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Plenary Speakers

The plenary speakers are:

Professor Jan Bebbington

Jan Bebbington

Professor Jan Bebbington qualified as a chartered accountant in New Zealand where she also held her first academic post before moving to the UK to pursue her academic career. Previously Professor of Accounting at the University of Aberdeen, she is actively engaged in many aspects of the application of academic research in sustainable development to practice in industry, non-profit and political organisations. She is also an Associate Director of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research.

Professor Bebbington is currently the Vice Chair (Scotland) of the Sustainable Development Commission and has previously been a Member of the Scottish Executive Cabinet Sub-Committee on Sustainable Scotland.

Since 2000 Professor Bebbington has been the Associate Director of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) and is the Chair of the Association of Certified Chartered Acountants' Social and Environmental Committee.

Professor Jane Broadbent

Jane Broadbent

Professor Jane Broadbent took up her post as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Roehampton University on the 1st March 2006. She was formerly Senior Vice-Principal (Academic Affairs) at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Professor Broadbent qualified as an accountant whilst working for the NHS before entering Higher Education as a mature student. She gained her PhD from Sheffield in 1995. She has over 40 refereed publications and numerous professional articles aligned to management and accounting change in the public sector. She is joint editor of three books, two of which are related to the area of management control, the third relating to the changing role of the professions. She has jointly (with Richard Laughlin) held three research grants from the ESRC, the most recent conducting research into Performance Management of Universities in the UK. Earlier work researching PFI in the UK and funded by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants is now being extended jointly with colleagues at the University of Sydney. This latter work is funded by the Australian Research Council.

Professor Broadbent's external engagements include:

Professor Chris Chapman

Chris Chapman

Chris Chapman is Professor of Management Accounting at Imperial College Business School. He is Editor in Chief of Accounting, Organizations and Society.

Chris sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Management Accounting Research, Management Accounting Research and Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Journal.

Chris is also a member of the Managing board of the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Chairs the Institute’s Programme Development Group and was a member of the Contemporary Accounting Research editorial board, from September 2003 to April 2010.

The Handbook of Management Accounting Research which Chris co-edited was awarded the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association 2008. Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature Award.

Professor Barbara Czarniawska

Barbara Czarniawska

Professor Barbara Czarniawska is Professor of Management Studies at Göteborg University, School of Business, Economics and Law (Gothenburg Research Institute). She was born and educated in Poland, and she became a Swedish citizen in 1988.

Professor Barbara Czarniawska is a well-known researcher of organizational practices and organization cultures. Her work is interdisciplinary, combining organization and management theory with other social sciences such as anthropology in order to understand organizations as complex cultural entities. Her work based on the method of the narrative approach has been innovative. Her publications cover such themes as managerial work, organizational learning and change, city management, and gender inequality.

She has worked as Visiting Professor in several European and US universities, and she is, among other things, a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Royal Engineering Academy, and the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Göteborg.

Professor Dean Neu

Dean Neu

Professor Dean Neu is a faculty member in the Schulich School of Business at York University, Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining the faculty, he was the Director of the Centre for Public Interest Accounting and faculty member at the University of Calgary. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, the University of Toronto and Universidad de Autonoma del Estado de Morelos in Mexico. He is currently the co-editor of Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

As an accounting scholar and activist Dean is committed to unveiling the presence of accounting where we might not otherwise expect to find it, he has in numerous articles and public appearances revealed how accounting plays a mediative role between governments and population segments. Dean's research and writing demonstrate how accounting, working hand in hand with bureaucracies, shapes and constructs societal governance. In this work, the disguise of accounting as a boring benign appendage to business and government is stripped away to reveal how accounting number play a crucial role in shaping public policy and the perceptions the public has of those policies.

Professor John Roberts

University of Sydney, Faculty of Economics & Business.

John Roberts' recent research has focussed on corporate governance and, in particular, on understanding the dynamics of roles and relationships both within boards and between boards and institutional investors. He is a qualitative researcher who typically uses interview based research with executive and non-executive directors, CEO's and chairmen in FTSE companies, as well as with fund managers and investors to explore the actual processes through which corporate governance is effected and effective. He has published widely from this work both in academic journals and practitioner reports. His wider research interests include corporate social responsibility, organisational processes of control and accountability, narcissism and ethics.

Professor Roy Suddaby

Roy Suddaby

Roy Suddaby is the Eric Geddes Professor of Business in the department of Strategic Management and Organization at the Alberta School of Business. Professor Suddaby researches organizational and institutional change using, primarily, qualitative methods. His main empirical context is professional service firms and creative industries. His research has been published in leading management journals including the Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Organizational Behaviour, Accounting, Organizations and Society, the Journal of Business Ethics and Human Relations. Roy is an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Review, and serves or has served on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Studies, Scandinavian Management Journal, the Journal of Management Studies, Strategic Organization and Business Research. He is the guest editor of special research forums of the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Management Studies and the Journal of Business Venturing and has been the guest editor of special issues of the Journal of Organizational Behaviour and Management Communications Quarterly. Professor Suddaby is the recipient of Best Paper awards from the Academy of Management Journal and the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada as well as the Ascendant Scholar award from the Western Academy of Management and Outstanding Reviewer awards from the Academy of Management Review and Academy of Management Journal. He is currently researching corporate art collections and the changing role of the corporation in society in preparation for a book, The Ascendant Corporation, to be published by the University of Toronto Press.