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This research area focusses on how accountability and responsibility is achieved in a variety of organisations using a range of methodological approaches.
The nature of the relationship between business and society is changing and there is increasing pressure on organisations to be more accountable and socially responsible. Our research considers the broader roles of accounting and corporate governance in society and the impact businesses have on a wide range of stakeholders. These issues are explored from both theoretical and practical perspectives and encompassing a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.
Credit Ratings Agencies play a critical role in the debt markets but they have been heavily criticised for their lack of scrutiny in the financial crisis. Working on various projects with the University of the West of...
This strand of research focuses on the role of Accounting in Society by drawing on political and social theory. Individual projects focus on: Working with Royal Holloway and the University of Canberra...
This project investigates how performance measures are used to manage charities. Voluntary sector organisations are under increasing pressure to account for their performance via measures. The study employs 5 case...
Research is currently conducted into corporate governance in the investment intermediary chain, external reporting and internal control structures and processes in a range of organisations, from large plcs to small charities. Researchers also investigate the thinking which underpins accountability in practice, such as stakeholder theory. There is also critical accounting research that is interdisciplinary, drawing on political and social theory.
Within this research cluster there are four areas of research which explore how accountability and social responsibility are achieved in organisations:
Project with consultancy firm Europe Economics on the state of the ratings market. Funder: DG FISMA (EU)
June 2015 - January 2016