Hans B. Duits PhD was appointed Professor of Financial-Economic Advice in Innovation (FAI) on 1 January 2011. Hans has built up extensive experience working as an external auditor, primarily for clients in the SME segment. In June 2012, Hans was awarded a PhD by the University of Amsterdam for his research into ‘The added value of auditing in a non-mandatory environment’.
Hans mainly focuses on changing business models in the financial services industry (serving SMEs and other segments), with strong emphasis on the following questions:
- What is the added value of an external audit in a non-legal context? This against the background of the current legal requirement for medium-sized enterprises to have their annual accounts reviewed by an external auditor.
- What are the effects of technological innovation and regulations on other providers of financial business services to the SME segment – insurance brokers, for example?
- Which trends relating to the external SME auditor can we observe in the market for financial business services?
In addition, the Research group pays attention to the following two themes:
- Transfers of ownership. Research into success and failure factors during transfers of ownership and acquisitions in the SME segment.
- The economy, health and care. Research into the financial-economic aspects of innovations in the Health and Care sectors.