"I really enjoy the multinational working and research environment with highly qualified and open-minded fellow students from all over the world." Behnaz Gholami, CDSB

Lisa Feil


Lisa Feil was born on October 24, 1986 in Aachen, Germany. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim. In 2009, she spent one semester at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Her master thesis examined the information content of deferred taxes focusing on the value relevance. Lisa gained research experience while working as a student research assistant at the Chair of Business Administration and Accounting of Prof. Dr. Dirk Simons. In addition, she has acquired practical experience in the fields of accounting and taxation through internships in various companies, including Ernst & Young, FALK & Co and PKF. Lisa’s research interests are mainly focused on the relationship between financial reporting and capital markets, as well as on the differences in accounting practices between the German taxation regulations, the German Commercial Code and the IFRS.

Research Interests

Relationship between financial reporting and capital markets

Differences in accounting practices 

Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS

I have chosen the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS because of the course program and the learning environment. The courses offered provide an excellent training in the different kinds of research methods and their application to taxation and accounting. Furthermore, the small class sizes, the joint offices for the doctoral students, and many other factors guarantee a very good learning environment.

The best part of being a doctoral student here

It is hard to name only one part as the best of being a doctoral student. Nevertheless, I would highlight the social environment at the GESS. We get excellent support from our mentors and the GESS administration team. Also, the cooperation among the doctoral students is great. Therefore, no matter what kind of ideas, issues or problems you have, there is always someone you can talk to.

A description of my fellow doctoral students

My fellow doctoral students are open-minded, motivated, and creative young researchers with different backgrounds. They are all very helpful and have the ability to think “outside the box”.

My most challenging experience within the program

The most challenging about the program is the overwhelming amount of coursework you have to deal with in the first year. Although, the courses provide an excellent training, it is sometimes challenging not to lose sight of your overall research goals.

My advice for prospective students

Socialize: you have the great opportunity to meet lots of people who can support and inspire you!


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European Accounting Association Annual Congress
Place: Glasgow, UK
Paper: Hard-wired or soft-wired? The influence of managerial characteristics and social norms on corporate behavior

Jahrestagung des Verbands der Hochschullehrer für Betriebswirtschaft
Place: Vienna, Austria
Paper: Hard-wired or soft-wired? The influence of managerial characteristics and social norms on corporate behavior