Dr. Alaa Alhaj Ismail

Lecturer in Accounting

School of Economics, Finance and Accounting 
Coventry Business School
Faculty of Business and Law 

Email: ac2210@coventry.ac.uk


I joined Coventry Business School in 2016. Before joining Coventry University, I worked at the University of Essex, Anglia Ruskin University, and Alfanar Construction Co. I obtained both my Masters in Accounting and Finance and PhD in Accounting at University of Essex. I teach subjects in financial reporting, corporate governance, and management accounting. My research interests are in comparative financial reporting and corporate governance, voluntary disclosure in financial reporting and Accounting education. I am a member of the European Accounting Associations and the British Accounting and Finance Association.

  • PhD in Accounting, University of Essex.
  • Accounting and Finance MSc, (Distinction), University of Essex.
Research interests

My current research interest lies within financial accounting and corporate governance. In particular I am interested in the following research areas:

  • Market-based accounting research
  • Market-based corporate governance research
  • Financial reporting and Corporate disclosure policy
  • Financial reporting of Share-option based compensation
  • Executive remuneration

Current Research projects:

  • The pricing of share-based compensation and major shareholders of European financial firms during the recent crisis. With Stittle, J., Adwan,, S., and Halabi, H.
  • The Valuation Differences Between equity and cash settled based compensation schemes for U.K. Firms. With Adwan, S.
  • Earnings Predictability, Shared-based Compensations, and Corporate governance: Some Evidence from UK firms. With Adwan. S., and Halabi, H.
  • Major Customers, Accounting Information Quality, and the Cost of Equity Capital: Evidence from UK firms. With Halabi, H., and Adwan, S.

Recent outputs and publications
  • Alhaj Ismail, A., Stittle, J., and Zakaria, I. (2015) ‘Voluntary versus mandatory reporting of Share-Based Payments and the level of investor protection: An analysis of the EU and US banking sectors’. 38th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association. Held 28 - 30 April 2015 in Glasgow, UK. 
  • Alhaj Ismail, A., and Stittle, J. (2014) ‘Evaluating the impact of mandatory expensing of “the Sheer Greed” of share based payments: evidence from the EU and US banking sectors’. 37th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association. Held 21 – 23 May 2014 in Tallinn, Estonia.
Teaching modules

  • Accounting Fundamental, A and B
  • Management accounting for business decisions
  • Accounting for Business Managers

Coventry University No.1 Modern University No.1 Modern University in the Midlands
Coventry University awarded TEF GOLD Teaching Excellence Framework
University of the year shortlisted
QS Five Star Rating 2020
Coventry City of Culture 2021