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MA, PGCE (Vienna University), MBA, PhD (Bangor University)
My work focuses on impression management in corporate communication. Impression management entails the construction of a public impression by organisations with the intention to appeal to their audiences, including shareholders, stakeholders, the general public, and the media. The majority of research focuses on attempts to influence perceptions by means of financial statements (earnings management). However, the language in corporate narrative documents (e.g., chairmen’s statements, press releases, corporate social responsibility reports) constitutes a more subtle and powerful way of persuading audiences to accept a specific version of reality. My work is interdisciplinary and encompasses the development of conceptual and theoretical frameworks of impression management and the development and application of text analysis methodologies (primarily based on rhetoric, discourse analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis) for the analysis of corporate narratives. For this purpose, I draw on my background in accounting (MBA in Banking and Finance, PhD in Accounting) and literature and linguistics (MA in German and English). There is a growing interest in corporate narrative reporting, evidenced by the publication of the Routledge Companion to Accounting Communication and the Special Issue of Accounting Forum on Analysing the Quality, Meaning and Accountability of Organizational Reporting and Communication, to which I have both contributed.
I am an associate editor of Accounting and Business Research (ABR, 3*) and the British Accounting Review (BAR, 3*). I am also an editorial board member of the Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ, 3*). My work is published in highly regarded journals. I won the Mary Parker Follett Award for the best paper published in the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal for 2011. Reflecting the interdisciplinary orientation of the journal, the award is named in memory of Mary Parker Follett, a pioneer in the field of management and accountability literature, who was international and interdisciplinary in her focus. Another of my papers published in the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journalwas selected by the journal’s editorial team as a Highly Commended paper in 2015. In 2017, I was the joint winner of the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal award for outstanding reviewer in the 2016 year of the journal.
- ASB 3211 Advanced Accounting Theory and Practice
- ASB 4418 Accounting Theory
- ASB 4903 FRSS A2: Impression Management, Earnings, management, and Earnings Quality
- ASB 4932 Doctoral Training Program: Foundation in Social Research
Annika Beelitz: Organisational Legitimacy of the Nuclear Industry following the Fukushima Disaster (2010-2016)
Danial Hemmings: Corporate Equity Issues: The Symbolic Management of Investor Sentiment Prior to Seasoned Equity Offerings (2012-2016)
Sara Closs-Davies: A conceptual framework of tax credits (2012 - present)
Emma Hughes: Frames of reference in contemporary labour disputes: The case of London Underground (2014-2018)