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Accounting Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.

Two Studies Examining the Effects of Industry Controversy on Accountability and Social and Environmental Accounting , Jacob Lennard

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Three Papers Examining the Impact of Non-financial and Supplier Diversity Disclosures on Investors' Judgments and Decisions. , Andria Hill

Two Studies Examining The Effects of Tax Salience, Informational Justice, and Autonomy on Taxpayer Behaviors , Jason Schwebke

Two Studies Investigating Institutional Theory and Municipalities' Payments in Lieu of Taxes Programs in Nonprofit Organizations , Gregory Stone

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Three Studies on Cybersecurity Disclosure and Assurance , Patricia Navarro Vekez

System Justification Theory: Synthesizing and Applying its Theoretical Motivations in Behavioral Accounting Research , Wioleta Olczak

Two Studies Analyzing The Effects of Business Case and Paradoxical Cognitive Framing on Sustainability Decision Making , Nadra Pencle

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Three Studies Examining the Potential for Relational Reasoning to Enhance Expertise in Complex Audit Domains , Matthew Holt

Three Studies Examining Auditors' Use of Data Analytics , Jared Koreff

Three Studies Examining the Effects of Business Analytics on Judgment and Decision Making in Accounting , Bradley Lang

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Three Studies Examining The Effects of Informal Management Control Systems and Incentive Compensation Schemes on Employees' Performance , Kazeem Akinyele

Three Studies Examining Accountability in Auditing , Amy Donnelly

The Expansion of Financial Regulation to Include Humanitarian Issues:An Examination of the Development of Conflict Mineral Reporting Requirements Using Actor-Network Theory , Robert Tennant

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Decision Making in Corporate Taxation , Bonnie Brown

Re-Thinking the Intentionality of Fraud: Constructing and Testing the Theory of Unintended Amoral Behavior to Explain Fraudulent Financial Reporting , Andrew Dill

Under-Researched Areas of Audit Quality: Inputs, Firms, and Institutions , Jared Eutsler

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Three Studies Examining Nonprofessional Investors' Decision Making , Anis Triki

Three Studies Examining the Effects of Psychological Distance on Judgment and Decision Making in Accounting , Martin Weisner

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Interactive Data Visualization In Accounting Contexts: Impact On User Attitudes, Information Processing, And Decision Outcomes , Oluwakemi Ajayi

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

The Impact Of Technology On Management Control: Degradation, Empowerment, Or Technology Dominance? , Joseph Canada

Regulation And The Auditing Profession , Alexey Lyubimov

The Diffusion Of Digital Dashboards: An Examination Of Dashboard Utilization And The Managerial Decision Environment , Jeffrey Reinking

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

Three Studies Of Stakeholder Influence In The Formation And Management Of Tax Policies , Jason Chen

An Examination Of Issues Related To Professional Skepticism In Auditing , Erin Burrell Nickell

More Than Money: Corporate Social Performance And Reporting And The Effect On Economic Performance , Kimberly A. Zahller

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

The Effects Of Risk And Trust On The Achievement Of Sustainable Competitive Advantage From B2b E-commerce Trading Relationships , Clark J. Hampton

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

Three Studies Related To The Institutionalization Of International Financial Reporting Standards. , Anna Alon

Three Studies Investigating The Legal Liability Implications Of The Sarbanes-oxley Act Of 2002 , Jillian Phillips

Theses/Dissertations from 2009 2009

Understanding The Antecedents And Consequences Of Sales And Use Tax Policy: Evidence From Three Studies , Amy Hageman

Theses/Dissertations from 2007 2007

Organizational Legitimacy And The Strategic Use Of Accounting Information: Three Studies Related To Social And Environmental Dis , Charles Cho

Finance And Accounting Outsourcing: Three Studies Related To The Ethical And Economic Dimensions Of Accounting Outsourcing , Renu V. Desai

Change In The Indian Accounting Profession: Three Studies Related To The Entry Of The Big Four Accounting Firms In India , Vikram G. Desai

Theses/Dissertations from 2005 2005

Accounting Disclosure At The Organization-society Interface: A Meta-theory And Empirical Evidence , Jennifer Ching-Kuan Chen

Adaptive Self-regulation And Organizational Politics: Investigating The Effects In The Accounting Profession , Sharon Howell

The Public Policy Implications Of Audit Regulation: Three Studies Related To The Passage Of The Sarbanes-Oxley Act Of 2002 , Steven Thornburg

Theses/Dissertations from 1997 1997

The role of performance plans in mitigating agency problems and improving corporate performance : an empirical examination , Sanjay Gupta

An Investigation of the Interpretation of Uncertainty Information Displays by Decision Makers , Lois S. Mahoney

Theses/Dissertations from 1996 1996

The information content of accounting measures in relation to the cross-section of expected stock returns , Sekhar Anantharaman

Explaining mutual fund performance : the usefulness of corporate financial information , F. Lauren Detzel

An empirical study of user satisfaction with accounting information systems in a healthcare environment , Brian Lyle McGuire

Theses/Dissertations from 1995 1995

Estimating loan losses using markov chains , Luis Betancourt

An investigation of firms choosing early adoption of sfas number 106: employers accounting for postretirement benefits other than pensions , Barbara Boyette Clevenger

An empirical comparison of traditional statistical techniques and neural networks in the auditing domain , Thomas John Hofferd

Decision maker weighting and usage of indicators of university service efforts and accomplishments , Barbara B. Ratti

Theses/Dissertations from 1993 1993

Pattern perceptiveness and acquisition of accounting skills , L. Melissa Walters York

Theses/Dissertations from 1991 1991

The effects of graphical distortion of accounting information on financial judgements , Deanna Oxender Burgess

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Dissertations from 2023 2023.

