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Professor Alfred Yawson

Telephone +61 8 8313 0687
Position Professor
Fax +61 8 8223 4782
Building Nexus 10 Tower
Floor/Room 12 42
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit Accounting and Finance

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Biography/ Background

Alfred Yawson is a Professor in Corporate Finance. Prior to taking up this position he was an Associate Professor in Finance at the University of Adelaide Business School. He also held the position of Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.  He was a Visiting Research Scholar at Cass Business School, City University London from January 2013 to January 2014. His primary research interests are corporate finance, particularly corporate restructuring (mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, employee layoffs and strategic alliances, investment banking) and corporate governance. His research has been supported by a competitive grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC). He has published in leading finance journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Banking and Finance. Born and raised in Ghana, Professor Yawson obtained a first class honours degree in Accounting from the University of Ghana, a Master of Science in Finance with distinction and a PhD in Finance from Queen’s University Belfast in the UK. He is a Chartered Accountant with industry experience from reputable financial institutions. Professor Yawson was part of the government team that pioneered the Value Added Tax policy implementation in Ghana.

Research Interests

Corporate restructuring & reorganisations

Mergers & acquisitions



Corporate governance  

Research Funding

Yawson, A., Zurbruegg, R., Tretola, J., 2010-2012. ARC Linkage Grant (LP100100212) with SMSF Professionals' Association of Australia. The adequacy and sustainability of self-managed superannuation funds: Governance, performance, asset allocation, fee structure and compliance. Cash contribution: $137,000.


Selected Journal Articles


Aharony, J., Liu, C., Yawson, A. 2015. Corporate litigation and executive turnover. Journal of Corporate Finance, 34, 268-269. Elsevier.


Golubov, A., Yawson, A, Zhang H. 2015. Extraordinary acquirers. Journal of Financial Economics 116, 314-330. Elsevier.


Owen, S., Yawson, A. 2013. Information asymmetry and cross-border strategic alliances, Journal of Banking and Finance 37, 427-440. Elsevier.


Owen, S., Yawson, A. 2010. Human development and cross-border acquisitions. Journal of Empirical Finance 17, 689-701. Elsevier.


Owen, S., Yawson, A. 2010. Corporate life cycle and M&A activity. Journal of Banking and Finance 34, 427-440. Elsevier.


Powell, R., Yawson, A., 2007. Are corporate restructuring events driven by common factors? Implications for takeover prediction. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting 34, 1169-1192. Blackwell.


Powell, R., Yawson, A., 2005. Industry aspects of takeovers and divestitures: Evidence from the UK. Journal of Banking and Finance 29, 3015-3040. Elsevier.


Entry last updated: Wednesday, 23 Dec 2015

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