Hans Duits, appointed as professor in Financial-Economic Advice for the Innovation research group (FAI), has over twenty years’ experience as a public accountant, particularly in SMEs.
In June 2012, Hans was awarded a PhD by the University of Amsterdam for his thesis entitled 'The added value of auditing in a non-mandatory environment.’
Within his research group, Hans works primarily on the changing business models in financial business services (particularly in SMEs), and the following questions are central to his research work:
- What is the added value of accountants controls in a non-legal environment? This question is particularly relevant in light of the current statutory requirement for medium-sized companies to have their annual accounts checked by an auditor.
- What are the effects of technological innovation and regulations on other financial business services providers in the SME sector, such as insurance brokers?
- What developments are occurring in accountancy services for SMEs in the market for financial business services?
His research group also focuses on two more themes:
- Business acquisitions. Research into the success and failure factors in business transfers and acquisitions in the SME sector.
- Economics, Health and healthcare. Research into the financial and economic aspects of innovations in healthcare.