On January 1st, 2022, Dr. Michael H.R. Erkens joins Nyenrode Business University as Professor of Financial Reporting. Michael will be part of the Center for Corporate Reporting, Finance & Tax. In addition to his tenure, he will remain affiliated with the Erasmus School of Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Michael was born and raised in Trier, Germany. He completed a Master of Science in mathematics and finance (Diplom-Wirtschaftsmathematiker) at his hometown university and obtained his PhD in financial accounting summa cum laude. His doctoral thesis examined, among other things, the risk reporting of European companies. He also analyzed the determinants and consequences of the use of English-language financial statements by companies in non-English-speaking countries. In virtue of his dissertation and follow-up research, Michael has a number of publications in leading international accounting and business journals.
Internationally, Michael is very active. He was a visiting scholar at HEC Paris (France) and at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago (U.S.A.). Before joining the Erasmus School of Economics, Michael was a professor at HEC Paris. In addition, he is now a visiting professor at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management (Vallendar, Germany), the Anton de Kom University (Suriname) and the ESSCA Graduate School of Management (Angers, France).
Erkens on his tenure at the university: "I am looking forward to getting started at Nyenrode. Working with business-minded students on how to integrate relevant research within their daily work is something I see as a challenge in particular. That's where I could certainly put my international experience to good use. Furthermore, I see the collaboration with colleagues and students as inspiration for joint new research projects."
With Erkens' arrival, Nyenrode aims to further strengthen its academic foundation: "I am very pleased that Michael Erkens is joining my center. I am convinced that he will make a major contribution to realizing our research ambitions in the field of financial accounting by companies and other organizations," said center director Ruud Vergoossen.
In terms of teaching, Erkens will be mainly active in the research year of the MSc in Accountancy at Nyenrode.
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