Professor Alfred Yawson

Professor Alfred Yawson
 Position Professor
 Org Unit Accounting and Finance
 Telephone +61 8 8313 0687
 Location Floor/Room 12 42 ,  Nexus 10 Tower ,   North Terrace
  • Biography/ Background

    Alfred Yawson is a Professor in Corporate Finance and Associate Head (Research) at the School of Accounting and Finance, University of Adelaide. Prior to taking up this position he held various academic position the University of Adelaide, the University of New South Wales and Cass Business School, City University London. His primary research interests are corporate finance, particularly corporate restructuring (mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, employee layoffs and strategic alliances, investment banking) and corporate governance.He has won competitive grant from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and a number of awards for research excellence. He has published in leading finance journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance and Journal of Banking and Finance. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Managerial Finance. 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.

  • Publications

    Selected Journal Articles




    Liu, C., Yawson A. 2018. Who acquires toxic assets? Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Forthcoming.


    Graham, M., Walter, T., Yawson, A, Zhang H. 2017. The value-added role of industry specialist advisors in M&As. Journal of Banking and Finance 81, 81-104. Elsevier.


    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.

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