Professor Chen was previously an assistant professor at Carleton's University Sprott School of Business, where she taught financial accounting and managerial accounting. Her research has examined market reactions to accounting disclosures, economic implications of adopting IFRS (the International Financial Reporting Standards), the role of accounting information in decision making, small business debt financing, auditing, and accounting history.
Accounting in the nonprofit sector is one of Dr. Chen's main current areas of interest and she is engaged in four ongoing research projects that examine the social responsibility of charitable foundations, accounting standards of nonprofit organizations, political activities and auditing in the nonprofit sector. Her PhD thesis, at Queen's University, investigated the monitoring role of the board of directors in reducing expense misreporting of nonprofit organizations.
Professor Chen has published her research in peer-reviewed journals, such as Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Corporate Governance: An International Review Journal of Small Business Management, Business History, and International Review of Financial Analysis and European Journal of Finance. Dr. Chen also recognizes the importance of engaging with the practitioner community and in addition to publishing in a professional journal, The Philanthropist, she has presented her work at the Accounting Standard Oversight Council Meeting.
|2018-2020||SSHRC Insight Development Grant||Impact Investing by Private Foundations||R||C||PI||$ 65,372|
|2018-2019||CPA Ontario||Family Owned Enterprises||R||O||PI||$ 30,000|
|2016-2017||CPA - Canada Accounting and Governance Research Centre||Nonprofit accounting information||R||I||PI||$ 5,000|
|2013||SSHRC 4A (Approved but not yet funded)||Accounting Standards and Canadian Nonprofits||R||C||PI||N/A|
|2013||SSHRC 4A (Approved but not yet funded)||The International Financial Reporting Standards and Private Firm Debt Financing||R||C||Co-I||N/A|
|2012-2014||The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Research Funds for Philanthropic Foundations||Various Issues Regarding Philanthropic Foundations||R||O||PI||$ 17,000|
|2012||SSHRC 4A (Approved but not yet funded)||Accounting Standards and Canadian Nonprofits||R||C||PI||N/A|
*Purpose = C: Contract (R and D), E: Equipment Grant, R: Research Grant, S: Support Award, P: Pedagogical Grant, O: Other, U: Unknown
**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown
Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator