Douglas Adu

Douglas Adu


Accepting PhD Students

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Academic Biography

Douglas Adu has over 15 years of experience in teaching, research, and leadership in academia. He is a Certified Compliance Officer (CCO). Douglas is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Before joining Teesside University International Business School (TUIBS), Teesside University, Douglas worked at Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland.

Prior to becoming an academic, Douglas spent over 10 years in the banking sector where he held management positions in different functions such as trade operations, treasury sales, credit risk, retail banking and international trade. In his last role, he managed over US$10 million loan portfolio for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana.

Research Interests and Scholarly Activity

Dr Adu's research focuses on management accounting, carbon and biodiversity accounting, environmental social and governance (ESG) disclosures and performance, executive compensation, corporate governance and business ethics, fintech, blockchain, bank risk-taking and bank competition.

Contribution to policy making

* The National Corporate Governance Code for Ghana (‘The Ghana Code, 2022’), Institute of Directors, Ghana.

*Pan-African Framework for Director Development Programmes  (2024)


Current Ph.D. Students

Ezaddin Ali Hassan Yousef
PhD Business Studies
Amedu Bernard Oche
PhD Business Studies
Emmanuel Awuah Morrison
PhD Business Studies
Fred Adajawah
PhD Business Studies

Accepting applications from PhD students

Douglas is happy to consider PhD research proposals with strong potential/contributions in the areas of his current research interests with focus on both quantitative and qualitative research in a single or cross-country settings. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Accounting, Title of PhD thesis: An examination of how sustainable business practices and firm performance are influenced by board diversity and executive compensation: the case of UK FTSE 350 non-financial firms, University of Limerick

7 Oct 201931 Mar 2023

Award Date: 6 Apr 2023

PhD, Finance, Title of PhD thesis: Executive compensation, sustainable banking, financial performance, competition and bank risk-taking: The mediating role of corporate governance, University of Huddersfield

1 Sept 20161 Jul 2021

Award Date: 1 Jul 2021

Master, MSc Finance with Distinction, University of Southampton

1 Sept 20141 Nov 2015

Award Date: 1 Nov 2015

Master, MBA with Finance option, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

10 Sept 20106 May 2012

Award Date: 4 Jun 2012

Master, MSc Biotechnology with Distinction, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

15 Aug 20066 Oct 2010

Award Date: 10 Feb 2010

Bachelor, BSc Biochemistry, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

10 Oct 200115 May 2005

Award Date: 10 Jun 2005


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