Alastair Lawrence

Associate Professor of Accounting

BA MAcc (Waterloo) PhD (Toronto) CPA (Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, Canada)

Dr. Alastair Lawrence is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the London Business School and previously, he was an Associate Professor of Accounting at the University of California at Berkeley.


His research primarily investigates current financial reporting issues and how investors use financial reporting information. Additionally, he studies how investor attention affects market prices.


His work has been published in leading publications such as The Accounting Review, Management Science, and the Journal of Accounting and Economics. He teaches financial statement analysis and investing, and enjoys digging through corporate financial disclosures and reporting announcements for investment decisions.

2018

Earnings announcement promotions: a Yahoo Finance field experiment

Lawrence A; Ryans J; Sun E; Laptev N

Journal of Accounting and Economics 2018 Vol 66:2-2 p 399-414

Managers’ cost of equity capital estimates: empirical evidence

Lawrence A; Larocque S; Veenstra K

Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance 2018 Vol 33:3 p 382-401

2017

Investor demand for sell-side research: SEC filings, media coverage, and market factors

Lawrence A; Ryans J; Sun E

Accounting Review 2017 March Vol 92:2 p 123-149

Is operational control risk informative of financial reporting deficiencies?

Lawrence A; Minutti-Meza M; Vyas D

Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory 2017 Vol 37:1 p 139-165

U.S. audit partner rotations

Laurion H; Lawrence A; Ryans J

Accounting Review 2017 May Vol 92:3 p 209-237

Why are losses less persistent than profits? : curtailments versus conservatism

Lawrence A; Sloan R; Sun E

Management Science 2017 Vol 64:2 p 673-694

2016

SEC comment letters and insider sales

Dechow P M; Lawrence A; Ryans J

Accounting Review 2016 March Vol 91:2 p 401-439

Who's the fairest of them all? Evidence from closed-end funds

Lawrence A; Siriviriyakul S; Sloan R

Accounting Review 2016 Vol 91:1 p 207-227

Individual investors and financial disclosure

Lawrence A

Journal of Accounting and Economics 2013 Vol 56:1 p 130-147

Non-discretionary conservatism: evidence and implications

Lawrence A; Sloan R; Sun Y

Journal of Accounting and Economics 2013 Vol 56:2-3 p 112-133

2011

Can Big 4 versus non-Big 4 differences in audit quality proxies be attributed to client characteristics?

Lawrence A; Minutti-Meza M; Zhang P

Accounting Review 2011 Vol 86:1 p 259-286

2018

Analyst forecast data feeds are not what they used to be

Hand J R M; Laurion H; Lawrence A; Martin N

Social Sciences Research Network

2017

Earnings announcement promotions: a Yahoo Finance field experiment

Lawrence A; Ryans J P; Sun E; Laptev N

Social Sciences Research Network

2016

Is operational control risk informative of undetected financial reporting deficiencies?

Lawrence A; Minutti-Meza M; Vyas D

Social Sciences Research Network

Yahoo Finance search and earnings announcements

Lawrence A; Ryans J; Sun E; Laptev N

Social Sciences Research Network


Teaching portfolio

Our teaching offering is updated annually. Faculty and programme material are subject to change.

 

  • Masters Degrees electives

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    • Accounting PhD Seminar IV
      The objective of this course is to give you a solid understanding of financial accounting research. The readings will mainly focus on archival research in financial accounting, and aim to develop the skill to critically evaluate research papers as well as generate research ideas for your summer papers and dissertation. The course will be taught in seminar style. The students are expected to have read all assigned readings (which will be announced a week before each session) and come to class prepared to present and critique the papers. In addition to the assigned readings for the week, time permitting, we will also discuss the Accounting Workshop paper of the week to facilitate the students' participation at the workshop.
    • Digital Investing
      This course will provide a framework for identifying digital companies and assessing their potential values. It will highlight why digital companies are fundamentally different both operationally as well as financially. Students will analyse opportunities for digital companies as well as discuss the significant risks facing such companies. The course will illustrate the key financial reporting considerations of digital investing, and students will learn where to find key financial reporting disclosures for digital companies and how they vary between types of digital companies. Leading executives and analysts will provide their insights into where the digital space is going.
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    • Financial Statement Analysis
      The purpose of this course is to provide users with critical skills to analyse public companies' financial statements from the investor's perspective. The course is designed to be extremely practical and current in nature, and is aimed at getting you well on your way to becoming an informed and sceptical user of financial reporting information and in turn, laying the framework for you to become a competent and confident investor. The course will primarily consist of the following three components : i) pre-lecture notes that should be read prior to the class, ii) the lecture slides that will be available at the beginning of the course; and iii) current cases written, also available at the beginning of the course. Most of the cases will be in real-time so that we can simulate making investment decisions without the benefit of hindsight bias, and you can decide whether after our analyses you want to include the stock in your mock portfolio.
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  • Executive Education

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