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Dr Pingli Li PhD, MSc, BSc

Associate Professor of Accounting, Director of PhD Programmes 

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Dr Pingli Li is an associate professor of accouting and the Director of PhD Porgrammes at Southampton Business School.

She has taken the roles of programme and module leader, and taught the modules of management accounting, corporate finance, financial statement analysis, and international accounting at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Pingli’s research interests include management control systems and organizational change, the institutionalization of management accounting practices, the use of management control techniques in private and public sector organizations, the roles of independent directors in listed companies, and environmental performance and corporate governance. In addition to the publications in a number of Chinese accounting journals, her recent publications appear in British Journal of Management,  Management Accounting Research (UK) and ABACUS. She has successfully completed a number of externally funded research projects. Currently she has been working on the projects on the governance and management of public hospitals,  and the evolving roles of management control systems and management accountants.

She is the editorial board member of the Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management (ISSN: 1176-6093, Emerald) and Journal of Management Accounting Studies (China), and have acted as a reviewer for British Journal of Management, Accounting Education: an international journal, International Journal of Performability Engineering, Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, and a variety of international conferences, such as Annual Meeting of America Accounting Association and Academy of Management.

Pingli welcomes PhD applications in her research areas.

Prior to joining the University of Southampton in September 2014, Pingli held academic positions at Middlesex University (UK) and Beijing Technology & Business University (China).

She has acted as the external examiner  at other univeristies in the UK, such as at Cranfield University for MBA and MSc in Management programme (2016-2019), and Open Univerisity for Undergraduate Management Accounting Module Group (2017-2020).

Research interests

Pingli’s primary research interest is in management control systems and specifically in the institutionalization of management accounting practices, the use of management control techniques in private and public sector organizations. Her research interests further extend to the roles of independent directors in listed companies, and environmental performance and corporate governance.

Currently she has been working on a number of projects on the governance and management of public hospitals and the evolving roles of management control systems and management accountants.

Pingli welcomes PhD applications in the above areas.

PhD students supervised to completion:

  • Dr Su Wang, ‘Blockholders and Corporate Governance’. Awarded: 2018 (lead supervisor).
  • Dr Giang Vinh Hoang, ‘Administrative Culture in Vietnamese Civil Servant’s Job Performance: The Grounded Theory of Compromising Paradoxical Entanglement’. Awarded: 2019 (second supervisor)

Current PhD students under supervision:

  • Mr Turki Al Barak: Internal audit function effects on earnings management during the global financial crisis (lead supervisor)
  • Miss Linxi Shi: Performance measurement and management in China’s public hospitals (lead supervisor)
  • Mr Yaobo Wang: Integration of ERP and management accounting information system (lead supervisor)
  • Miss Zhaoying Lu: Women on board (second supervisor)
  • Miss Cindy Chen : Management control and strategy (Newcanstle University, second supervisor)

Examiner in Doctorate Viva:

Miss Rusniza Abdul Rahman, ‘The Relationship of CSR and The Level of Tax Avoidance’, Univeristy of Southampton, 2017 (internal examiner)

Research Projects

Projects funded externally:

‘Management Accounting Theoretical Framework and Practice Guidance for Public Sectors’, 2017,  commissioned by the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China, and collaborated with Prof Xuegang Cui (Beijing Normal University).

“The Use of Management Accounting Techniques in the Public Hospitals in China”, 2016-2017, commissioned by the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China, and collaborated with Prof Xuegang Cui (Beijing Normal University), and Ms YuanYuan Xu (Cancer Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences).

Li, P., Tang, G., and Dai, Lu. (2015 -2017). "Strategic controls in Chinese business groups – a longitudinal case study”, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). (as PI)

Li, P., Tang, G. (2011-2012 ). “Evolution of Performance Evaluation system  in Chinese central SOEs: motives, actors’ interactions and effects”, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) (as PI)

Li, P., and Croucher, R. (2011).  £10,000. “Chinese Cities: Internal Issues and External Perspectives: A one-day workshop for City, Culture and Society”, Osaka City University, (as PI)

Li, P., Tang, G. and Chen, G. (2009-2010). “Control of international joint ventures involving Chinese partners--- evidence from automobile industry”, the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), (as PI)

Tang, G., Li, P. and Chen, G. (2008-2010). “The comparative study of the control of international joint venture in China”, the National Nature Science Foundation of China. 

Research group

Centre for Research in Accounting, Accountability and Governance

Director of PhD programmes at Southampton Business School

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I teach management accounting modules at UG and PG level.

Dr Pingli Li
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

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