Auditor Responses to Audit Clients’ Indirect-Effect Illegal Acts , Hilary Frances Hughes

Auditor’s Consideration of Client Cybersecurity Risk – A Machine Learning-Based Analysis , Wanying Jiang

Dissertations from 2022 2022

Deriving Auditor Quality and Manager Quality from Form 10-K , Lacey Donley

Corporate Website Disclosures and Financial Reporting Quality , Nicholas Mueller

Dissertations from 2021 2021

The Effects of a Client’s Social Media Disclosure and Audience Engagement on Auditor Judgment: A Social Penetration Theory Perspective , Laura Guichard

Do Analysts’ Coverage and Supplementary Gross Margin Forecasts Influence Managers’ Decision to Recognize Inventory Loss? , Nusrat Jahan

Dissertations from 2020 2020

Earnings Management of Leaders and Laggards , Candice Roche Boucree

Does Auditor Tenure Matter? Audit Partner Rotation and Industry Specialization in the U.S. , Danielle Sarah Lazerson

Dissertations from 2019 2019

Effective Tax Rates for Multinational and Domestic Corporations: A Closer Examination , Allen Lee Ryan

The Interplay among Tax Specialists, Corporate Tax Behavior, and Tax Accrual Quality , Pradeep Sapkota

Dissertations from 2018 2018

Unintended Consequences of the Dodd-Frank $10 Billion Asset Size Threshold , Laura Camille Alford

Selling, General, and Administrative Cost Stickiness and GDP Predictions , Russell Barber

Audit Committee Industry Specialization: An Examination of Auditor Choice, Financial Reporting Quality Implications, and Market Perception , Danny Lynn Shaw

The Relationship between Audit Quality and Competition at the Intersection of the Large and Small Audit Firm Markets , Jeanne-Claire Alyse White

Dissertations from 2017 2017

The Economic Costs to Audit Firms of Ethical Violations and the Resulting PCAOB Disciplinary Orders , Stephanie Ann Merrell

The Pricing of IPO Audit Expertise and Subsequent Issuer Underpricing , Jung Eun Park

Dissertations from 2016 2016

The Certifying Triangle of Financial Reports , Dong Li

Dissertations from 2015 2015

Does the PCAOB Inspection have an Effect on Audit Fees and Audit Quality? , Elizabeth Schwartzhoff Johnson

CEO Compensation and Tax Loss Carrybacks , Pei-Yu Sun

Dissertations from 2014 2014

The Effect of Innovation on Corporate Tax Avoidance , Peng Guo

Has the FASB and IASB's Shift toward an Asset/Liability View Enhanced the Predictive Usefulness of ROE? , Regina Cavalier Rosa

Auditor Regional Industry Specialization: Effect on Audit Pricing and Audit Quality , Andrey Alexandrovich Simonov

Dissertations from 2013 2013

Consistency between earnings forecasts and stock recommendations : the effect of political connections , Elio Alfonso

The effect of audit market concentration on audit pricing and audit quality : the role of the size of the audit market , John Daniel Eshleman

The effect on earnings persistence and the market's reaction to the alignment of employee and customer relations with competitive strategy , Robert Stephen Hogan

Income Classification Shifting and Financial Analysts’ Forecasts , Shanshan Pan

Dissertations from 2012 2012

Stock liquidity, price informativeness, and accruals-based earnings management , Jing Fang

High Strain Rate Programming Of Shape Memory Polymers , Anqi Wang

Accounting comparability, audit effort and audit outcomes , Joseph Hongbo Zhang

Experimental Study of Lean Blowout with Hydrogen Addition in a Swirl-stabilized Premixed Combustor , Shengrong Zhu

Dissertations from 2011 2011

Auditor tenure and audit quality , Li Zheng Brooks

Optimization of Adult Multipotent Stromal Cell-Bioscaffold Interactions for Tissue Regeneration with Bioreactors , Lin Xie

Dissertations from 2009 2009

Accurals quality and price synchronicity , Joseph Atkins Johnston

Dissertations from 2007 2007

Rate regulation and earnings management: evidence from the U.S. electric utility industry , Joseph Ben Omonuk

Impingement Heat Transfer In The Leading Edge Cavity Of A Gas Turbine Vane , Amar Jeetendra Panchangam Nivarthi

Voluntary disclosures in mergers and acquisitions , Scott Allen Wandler

Dissertations from 2006 2006

Using the FASB's qualitative characteristics in earnings quality measures , Abhijit Barua

Do accruals exacerbate information asymmetry in the market? , Sonia Wasan

Dissertations from 2004 2004

The effect of program commitment on the degree of participative congruence and managerial performance in a budgeting setting , Kevin T. Breaux

Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998: a test of New Public Management , William Meriwether VanDenburgh

The effect of the implicit theory of integrity on an internal auditor's asessment of management fraud risk , Stephanie F. Watson

Do speculative short sellers detect earnings management? , Yan Zhang

Theses from 2003 2003

Planting rate effects on sugarcane yield trials , Albert Joseph Orgeron

Agronomic and molecular characterization of Louisiana native Spartina alterniflora accessions , Alicia Beatriz Ryan

Dissertations from 2002 2002

Markov models to estimate and describe survival time and experience in cohorts with high euthanasia frequency , Giselle Louise Hosgood

The impact of institutional stock ownership on a firm's earnings management practice: an empirical investigation , Santanu Mitra

Validation of AnnAGNPS at the field and farm-scale using an integrated AGNPS/GIS system , Glenn M. Suir

Theses/Dissertations from 1999 1999

Comprehensive Income and Its Relation to Firm Value and Transitory Earnings. , Carol Callaway Dee

Executive Compensation, Performance, Board and Ownership Structure: a Simultaneous Equations Approach. , Ayalew A. Lulseged

Executive Compensation and the Investment Opportunity Sets of Initial Public Offerings. , Tanya S. Nowlin

Theses/Dissertations from 1996 1996

The Effects of Analyst Following on Market Response to Bank Loan Announcements. , Joan Marie Brumm

