She is a stakeholder theorists and an accounting researcher with research interests in how these two areas overlap as well as in corporate social responsibility in general. Sam has published widely in the field of stakeholder theory and corporate social responsibility in a range of journals such as the Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, The British Accounting Review, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Business Strategy and the Environment, The Accounting Forum, Journal of Communication Management and Eco-Management and Auditing. She is co-author of the widely cited text Stakeholders: Theory and Practice (Oxford University Press). She has recently contributed to three texts on stakeholder theory including, The Handbook of Stakeholder Theory (Cambridge University Press) and Stakeholder Theory (Emerald).
Current research projects include exploring the boundary of CSR reporting,the extent to which stakeholder theory has been adopted within the accounting field, and stakeholder engagement within marketing.
Research group membership
Research Cluster: Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Social Responsibility and Governance
Sam leads the Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Social Responsibility and Governance research cluster. This group questions how financial, environmental and social accountability is achieved. Exploring solutions to accounting and accountability issues fit for the challenges of the modern environment, this cluster explores alternative theoretical and practical perspectives. The research cluster is interested in the impact across a range of stakeholder groups and for a range of organisations beyond the corporate sector, including charities and not for profit organisations in the third sector
Research grants and awards
£7,000, Evaluation of the Better Business Pack: An Environmental Initiative aimed at SMEs (WWF) with A.L. Friedman (University of Bristol)
£10,854 Corporate Social Reporting and Ethical Investment (ACCA), with A.L. Friedman (University of Bristol)
£37,496 2nd Stage: Evaluation of the Better Business Pack (WWF), with A.L. Friedman (University of Bristol)
Current projects include:
Relationship Management and Stakeholder Theory, with K. Ringham
The Boundary of Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting: evidence from the airline industry, with Ringham, K
Accounting and Stakeholder Theory
A Review of Stakeholder Theory