Portrait of Professor Basil Al-Najjar Professor Basil Al-Najjar

b.al-najjar@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473655


Position: Professor of Accounting and Finance, Subject Group Leader - Accounting and Finance
Qualifications: BSc, MSc, PhD, PGHE, FHEA


Basil is Professor of Accounting and Finance and Subject Group Leader of the Accountancy and Finance Subject Group. I joined Huddersfield in 2017 from Birkbeck College, University of London where I was the chair of the Accounting and Finance subject group and director of Accounting and finance postgraduate programmes. Prior to joining Birkbeck, I worked at Middlesex University in the Accounting and Finance Department as a Senior Lecturer in Finance.

My background is corporate finance in the fields of capital structure, dividend policy and cash holdings as well as corporate governance implications in corporate finance and accounting. I have also developed interest in sector applications in finance, namely, tourism financial management.

I have also interests in curriculum development. At Birkbeck College, University of London, I have developed and redesigned the MSc Investment Management and the MSc Accounting and Financial Management.  In addition, I created new modules in finance and investment including topics related to international finance, financial modelling and portfolio management.

During his career Basil has taught various finance modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has special interest in teaching Corporate Finance, International Finance, Financial Modelling and Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance, where he uses his research to inform his teaching.

Research and Scholarship

Basil’s research is in the areas of corporate finance, financial reporting, applications of corporate governance in financial management, and most recently in tourism financial management. His work is published in different Journals including: Tourism Management; Journal of Small Business Management; International Business Review; Business Strategy and the Environment; Research in International Business and Finance; International Journal of Auditing; International Journal of Managerial Finance,  Emerging Market Finance,  Managerial and Decision Economics; Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences;  International Review of Applied Economics; Applied Accounting Research; Managerial Finance;  Managerial Auditing Journal; Studies in Economics and Finance; Corporate Governance; Risk Finance; and Journal of Enterprise information Management.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Al-Najjar, B (2018) ‘Corporate governance and audit features: SMEs evidenceJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development , 25 (1), pp. 163-179. ISSN 1462-6004


Al-Najjar, B. and Kilincarslan, E. (2017) ‘Revisiting Firm-Specific Determinants of Dividend Policy: Evidence from TurkeyEconomic Issues . ISSN 1363-7029

Al-Najjar, B. and Kilincarslan, E. (2017) ‘Corporate dividend decisions and dividend smoothing: New evidence from an empirical study of Turkish firmsInternational Journal of Managerial Finance , 13 (3), pp. 304-331. ISSN 1743-9132

Al-Najjar, B (2017) ‘Corporate governance and CEO pay: Evidence from UK Travel and Leisure listed firmsTourism Management , 60, pp. 9-14. ISSN 0261-5177

Al-Najjar, B. and Clark, E. (2017) ‘Corporate governance and cash holdings in MENA: Evidence from internal and external governance practicesResearch in International Business and Finance , 39 (A), pp. 1-12. ISSN 0275-5319

Al-Najjar, B. and Al-Najjar, D. (2017) ‘The impact of external financing on firm value and a corporate governance index: SME evidenceJournal of Small Business and Enterprise Development , 24 (2), pp. 411-423. ISSN 1462-6004


Al-Najjar, B. and Kilincarslan, E. (2016) ‘The effect of ownership structure on dividend policy: evidence from TurkeyCorporate Governance: The international journal of business in society , 16 (1), pp. 135-161. ISSN 1472-0701

Abed, S. and Al-Najjar, B. (2016) ‘Determinants of the Extent of Forward Looking Information: Evidence from UK before Financial CrisisCorporate Ownership and Control , 13 (3), pp. 17-32. ISSN 1727-9232

Abed, S., Al-Najjar, B. and Roberts, C. (2016) ‘Measuring annual report narratives disclosure: Empirical evidence from forward-looking information in the UK prior the financial crisisManagerial Auditing Journal , 31 (4/5), pp. 338-361. ISSN 0268-6902

Al-Najjar, B., Ding, R. and Hussainey, K. (2016) ‘Determinants and value relevance of UK CEO pay sliceInternational Review of Applied Economics , 30 (3), pp. 403-421. ISSN 0269-2171


Al-Najjar, B (2015) ‘Does ownership matter in publicly listed tourism firms? Evidence from JordanTourism Management , 49, pp. 87-96. ISSN 0261-5177

Al-Najjar, B (2015) ‘The Effect of Governance Mechanisms on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Cash Holdings: Evidence from the United KingdomJournal of Small Business Management , 53 (2), pp. 303-320. ISSN 0047-2778


Al-Najjar, B (2014) ‘Corporate governance, tourism growth and firm performance: Evidence from publicly listed tourism firms in five Middle Eastern countriesTourism Management , 42, pp. 342-351. ISSN 0261-5177

Al-Najjar, B. and Ding, R. (2014) ‘Product Market Competition and Corporate Governance Disclosure: Evidence from the UKEconomic Issues , 19 (1), pp. 73-93. ISSN 1363-7029

Al-Najjar, B. and Belghitar, Y. (2014) ‘Do corporate governance mechanisms affect cash dividends? An empirical investigation of UK firmsInternational Review of Applied Economics , 28 (4), pp. 524-538. ISSN 0269-2171

