Faculty Profile

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Full-time Faculty
Associate Professor of Accounting (Education); Academic Director (SMU-X)
School of Accountancy SOA

Dr. Yuanto KUSNADI is an Associate Professor (Education) at the School of Accountancy of the Singapore Management University. Dr. Kusnadi has over ten years’ of teaching experience in accounting for entrepreneurs, financial management, analytics for financial instruments, and experiential learning through real-consultancy projects. He has been doing research on issues in corporate finance, accounting, and corporate governance for international firms; as well as experiential & innovative teaching pedagogy. His research papers have been published in prestigious international journals such as Journal of Business, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Business Research, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, Finance Research Letters, Journal of Financial Research, Review of Pacific-Basin Financial Markets and Policies, and Journal of Asia Business Studies. He served on the program selection committee of several international conferences. His research has also been profiled in the Straits Times, the Business Times, Lianhe Zaobao, SGSME, Perspectives@SMU, the New Paper, Asian Scientist, and the CFA Digest.


PhD in Finance, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Master of Science (Management), National University of Singapore
Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours), National University of Singapore

Research Interests

Issues in Corporate Finance and Accounting for International Firms
Corporate Governance
Experiential & Innovative Teaching Pedagogy

Teaching Interests

Accounting for Entrepreneurs
Financial Management
Analytics for Financial Instruments
Experiential Learning through Real Consultancy Projects (SMU-X and SMU-X Overseas)

Selected Recognition and Awards

SMU Educational Research Fellowship 2021-2023                
SMU Teaching Excellence Award – SMU ‘X’ Excellent Teacher Award 2021
SMU Office of Core Curriculum Annual Teaching Excellence Award 2021
SMU School of Accountancy Dean’s List for Curriculum Contribution 2020
SMU School of Accountancy Dean’s List for Teaching Excellence 2016-2020
SMU Faculty Contribution to Student Life Award (Individual) 2016-2018, 2020-2021
SMU MOE-Tier 1 Internal Research Grant (PI)   2013-2015, 2018-2020
SMU Teaching Excellence in Postgraduate Professional Programme Award 2019
SMU School of Accountancy Wall of Honor – Excellence in Teaching 2019
SMU School of Accountancy Most Outstanding Postgraduate Teacher Award 2017, 2019
SMU School of Accountancy Most Outstanding Teacher Award 2016
SMU Long-Service Award (5 Years)  2018
Journal of Corporate Finance – Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing 2015
The Chinese Finance Association (TCFA) Best Paper Award, 2009
China Finance Association Annual Meeting Best Paper Award, 2007
Conference on the Theories and Practices of Securities and Financial Markets  Best Paper Award, 2006, 2007
NTU International Conference in Finance Best Paper Award, 2006

Selected Appointments/Services

SMU-X Academic Champion & Mentor (2021-present)
SMU Peer Coach (2016-present)
SOA Undergraduate Admission Outreach and Engagement (2016-Present)
SOA Reading Evaluation Committee (2018, 2019, 2021)
SOA Peer Evaluation Review of Teaching Committee (2019, 2021)
Faculty Mentor for SMU Emerging Markets Club (2018-Present)
SMU Inter-School Scholarship Interview and Selection Committee (2019-2021)
Faculty Mentor for SMU Emerging Markets Club (2018-Present)

Selected Publications

“Enhancing Cultural Intelligence and Digital Literacy in Accounting Education: Insights from a University’s Global Student Consulting Programme”, 2021, with Clarence Goh, Gary Pan, Poh Sun Seow, International Journal of Education, Vol 9, 1-12 (Lead Article).

“Cross-Country Differences in the Effect of Political Connections on Stock Price Informativeneness”, 2020, with Bin Srinidhi, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Economics, Vol. 16, Article 100203, 1-20.

“The Equity-Financing Channel, the Catering Channel, and Corporate Investment: International Evidence”, 2017, with K.C. John Wei, Journal of Corporate Finance, Vol. 47, 236-252.

“The Real-Effects of the Initial Enforcement of Insider Trading Laws”, 2017, with Zhihong Chen, Yuan Huang, and K.C. John Wei, Journal of Corporate Finance, Vol. 45, 687-709.

“Audit Committees and Financial Reporting Quality in Singapore”, 2016, with K.S. Leong, Themin Suwardy, and Jiwei Wang, Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 139, 197-214.

“Cross-Listings and Corporate Cash Savings: International Evidence”, 2015, Journal of Corporate Finance, Vol. 32, 91-107.

“The Determinants of Corporate Cash Management Policies: Evidence from around the World”, 2011, with K.C. John Wei, Journal of Corporate Finance (Special Issue on Financial Flexibility and Corporate Liquidity), Vol. 17, 725-740.

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