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prof. dr. J.F.M.G. Bouwens

Full Professor  

Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Accountancy


Jan Bouwens is professor of accounting at Tilburg University, The Netherlands.

Jan has advised the Dutch parliament on education, finance and compensation/performance measure topics. He also advised the Dutch Ministry of Finance and the AFM (Dutch equivalent of the SEC) and the Dutch banking Association. He is also active in the Dutch association of accountants.

He writes editorials for Dutch newspapers on a regular basis. He -for instance- wrote an editorial on why and how a close relation between the auditor and the audited firm may affect auditor independence. This idea was picked up by the national accounting organization in The Netherlands.

Jan taught accounting for a year the MBAs at Harvard business School and he taught in the bachelor program of Business Economics at the University of Melbourne. He holds his doctorate from Tilburg University and has published in several top tier academic journals, including the Journal of Accounting and Economics; Journal of Accounting Research; Contemporary Accounting Research; Accounting, Organizations and Society; and The Accounting Review. He goes into firms to collect his data and observe the working of accounting and control systems. In his work he tries to speak to the question of how accounting and control choices affect cooperation and future opportunities of a firm. He typically provides shares his observation with the firms he studies with the aim to improve their practice. Currently he studies how a transportation firm stimulates cooperation among its profit centers through controls. He also looks into how the deployment of types of accountant managers affect the bank?s loan decisions. On behalf of the (Dutch Inter-University) Limperg Institute he organizes the Limperg Ph.D. courses in accounting. He serves at the board of the Journal of management Accounting Research and Contemporary Accounting Research. He currently teaches in executive programs as well as in degree programs (Msc, Bsc, MBA).


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Last amended: 09 April 2015