An Information Integration Theory Analysis of Tax Preparers' Perceived Risk of Reporting Aggressively on Clients' Income Tax Returns. , Velmer Carlene Eddlemon

The Effects of Industry Deregulation on the Stock Market Responses to Earnings Announcements. , Wah Poon

Theses/Dissertations from 1995 1995

The Effects of Departures From Prior Return Measures on Individual Taxpayer Frame and Tax Reporting Decisions. , Phyllis V. Copeland

An Evaluation of Accounting Method Choice: A Study of the Transition Obligation Upon Adoption of SFAS 106. , Jean Elizabeth Finch

An Examination of Investor Evaluation of Corporate Social Performance. , Gisele Kay Jackson

Theses/Dissertations from 1993 1993

The Prediction of Financial Turnaround of Financially Distressed Firms. , Leslie B. Fletcher

The Impact of Budget Variance, Fiscal Stress, Political Turnover, and Employment Sector on Compliance Reporting Decisions. , Linda Achey Kidwell

Theses/Dissertations from 1992 1992

Attitudes Toward International Harmonization Efforts: A Cross-Cultural Study. , M. Aileen Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 1991 1991

An Investigation of the Determinants of the Municipal Decision to Privatize Residential Sanitation Collection. , Richard C. Brooks

An Examination of Semiotic Theories of Accounting Accruals. , Harlan Lynn Etheridge

An Examination of Auditor Changes Following Events Adversely Affecting External Auditor Credibility. , Thomas E. Wilson Jr

Theses/Dissertations from 1990 1990

An Investigation of the Effect of a Favorable External Quality Assurance Review on the Scope of the External Auditor's Examination of an Organization's Financial Statements. , Michael Charles Toerner

Theses/Dissertations from 1989 1989

The Interaction of Accountants' Involvement and Basis of Accounting on Loan Officers' Judgment When Evaluating a Loan to a Small Business. , Joe Gregory Bushong

A Training Intervention for Control of SBA Loan Defaults: A Theory Development Approach. , J. Dennis Coates

The Impact of Alternative Presentations of Cash Flows From Operations on the Relevance of Funds Flow Information. , David Walter Cornell

An Experiment to Study the Effects of Changing Format and Scaling Characteristics of Financial Statement Data. , Paul Michael Goldwater

An Empirical Investigation of the Financial Statement Characteristics of Firms Engaging in In-Substance Defeasance of Debt. , Raymond Jeffords Jr

The Impact of Options Listing on the Information Content of Annual Earnings Announcement. , Tinwah Richard Lau

Prospect Theory in Governmental Accounting: Implications for the Budgeting Process at the Local Level. , Karen Sue Mckenzie

An Examination of the Effect of Financial Risk on the Manager's Choice of Accounting Methods. , Linda Marie Nichols

An Experimental Research Study on the Effect of Accrual of Nonpension Postretirement Benefit Costs on Loan Officers' Decisions. , Joyce Ann Strawser

Theses/Dissertations from 1988 1988

An Investigation of Internal Auditor Judgment on the Importance of Indicators of Potential Financial Fraud: An Analytic Hierarchy Process Approach. , Barbara Ann Apostolou

A Comparison of the Effectiveness of the Operating Funds Flow Measures of Cash, Net Quick Assets, and Working Capital in Predicting Future Cash Flow. , Catherine Innes green Gaharan

The Effects of the Tax Reform Act of 1986 on the Real Estate Capital Markets and Its Differential Effects on Entity and Functional Forms: An Empirical Investigation. , Evelyn C. Hume

Information Acquisition and Decision-Making in Creditors' Decision Environment. , Pao-chuan Lin

A Study to Investigate the Effects of State Taxation and Plan Type on Small Employer Retirement Plan Cost. , W. Robert Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 1987 1987

The Impact of Comprehensive Allocation and Flow-Through Method of Accounting for the Income Taxes on the Investment Decision: A Field Experiment. , Zafar Ullah Khan

An Empirical Investigation of the Usefulness of Current Cost Information in Merger Prediction. , Robert Kuaterng Su

An Experimental Research Study on the Effect of Recognition and Disclosure of Corporate Pension Plan Assets and Obligations on Investment Decisions. , Mary Jeanne Welsh

Theses/Dissertations from 1986 1986

An Empirical Investigation of the Comparability of Reported Earnings Per Share Under Accounting Principles Board Opinion No. 15. , Suzanne Resi Pinac-ward

Theses/Dissertations from 1985 1985

An Experimental Research Study on the Effects of the Type of Accounting Service on a Bank Lending Decision for Nonpublic Businesses (Audit, Compilation, Review). , Jeffrey Reed Miller

A Field Test of the Perceptions of the Qualitative Characteristics of Statement of Financial Accounting Concepts No. 2 by Practicing Cpas (Multitrait-Multimethod, Mtmm, Analytic Hierarchy Process, Ahp). , Larry G. Singleton

Theses/Dissertations from 1984 1984

A Comparison of Sfas 33 Disclosures and Historical Cost Information in Predicting Stock Prices (Inflation, Changing Prices). , Heibatollah Sami

Theses/Dissertations from 1983 1983

Toward the Development of a Model to Evaluate the Effect of the Accelerated Cost Recovery System of Depreciation as Enacted by the Economic Recovery Tax Act of 1981 on State of Florida Corporate Tax Revenues. , Chula Greenwell Ensley

An Empirical Investigation of the Extent of Disclosure in Municipal Annual Reports. , Franklin James Plewa Jr

Theses/Dissertations from 1982 1982

An Empirical Investigation of the Differential Market Response to Quarterly Earnings Announcements. , Salem Mohamed Bengharbia

An Empirical Study of Usefulness and Communicative Ability of Segment Disclosures Among Sophisticated Users of Corporate Financial Statements. , James Harold Honea

The Prediction of Small Business Instability--Loan Noncompliance: a Discriminant Analysis Approach. , Charles Thomas Moores

