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prof. dr. L.A.G.M. van Lent

Full Professor 

Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Accountancy


Laurence van Lent is a Professor of Accounting at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management, Tilburg University. He holds the chair of Empirical Research in Accounting.

Professor Van Lent's research is published in a variety of journals and has won the David Solomons Prize awarded by the journal Management Accounting Research. He has also received distinctions for his work as a reviewer, winning Outstanding Reviewer Awards from Contemporary Accounting Research and BuR Business Research. His current research interests include (1) organizational design and performance management, (2) the biological roots of executive behavior, and (3) the political economy of accounting and finance.

He served as the Editor of European Accounting Review, the journal of the European Accounting Association from 2011-2015. He held positions on the Editorial Board of Contemporary Accounting Research, European Accounting Review, and BuR Business Research and was Joint Guest Editor of a special issue of European Accounting Review on Conservatism in Accounting. In 2017, he will assume responsibility as an Editor of The Accounting Review, the flagship journal of the American Accounting Association. He also serves as an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Accounting Research.

Van Lent serves as a member of the Advisory Board of CARE (the Center for Accounting Research and Education) at the University of Notre Dame and of the Advisory Council of the Center for Financial Reporting and Auditing at the ESMT in Berlin.

Professor Van Lent is the founding chair of the Tilburg Ph.D. program in Accounting, which was among the first in Europe to offer a structured US style program with two years of course work. The program has earned an excellent placement record (recent placements include The University of Chicago, USC, Melbourne, Nanyang Technological University). As faculty in residence of the EAA Doctoral Consortium and as organizer or faculty of numerous Ph.D. workshops and (EU sponsored) training networks (e.g., INTACCT, FIRRE, SPAR), he demonstrates his continued commitment to improve graduate education in Europe. In 2017, he will start as an Editor for the newly established EAA PhD Advisory College, which is an initiative by the European Accounting Association to help early stage Ph.D. students with their research.

At the end of his term as the chair of the Research Group Accounting (2001-2008), the group received the highest accolades from an international committee of experts, which was tasked with assessing the research productivity of Dutch universities. In its report, Tilburg's research was described as "world class".

Laurence van Lent holds a Master's degree in Economics from the Radboud University Nijmegen (cum laude) and a Ph.D. in Economics from Tilburg University (1999). He was a visiting scholar at the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester (1996-1998) and a visiting professor at the University of Melbourne (2004) and at the LMU Center for Advanced Management Studies in Munich (2014). In 2011, he was a visiting fellow of the Initiative on Global Markets at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.




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Last amended: 27 January 2017