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Women in the boardroom and their impact on default risk: a pitch

Searat Ali (Accounting Finance and Economics, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia)

Accounting Research Journal

ISSN: 1030-9616

Article publication date: 3 July 2017




The purpose of this pitch research letter (PRL) is to apply the pitching template developed by Faff (2015) to an academic project on boardroom gender diversity and default risk.


The pitching template helps the pitcher to identify the core elements that form the framework of the research project. The PRL encloses a brief background about the pitcher and pitch, followed by a brief commentary on the pitch and personal reflections of the pitcher on the pitch exercise itself.


One of the best aspects of the pitching template is that it forced the researchers to think each item over and over, enabling a synthesis of scattered ideas in a systematic way. Hence, it is strongly recommend learning and applying the pitching template as a tool to refine embryonic research ideas and to track the progress on the research projects.


This PRL is novel as it highlights the worth of performing the pitching exercise (i.e. quality publication), potential adoptability challenge and solutions (i.e. unfamiliarity and training), systematic process of learning the pitching template and application of the “rule of three” in pitching research. Such reflections are believed to be useful for early career researchers (ECRs).



The author thanks Ellie Chapple (the editor) and five anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments and suggestions to improve the quality of pitch paper. The author is grateful to Prof Faff and the PhD students at the “Research Process in Business” course presentation at the University of Queensland for their helpful comments and discussions, which helped in effectively executing the proposed research project. The author is also thankful to his supervisors, Dr Benjamin Liu and Dr Jen Je Su and Dr Shams Pathan, for their advice on improving the research idea. The author also expresses gratitude to Griffith University Postgraduate Students Association (GUPSA) and Jennifer Beale for editing the English and to Griffith Graduate Research School (GGRS) for their PAS. The author is responsible for any remaining errors.


Ali, S. (2017), "Women in the boardroom and their impact on default risk: a pitch", Accounting Research Journal, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 137-146.



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