Al-Najjar, B. and Abed, S. (2014) ‘The association between disclosure of forward-looking information and corporate governance mechanisms: Evidence from the UK before the financial crisis periodManagerial Auditing Journal , 29 (7), pp. 578-595. ISSN 0268-6902

Al-Najjar, B. and Al-Najjar, D. (2014) ‘Developing a multi stage predicting system for corporate credit rating in emerging markets : Jordanian caseJournal of Enterprise Information Management . ISSN 1741-0398


Al-Najjar, B (2013) ‘The financial determinants of corporate cash holdings: Evidence from some emerging marketsInternational Business Review , 22 (1), pp. 77-88. ISSN 0969-5931

Al-Najjar, B. and Elgammal, M. (2013) ‘Innovation and credit ratings, does it matter? UK evidenceApplied Economics Letters , 20 (5), pp. 428-431. ISSN 1350-4851


Hussainey, K. and Al-Najjar, B. (2012) ‘Understanding the Determinants of RiskMetrics/ISS Ratings of the Quality of UK Companies' Corporate Governance PracticeCanadian Journal of Administrative Sciences / Revue Canadienne des Sciences de l'Administration , 29 (4), pp. 366-377. ISSN 08250383

Chen, C. and Al-Najjar, B. (2012) ‘The determinants of board size and independence: Evidence from ChinaInternational Business Review , 21 (5), pp. 831-846. ISSN 09695931

Al-Najjar, B. and Belghitar, Y. (2012) ‘The information content of cash flows in dividend policyEconomic Issues , 17 (2), pp. 57-70. ISSN 1363-7029

Al-Najjar, B. and Anfimiadou, A. (2012) ‘Environmental Policies and Firm ValueBusiness Strategy and the Environment , 21 (1), pp. 49-59. ISSN 09644733

Al?Najjar, B. and Jallow, K. (2012) ‘The determinants of board meetings: evidence from categorical analysisJournal of Applied Accounting Research , 13 (2), pp. 178-190. ISSN 0967-5426


Al-Najjar, B (2011) ‘The Determinants of Audit Committee Independence and Activity: Evidence from the UKInternational Journal of Auditing , 15 (2), pp. 191-203. ISSN 10906738

Al-Najjar, B. and Belghitar, Y. (2011) ‘Corporate cash holdings and dividend payments: evidence from simultaneous analysisManagerial and Decision Economics , 32 (4), pp. 231-241. ISSN 01436570

Al-Najjar, B (2011) ‘Empirical Modelling of Capital StructureJournal of Emerging Market Finance , 10 (1), pp. 1-19. ISSN 0972-6527

Al?Najjar, B. and Hussainey, K. (2011) ‘Revisiting the capital?structure puzzle: UK evidenceThe Journal of Risk Finance , 12 (4), pp. 329-338. ISSN 1526-5943

Hussainey, K. and Al?Najjar, B. (2011) ‘Future?oriented narrative reporting: determinants and useJournal of Applied Accounting Research , 12 (2), pp. 123-138. ISSN 0967-5426

Al?Najjar, B (2011) ‘The inter?relationship between capital structure and dividend policy: empirical evidence from Jordanian dataInternational Review of Applied Economics , 25 (2), pp. 209-224. ISSN 0269-2171


Al?Najjar, B (2010) ‘Corporate governance and institutional ownership: evidence from JordanCorporate Governance: The international journal of business in society , 10 (2), pp. 176-190. ISSN 1472-0701


Al?Najjar, B. and Hussainey, K. (2009) ‘The association between dividend payout and outside directorshipsJournal of Applied Accounting Research , 10 (1), pp. 4-19. ISSN 0967-5426

Al?Najjar, B (2009) ‘Dividend behaviour and smoothing new evidence from Jordanian panel dataStudies in Economics and Finance , 26 (3), pp. 182-197. ISSN 1086-7376


Al?Najjar, B., El?Masry, A. and Taylor, P. (2008) ‘The relationship between capital structure and ownership structure: New evidence from Jordanian panel dataManagerial Finance , 34 (12), pp. 919-933. ISSN 0307-4358


Basil has published articles in the areas of corporate finance, financial reporting, applications of corporate governance in financial management, and tourism financial management. I have presented my research in different national and international conferences and was invited in different occasions to act as external examiner and PhD  and research examinations in and outisde the UK.  One of my papers was awarded the best paper award- Emerald- 2012- Al-Najjar, B. and Hussainey K., 2011. Revisiting the capital structure puzzle: UK evidence. Journal of Risk Finance, 12 (4) pp. 123-138. (Best paper award-Emerald 2012). In addition, Top Ten download list for Corporate Governance: Internal Governance, Organization, & Processes eJournal for "The determinants of the frequency of board meetings: Evidence from categorical analysis". November 2011.

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Research Degree Supervision

Basil has supervised different research and PG students and he is interested in different topics:

  • Capital Structure
  • Dividend Policy
  • Cash Holdings
  • Corporate Governance implications in finance and Accounting
  • Financial Reporting

Administrative Responsibilities

Basil is the Leader of the Accountancy and Finance Subject Group in Huddersfield Business School.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Basil teaching interests include:

  • Corporate Finance
  • International Financial Management
  • Financial Modelling
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance