|Building:||Dunton Tower, Room 1015|
|Degrees:||Bachelors Accounting (University of Tehran), Masters Accounting (Tarbiat Modares University), PhD Business Administration, Accountancy (Concordia University)|
Dr. Maryam Firoozi is an Assistant Professor in Accounting at the Sprott School of Business. As member of Sprott team since 2017, she has a very relevant and leading-edge research program that is both multidisciplinary and multifaceted, with research connecting accounting with management studies. She has many active projects in the areas of corporate governance, financial reporting quality, disclosure on social media, and looks forward to delving into research around corporate social responsibility disclosure.
Within the corporate governance sphere, Dr. Firoozi is interested in geographic diversity of board of directors in Canadian firms, investigating how directors’ proximity to a firm’s headquarters influences its financial reporting quality. And further to this, Dr. Firoozi is investigating how geographic diversity influences decision-making in all aspects of business, such as social and environmental issues.
Dr. Firoozi recognizes that women are a vital part of society and is dedicated her research program to include work that may help shift societal archetypes and better supports women in business. Board gender diversity work within Dr. Firoozi’s program aims to understanding the implications of the 2014 Ontario Government policy on ‘comply or explain’ securities law rule to encourage greater representation of women on boards and in executive officer positions.” She is examining performance outcomes five-years pre- and five years post-policy as well as understanding the potential changes of women leaders’ qualities before and after the policy implementation.
Further to this, Dr. Firoozi is developing a research program centered on the issue of disclosure on social media, including research looking at crowdsourcing websites to facilitate accounting research, as well as how managers use social media as a new avenue of communication and the effects on corporate performance and reputation.
More than just a passion for higher-learning, Dr. Firoozi loves the culture of academia and, “beside research, one of the things I am really passionate about is teaching. Since I was a kid, my parents used to ask me to tutor my siblings, cousins, or kids in the neighbourhood. It was through those experiences that I realized how much I enjoy teaching. Being an academic gives me the opportunity to pursue these two passions simultaneously.”