A Study of Moral Development of Selected Employees in Certain Public Accounting Firms. , Guy L. Tull Jr

A Comparison of the Predictive Ability of Historical Cost and Current Cost Accounting With Regard to the Prediction of Operating Cash Flow. , Ralph Edward Welton Jr

Theses/Dissertations from 1981 1981

An Empirical Study of the Characteristics of the Governmental Budgetary Process in Rich and Uncertain Environments: the Case of Saudi Arabia. , Abdulrhman I. Alhumaid

Theses/Dissertations from 1980 1980

The Reaction of the Security Market to the Quality of Segmental Disclosures: an Empirical Investigation. , Jacob Olakayode Balogun

Perceptions of the Role of Corporate Audit Committees - Now and in the Future. , Brenda Stewart Birkett

Theses/Dissertations from 1979 1979

Behavioral and Attitudinal Implications of Different Styles of Performance Evaluation: an Empirical Study. , Paul Joseph Carruth

A Test of Alternative Prior Probability Elicitation Methods in Assessing the Reliability of Internal Control Systems for Audit Decisions. , Johng Yul Lee

Municipal Bond Ratings: a Multiple Discriminant Analysis. , Kenneth Edward Peacock

Esops and Tax Policy: an Empirical Investigation of the Impact of Esops on Company Operating Performance. , Randy Gene Swad

Accounting Ratios as Measures of Benefits to Companies Initiating Pension Plans. , Charles Bruce Swindle

Theses/Dissertations from 1978 1978

An Inquiry Concerning the Selection, Rotation, and Retention of Independent Auditors. , Sarah Elisabeth tourne crais Dawkins

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An Experimental Investigation of Auditors' Evidence Evaluation and Work Ownership in a Compartmentalized Test of Details Setting , Christopher Pearson

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Earnings Conference Calls and Lazy Prices , Chuancai Zhang

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The Effect of Control Source and Control Framing on Employee Effort , Pinky Rusli

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An Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Contract Frame and Discretion in Performance Evaluation on Effort , Robert Ewing

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Do Industries' Political Profiles Affect Their Portfolio Return Performance? , Shaddy S. Douidar

Do Firms Overreact to the Enactment of Corporate Laws: Evidence from Anti-Price Gouging Laws , Mario Marshall

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Essays on CEO Personal Characteristics and Corporate Outcomes: Athlete CEOs and Foreign CEOs , Kirill Pervun

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Predictors of Economic Outlook in Stability Operations , Juan Carlos Garcia

The Warren Buffett Project: A Qualitative Study on Warren Buffett , Christian G. Koch

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Closing America’s Retirement Savings Gap: Nudging Small Business Owners to Adopt Workplace Retirement Plans , Peter W. Kirtland

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Growth Options and Corporate Goodness , Linh Thompson

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Essays on the Tax Policy and Insider Trading , Han Shi

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Two Essays on Lottery-type Stocks , Yun Meng

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Two Essays on IPOs and Asset Prices , Gaole Chen

Essays on the impact of CEO gender on corporate policies and outcomes , Nilesh Sah

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Essays on Corporate Finance , Hari Prasad Adhikari

Two Essays on Individuals, Information, and Asset Prices , Joseph Mohr

Two Essays on Investment , Bin Wang

Two Essays on Corporate Finance , Qiancheng Zheng

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Two Essays on Mergers and Acquisitions , Dongnyoung Kim

Two Essays on Politics and Finance , Incheol Kim

Two Essays on Stock Repurchases-The Post Repurchase Announcement Drift: An Anomaly in Disguise? and Intra Industry Effects of IPOs on Stock Repurchase Decisions , Thanh Thiet Nguyen

Two Essays on Investor Distraction , Erdem Ucar

Two Essays on Politics in Corporate Finance , Xiaojing Yuan

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

On The Efficiency of US Equity Markets , Mikael Carl Erik Bergbrant

Two Essays on the Sell-side Financial Analysts , Xi Liu

Two essays on Corporate Restructuring , Dung Anh Pham

Two Essays on Corporate Governance , Yuwei Wang

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

Capital Structure, Credit Ratings, and Sarbanes-Oxley , Kelly E. Carter

Institutional Investors and Corporate Financial Policies , Ricky William Scott

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Finance Dissertation Topics & Accounting Dissertation Topics

Choosing a great topic for your finance or accounting dissertation may seem incredibly challenging, especially since the subject can cover such a wide range of different areas. It is important to find a topic that you are passionate about and find genuinely interesting, but is also relevant, manageable, and potentially helpful with regards to your future career path. Plus, you want a topic that will impress your dissertation advisor and fall within their area of expertise. There are clearly a lot of things to consider, so to give you some inspiration and help get you started, we have come up with several lists of potential topics in all sorts of areas within the subject of finance and accounting.

  • Covid-19 and its Impact on Financial Services Dissertation Topics
  • Cryptocurrency Dissertation Topics

Audit in Financial Services Dissertation Topics

  • Risk Management – Capital, Liquidity, ALM, Models Dissertation Topics

Internet Banking & Digital Journey for Banks Dissertation Topics

Ethics in accounting dissertation topics, microfinance dissertation topics, retail and commercial banking dissertation topics, financing in emerging market dissertation topics, alternative investment dissertation topics.

  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of Banking Industry Dissertation Topics

Accounting Standards Dissertation Topics

Education, perception and gender bias in accounting dissertation topics, covid – 19 and its impact on financial services dissertation topics.

Covid 19 has been a global pandemic and it has been seen to have grave impact on the overall world economy. The global and far reached impacts of the Covid 19 pandemic have made it an interesting topic of research. Some of the related topics for accounting and finance domain are:

  • Does Covid-19 open an opportunity for digitization?
  • Impact of covid on ecommerce industry.
  • Covid and the rise in NPAs in Banks.
  • The consequences of the Corona pandemic for future financial statements: A case Study.
  • Are the companies becoming conservative in their forecasts after Covid 19?
  • Digitalization in auditing and modified audit opinions in the post covid world.
  • Do companies need to account for a better insurance policy after Covid 19?
  • Provisioning and impairment by Banks and financial institutions. What impacts will it have on the balance sheet?

