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Accounting Group

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The Accounting Group is led by Peter Russell and includes 13 full time and part time Faculty members, 9 of whom hold a professional accountancy qualification. The focus of the group is to provide a high quality education in theoretical and practical aspects of accounting relevant to contemporary organisations, as well as to produce academic research.  Our particular areas of expertise include: Auditing, Accounting Regulation, Financial Accounting, Integrated Financial Reporting, Management Accounting, Performance Management, and Accounting Education.


We have strong links with Professional accountancy bodies, such as the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). Group members include qualified accountants and internationally recognised researchers as reflected by their publications in leading journals such as: Management Accounting Research, European Accounting Review, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives  in Accounting, Public Money and Management, Accounting Forum, Financial Accountability and Management, Accounting and Business Research and Journal of Business Ethics. The Accounting Group has contributed for NBS to be recognised in REF2014 amongst the top 10 business schools in the UK in terms of research output quality. UEA is typically ranked amongst the top 15 institutions in the UK and 1% internationally. In terms of impact, Norwich is fourth in the UK for the number of most highly cited scientists after London, Cambridge and Oxford.


Research Themes

The Accounting Group is a broad-based subject group, with research strengths in the main sub-areas of management accounting and control, integrated financial reporting and performance management. There is also significant presence in the specialist areas of accounting education and the role of auditors in financial services regulation.

Our current research projects include work in:

  • Management Accounting and Control Systems

Research in this area examines the organisational changes resulting from adoption, implementation, use and design of accounting systems emphasising their social and behavioural impacts. Currently, researchers of the group are studying the uses of accounting information for decision making, in several contexts including health-care, retail, and project management.


  • Integrated Financial Reporting

Researchers in this area examine the drivers, the processes and the effects of integrated reporting adoption as well as the quality of the disclosure offered in integrated financial and non-financial reporting.


  • Performance Management

Research in this area studies the processes by which managers and employees work together to plan, control and review individual targets and overall contribution to the organisation. Recent and ongoing research includes the performance management and control of large and small organisations, strategic change management in health organisations, information sharing and benchmarking in health services and other sectors such as manufacturing and other services.


  • Auditing and Accountability

Researchers in this area are investigating the role of auditors in financial services regulation. Their recent research has focused on the role of auditors in the supervision of financial services organisations before and after the financial crisis.

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