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Two New Professors Joining WU in September

WU is pleased to wel­come two new pro­fess­ors who are join­ing the ranks of WU’s re­search and teach­ing staff. Zoltán No­vot­ny-­Far­kas took of­fice as Pro­fessor of In­ter­na­tional Ac­count­ing at the De­part­ment of Fin­ance, Ac­count­ing and Stat­ist­ics on Septem­ber 1. On the same day, Stefan Per­ner took up the chair in Civil and Busi­ness Law at the De­part­ment of Busi­ness, Em­ploy­ment and So­cial Se­cur­ity Law.

Pro­fessor Zoltán No­vot­ny-­Far­kas, De­part­ment of Fin­ance, Ac­count­ing and Stat­ist­ics
Zoltán Novotny-Farkas

Zoltán Novotny-Farkas

Zoltán No­vot­ny-­Far­kas (born in 1981) earned his doc­toral de­gree in busi­ness and eco­nomic sciences from Goethe Uni­versity Frank­furt in 2011. After that, he spent a year at the Whar­ton School, Uni­versity of Pennsylvania, as a vis­it­ing scholar. In 2012, he be­came a lec­turer at Lan­caster Uni­versity, England, where he ad­vanced to the rank of senior lec­turer in 2017. On Septem­ber 1, 2018, he be­came Pro­fessor of In­ter­na­tional Ac­count­ing at WU’s De­part­ment of Fin­ance, Ac­count­ing and Stat­ist­ics.

Key top­ics for his work at WU

Zoltán No­vot­ny-­Far­kas’ re­search fo­cuses primar­ily on the eco­nomic con­sequences of in­ter­na­tional fin­an­cial re­port­ing and bank­ing reg­u­la­tion re­forms, e.g. the in­tro­duc­tion of new in­ter­na­tional fin­an­cial re­port­ing stand­ards (IFRS) or the Basel III frame­work. “My work is situ­ated at the cross­roads of ac­count­ing and bank­ing,” ex­plains Pro­fessor No­vot­ny-­Far­kas. “In my work at WU, I will in­vestig­ate the ef­fects of fin­an­cial re­port­ing prac­tices on mar­ket dis­cip­line and the risk-­tak­ing be­ha­vior of banks. I will also look at the mo­tiv­a­tions for and con­sequences of in­creased trans­par­ency in cent­ral bank re­ports.”

Pro­fessor Stefan Per­ner, De­part­ment of Busi­ness, Em­ploy­ment and So­cial Se­cur­ity Law
Stefan Perner

Stefan Perner

Stefan Per­ner (born in 1980) ob­tained his doc­toral de­gree in law from the Uni­versity of Vi­enna. Be­fore earn­ing his ve­nia do­cendi from the Uni­versity of Vi­enna in 2012, he did re­search at the Max Planck In­sti­tute for Com­par­at­ive and In­ter­na­tional Private Law in Ham­burg (2009) and worked as a vis­it­ing fel­low at the Uni­ver¬sity of Cam­bridge (Pem­broke Col­lege, 2011). In 2013, he was offered a chair in Private Law at the Uni­versity of Kla­gen­furt, where he was ap­poin­ted to the Uni­versity Board earlier this year, fol­low­ing a pro­posal by the Sen­ate. In 2015, he moved on to Jo­han­nes Kepler Uni­versity Linz (JKU), where he took up a pro­fess­or­ship in Civil Law. At JKU, Stefan Per­ner co-­foun­ded the LIT Di­gital Trans­form­a­tion and Law Lab, which in­vestig­ates the legal con­sequences of di­git­al­iz­a­tion. As of Septem­ber 1, Stefan Per­ner now works as Pro­fessor of Civil and Busi­ness Law at WU.

Key top­ics for his work at WU

The chal­lenges posed by the pro­cess of di­gital trans­form­a­tion will re­main a cent­ral aspect in Stefan Per­ner’s work. In ad­di­tion, Pro­fessor Per­ner also plans to do re­search on aspects of in­sur­ance law. “This is a field that is closely con­nec­ted to other sub­jects in­vestig­ated at WU, for in­stance fin­ance, risk man­age­ment, stat­ist­ics, mathem­at­ics, and eco­nom­ics. I’d like to con­trib­ute my legal per­spect­ive to the mix to fur­ther strengthen WU’s pro­file as an im­port­ant hub for in­sur­ance-re­lated re­search,” says WU’s new Pro­fessor of Civil and Busi­ness Law, look­ing for­ward to his planned pro­jects.



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