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Qiu Chen

Chen, Qiu
Associate Professor
CPA Ontario Fellow
B.A. (North China Electric Power University), Master's of Management (Renmin University of China), M.Sc. (Queen's), Ph.D. (Queen's)
DMS 7160
613-562-5800 x 4790
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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.

Current projects

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.

Research Areas

Publications during the last 7 years

Papers in Refereed Journals

  • Ben Amar, W., Chen, Q., Ding, S. and Quon, T.K.S. 2023. The Impact of Accounting Information and its Quality on Government Funding to Nonprofit Organizations. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 34(2): 349–377.
  • Ni, N., Chen, Q., Ding, S. and Wu, Z. 2017. Professionalization and Cost Efficiency of Fundraising in Charitable Organizations: The Case of Charitable Foundations in China. VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 28(2): 773-797.
  • Chen, Q., Ding, S., Jia, C. and Wu, Z. 2017. What Happens When Firms Break Promises? The Case of Information Credibility. The European Journal of Finance, 23(7-9): 606-635.

Funded Research during the last 7 years

Funded Research during the last 7 years
From-To Source Title * ** Role Amount
2023-2025 SSHRC Insight Development Grant The Application of Time-Driven Activity Based Costing in Canadian Hospitals R C Co-PI $ 63,763
2022-2024 SSHRC Sustainable Inventory Management: The Role of Taxes in Corporate Inventory Donations R C PI $ 69,425
2018-2022 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


C: Contract (R and D) | E: Equipment Grant | R: Research Grant | S: Support Award | P: Pedagogical Grant | O: Other, U: Unknown

C: Granting Councils | G: Government | F: Foundations | I: UO Internal Funding | O: Other | U: Unknown

PI = Principal Investigator | Co-I = Co-Investigator | Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator

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