“Giving is Living” (Morrie Schwartz, 1916-1995)
Herman van Brenk is Assistant Professor at Nyenrode’s Center for Accounting, Auditing & Control. His primary research area is auditors’ judgment and decision making. He is involved in research on compensation incentives, personality traits, and group audits. His main method is experimental research, but he also conducts critical research.

Herman received a Master’s of Science in Accountancy (2008) and a PhD (2017) both from Nyenrode Business Universiteit. He is also registered as a certified public accountant in the Netherlands (2011) and worked in auditing practice from 2005 to 2014 for both Big 4 and non–Big 4 accounting firms.

His dissertation was titled ‘Compensation Incentives and Personality Traits: Three Studies on their Joint Effects on Auditor Judgment and Decision Making’. Herman has received the Best Paper Award at the European Auditing Research Network Symposium (2017) for one of his dissertation papers.

Herman is an active member of the academic society. He frequently presents his work at international conferences and university workshops. In addition, he reviews and discusses papers for international conferences. Herman has also reviewed papers for European Accounting Review and Journal of Accounting Literature.

Herman has an important role in monitoring the quality of the theses at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels in the Accountancy program. Further, he is involved in teaching an academic research course and in supervising and examining theses at the Master’s level.

International activities

Herman was a visiting scholar at the Fisher School of Accounting of the University of Florida from February to April 2016. Further, he conducts research with coauthors from the University of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of South Florida, VU University, and Northeastern University.

Interests

Walking, thinking and reading

Most relevant publications

  • Van Brenk, H., Renes, R., & Trompeter, G.M. (2020). Auditing in the public interest: Reforming the profession by building on the strengths of the existing accounting firms. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, in press.
    https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2020.102184
  • Van Brenk, H. & Renes, R. (2020). Haal de commerciële prikkels uit de markt voor accountantscontrole. Economisch Statistische Berichten (te verschijnen). https://esb.nu/esb/20058394/haal-de-commerciele-prikkels-uit-de-markt-voor-accountantscontrole
  • Van Brenk, H., Majoor, B., & Wright, A. (2019). The effects of audit partner profit-sharing plans, client importance, and reinforcement sensitivity on audit quality. ResearchGate
  • Van Brenk, H. (2018). Een overzicht van drie studies naar de effecten van beloningsprikkels, omgevingsfactoren en persoonlijkheidskenmerken op oordeels- en besluitvorming van accountants. Maandblad voor Accountancy en Bedrijfseconomie, 92(3/4), 75-85, https://doi.org/10.5117/mab.92.25063
  • Van Brenk, H., & Bruynseels, L. (2016). If auditors are like Belgian beers, which style would you prefer? Maandblad voor Accountancy en Bedrijfseconomie, 90(9), 341-347, http://dx.doi.org/10.5117/mab.90.31357