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Leif Atle Beisland


9I268 ( Universitetsveien 19, Kristiansand )

Leif Atle Beisland is Professor at the Department of Economics and Finance at the School of Business and Law at the University of Agder. He holds a PhD in Accounting from NHH Norwegian School of Economics. 

Beisland did his Phd on ‘the value relevance of accounting information’, but his accounting research also includes the influence of accounting standards on firms’ hedging strategies. Over the last years, Beisland has become deeply involved in two areas of microfinance research: performance measurement for microfinance institutions and the use of microfinance services of particularly vulnerable groups of people, e.g., persons with disabilities. 

Beisland’s research is published in several international journals, e.g. Journal of International Accounting, Auditing & Taxation, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Accounting Forum, International Review of Financial Analysis, International Journal of Auditing, Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Small Business Management, Journal of Development Studies and Journal of International Development. Beisland has also authored and co-authored a number of book chapters on the same subjects. 

Professor Beisland teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the interface between finance and accounting. He is supervising a large number of master theses. In addition, he is supervising several Phd-students at the Phd-program in International Business. 

Beisland also holds an adjunct position at the Norwegian School of Economics.

Beisland is a former auditor at Ernst & Young and Risk Manager/Portfolio Manager at Agder Energi. Between 2003 and 2011, he served as a member of Grimstad City Council. He is currently on the board of Agder Energi. 

Research interests

Please see list of publications below. 

Courses and teaching

BE-316 Valuation: https://www.uia.no/studieplaner/topic/BE-316-1

BE-414 Financial Statement Analysis and Equity Valuation: https://www.uia.no/studieplaner/topic/BE-414-1


Reserach group "Emerging Markets"

Scientific publications

  • Djan, Kwame Ohene; Nyarko, Samuel Anokye; Mersland, Roy; Beisland, Leif Atle; Nakato, Linda (2019). The Impact of International Ownership on the Performance of Social Enterprises: A Global Survey of Microfinance Shareholder Firms.
  • Beisland, Leif Atle; Djan, Kwame; Mersland, Roy (2019). What Drives the Social Scores in Microfinance Ratings?.
  • Beisland, Leif Atle; Mersland, Roy; Nyarko, Samuel Anokye; Nakato, Linda; Ohene Djan, Kwame (2018). The Impact of International Ownership on the Performance of Microfinance Institutions: A Global Survey.

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