Francesca Cuomo


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Accepting PhD Students

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Personal profile


I am an Associate Professor in Corporate Governance and the Head of the Responsible Business Regulation Group at the Norwich Business School (NBS).

I joined NBS in May 2012. Prior to that I worked at Bocconi University in Milan where I was Teaching Assistant in General Management  and Corporate Governance courses. I worked also as a Research Fellow at  Salerno University  and as Researcher at SDA Bocconi School of Management and Parthenope University of Naples on different research projects on Corporate Governance themes.

I began my career at Parthenope University of Naples where in 2004 I graduated with my MA in Economics, International Management and Foreign Exchange Markets and where in 2008 I completed my PhD in Business Administration and Governance. During 2007 I was also visiting scholar at IESE Business School, University of Navarra.

My main research interest is international corporate governance, with a focus on ESG regulations and disclosures, ownership structure, institutional investors activism, responsible institutional investors, financial and non-financial disclosures and performance, corporate social responsibility, board and subcommittees' diversity, say on pay, shareholders dissent on management and shareholder proposals. My publications include articles in international journals such as British Journal of Management, Corporate Governance: An International Review and The European Journal of Finance.

I'm a member of the editorial board of Corporate Governance: An International Review.  



2021 Best reviewer award from Corporate Governance: An International Review

2012  Best paper award of the decade from Corporate Governance: An International Review

2008  Best paper award from Corporate Governance: An International Review


Latest Publications

Cuomo F. , Gaia S., Girardone C. &  Piserà S. 2022. "The effects of the EU non-financial reporting directive on corporate social responsibility". The European Journal of Finance, DOI: 10.1080/1351847X.2022.2113812

Gaia, S., Baboukardos, D., Cuomo, F., Michelon, G. & Soobaroyen, T. 2022. "The Wates Corporate Governance Principles for Large Private Companies: The Extent, Coverage and Quality of Corporate Governance Reporting, Financial Reporting Council46 p. 

Alkalbani N., Cuomo F. & Mallin C. 2019. "Gender Diversity and Say‐on‐Pay: Evidence from UK Remuneration Committees". Corporate Governance: An International Review



Key Research Interests

For bibliometrics of my works see Google Scholar , ResearchGate and Scopus. I have several papers recorded in Google Scholar which have been cited 1288 times (h=7) (November 2023).

If you are interested in doing a PhD with me at NBS, please have a look at my research first and then email me so that we can talk about your ideas and background.

Former NBS PHD students under my supervision:

- Nasser Alkalbani (2013-2018, Corporate governance and the board of directors in the UK);

- Badar Alshabibi (2013-2018, Institutional investors and corporate governance);

- Abdulaziz Alomran (2017-2021, Three Essays in Corporate Finance. New evidence from the UK on the impact of Institutional Investors’ Investment Horizon).

Research Awards

Project title - The Corporate Governance Arrangement of Large Family Firms in the UK
Period: (02/07/2018 - 30/09/2018)
Funding organisation: Institute for Family Business Research Foundation  (UK)
Total amount: £20,820

Project title - A pilot study on the effect of the EU Directive on Sustainability Reporting in large EU financial and non-financial firms
Period: (20/01/2020 – End December 2021)
Funding organisation:  Eastern ARC (UK)
Total amount: £9,805

Project title - Evaluation of the Wates Principles of Corporate Governance (FRC Research Project)

Period: (15/02/2021 – 17/09/2021)
Funding organisation: The Financial Reporting Council Limited (FRC, UK)

Project title - Assessing engagement with shareholders and reporting following significant votes against resolution (FRC Research Project)

Period: (21/03/2022 – present)
Funding organisation: The Financial Reporting Council Limited (FRC, UK)

Project title - Evaluation of the Wates Principles of Corporate Governance - Wates II project (FRC Research Project)

Period: (1/03/2023 – present)
Funding organisation: The Financial Reporting Council Limited (FRC, UK)









Teaching Interests

  • "Corporate Financial Management"
  • "International Corporate Governance"
  • "Business Regulation and Corporate Governance"
  • "Corporate Governance – Global Perspectives"
  • "Responsible Business"

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

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