Professor Jane Davison

Jane Davison

Professor Jane Davison

Professor of Accounting

Phone: +44 1784 414349

Personal profile

Jane Davison BA (Liverpool), MA, PhD (London), FCA, FHEA

My principal work is on accounting and the visual.  My own interest stems from an interdisciplinary background in chartered accounting (Ernst & Young, London) and the fine arts (BA, MA, PhD in French literature).  My work aims at developing interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks together with close empirical analysis of the visual in financial reporting, accountability and governance, using approaches from philosophy, literature and the fine arts.  Visual perspectives on accounting and accountability are important but have been relatively neglected.  Visual media are frequently more powerful and revealing than the numbers and narratives composing the technical accounting content to which the bulk of accounting research has been directed. 

There is in recent years a growing interest in the visual in accounting communication and in organization studies more generally, evidenced by ESRC seminar series, EIASM workshops, special journal issues (see below) and books (such as Imagining Organizations and the forthcoming Routledge Companion to the Visual Organization), to all of which I have contributed.   I am a founding member of the  ESRC-funded international research network inVisio [International Network for Visual Studies in Organisations] http://in-visio.org/.  The inVisio ESRC-funded researcher development web pages 'inspire', for use in research and teaching, are newly available at http://moodle.in-visio.org/.  I have co guest-edited special issues on the visual for Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal (2009, with S. Warren) and for Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management (2012, with C. McLean and S. Warren).  The latter won the Emerald award for the best special issue across all Emerald journals in 2012.

 

 

 

I have interests in accounting communication more broadly.  I am an Associate Director of the Centre for Impression management in Accounting Communication at Bangor University, http://cimac.bangor.ac.uk, co-editor (with L. Jack and R. Craig) of the Routledge Companion to Accounting Communication (2013) and co-editor of a special issue of Accounting and Business Research on Accounting Narratives:  Quantification, Storytelling and Sensemaking (planned for 2015, with V. Beattie).

 

 

Research interests

My research interests, research grants, journal editorial roles and other activities are shown below.

  • Accounting and the visual
  • Accounting narratives
  • Literary, fine art and philosophical approaches to communication issues in accounting
  • Reporting of intangibles/intellectual capital
  • Organizational accountability and corporate governance
  • Myth and accounting

The Oxford Handbook Public Accountability

 

Research grants

2010-2012 ESRC Researcher Development Initiative funding for advancing visual methodologies in business and management in conjunction with inVISIO: International Network of Visual Studies in Organisations http://in-visio.org/ (group project with colleagues from Essex, Bath, Exeter, Sheffield, Surrey and Rochester (US)), £81,000.

2008-2009 ESRC Research Seminar Series funding for inVISIO: International Network of Visual Studies in Organisations (group project with colleagues from Surrey, Bath, Exeter and Manchester), £15,000.

2003-2006 Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland grant for work on visual and narrative material in annual reports and links with intangibles (with L. Skerratt, Brunel University), £6,200

2001 Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland seedcorn grant for work on communication techniques in financial reporting, £250

1992-1994 British Academy major scholarship for research in the fine arts, £12,000

 

Editorial roles

Associate Editor, Accounting and Business Research

Member, Editorial Board, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal.

Guest editor (with V. Beattie) of a special issue of Accounting and Business Research on 'Accounting narratives:  quantification, storytelling and sensemaking' (publication planned for 2015).

Editor (with L. Jack and R. Craig) of The Routledge Companion to Accounting Communication (2013).

Guest editor (with C. McLean [University of Manchester] and S. Warren [University of Essex]) of a special issue of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management entitled 'Exploring the Visual in Organizations and Management', published May 2012. Link to the special issue  Winner of Outstanding Special Issue Award across all 180 Emerald publications in 2012.  

 

Guest editor (with S. Warren [University of Essex]) of a special issue of Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (August 2009, Vol. 22 No. 6), on Visual Perspectives on Accounting and Accountability. [Top downloaded issue of that journal for 2009] Link to the special issue.

Joint editor (with M. Renouard [Birkbeck College, University of London]) of a special issue of La Chouette (1995) on Lorand Gaspar.

 

           

Other activities

Founding member, inVisio: International Network of Visual Studies in Organisations http://in-visio.org/, 2008 to date

Associate director, CIMAC:  Centre for Impression Management in Accounting, Bangor University http://cimac.bangor.ac.uk

Member, ESRC Peer Review College, 2010 to date.

Peer reviewer, Italian Evaluation of Research Quality Exercise, 2012.

Expert Reviewer, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) General Directorate for the coordination and development of Research Office, 2013-

Teaching

External Examiner

Surrey University 2009-11;  Bristol University 2012-

QAA Convenor

Brunel University 1999-2001

Professional Examination Duties

ACCA, CIMA, ICAEW 1985-2004

Programme Director

I championed the development of our innovative Masters in International Accounting programme that places accounting in the broader context of society.  It has run successfully since 2006 and I was the Programme Director from 2006 to 2012.

Masters course MN5904 Communication Issues in Accounting

Communication issues in accounting are an important but neglected area, and this course aims to raise students' critical awareness of theory and practice regarding a variety of questions of contemporary communication.  It includes a consideration of aspects of readership and of impression management and rhetoric in narratives, graphs and pictures.

Third year undergraduate course MN3045 Comparative International Accounting

This course develops awareness of various aspects of the international accounting environment.  After a consideration of the institutional, external and cultural influences on accounting, national differences are explored together with ways of classifying accounting systems.  International harmonisation and standardisation are discussed.  Current issues in international accounting are examined, including communication issues and corporate governance.

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