Cryptocurrencies Dissertation Topics

Recently in last couple of years, cryptocurrencies have gathered the attention of all investors and they have emerged as a lucrative asset class for investment. However, it is equally important that the topic is well read and well researched. The information on crypto currency is very fragmented and there is little academic research available on the topic. Some of the dissertation titles proposed are:

  • Does crypto market follow the technical analysis?
  • How to measure the risk and returns in cryptofinance market.
  • Are crypto market returns sustainable?
  • Under the supremacy of Bitcoin and Ethereum, what is the investment potential of other alt coins?
  • Are cryptocurrencies a good asset for swing trading?
  • Using a derivative strategy, is it possible to make cryptocurrencies less volatile?
  • Comparison on cryptocurrencies with other asset classes.
  • Asset pricing for cryptocurrencies. Do the regular theories work in this case?
  • What is the scope for derivative products in crypto currencies?
  • Cryptocurrency: Are we ready to demonetize the world?
  • Why banks oppose digital currency so fiercely?

Audits have always been an interesting topic for the regulators and the stakeholders. They are always seen as a cost centre for the companies but invariably end up strengthening the controls for them. Also there have been a lot of new trends and technologies emerging in the field. Some of the topics for audits and their contribution to financial services are:

  • Audits and their contribution to corporate houses.
  • The Effectiveness of Internal Audit and Internal Control Systems in UK financial system.
  • Are the BASEL rules successful to enhance the liquidity and controls for the banks?
  • Role of Automation and RPA in the audit industry.
  • Can auditors play the role of risk managers within a Bank or they are just cost centers?
  • Effect of Internal Audit on financial performance of companies.
  • Role of Auditors in financial reporting. A case study of Enron and WorldCom.
  • Effectiveness of audits in the financial system of UK.
  • The effect of risk-based audit approach on the enterprise risk strategy of the financial institution.
  • The changes brought to Auditor-client relationships in the UK due to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
  • Audit Committees and agency problems with the UK Corporate Governance Code.

Risk Management – Capital, Liquidity, ALM, Models Dissertation Topics

The Federal Reserve System has established a banking risk framework that consists of six risk factors: credit, market, operational, liquidity, legal, and reputation risks. All of the above-mentioned factors are an integral part of any financial institution’s risk management policies and the compliance mechanism which ultimately has a significant impact of the cusses of the institution.

Finance dissertation topics in risk management could include:

  • Liquidity risk management in the UK banking industry in the wake of the financial crisis.
  • An evaluation and analysis of the risk/return profile of selected UK banks.
  • Operational risk & business continuity plans in the UK Banking Industry.
  • Risk management aspects of international banking activities in Europe: nature, scope, and analysis.
  • Foreign exchange risk management within financial institutions in the UK.
  • The liability management of two local leading banks in the UK in the past five years: A comparative analysis.
  • Advantages of using options for the management of risk in the banking industry.
  • A stress testing approach towards evaluating credit risk of a financial institution.
  • Case study on growth, liquidity, turnover, risk and return of a financial institution: Analysis and discussion.
  • The potential impact of the loss of passporting after Brexit on the UK financial services industry.
  • The potential impact of Brexit on the ability of UK banks to attract the most talented individuals.
  • The impact of international risk exposures on the financial performance of UK banks.
  • The effectiveness of the UK’s stress testing regime in preventing future financial crises in banking.
  • Study of credit risk management in Banks.
  • Role of Liquidity Risk Management and the best practices being followed in Banks.
  • Do Capital management rules for financial institutions is a risk management strategy or a loss of opportunity?
  • A study of risk management in the banking industry in the UK. What are the best practices for the other countries to follow?
  • Analysis of Risk Management in Banking Activity – An Enterprise Risk Framework based approach.
  • Asset liability management in commercial banking: Theoretical and practical aspects.
  • Is operational risk management the next big thing in the risk management industry?
  • IFRS9 related provisions provide cushions to financial service industry.
  • Importance of Model risk management in financial industry.
  • Importance and relevance of latest regulatory guidelines – FRTB and BCBS 239.
  • Are banks ready to replace LIBOR?

Internet banking offers personal and business clients the ease of managing banking and financial enquires from the comfort of their home or office. Online banking has become a lifeline for those who cannot leave the house, live in rural areas where access to banks can be limited, or simply have no time to visit their nearest bank. Moreover, the evidence suggests that internet banking services have a significant impact on customer satisfaction, enhance demonetisation of the economy and contribute towards improved flow of funds within the economy.

Your dissertation could be based on the following dissertation topics:

  • Future developments in Internet banking in the UK.
  • Internet banking services across the UK vary widely: A comparative study.
  • Security in electronic banking transactions.
  • The marketing of internet banking services in the UK banking industry: Analysis, discussion, and recommendations.
  • The economic and financial implications of online banking.
  • Digital innovation in the banking industry in Europe and the UK: A comparative study.
  • Use of banking services and internet banking: Is there a relationship?
  • Digitalization and the related changes in the Banking Industry.
  • Is digitalization disruptive in the banking sector?
  • Impact of digitalization in the transaction banking.
  • Will Fintechs survive in the longer term?
  • Financial Inclusion, Digital Payments and Their Impact on Income and Tax Revenue across the globe.
  • Best security practices for online banking and online transactions.
  • How internet and mobile banking have changed the business landscape?
  • Internet banking usage: Youth versus elderly population comparison.

