The corporate finance research intensive meeting forms part of the Financial Research Network (FIRN) program of topic-specific research meetings designed to extend the body of knowledge within a specific research area through the presentation of cutting edge research results and the building of stronger networks. 

2021 Corporate Finance Meeting
11-12 November 2021
Adelaide, South Australia

Congratulations to the following prize winners from the 2021 Corporate Finance Meeting:

  • Best presentation was awarded to Kelvin Tan (The University of Queensland) paper titled Chained Innovation: Response to Customer Covenant Violations.
  • Best discussant to Marco Navone (UTS) for the paper titled The Impact of Disclosure Quality on Shareholder Monitoring: Evidence from ‘Say-on-Pay’ Voting; authors: Wei Li & Yunyan Zhang (University of Adelaide)

FIRN in partnership with the University of Adelaide Business School cordially invites academics and international visiting scholars at FIRN member institutions to submit a paper to the annual FIRN Corporate Finance Research Group meeting. The aim is to develop a vibrant and collegial community of academics doing research in corporate finance; to promote connections between well-known international academics and the local research community; and to create a platform for exposure of cutting edge research being conducted by FIRN members.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Joseph Fan, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

A.Professor Marco Navone, University of Technology Sydney


9:30-9:35am Welcome Address, Jean Canil (The University of Adelaide)  
9:35-9:40 Session Chair: Alfred Yawson (The University of Adelaide)  
9:40-10:15 Paper 1: Chained Innovation: Response to Customer Covenant Violations
Authors: Selvam Srinivasan (HSBC Business School, Peking University) and Kelvin Tan (The University of Queensland)
Presenter: Kelvin Tan
Discussant: Ning Gong
10:25-11:00 Paper 2: Shareholder Litigation and Workplace Safety
Authors: Ning Gong (Deakin University), Lixiong Guo & Zhiyan Wang (Alabama University)
Presenter: Ning Gong
Discussant: Chelsea Liu
11:10–12:10 Keynote Address: Professor Joseph Fan, School of Accountancy and Department of Finance, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Topic: The Governance of Family Firms: Framework and Methodology  
12:10– 1:10 Lunch Break  
1:10 – 1:15 Session Chair: Jane Luo (The University of Adelaide)  
1:15–1:50 Paper 3: Navigating Investment Decisions with Social Connectedness: Implications for Venture Capital
Authors: My Nguyen (RMIT) Giang Nguyen (Waseda University) Viet Anh Pham (University of New Castle) Man Duy Pham (Monash University)
Presenter: My Nguyen
Discussant: Jo-Ann Suchard
2:00–2:35 Paper 4: Making News Salient
Authors: Seungho Choi (Queensland University of Technology)
Presenter: Seungho Choi
Discussant: Wei Opie
2:45–3:20 Paper5: The Impact of Disclosure Quality on Shareholder Monitoring: Evidence from ‘Say-on-Pay’ Voting
Author: Wei Li & Yunyan Zhang (University of Adelaide)
Presenter: Wei Li
Discussant: Marco Navone
  FRIDAY, 12 NOVEMBER 2021  
9:30-9:35 Session Chair: Chee Cheong (The University of Adelaide)  
9:35–10:10 Paper 6: Is Social Capital Valuable? Evidence from Mergers and Acquisitions
Authors: Giang Nguyen (Waseda University) Jo-Ann Suchard (UNSW Sydney) Yuelin Wang (Waseda University)
Presenter: Jo-Ann Suchard
Discussant: Joseph Fan
10:30–11:30 Keynote Address: Associate Professor Marco Navone, University of Technology Sydney, New South Wales
Topic: Supply Shortages in Sell-Side Analyst Coverage
11:30–12:05 Paper 7: Corporate Uses of Cash Flow in Recent Decades
Authors: Xin Chang (Nanyang Technological University), Wei Opie (Deakin University), Carmen Shih (Nanyang Technological University), Hong Feng Zhang (Deakin University)
Presenter: Wei Opie
Discussant: Kelvin Tan


Video "Poster" Session

We invited authors to participate in our Video poster session. 

Here are two interesting video presentations with corresponding discussions :

Video 1: Behavioural Aspects of Merger Decisions – Joshua Shemesh from Monash University.

Video 2: Discussions from Alfred Yawson from University of Adelaide.

Video 3: Variable Trading Hours and Market Reactions to Earnings Announcements – Philip Drummond at Monash University.

Video 4: Discussions with Limin Xu from University of Adelaide.


The attached Call for Papers provides more details about the aims of the meeting and the meeting venue.

Please see the full Program here.

Program Committee: Jean Canil (Chair), Alfred Yawson, and Ralf Zurbrugg.
For more information about the Meeting contact: Dr Jean Canil at