Professor Steven F Cahan


Steven Cahan is a Professor of Financial Accounting at the University of Auckland Business School. His research interests are in the areas of auditing and financial reporting, and he has published over 60 academic research articles in journals including The Accounting ReviewAccounting, Organizations and SocietyContemporary Accounting ResearchAuditing: A Journal of Practice and TheoryJournal of Banking and Finance, and Accounting Horizons. His PhD is from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Steven is currently Co-Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics and is a past Editor in Chief of Accounting & Finance, the journal of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ), and the Pacific Accounting Review. He currently serves on 10 Editorial Boards including the European Accounting ReviewAuditing: A Journal of Practice and TheoryAustralian Journal of ManagementJournal of International Accounting Research, and Accounting and Business Research. He served on the Scientific Committees for the 2018 and 2019 European Accounting Association Annual Congresses and 2018 World Congress of Accounting Educators and Researchers.

Recently, Steven has given keynote addresses at the AFAANZ Annual Conference (2017), Auckland Region Accounting Conference (2017), International Workshop on Data Science in Business at Kansai University (2017), Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics Mid-year Symposium (2016), and Financial Markets and Corporate Governance Conference (2015). He will be a keynote speaker at the Australasian Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research Conference in December 2019. In 2018, Steven and a team with researchers from Norway and Sweden were awarded a major grant for 1.8 million Swedish kroner (NZ$291,105) from Handelsbankens Forskningsstiftelser for a project on audit teams and audit quality.

Steven is one of 15 Life Members of AFAANZ. He is a former President of that organization and served as one of two AFAANZ Visiting Research Professors in 2016. Steven is a Chartered Accountant and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand. He is a former member of the Consultative Advisory Group for the International Accounting Education Standards Board and is a current member of the Academic Oversight Body of the International Integrated Reporting Council, a global coalition of regulators, investors, companies, standard setters, the accounting profession, and NGOs established to promote integrated reporting and thinking.

Steven was a member of the Business and Economics Peer Review Panel for the New Zealand government’s Performance Based Research Funding (PBRF) review round in 2006 and 2012. Steven received Research Excellence Awards from the University of Auckland Business School in 2005, 2010, and 2016. 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Barth, M., Cahan, S., Chen, L., & Venter, E. (2017). The economic consequences associated with integrated report quality: Capital market and real effects. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 62, 43-64. 10.1016/j.aos.2017.08.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lily Chen
  • Cahan, R. H., Cahan, S. F., Lee, T. C., & Nguyen, N. H. (2017). Media content, accounting quality, and liquidity volatility. European Accounting Review, 26 (1).10.1080/09638180.2015.1087866
  • Sun, J., Cahan, S. F., & Xu, J. (2016). Individual auditor conservatism after CSRC sanctions. Journal of Business Ethics, 136 (1), 133-146. 10.1007/s10551-014-2514-z
  • Cahan, S., de Villiers, C., Jeter, D., Naiker, V., & Van Staden, C. (2016). Are CSR disclosures value relevant? Cross-country evidence. The European Accounting Review, 25 (3), 579-611. 10.1080/09638180.2015.1064009
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Debra Jeter, Charl de Villiers
  • Cahan, S., Chen, C., & Chen, L. (2015). Social norms and CSR performance. Journal of Business Ethics, 145 (3), 493-508. 10.1007/s10551-015-2899-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lily Chen
  • Cahan, S., Chen, C., Chen, L., & Nguyen, N. (2015). Corporate social responsibility and media coverage. Journal of Banking and Finance, 59, 409-422. 10.1016/j.jbankfin.2015.07.004
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lily Chen
  • Cahan, S., Godfrey, J., Hamilton, J., & Jeter, D. (2015). The association between client-specific investment opportunities and audit fees of industry specialists and non-specialists. International Journal of Auditing, 19 (2), 57-71. 10.1111/ijau.12029
  • Cahan, S., & Sun, J. (2015). The effect of audit experience on audit fees and audit quality. Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, 30 (1), 78-100. 10.1177/0148558X14544503

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 5, Room 525
New Zealand