prof.dr. M.R. Kabir (Rez)

Professor of Corporate Finance and Risk Management

About Me

Rezaul Kabir is the Chair Professor in Corporate Finance and Risk Management and the Head of the Department of Finance and Accounting. He received his PhD degree in Finance from the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands), and Master degrees in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Dhaka (Bangladesh). Earlier, he has worked at the universities in Stirling (UK), Tilburg and Maastricht (NL) and Antwerp (BEL). He was also a visiting professor / scholar at University of Antwerp (Belgium); University of Liege (Belgium); New York University (United States); Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing (China); and University of Melbourne (Australia). Prior to joining the university, he worked at Fisons Bangladesh Limited (a British pharmaceutical company), and was a trainee at the Industrial Bank of Bangladesh and the European Commission, Brussels.

Dr. Kabir has lectured extensively undergraduate, graduate and executive level courses. His research has been primarily multi-disciplinary, empirical and policy-oriented. He has studied a wide range of issues related to business organizations (e.g. corporate finance, corporate governance, corporate diversification, corporate social responsibility, business groups, insider trading, trading suspensions, stock market crash, financial crisis, executive pay, earnings announcements, financial derivatives and risk management). He has widely published in national and international books, reports and scientific journals (Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, European Economic Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Multinational Financial Management, Journal of Economics and Business, Applied Financial Economics, Research in International Business and Finance, Pacific Accounting Review,Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, and China Journal of Accounting Research). He belongs to the top 10% of authors on Social Science Research Network (SSRN) by all-time downloads.

Dr. Kabir has travelled worldwide to present papers at international academic conferences. He has supervised a large number of MSc and PhD thesis students, and also worked on several research projects funded by governmental and private agencies.


Executive Compensation
Corporate Social Responsibility
Business Groups
Firm Performance
The Netherlands
Empirical Analysis
Executive Pay


Areas of interest

Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Small Business, Valuation, Risk Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Microfinance, Crowd Funding, Financial Crisis, Capital Markets, Law & Finance, Technology & Finance, Financial Engineering, Customer Concentration, Financial Management of Hospitals.



Kabir, R., Li, H., & Veld-Merkoulova, Y. (2018). Do managers act opportunistically towards the end of their career?Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money. DOI: 10.1016/j.intfin.2018.01.006
Kabir, R., & Thái Minh, H. (2017). The Effect of Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure on the Cost of Equity of Firms and the Moderating Role of Ownership. 1-27. Paper presented at International Conference "CSR, the Economy and Financial Markets" 2017, Tokyo, Japan.
Kabir, M. R., & Thai Minh, H. (2016). Key factors driving corporate social responsibility of Vietnamese firms. Paper presented at 2016 Paris Financial Management Conference, PFMC 2016, Paris, France.
Kabir, M. R., Thai Minh, H., & Thai Minh, H. (2016). Does corporate governance shape the relationship between corporate social responsibility and financial performance?. Paper presented at 3rd Vietnam International Conference in Finance (VICIF-2016), Da Nang, Viet Nam.
Huang, X., Kabir, R., & Zhang, L. (2016). Government ownership, concentration, and the capital structure of firms: empirical analysis of an institutional context from China. -. Paper presented at 23rd Annual Conference of the Multinational Finance Society 2016, Stockholm, Sweden.
Essa, S. A. G., Kabir, M. R., & Nguyen, H. T. (2016). Does Corporate Governance Affect Earnings Management? Evidence from Vietnam?. -. Paper presented at 2016 Vietnam symposium in Banking and Finance (VSBF), Hanoi, Viet Nam.
Kabir, M. R., & Zubair, S. (2015). Trade credit as an alternative to bank credit during the financial crisis. -. Paper presented at 19th Annual European Conference of the Financial Management Association International (FMA) 2015, Venice, Italy.
Other Contributions

Key publications

Journal of Banking and Finance

  • Executive compensation and the cost of debt, 2013, vol. 37, pp. 2893-2907. (with Hao Li and Yulia Veld-Merkoulova).
  • Capital structure around the world: the roles of firm- and country-specific determinants, 2008, vol. 32, pp. 1954-1969. (with Abe de Jong and Thuy Nguyen).

Strategic Management Journal

  • Foreign and domestic ownership, business groups and firm performance: evidence from a large emerging market, 2006, vol. 27, pp. 637-657. (with Sytse Douma and Rejie George).
  • Takeover defenses, ownership structure and stock returns in the Netherlands: an empirical analysis, 1997, vol. 18, pp. 97-109, (with Dolf Cantrijn and Andreas Jeunink).

Journal of Corporate Finance

  • Can the stock market anticipate future operating performance? Evidence from equity rights issues, 2003, vol. 9, pp. 93-113. (with Peter Roosenboom).

Journal of Business Finance & Accounting

  • Empirical evidence on the role of trading suspensions in disseminating new information to the capital market, 2006, vol. 33,pp. 1142-1167. (with Peter-Jan Engelen).

European Economic Review

  • Insider trading restrictions and the stock market: evidence from the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, 1996, vol. 40, pp. 1591-1603, (with Theo Vermaelen).

Journal of Business Research

  • Heterogeneity in business groups and the corporate diversification - firm performance relationship, 2012, vol. 65, pp. 412-420. (with Rejie George).
  • Business groups and profit redistribution: a boon or a bane for firms?, 2008, vol.61, pp. 1004-1014. (with Rejie George).

UT Research Information System


  • Corporate Finance (194110070)
  • Finance and Corporate Governance (201600010)
  • Business Research (201500082)
  • FENSI (201500016)
  • CHANGEL (201500017)
  • Master Thesis (194100040)
  • Bachelor Thesis (201200015)
  • Financial Risk Management (Professional Learning & Development)
  • Finance Bootcamp for Smart Businesses (CuriousU)

Affiliated Study Programmes




Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn (building no. 10), room 2420
Hallenweg 17
7522NH  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Ravelijn  2420
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands