Francesca Cuomo


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Personal profile


I am an Associate Professor in Corporate Governance and  a member of the Responsible Business Regulation Group at NBS where I was the course leader for MSc Finance and Management and MSc Investment and Financial Management from September 2017 to September 2019. 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 corporate governance, with a focus on corporate governance codes, board of directors, board independence, board diversity,ownership structure, separation between ownership and control and institutional investors activism. My publications include articles in international journals such as British Journal of Management and Corporate Governance: An International Review

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


2008  Best paper award from Corporate Governance: An International Review

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

2021 Best reviewer 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

Institute for Family Business Research Foundation Report 2019.“Corporate Governance in Large UK Family Firms”. Researched and written by Kotlar J., Cuomo F., Gaia S. & Zattoni A.

Cuomo F., Mallin C.A. & Zattoni A. 2016, “Corporate governance codes: a review and a research agenda”, Corporate Governance: An International Review, 24(3):222-241. DOI: 10.1111/corg.12148

Zattoni A. & Cuomo F. 2016, "An evolutionary overview of the ownership, governance and strategy of Mediobanca: From the kingmaker of Italian capitalism to a large financial conglomerate". In Mallin C.A., Handbook on Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions , Edward Elgar, pp. 7-34 (ISBN 978 1 78471 178 8).

Antonelli V., D’Alessio R., Cuomo F. 2016, “Beyond Stakeholders Theory: Financial reporting and voluntary disclosure in Italian SME according to a System dynamics point of view”, Economia Aziendale Online, Vol. 7. 4/2016, pp. 285-304. DOI: database and Cabell’s Index).

Zattoni A. & Cuomo F.  2015, “Institutional change and ownership patterns in Italy”. In Ryan L.V. and Goranova M.L., Shareholder Empowerment, Palgrave-Macmillan, pp. 267-296 (ISBN 978 1 137 37644 2).

Key Research Interests

My main research interest is corporate governance, with a focus on corporate governance codes, boards of directors, ownership structure, institutional investors, corporate networks, separation between ownership and control.

For bibliometrics of my works see Google Scholar , ResearchGate and Scopus. I have several papers recorded in Google Scholar which have been cited 966 times (h=7) (August 2021).

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 – present)
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)









Professional Activities


2016                         Fellow of the British Higher Education Academy



Associate Professor of Business Administration and Management - Italian National Scientific Qualification (Art.16 of the Law 30 December 2010, n. 240)


Editorial Board

Corporate Governance: An International Review (2020 - present)


Other officer

Corporate Governance SIG of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) - SIG PROGRAMME CHAIR & TRACK CHAIR-  Term of service: 1 July 2019 - End June 2023 




Other Research-related leadership activities

Peer reviewer for many highly ranked journals such as Accounting Forum, British Accounting Review, British Journal of Management, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Finance and Economics and International Review of Financial Analysis.



  • 2020   Best Full paper award in the Corporate Governance Track - British Academy of Management Conference 2020 - BAM2020 Conference In The Cloud (2nd - 4th September 2020)

  • 2016  Nomination/Finalist – Best paper award - International Corporate Governance Society (ICGS) Conference (October 1 and 2, 2016, Bentley University)

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

  • 2008  Best paper award from Corporate Governance: An International Review
  • 2008  AIDEA Annual Conference Best Paper Award



  • 2018   ACRI - Young Investigators Training Program Scholarship.  Amount : (Euros) 3,000. Funding organisation: University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) in collaboration with 'Wolpertinger Club - The European Association of University Teachers of Banking and Finance'.

  • Research Fellowship, Salerno University, February 2010 – April 2011

  • PHD Scholarship, Parthenope University, 2004 – 2007

  • Mobility Scholarship, Leonardo Da Vinci Mobility Project, European Union, 2002 – 2003
  • Graduate Studies Scholarship, Parthenope University, 1998 – 2003






Teaching Interests


NBS-MC60 "Corporate Financial Management" (Module Organiser)


NBS-MC60 "Corporate Financial Management” (Module Organiser)

NBS-MC78 "International Corporate Governance" (Module Organiser)

NBS-MD03 "Business Regulation and Corporate Governance" (Lecturer )

NBS-3B10 "Corporate Governance – Global Perspectives" (Lecturer – 3rd year UG program)


NBS-MC60 "Corporate Financial Management” (Module Organiser)

NBS-MC78 "International Corporate Governance" (Module Organiser)

NBS-MD03 "Business Regulation and Corporate Governance" (Lecturer)

NBS-3B10 "Corporate Governance – Global Perspectives" (Lecturer – 3rd year UG program)


NBS-MC68 "Corporate Financial Management” (Module Organiser)

NBS-MC88 "International Corporate Governance" (Module Organiser)

2016/2017 - present

NBS-7045B "Corporate Financial Management” (Module Organiser)

NBS-7048B "International Corporate Governance" (Module Organiser)


NBS-7051A "Responsible Business" (Lecturer)

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 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


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