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Stephen Gong


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Prof. Stephen Gong joined International Business School Suzhou at XJTLU in 2018. Previously he taught at the University of Auckland Business School and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for many years. His research covers broad areas of accounting, finance and applied economics. His recent publications have appeared in internationally leading and reputable journals, including Journal of Corporate Finance; Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; British Accounting Review; Accounting Horizons; International Review of Finance; Finance Research Letters; Pacific Economic Review; Transportation Research Part E; Transport Policy; and Transport Reviews, among others.Stephens current research centers around pricing and trading of dual-listed shares, the role of the media in accounting and finance, corporate disclosure, corporate governance, corporate investment, and the Chinese economy. Other interests include FinTech, infrastructure investment and finance, logistics/supply chain management, and urban (in particular transportation and real estate) economics. In the last ten years Stephen obtained external competitive grants totaling over 2 million Hong Kong dollars (funded by the Research Grants Council of the HKSAR, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China).Prior to joining academia Stephen had several years of industry experience in China and overseas. He has consulted for government agencies and international organizations and provided corporate training in the areas of transport logistics and international trade. He serves on the Editorial Board of several international refereed journals and reviews for numerous scientific journals and conferences.

Research interests

My research interests cover various aspects of information economics and agency theory in accounting and finance. Some specific topics are listed below. I welcome PhD students and visiting scholars to get in touch.

Pricing, trading and governance of cross-listed/dual-listed shares

Carbon trading and climate finance


Role of the media


Corporate governance (Board of Directors, executive compensation)

Investment efficiency

Corporate disclosure

Financial reporting and capital markets

Textual analysis in accounting and finance

Real estate economics

Urban economics and regional science

Infrastructure investment and finance

Chinese economy


Lecturer, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (two different departments), 1997-2006

Assistant Professor, School of Accounting and Finance, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2006-2016

Senior Lecturer (top scale with market loading), University of Auckland Business School, 2016-2018

Professor, XJTLU, 2018 to present

Head, Department of Finance, XJTLU, 2020 to present


PhD research training - Causal Inference in Accounting, Finance and Economics Semester 2, 2022-23

FIN104 Introduction to Finance (2022-23)

FIN 903 Research Methods in Accounting and Finance (2021-22)

FIN 903 Research Methods in Accounting and Finance (2022-23)

FIN 903 Research Methods in Accounting and Finance (Semester 1, 2020-2021)

ACF 443 Equities: Cash and Derivative Instruments (Semester 1, 2019-2020)

ACF 108 Introduction to Finance (Semester 2, 2019-2020)

MSc Dissertations

MAN 303 Final Year Project (2018/2019)

ACF447 Corporate Financial Management (Semester 1 2018/2019)

Awards and honours

Outstanding Reviewer in the 2023 Emerald Literati Awards, selected by the editorial team of Asian Review of Accounting

Visiting Professor, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology (2007)

Education/Academic qualification

MSc., City University Business School, London, UK

PhD, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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