Reader in Accounting
I am the founder and director of the Accounting and Auditing Research Centre (AARC). I started my academic career as a researcher in the Small Business Research Centre, Kingston University London. On completion of my PhD in 2003, I worked my way up from Lecturer to Reader in Accounting and subsequently joined Brunel University London in 2010. I am on the editorial boards of five journals, the organising committees of two international workshops, and I am a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the European Federation of Accountants and Auditors for SMEs (EFAA).
In addition to journal articles and research monographs, my publications include textbooks, which reflect my background in business and my teaching interests. I am the lead author of Business Accounting (3rd edition published in 2016), which covers both financial and management accounting, and Business Research (4th edition published in 2014), which is a comprehensive conceptual and practical guide for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students. In 2015 I received the Best Supervisor Award from the Union of Brunel Students and an award from the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences that recognised an outstanding contribution to the student experience.
Accounting, auditing and finance for SMEs
My research interests focus on national and international developments in accounting and auditing requirements for micro, small and medium-sized entities. I am also interested in issues relating to access to finance for small firms. I have undertaken funded research for the major UK accountancy bodies (ACCA, ICAEW and ICAS), the Financial Reporting Council and the government. The Collis Report (2003) for the Department of Trade and Industry contributed to the ‘think small first’ approach taken in UK company law and has been used as the basis for research in other jurisdictions. The second Collis Report (2008), commissioned by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, contributed to the government’s strategy for better regulation and reducing administrative burdens on smaller entities.
Accounting and Auditing Research Group
Financial accounting; Management accounting; Research methods
Jill is the lead author of a number of text books on accounting and research methods. Her accessible writing style and active-learning approach reflects her understanding of the needs of students and lecturers alike. Her books include Business Accounting (3rd edition published in 2016), which covers both financial and management accounting and is suitable for non-specialist students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Business Research (4th edition published in 2014) is a comprehensive conceptual and practical guide for undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students. In 2015 Jill received the Best Supervisor Award from the Union of Brunel Students and an award from the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences that recognised her outstanding contribution to the student experience.
Collis, J. , Jarvis, R. and Skerratt, L. (Accepted) 'The role and current status of IFRS in the completion of national accounting rules: Evidence from the UK'. Accounting in Europe. Download publication
Ojala, H. , Collis, J. , Kinnunen, J. , Niemi, L. and Troberg, P. (Accepted) 'The demand for voluntary audit in micro-companies: Evidence from Finland'. International Journal of Auditing. Download publication
Ojala, H. , Niskanen, M. , Collis, J. and Pajunen, K. (2014) 'Audit quality and decision-making in small companies'. Managerial Auditing Journal, 29 (9). Download publication
Kitching, J. , Kašperová, E. and Collis, J. (2015) 'The contradictory consequences of regulation: The influence of filing abbreviated accounts on UK small company performance'. International Small Business Journal, 33 (7). pp. 671 - 688. doi: 10.1177/0266242613503973 Download publication
Collis, J. (2012) 'Determinants of voluntary audit and voluntary full accounts in micro and non-micro small companies in the UK'. Accounting and Business Research, 42 (2). pp. 441 - 468. doi: 10.1080/00014788.2012.667969 Download publication
Collis, J. (2010) 'Audit exemption and the demand for voluntary audit: A comparative study of the UK and Denmark'. International Journal of Auditing, 14 (2). pp. 211 - 231. doi: 10.1111/j.1099-1123.2010.00415.x Download publication
Collis, J. , Jarvis, R. and Skerratt, L. (2004) 'The demand for the audit in small companies in the UK'. Accounting and Business Research, 34 (2). pp. 87 - 100.
Collis, J. and Jarvis, R. (2002) 'Financial information and the management of small private companies'. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, 9 (2). pp. 100 - 110. doi: 10.1108/14626000210427357
Collis, J. , Holt, A. and Hussey, R. (2017) Business Accounting: An Introduction to financial and management accounting. London: Palgrave
Collis, J. (2016) Management Accounting. Basingstoke: Palgrave
Collis, J. (2016) Financial Accounting. Basingstoke: Palgrave
Collis, J. and Hussey, R. (2014) Business Research: A Practical Guide for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Kitching, J. , Kašperová, E. and Collis, J. (2013) 'The Bearable Lightness of the Administrative Burden: UK Financial Reporting Regulation and Small Company Performance', in Entrepreneurial Business and Society – Frontiers in European Entrepreneurship Research.
Collis, J. , Jarvis, R. and Page, M. (2013) Value of the financial statements of SMEs to creditors. Available at: http://www.accaglobal.com/en/research-insights/small-business-resource/reporting-credit.html
Kitching, J. , Kašperová, E. , Blackburn, R. and Collis, J. (2011) Small company abbreviated accounts: A regulatory burden or a vital disclosure?. Place of publication: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
Collis, J. (2008) Directors’ views on accounting and auditing requirements for SMEs. Place of publication: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
Marriott, N. , Collis, J. and Marriott, P. (2006) Qualitative review of the accounting and auditing needs of small and medium-sized companies and their stakeholders. Place of publication: Financial Reporting Council
Collis, J. (2003) Directors’ views on exemption from statutory audit. Place of publication: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)
Collis, J. and Jarvis, R. (2000) How owner-managers use accounts. Place of publication: Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
Jarvis, R. , Collis, J. and Bainbridge, P. (2000) The finance leasing market in the 1990s: A chronological review. Place of publication: Certified Accountants Educational Trust
Theses / Dissertations
Collis, J. (2003) The Utility of the Statutory Accounts to the Directors of Small Private Companies in the UK. PhD Thesis.