Dr Julia Smith


Accounting and Finance

Personal statement

Dr Julia Smith started her academic career in the Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm (CRIEFF), Department of Economics, University of St Andrews, in 1993, as a Research Assistant, Associate then Fellow. She worked on a number of research projects under the guidance of the Director of CRIEFF, Professor Gavin C Reid. She then went on to a Postdoctoral Research appointment with Professor James Foreman-Peck, at the Institute of Economics and Statistics, University of Oxford, where she was also a member of St Antony's College. From there, Dr Smith moved to Cardiff Business School, University of Wales Cardiff, where she was a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in the Accounting & Finance Division. She has been a Reader in Accounting & Finance at the University of Strathclyde since 2006.

Dr Smith's research interests are in the area of management accounting, venture capital, and small business. She has worked on interdisciplinary projects with academics in accounting, finance and economics. Her current research covers work on management accounting in SMEs, venture capital decisions in high-technology investments, and entrepreneurial orientation in social enterprises. She recently had a project funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland to investigate a stated-preference approach to financial reporting, along with co-workers Professor Gavin C Reid and Dr Yu-lin Hsu.

Dr Smith is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), A Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a member of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, manufactures and commerce (FRSA), and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her teaching interests are in management accounting, financial management, and accounting & financial management for smaller enterprises. She is Director of Research for Accounting & Finance at Strathclyde, and sits on the Faculty and University Research Committees.


Patenting and the early-stage high-technology investor : evidence from the field
Smith Julia, Cordina Renzo
R&D Management Vol 45, pp. 589-605 (2015)
The role of accounting in high-technology investments
Smith Julia A, Cordina Renzo
British Accounting Review Vol 46, pp. 309–322 (2014)
Performance measurement systems and the impact of extra-role behaviour : the case of a Malaysian SME
Smith Julia, Azri Bin Abdul Rahman Syamsul
British Accounting & Finance Association (BAFA) Annual Conference (2014)
Accounting and accountability in charitable SMEs
Smith Julia, Miller Lesley
European Accounting Association (EAA) annual conference 2014 (2014)
Reporting of intangible assets : views from venture capitalists
Smith Julia, Cordina Renzo
British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference (2013)
Patenting and the early stage hi-tech investor: a preliminary analysis
Smith Julia, Cordina Renzo
48th British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference 2012 (2012)

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Dr Smith's teaching interests are in: management accounting, financial management, and accounting & financial management for smaller enterprises. She is currently Director of Honours Accounting and Director of PhD applications in Accounting at Strathclyde.

Professional activities

Management Research Review (Journal)
Peer reviewer
Visiting researcher
British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference
9th Interdisciplinary Workshop on Intangibles, Intellectual Property and Extra-Financial Information
To be assigned
Visiting researcher
Scottish Enterprise

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Memorandum of Understanding between Center for Innovative FinTech Business Models, National Cheng Kung University Tainan, Taiwan and Centre for Financial Regulation and Innovation
Smith, Julia (Principal Investigator)
Based on the principles of mutual benefit, both institutions intend to explore opportunities for:
(a) Movement of research faculty, scholars and staff between two institutions;
(b) Research collaboration in the fields with mutual interest between research faculty, scholars and staff of both institutions;
(c) Exchange and sharing of academic and teaching materials, publications, reference and other pertinent FinTech information;
(d) All of the above with special reference to the cultural, economic, ethical, political and social implications of contemporary technology in the global context.
29-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2024
Applying the Stated Preference Approach to the Study of Financial Reports
Smith, Julia (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2014 - 30-Jan-2014
Accounting, Accountability and Entrepreneurial Thinking in the Third Sector: a UK case study
Smith, Julia (Principal Investigator) Neal, Thomas (Post Grad Student)
01-Jan-2013 - 31-Jan-2016
Investment in Companies with Intangible Assets: exploring the key issues
Smith, Julia (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2012 - 31-Jan-2021
Investment in Companies with Intangible Assets: what are the key issues?
Smith, Julia (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2011 - 31-Jan-2011
Transparency in the Valuation of Intangibles
Smith, Julia (Principal Investigator) Cordina, Renzo (Post Grad Student)
01-Jan-2010 - 31-Jan-2014

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