Accounting as a profession has always been seen as a very skill based and respectable. Owing to the nature of the profession, it is highly based on trust and ethical code of conduct which ultimately leads to better financial reporting and decision making by the management. The increasing number of scandals in recent times has raised several questions regarding ethical practices in accounting. The issue not only requires further studies to understand the existing practices and the scope of improvement, but also a culture of adapting the ethical practices within the organisations serving citizens of the nations. Ethics is quite an important subject in modern society and would be a good idea for your finance dissertation topic. Some illustrative topics for your dissertation could be:

  • Role of Managers’ discretion in financial reporting.
  • Ethics or profits – Dilemma for accountants.
  • An Exploration of the State of Ethics in UK Accounting Education.
  • The Perception of the Ethics of Tax Evasion in the United Kingdom.
  • Whistleblowing vs profits in the company. What is the right approach?
  • Reducing tax liabilities by using accounting practices. How ethical is that?
  • Tax evasion and transfer pricing. Effective ways to teach ethics to university accounting students.
  • Ethical guidance: is adequate support available?
  • Audit risk: rhetoric of rationality?
  • Banking on Ethics: An Insight into ethics and the banking profession.
  • The effect of auditor’s liability on the accounting profession and organisations in UK.
  • Does accounting for the brand matter?
  • Engaging contradiction: An expansion of Corporate Social Responsibility discourse.
  • Accounting, ethics, and the links missing between them: a case study in the UK.
  • Sustainability reporting and the public sector in the UK.
  • Is independence of an auditor just a perception or a reality?
  • The teaching of ethics to accounting students: An unnecessary and difficult goal?
  • Accounting ethics, education, and professional legitimacy in the banking industry.
  • To what extent are accounting rules and regulations sufficient to ensure ethical behaviour by accountants?
  • Can accounting control systems ever prevent all cases of fraud and unethical behaviour in businesses?
  • How can auditors maintain their independence whilst also working with managers to ensure effective auditing processes and controls?

Microfinance attracts significant attention from individuals, small to large international development organizations and non-governmental organisations. Efforts have been made to increase growth in microfinance throughout the banking and corporate sector. These topics investigate the ways in which microfinance institutions have revolutionised the financial sector in the United Kingdom.

  • Assessing the rapid development of international micro-finance.
  • The growth of microfinance in the UK banking industry.
  • Assessing the demand for collective investment schemes in the UK; A strategic analysis, discussion, and recommendations.
  • What are the constraints to the development of a fully-fledged microfinance market in the UK?
  • A study on the impact of microfinance in developing economies.
  • How important is access to credit and other financial services to growth and investment?
  • The impact of micro-finance on poverty alleviation and economic growth.
  • How has the partnership between the public and private sectors impacted micro-finance?
  • Access to financial services for the poor, including through microfinance and microcredit: An empirical study in the Eurozone.
  • Assessing the impact of micro-finance on SMEs.
  • Determinant factors that lead to the success of microfinance institutions.
  • Is Microfinance empowering the women across the globe?

Although their relative importance is on the decline, retail and commercial banks are still the most important financial intermediaries in the banking industry. Both the retail and commercial banks have played a crucial role in reaching rural and semi-urban populations and provided much needed financial services to the mass population. These topics seek to understand how the banking sector has changed over time to accommodate the dynamic financial demands and further highlight the impacts of banking on various economic segments.

  • Forces for change in the European Retail Banking Sector: Analysis and implications for local commercial banks.
  • Recent developments in the asset-liability management framework in the banking industry: A comparative study.
  • An investigation into how Information Technology has transformed banking services in the UK.
  • What is the relationship between equity, price, and performance in the UK banking industry?
  • Financial services to the rural population: a study on the challenges of retail banking in the UK.
  • The evolution of retail banking: Changes and preferences occasioned by consumer demands.
  • How have banks impacted the growth of SMEs in the UK?
  • Assessing the impact of financial regulation on modern banking systems.
  • How have commercial banks adapted to the changing demands of corporate entities?
  • A study on inventory management for mobile banking: The case of developing countries.

With stronger fundamentals and better scope for investments, the financial prospects in emerging markets such as Russia, China, India, and Brazil have increased significantly in recent times. All major organisations across the world are trying to develop their footprints in these markets to get a share of the emerging pie and expand their scope of business. These topics evaluate the emerging market environment with respect to the financial investment opportunities it brings forth.

  • A study of UK investors’ attitudes and perceptions towards investing in emerging markets.
  • The evolution and implementation of investment banking in emerging markets.
  • What factors contribute to financial stability in the banking system in emerging countries?
  • FDI strategies in Europe and Asia: A comparative study.
  • What is the relationship between population and economic growth: The case of China.
  • Assessing the impact of trade blocks on financial institutions: The case of BRIC countries.
  • What is the impact of foreign direct investment on emerging economies?
  • The challenges of financial institutions in emerging economies.

Volatility in the financial markets is prompting more and more investors to buy up alternative investments such as mutual funds, hedge funds, private equity and SEIS/EIS funds. Recent studies have confirmed the fact that increasing numbers of investors are opting to buy into the sector due to its huge return and comparatively less volatile nature of market. However, it is equally important to understand that alternative investment options typically do not correlate to the stock market, and thus are more complex than traditional investment vehicles.

  • Hedge Funds: The investing alternative for institutional investors and the advent on the retail market.
  • Private equity market and the various investors in the UK.
  • The growth of hedge funds: The reasons for a sustained progress and its effects on the UK investments market.
  • An evaluation of the role and performance of UK capital markets as an alternative source to banking finance.
  • The growing popularity of index and mutual funds.
  • The power of regulatory intervention and enforcement in alternative investment.
  • Hedge funds: Return enhancers, risk diversifiers or both?
  • Private equity investment: Future scope in the European Union.
  • Investment diversification in alternative investment vehicles: Experimental evidence.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Banking Industry Dissertation Topics

The banking industry throws up an interesting conundrum. Unlike the manufacturing industries, it does not cause detrimental effects such as pollution, however, the financial sector impacts almost everyone in the modern world in terms of financial stability. Given that banks are responsible for managing money of depositors, this has wide socio-economic implications for the society through the way they conduct their financial products and services. Therefore, corporate social responsibility becomes an integral part of corporate management strategy in banking industry. Although the key objective of a banking sector is to earn maximum profits for shareholders or owners, it is expected that they conduct their operations in a manner to fulfil their social obligations towards society.

