Associate Professor in Accounting
Academic Director of the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre
Deputy Director of the Centre for Financial Reporting & Accountability (CFRA)
Fellow of the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance (CERF)
JM Keynes Fellow in Financial Economics, University of Cambridge
BBA (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), MBA (University of California, Berkeley), PhD (University of California, Berkeley)
My research interests include corporate and sovereign disclosure, corporate governance, management incentives and compensation, and gender diversity. I combine teaching and research with a background in investment banking at Credit Suisse in Silicon Valley and portfolio management at the market neutral hedge fund division of Blackrock.
I’m a member of the Accounting subject group at Cambridge Judge Business School, which focuses on the creation, dissemination and governance of financial information.
News and insights
During the past few decades, corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues have attracted enormous attention from regulators and the investment community around the world. Until now, the most widely adopted measure is CSR-related reporting, which is believed to be a critical ingredient in achieving broader CSR goals.
New study co-authored by Jenny Chu of Cambridge Judge Business School challenges the popular portrayal of CEOs as overconfident risk-seekers down each and every highway.
Bloomberg Tax | 31 May 2022
Tighter ethics regulations are holding back the growth of Ernst & Young’s lucrative consulting business, a key reason firm leaders are considering whether to separate its global audit and advisory practices. The global accounting network is now discussing whether to spin off its global auditing business.
Jenny Chu, Associate Professor in Accounting at Cambridge Judge Business School, described the move as a watershed moment. “We need to wait and see,” she said. “The devil will be in the details on how the partners in the newly spun off audit firm may or may not retain financial interests in the consulting firm.”
Dr Jenny Chu, University Senior Lecturer in Accounting at Cambridge Judge Business School, comments on how women can be more financially savvy. “For those women with an ambition to be more financially savvy my advice would be to take stock of your current income, assets, and liabilities, then map out detailed and realistic financial goals. With this roadmap, you will be in a position to seek trusted advice on specific actions to achieve those goals.”
Dr Jenny Chu, University Lecturer in Accounting at Cambridge Judge Business School, comments on her new study on corporate earnings manipulation. The study says the power of a company’s CEO plays a role in the likelihood of earnings manipulation linked to consistently beating analyst forecasts. “You either come clean and say those expectations are too high, and suffer the price loss and reputation damage, or you use measures that are within GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) and move into grey area,” Jenny says.
European Business Review, 24 January 2017
We need a greater focus on the benefits women in top executive roles bring to companies
Business Because, 10 September 2016
Harvard Business School is helping women break into the boardroom
Cambridge Business Magazine, 1 September 2016
Theresa May won’t like this…
The Wall Street Journal, 9 August 2016
The morning risk report: CEO-employee pay ratio disclosure no panacea
Financial Times, 27 June 2016
UK disclosure rules tying CEO pay and performance not working
Test, 27 June 2016
Cambridge Business Magazine, 1 May 2016
Gender diversity and executive roles
LexisNexis, 12 April 2016
Strategies to get women into senior roles – does any of it work?
The Wall Street Journal, 11 April 2016
Earnings season: Time to tweak Warren Buffett’s maxim
Business Times Singapore, 1 April 2016
Reuters Breakingviews, 9 March 2016
Boardroom gender quotas have hidden value
Business Standard, 9 March 2016
Targets with teeth
The Scotsman, 8 March 2016
Workplace pay statistics make disheartening reading
Cambridge Business Magazine, 1 February 2016
Earnings manipulation unmasked
Reuters Breakingviews, 10 December 2015
The Economist, 8 December 2015
How companies massage their profits to beat market forecasts
The Economist, 21 November 2014
Executive compensation: If you hire them, pay will come
The Times, 17 November 2014
Hiring pay ‘experts’ brings rich rewards for chief executives
The Economist, 11 November 2014
If you hire them, pay will come
New York Times, 10 November 2014
Dealbook: More transparency, more pay for CEOs
The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance & Financial Regulation, 16 October 2014
New evidence on compensation consultants and CEO pay
Financial Times, 21 June 2012
Women working in financial education