Mrs Sara Bakr

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Sara Bakr is a doctoral researcher at Royal Holloway, University of London. Sara’s research topic is about the adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium-sized Entities (IFRS for SMEs) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The research aims to explore the reasons, benefits and challenges of adopting IFRS for SMEs in Saudi Arabia. Her PhD uses an interpretivist approach and employs qualitative methods (interviews, document analysis and observations).

Prior to commencing her PhD, Sara worked as a Marketing Analyst at Al-Barakka Company for Investment and Development with experience in marketing and sale of investment funds and real estate. Then she was offered a position at King Abdul-Aziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia as an assistant to the Head of the Accounting Department. She is now a lecturer in the Accounting Department at KAU, teaching undergraduates: Accounting 101, 102, Auditing 1.

Sara has completed her BSC in Accounting and MSC in Accounting, writing her thesis on Value-Added Auditing and its Supply and Demand Preventions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: An Empirical Study. She was awarded a scholarship from King Abdul Aziz University for doctoral study.

In 2019, Sara has been awarded a fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

-      The adoption of IFRS

-      The adoption of IFRS for SMEs

-      SMEs

-      MENA region

-      Qualitative methods

Research interests (continued)

 

Publications

1- Bakr, S. and Al-Angari, H. (2009), “Fourth Generation Auditing”, Accounting Information and the Management of Development in G.C.C. Countries, Kuwait: Accounting Department of Kuwait University and the Kuwaiti Association of Accountants and Auditors, 28-29 January 2009.

2- Al-Angari, H. and Bakr, S. (2008), "Value-Added Auditing and its Supply and Demand Preventions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: An Empirical Study", Journal of King Abdul-Aziz University: Economics and Administration, Vol. 22, No. 1.

3- Bakr, S. and Al-Angari, H. (2007), "Value-Added Auditing in its new look: An Empirical Study", The Seventh International Annual Conference, Risk Management and Knowledge Economy, Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, 16-18 April-2007.

4- Bakr, S.A. and Napier, C.J. (2018), "Adopting the International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium-sized Entities in Saudi Arabia", Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences. Special Issue Call for Papers - Interpretive Research in Management Disciplines in the MENA Region. Working paper-under process.

Activities

-       Presented an emerging paper at BAFA's South East Area Group conference about ‘The adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standard for Small and Medium-sized entities (IFRS for SMEs) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)’, at RHUL, 11 December 2017.

-       Attended BAFA's Annual Conference with Doctoral Masterclasses, Central Hall Westminster, London, 9–11 April 2018.

-       Presented a poster in RHUL annual conference for PhD students 26 April 2017.

-       Presented in the SoM annual conference for PhD students at RHUL in 2018 and 2019.

-       Presented a full paper at BAFA's annual conference with doctoral masterclasses, about the adoption of IFRS for SMEs in KSA, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, 8-9-10 April 2019.

-       Attended the 8th Brunel Accounting Symposium, 19 June 2019, Brunel University, UK.

-       1st International Symposium on MENA Economies and Markets, 4-5 December 2019, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Other work

Awards:

Sara was awarded the runner-up prize for best poster in the School of Management PhD Conference (26th April 2017).

Tasks:

Sara was the chair of the meeting for the Accounting, Finance and Economics research group, in the PhD Conference of the School of management (26th April 2017).

Sara has been involved as a coordinator in the creation of the Alumni Database of PhD students in the School of Management, Royal Holloway.

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