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Personal Statement

Dr Julia Smith started her academic career in the Centre for Research into Industry, Enterprise, Finance and the Firm (CRIEFF), Department of Economics, University of St Andrews, in 1993, as a Research Assistant, Associate then Fellow. She worked on a number of research projects under the guidance of the Director of CRIEFF, Professor Gavin C Reid. She then went on to a Postdoctoral Research appointment with Professor James Foreman-Peck, at the Institute of Economics and Statistics, University of Oxford, where she was also a member of St Antony's College. From there, Dr Smith moved to Cardiff Business School, University of Wales Cardiff, where she was a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in the Accounting & Finance Division. She has been a Reader in Accounting & Finance at the University of Strathclyde since 2006.

Dr Smith's research interests are in the area of management accounting, venture capital, and small business. She has worked on interdisciplinary projects with academics in accounting, finance and economics. Her current research covers work on management accounting in SMEs, venture capital decisions in high-technology investments, and entrepreneurial orientation in social enterprises. She recently had a project funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland to investigate a stated-preference approach to financial reporting, along with co-workers Professor Gavin C Reid and Dr Yu-lin Hsu.

Dr Smith is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), A Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and a member of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, manufactures and commerce (FRSA), and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her teaching interests are in management accounting, financial management, and accounting & financial management for smaller enterprises. She is Director of Research for Accounting & Finance at Strathclyde, and sits on the Faculty and University Research Committees.

Teaching Interests

Dr Smith's teaching interests are in: management accounting, financial management, and accounting & financial management for smaller enterprises. She is currently Director of Honours Accounting and Director of PhD applications in Accounting at Strathclyde.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Abertay

Bachelor of Commerce, University of Edinburgh

External positions

External Examiner, University of Dundee, University of Dundee

1 Sep 201631 Aug 2019

External Examiner, University of Bristol

31 Aug 2001 → …


  • Management accounting
  • Venture capital
  • Small business
  • Accounting information systems
  • Social enterprise
  • Financial reporting

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Research Output

Patenting and the early-stage high-technology investor: evidence from the field

Smith, J. & Cordina, R., Nov 2015, In : R&D Management. 45, 5, p. 589-605 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    29 Downloads (Pure)

    The role of accounting in high-technology investments

    Smith, J. A. & Cordina, R., 30 Sep 2014, In : British Accounting Review. 46, 3, p. 309–322 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    182 Downloads (Pure)


    A phenomenon of the critical factors of accounting information system (AIS) effectiveness

    Author: Sharinah Binti Puasa, S., 1 Oct 2017

    Supervisor: Smith, J. (Supervisor) & Paudyal, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    A stated preference approach to the choice of financial reporting regimes and techniques

    Author: HSU, Y., 29 Sep 2015

    Supervisor: Smith, J. (Supervisor) & Reid, G. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Chartered Global Management Accountant

    Julia Smith (Recipient), 31 Jan 2012

    Prize: Other distinction


    Management Research Review (Journal)

    Julia Smith (Peer reviewer)
    Apr 2014

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review


    Julia Smith (Visiting researcher)

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external organisation