Michael H.R. Erkens


I am an Associate Professor of Accounting at the ERASMUS School of Economics (ERASMUS University Rotterdam, The Netherlands), a full member of the ERASMUS Research Institute of Management (ERIM), and a visiting professor at WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management (Germany). My research interests include corporate governance and financial accounting, and more specifically firms' disclosure practices, executive compensation, succession planning and the effect of regulation on financial reporting. My research is published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, and the Journal of International Business Studies and Accounting, Auditing and Control and was awarded the Best Paper Award at the International Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association, and the Center for China’s Governmental Accounting and Auditing Research.

I hold a Master of Science degree in Mathematics and Finance and received my Ph.D. in Financial Accounting with summa cum laude from Trier University, Germany. Before joining ERASMUS University, I was on the faculty at HEC Paris, France. I received funding from the European Union's Marie Curie Network and from the German Research Foundation. I was a visiting Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business in 2011/2012, and a visiting Ph.D. student at HEC Paris in 2009 and 2010.

My teaching interests include financial accounting and reporting, research in financial accounting, and econometrics. I am currently teaching financial accounting (research) in the bachelor and master programs at ERASMUS School of Economics and consistently score at least 4.5 out of 5 in my teaching evaluations. I also teach regularly at ESSCA Graduate School of Management, France, and at WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Germany. My teaching record also includes courses in financial accounting at the PhD, EMBA, MBA, M.Sc. and B.Sc. level at HEC Paris.