A Comparative Analysis
I have written this thesis during my time as a PhD student at the Chair of International Accounting at the University of Münster. This work was accepted as a dissertation by the Münster School of Business and Economics in January 2012. Writing an ambitious PhD thesis is a great challenge, which I could not have completed on my own. Therefore, I would like to thank all those who have supported me in various ways. I am very gratefully obliged to my academic teacher and supervisor, Prof. Dr. Peter Kajüter, who has welcomed me as a PhD student at his chair and who has encouraged my work and provided many valuable suggestions to improve this study. I would also like to thank him for the numerous opportunities to present my work on conferences. I express my sincere gratitude to Prof. Dr. Shinsuke Wada. Without his help it would not have been possible to collect this large number of Japanese responses. I have further received great motivation for my research project from him and I have obtained valuable insights about Japanese particularities in society, management, and accounting. I would further like to thank Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Berens who reviewed and evaluated my study as a se- cond referee. Sincere thanks are further given to Prof. Dr. van Suntum for being the third referee. I have further received valuable suggestions for my research project by my dear colleagues and friends at the Chair of International Accounting. In particular, I would...
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