Topics of Corporate Social Responsibility of the banking industry that may be used for a finance dissertation are:

  • The importance and significance of Corporate Social Responsibility for investment banks in the UK.
  • Recent developments in CSR activities by the banking industry participants in the UK.
  • A case study of socially responsible banking.
  • Bank regimes and practices in CSR.
  • CSR is now less a choice and more of a necessity for businesses to flourish.
  • CSR has become a commercial imperative, a differentiator for the city and analysts to judge the progressive nature of an organisation.
  • Guidance and reporting on a wide range of CSR issues in banking industry.
  • CSR in banking industry during subprime mortgage crisis: What went wrong?

With the growing importance of maintaining a standard approach in accounting practices across EU nations and other countries of the world, the emerging accounting standards have raised a number of questions on existing practices across various organisations. It is interesting to see how these emerging standards get adopted by various organisations across the world. Several ideas for your finance dissertation topics could be:

  • Does the current set of accounting standards live up to its objectives?
  • International accounting standards: What is convergence and whether there is any likelihood of convergence between the EU and the US?
  • An investigation into outsourcing accounting overseas from the US perspective.
  • An investigation into outsourcing accounting overseas from the UK perspective.
  • The balanced scorecard: “The Holy Grail” for legal firms?
  • Reporting on sustainability: what is the standard?
  • The increasing demand for disclosure of social and environmental information: Implications for big organisations.
  • To what extent does social reporting represent a genuine attempt to promote sustainability, versus a cynical marketing ploy?
  • How have amendments to the Companies Act and Corporate Governance Code affected the role and responsibilities of UK accountants over the past decade?
  • An analysis of the potential impacts of Brexit on the accounting standards and regime in the UK.
  • In the wake of the financial crisis, should fair value remain the primary basis of measurement in global accounting standards?

The awareness of accounting practices is an important issue being dealt with in organisations around the world. The perception around the accounting practices and various biases needs to be investigated and controlled to make the practices more dynamic and responsible for society in general. Accounting topics for your finance dissertation are suggested below:

To what extent does contemporary accounting education provide new accountants with the skills and attitudes they require?

  • Accounting education: A comparison of EU and UK organisations.
  • Accounting education: A comparison of Asian and European organisations.
  • Accounting education: Does ethics get enough attention?
  • Investigating the effects of gender on women’s experiences with the accounting profession in the UK.
  • Accounting as art: Representation, truth, and annual reports.
  • Perceptions of risk in the audit industry in the UK.
  • Does securing assets or causing insecurities among employees impact internal control?
  • Do internal controls have an impact on employees? A case study within the banking industry.
  • How can diversity management be used to improve the performance of accounting firms?
  • To what extent does gender bias hinder the recruitment, development, and motivation of female accountants?
  • How can problem-based learning be used to improve the quality of contemporary accounting education?

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Also known as the study of investments, Finance is a combination of two interrelated subjects – how money is handled and the process of obtaining money. One of the reasons why postgraduate students struggle with their Finance dissertation topics is that they do not spend enough time planning it. It is important for students to be extremely careful while writing a finance dissertation as it contributes a lot to their respective degrees. This blog provides you with the best topics, a dissertation structure, and more. 

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Finance dissertations, as the name implies, are pieces of writing that study a certain finance topic chosen by the student. The subjects covered include anything from the stock market to banking and risk management to healthcare finance. This dissertation gives the student academic self-assurance and personal happiness in the subject of finance. Finance writing necessitates substantial research in order to produce a compelling report.

The majority of students have no idea why finance dissertation themes are so crucial. However, put yourself in the shoes of your lecturer. You’ve already read hundreds of theses. The majority of them covered the same ground — issues that you’re already tired of hearing about. Then there’s a topic with a distinct, intriguing theme. Something that piques your interest and entices you to read more. Wouldn’t you give those pupils some extra credit? You’d do it! This is why there are so many fantastic finance dissertation topics. You can get extra points for your efforts. The topic of your paper might mean the difference between a good and a terrific grade.

It’s difficult to come up with anything unique and interesting. There are, nevertheless, ways to come up with interesting ideas. Here are a few pointers on how to locate them:

  • Read a fantastic finance dissertation and find for areas where further study is needed.
  • Go to the library and read a couple theses to get some ideas.
  • Inquire with a writing agency about some ideas from one of their professional dissertation writers.
  • In writing forums and blogs, ask for assistance. If you ask gently, people will give you some excellent suggestions.
  • Look for ideas on the internet, but don’t use them exactly as they are. Make them distinctive by changing them.
  • Talk to other students who are working on their dissertations and find out what other ideas they had before settling on the present topic.
  • Narrow down your topic : Your financial topic should be narrowed down to a certain niche. It should concentrate on a single area, such as microfinance, microfinance, or online banking.
  • Verify your facts: Finance is a topic that requires a great deal of logical analysis of statistical data. As a result, double-check facts and statistics using credible sources before using them in your paper.
  • Write concisely: You should condense a financial paper into a tight, succinct work, unlike other papers with extended narrative narratives. At this length, the adage of ‘short is sweet’ theoretically applies.
  • Arrange your data neatly: A report that is crammed with numbers and graphs may turn off a reader at first glance. Know how and when to utilise your data for a great financial thesis.
  • Write simply: Avoid using jargon that might be confusing to a non-technical reader. When technical terminology are required, utilise accessible examples to convey them. In a finance dissertation, simplicity is king. So make good use of it.

