Prof. Alexander Brüggen

Prof. Alexander Brüggen is a Professor of Management Accounting in the Department of Accounting & Information Management at Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics. He graduated (2001) and was promoted (2005) at the same institution. The title of his dissertation was: Incentives in Multi-Task Settings. In 2006, his thesis was ranked second by the American Accounting Association for “Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award”. In 2007 he was a guest researcher at Michigan State University, and in 2012 he was Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. His research is published by serveral international journals, such as the Journal of Management Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society and The Accounting Review. Next to his research, he is involved with multiple projects with different companies, like DSM, Lufthansa Cityline GmbH, Chrysler Corp., Federation des Experts Comptables Européens (FEE), and Authoriteit Financiële Markten (AFM).

What motivated you to become a professor?

The interaction between research and teaching is one of the highlights of the job. It is good to work with young people and help them to get on their way in their careers. This is what motivates me and what continues to make the job so interesting. Maastricht University is an excellent University and Maastricht itself provides a great location.

What is your role within the MaastrichtMBA programme?

I teache management accounting in the Corporate Finance & Accounting module of the MaastrichtMBA. My teaching approach on this module is more with case studies and discussions. I assume a certain level of interest from the students so I have found this approach to be effective.

Can you tell us a little bit more about your lectures in the programme?

Accounting, and in particular management accounting is a constant necessity. Firms are interested in measuring all kinds of things, for example, their own performance, costs and emissions. All this relates to management accounting as this determines costs, performance evaluation and measures how things are reported internally. All of these aspects matter for the organisations’ bottom-line.

What are you particularly proud of professionally?

Some students do not initially take to accounting. However, rather than see this as an obstacle, I consider this a challenge. By helping them see the relevance of it after his classes, I see this as a positive result. When students, who initially do not like accounting at all, see at least the relevance of it after my class. This is an achievement I try to accomplish in every class.

Would you like to share something personal with the readers?

In his spare time, I enjoy the great outdoors, spending time with my two daughters and attending to his other great passions, gardening and bees. When I am not in the classroom or lecture hall, I can be found in full beekeeper gear at one of the three beehives at the University checking on my other, much smaller, but equally hard-working students, his bees. They keep me busy as the proverbial bee!

Prof. Alexander Brüggen
Professor
Management Accounting
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