audit Fees: Evidence from Chinese Listed Firms", presented at the 2022 European Financial Management Association (EFMA) Annual Meeting (Italy, June 2022) and accepted by Accounting Forum (ABS-3).

"The role of foreign institutional investors in tone of corporate social responsibility disclosure: Evidence from China", co-authors presented at the Academy of Sustainable Finance, Accountability & Governance (ASFAAG) 2nd Annual Conference (June 2022 Istanbul Medipol University, Turkey).

“Social Capital and Board Advising: Evidence from the Structure of Board Committees” (with Bo Wang), presented at the 2021 European Financial Management Association Annual Meeting (Virtual conference, June 2021).

“Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions and Corporate Social Responsibility: Evidence from Chinese Listed Firms” (with Ping Wang), presented at the 2018 Paris Financial Management Conference (France, December 2018), 28th European Financial Management Association (EFMA) Annual Meeting (Portugal, June 2019), and 2021 Financial Management Association (FMA) Annual Meeting (USA, 2021).

Supervision

Dr Zhe Li is available for PhD supervisions and encourages applications from those interested in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, empirical corporate finance, institutional investors, corporate governance and earnings management.

Current Doctoral Students:

Co-supervisor

  • Zhihuan Li, 'Delisting and Corporate Governance.'

Public Engagement

  • Member of Financial Management Association
  • Member of British Accounting and Finance Association
  • Member of European Finance Association

Dr Zhe Li’s research work has been presented at several top international finance and accounting conferences, including the 2021 European Financial Management Association (EFMA) Annual Meeting, 2019 Financial Management Association (FMA) Annual Meeting (New Orleans, US), the 28th EFMA Annual Conference (Portugal), and the 2018 Paris Financial Management Conference.

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