Dr Sander De Groote

Dr Sander De Groote

PhD in Business Economics (Accounting): "Determinants and consequences of director opportunistic insider trading.", KU Leuven, Belgium

Master of Business Economics (Msc), KU Leuven, Belgium

Bachelor of Business Economics (Bsc), KU Leuven, Belgium 

Business School
School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation

Sander De Groote

School of Accounting – PhD, KU Leuven, Belgium |  Master of Business Economics (Msc), KU Leuven, Belgium | Bachelor of Business Economics (Bsc), KU Leuven, Belgium 

Sander joined the School of Accounting as a Lecturer in April 2020. He completed his PhD at KU Leuven in Belgium, with substantial time spent at Northeastern University in the United States and Tilburg University in The Netherlands. He also holds a bachelors and master’s degree from KU Leuven.
Sanders’ research focusses on corporate governance, with a specific interest on the role of director behaviour in the firm information environment. Sander studies insider trading using it as a measure of director diligence and ethics. He is interested in assessing fairness in the firm information environment and in the treatment of different members of the board of directors. His work has been published in Journal of Business Ethics, Auditing: a Journal of Theory and Practice, Decision Support Systems, and Accounting Research Journal.

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  • Journal articles | 2022
    De Groote S; Bruynseels L; Gaeremynck A, 2022, 'Are All Directors Treated Equally? Evidence from Director Turnover Following Opportunistic Insider Selling', Journal of Business Ethics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-022-05127-9
    Journal articles | 2022
    Krishnamoorthy G; Bruynseels L; De Groote S; Wright A; Van Peteghem M, 2022, 'The Accounting Financial Expertise of the Audit Committee Chair And Oversight Effectiveness', AUDITING: A Journal of Practice & Theory, http://dx.doi.org/10.2308/ajpt-19-088
    Journal articles | 2021
    Morris RD; Dai L; De Groote S; Holmes E; Lau L; Li CK; Nguyen P, 2021, 'Coping with COVID: pivoting perspectives from teaching a third-year undergraduate financial accounting course', Accounting Research Journal, vol. 34, pp. 279 - 289, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ARJ-09-2020-0295
    Journal articles | 2018
    Lismont J; Cardinaels E; Bruynseels L; De Groote S; Baesens B; Lemahieu W; Vanthienen J, 2018, 'Predicting tax avoidance by means of social network analytics', Decision Support Systems, vol. 108, pp. 13 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dss.2018.02.001

Research Grants

  • 2017: Limperg International Scholarship program grant supporting a research visit to Northeastern University (€ 6.460; maximum 5 scholarships awarded every year.)
  • 2015: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) PhD project funding for 4 years (acceptance rate: 22%) Board Insider Trading: an Investigation of Individual Director Characteristics, Board Social Connections and Consequences for Board Performance.

  • 2021: Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Best Paper Award in the Corporate Governance stream for "What About the Directors? Does Being Different Influence a Directors' Opportunities in the Board?"

  • 2021:  Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Outstanding Reviewer Award for the 2021 Annual Conference

  • 2017: International Accounting and Finance Doctoral Symposium Best Potential Paper Award for “Limiting Director Opportunistic Insider Trading Through Compensation.”

  • 2016: International Accounting and Finance Doctoral Symposium Prof Michael McKenzie Best Paper Award for “Do companies care about insider trading behavior? Evidence from director turnover.” 


  • The Relation Between Opportunistic Insider Trading, Equity Compensation And Social Capital. (Together with Liesbeth Bruynseels and Ann Gaeremynck)

  • The Association Between Audit Committee Opportunistic Insider Trading and Financial Reporting Quality.

  • What About the Directors? Does Being Different Influence a Directors' Opportunities in the Board? (Together with Mathijs Van Peteghem and Dieter Smeulders)

  • A quiet life or internal rent extraction? What do CEO’s do following the death of independent directors? (Together with Mathijs Van Peteghem)

  • Measuring Firm Culture (Together with Dieter Smeulders)

  • ACCT3563 Issues in Financial Reporting and Analysis

  • ACCT 2542 Corporate Financial Reporting and Analysis