Personal profile


Basil is a Professor of Accounting and Finance and Subject Group Leader of the Accountancy and Finance Group. He joined Huddersfield Business School in 2017 from Birkbeck College, University of London where he was the chair of the Accounting and Finance subject group and the director of Accounting and finance postgraduate programmes. Prior to joining Birkbeck, Basil worked at Middlesex University in the Accounting and Finance Department as a Senior Lecturer in Finance.

Basil's background is corporate finance in the fields of capital structure, dividend policy, and cash holdings as well as corporate governance implications in corporate finance and accounting. Basil has also developed an interest in sector applications in finance.

Basil also has interests in curriculum development. At Birkbeck College, University of London, Basil developed and redesigned the MSc Investment Management and the MSc Accounting and Financial Management.  

During his career, Basil has taught various finance modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has a special interest in teaching Corporate Finance, International Finance, Financial Modelling and Contemporary Issues in Accounting and Finance, where he uses his research to inform his teaching.

Research Expertise and Interests

Basil’s research is in the areas of corporate finance, financial reporting, applications of corporate governance in financial management, and most recently in tourism financial management. 


  • Capital Structure
  • Dividend Policy
  • Cash Holdings
  • Corporate Governance
  • Financial Reporting
  • Finance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Corporate Finance
  • Financial Management

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Research Output 2008 2018

Corporate governance and audit features: SMEs evidence

Al-najjar, B. 12 Feb 2018 In : Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. 25, 1, p. 163-179 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
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Revisiting Firm-Specific Determinants of Dividend Policy: Evidence from Turkey

Al-Najjar, B. & Kilincarslan, E. Mar 2018 In : Economic Issues. 23, 1, p. 3-34 32 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Corporate governance and CEO pay: Evidence from UK Travel and Leisure listed firms

Al-najjar, B. Jun 2017 In : Tourism Management. 60, p. 9-14 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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