Dissertation submission is very important to obtain a PG Degree. You are supposed to submit the work by the end of your study course, so by the last year of your degree, you may have got enough ideas and problems dealing with finance. While starting with a finance dissertation topic you should always remember that the purpose of a Finance Dissertation is to demonstrate your research ability, how you analyze specific data and come up with a conclusion. Mentioned below is a step to step guide for you to start working with:

Step 1 : Choose a relevant and interesting topic for your research

Step 2 : Discuss and receive feedback from your supervisor

Step 3 : Finalise the research methods to prove the significance of the selected topic

Step 4 : Gather the required data from relevant sources

Step 5 : Conduct the research and analyse the acquired results

Step 6 : Work on the outline of your dissertation

Step 7 : Make a draft and proofread it. Discuss with your advisors if any changes are to be made

Step 8 : Make the required corrections. 

Step 9 : Draft the final dissertation

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There are so many different ways you can structure your dissertation. But the most common and universally accepted way is as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Literature review
  • Methodology
  • Analysis of the data and Significance/Implications of the acquired results

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Finance Dissertation Topics

Finance is an extensive field, you can explore a lot of areas related to finance to choose a dissertation topic. Here we’ve mentioned the best finance dissertation topics to make it easier for you:

Mentioned below are some of the topics related to the recent issues in the world:

  • The negative impact of microfinance in developing countries.
  • The effects of population growth on economic growth in China
  • Cryptocurrency: Are we ready to digitalise the monetary world?
  • Analyzing the financial statements of VISA and MasterCard
  • Why do banks oppose digital currency?
  • Risks and benefits associated with digital money transferring technology

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  • Investing in India’s technology sector – obstacles and opportunities
  • Foreign investment and its effects on economic growth in India
  • The effect of corporation investments in the economic development of the community
  • Comparing financial development in Asia and Europe
  • Did the banks help Small Medium Enterprises to grow in India in the last 5 years?
  • The Indian Economic Crisis of 1991

Best MBA Dissertation Topics

Be careful while choosing an MBA Dissertation Topic as it involves more intense study. Make sure the topic you’ve chosen remains within your field of study. We’ve listed some of the best topics you can choose for an MBA Dissertation:

  • Management skills an entrepreneur need
  • The place of communication for effective management in the workplace
  • How technology took over management
  • The impact of good leadership in an organization
  • How does a strong social media presence affect a company’s marketing strategies?
  • Human resource management in non-profit organizations
  • The importance of employee motivation programs on productivity
  • Management’s socio-cultural background and how it influences leadership relationships
  • How do employment benefits impact employee and company’s productivity?
  • Business team performance in multinational corporations

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  • Study on Future Options in Markets in India
  • Gold as an Investable Commodity in India
  • Study on Impact Of Corruption On FDI Inflows In India
  • The Impact Of The Money Supply On Economic Growth In India
  • Capital Structure Of The Business Enterprises In Delhi NCR
  • GST And Its Effect on MNC Manufacturing Companies
  • Analysis of the Insurance Industry in India
  • Analysis of HDFC Bank Finance
  • Comparative analysis of HDFC Bank with ICICI bank
  • Comparison of Market Share in Public Sector Banks VS Private Sector Banks
  • The impact of online banking on the world.
  • Risk factors and security issues that are inherent in online banking.
  • Fraud and identity theft is accomplished via internet banking.
  • Advantages and disadvantages of internet banking for consumers.
  • Risk management in investment banking
  • The rise of growing banking sectors in developing nations.
  • Issues surrounding banking in China’s growing economy.
  • The impact of the Federal Reserve on the United States and global economy
  • Banking and asset-liability in management.
  • The strategies to use online banking technology to attract customers.

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  • Case study of the impact of industry and public knowledge on the market share index’s fluctuation
  • Significance of auditing for large corporations
  • Examining India’s country’s tax scheme
  • What to consider when investing in financial markets?
  • From an accounting perspective, risk-taking in companies and its effects
  • Evaluate the differences and similarities between external and internal auditors
  • Can taxation be considered a human rights policy? Analyse the problem
  • What are the consequences of India’s current tax structure on individuals with a lower income?

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We’ve included a Finance Dissertation Research Example with reference to a Finance Dissertation Structure:

  • The Indian Economic Crisis of 1991 – The title of your Finance Dissertation must focus on your research objective.
  • Abstract  – The 1991 Indian economic crisis was…………….. imports and other external factors. The abstract part must include a summary of the research problem or objective of the research, the research design and a summary of the results.
  • Introduction – The introduction must reflect your research on the Indian Economic Crisis of 1991 in a way that the audience already gets to know what the research is going to include. 

           3.1 Background (background of the study) 

           3.2 Problem Statement (significance of the problem in context)

           3.3 Purpose/Research Questions (What caused the Crisis, how was the crisis revived etc.)

  • Review of Literature – The Review of Literature Section must include a theoretical rationale of the problem, the importance of the study, and the significance of the results.
  • Methodology – The Methodology Section must include the description of the subjects, research methods used in the data collection and any limitations issues involved.
  • Significance/Implications (Results of the Discussion)

*Please note that the above-mentioned structure is only for your reference to get an idea of writing a Finance Dissertation.

Choosing the right topic for your Finance dissertation to plan the work, all the above-mentioned aspects must be given equal importance. This blog has included the best dissertation topic in finance in MBA, accounting, and banking you can choose while writing a dissertation.

Finance research papers and dissertations should be prepared in a way that answers the core question while also being relevant to the remainder of the study. For example, if the dissertation’s major question is “what is the link between foreign exchange rates and the interest rates of a specific country,” the dissertation should provide suitable illustrations to help illustrate the topic. It should also go through the major and minor concerns that are relevant to this topic. Furthermore, utilise proper language to ensure that the article is readily understood by readers. The overall purpose of the project is to produce a well-written, well-researched, and well-supported dissertation.

It takes around 2 years to complete an MBA in India while 1 year to complete a full-time MBA in other countries.

A finance dissertation must be 100-300 pages long.

It takes around 5 years to obtain a Doctorate in Finance.

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