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Accounting and Management Control

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Keith Robson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Social Studies majoring in Econometrics (Victoria University of Manchester), a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Finance (Victoria University of Manchester) and a PhD in Financial Reporting (University of Manchester I statute of Science and Technology). 

He has authored and co-authored three books, seven chapters in edited collections and over 35 articles in academic accounting, management and organization studies journals (Accounting, Auditing and Accountability; Accounting and Business Research, Accounting Business and Financial History; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Economy and Society; European Accounting Review; Human Relations, Organization; Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Science in Context). He is an Editor of Accounting, Organizations and Society, former associate editor of British Accounting Review, and serves on the boards of Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, International Journal of Auditing, Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Organizational Change, and the British Accounting Review.

His research interests include performance measures and diffusion; socio-political studies of accounting regulation; the profession, professional firms and professionalization; management control in schools; auditing methodologies. He is a member of the American Accounting Association, British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA), European Accounting Association (EAA), and is Doctoral Alumnus of the American Accounting Association (AAA) Doctoral Consortium (as the BAA nominee), and of the European Accounting Association Doctoral Colloquium. He has held a Research Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Keith is now a co-organizer of the Doctoral Colloquium of the European Accounting Association.  

Keith has held posts at Aberystwyth University, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), University of Manchester and Cardiff University. taught management accounting at various levels at Aberystwyth, Cardiff and Manchester. He is an Honorary Professor at Cardiff Business School. At HEC he is currently teaching cost accounting (HEC Master of Science in Management - Grande École), and theories of management control (HEC doctoral program). He supervises one PhD student at HEC Paris and two at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University. 


Scientific articles

Budgetary Reform and the Structuration of Organizational Fields in Education

Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 2005, vol. 18, n° 6, pp 733-755, (in coll. with P. EDWARDS, M. EZZAMEL)

Helping them to Forget..: the Organizational embedding of Gender Relations in two large audit firms

Accounting, Organizations and Society, 2005, (in coll. with F. ANDERSON-GOUGH, C. GREY)

Accounting Professionals and the Accounting Profession: Linking Conduct and Context

Accounting and Business Research, 2002, vol. 32, n° 1, pp 41-56, (in coll. with F. ANDERSON-GOUGH, C. GREY)

Spanish Utilities during the Civil War

Accounting History Review (formerly Accounting, Business and Financial History), 2002, vol. 12, n° 2, pp 347-368, (in coll. with L. FERNANDEZ-REVUELTA, D. GOMEZ)

Budgetary Control and Institutional Reform: Constructing the Accountable School

Financial Accountability & Management, 2001, vol. 16, n° 4, pp 309-325, (in coll. with P. EDWARDS, M. EZZAMEL)

Tests of Time: Organizational Time-Reckoning and the Making of Accountants in Audit Practices

Accounting, Organizations and Society, 2001, vol. 26, n° 2, pp 99-122, (in coll. with F. ANDERSON, C. GREY)

In the Name of the Client: the Service Ethic in Professional Service Firms

Human Relations, 2000, vol. 53, n° 9, pp 1151-1174, (in coll. with F. ANDERSON-GOUGH, C. GREY)

Connecting Accounting and Education in the UK: Discourses and Rationalities of Education Reform

Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 1999, vol. 10, pp 469-500, (in coll. with M. EZZAMEL, P. EDWARDS)

Ritual Legitimation and the Budgetary Process: Managing Organizational Hypocrisies in a Multi-national Company

Management Accounting Research, 1999, (in coll. with L. FERNANDEZ-REVUELTA)

Social Analyses of Accounting Institutions: A Commentary on Bryer

Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 1999, vol. 9,


Chapters edited in books

Working papers

Scientific articles

Tracing performance in the pharmaceutical industry: ambivalence, opacity and the performativity of flawed measures

Accounting, Organizations and Society, October 2011, vol. 36, n° 7, pp 428-455, (in coll. with C. DAMBRIN)

Discourse and audit change: transformations in methodology in the professional audit field

Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 2008, vol. 20, n° 6, pp 825-854, (in coll. with R. KHALIFA, R. SHARMA, N. HUMPHREY)

Discourse and institutional change: ‘giving accounts’ and accountability

Management Accounting Research, June 2007, vol. 18, n° 2, pp 150-171, (in coll. with M. EZZAMEL, P. STAPLETON)

Transforming Audit Technologies: Business Risk Audit Methodologies and the Audit Field

Accounting, Organizations and Society, 2007, vol. 32, n° 4-5, pp 409-438, (in coll. with C. HUMPHREY, C. KHALIFA, J. JONES)

Chapters edited in books

Firm Histories

Companion To Accounting History, S. Walker, J.R. Edwards (Eds), Routledge, London

Connecting Science to the Economic

Science And Economic Calculation, M. Power (Ed.), Cambridge University Press

Regulating the UK Accountancy Profession: A Changing Relationship between the State and the Profession

Accounting As Social And Institutional Practice, A.G. Hopwood , P.B. Miller (Eds), Cambridge University Press

On Understanding the Development of the Accountancy Profession in the UK

Critical Accounts, D. J. Cooper, T. M. Hopper (Eds), Macmillan


  • Ph.D., The University of Manchester - United Kingdom
  • M.A., The University of Manchester - United Kingdom
  • Bachelor of Arts in Econometrics, The University of Manchester - United Kingdom

Academic appointments

Academic responsabilities at HEC

  • 2014-2017 Member of GREGHEC (CNRS) HEC Paris
  • 2016- Department Head, Accounting and Management Control HEC Paris
  • 2014- Professor, Accounting and Management Control HEC Paris

External Academic Responsabilities

  • 2005-2014 Professor, Accounting Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
  • 2004-2005 Professor, Accounting Manchester Business School
  • 1998-2004 Professor, Accounting Manchester School of Management
  • 1995-1998 Senior lecturer, Accounting and Management Control Manchester School of Management
  • 1988-1995 Senior lecturer, Accounting and Management Control Manchester School of Management
  • 1986-1988 Senior lecturer, Accounting University College Wales
  • 1984-1986 Research Assistant, Department of Management Sciences Manchester School of Management

Scientific Activities

Membership in Academic or Professional Organisation

  • Management Committee, Board and Doctoral Committee of the European Accounting Association
  • Member, European Accounting Association; Management Control Association

Editorial activities

  • September 2015- Editor-in-Chief, Accounting, Organizations and Society
  • July 2013- Co-Editor, Accounting, Organizations and Society
  • July 2013- Editor, British Accounting Review
  • 1991-1995 Member of the Editorial Board, European Accounting Review
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Critical Studies in Finance, Accounting and Behavioural Research, Journal of Contemporary Accounting Organizational Change, International Journal of Auditing, Critical Perspectives on Accounting
  • Former Associate Editor, British Accounting Review
  • Reviewer, Accounting and Business Research; Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal; Accounting, Management and Information Technologies; American Journal of Sociology; Accounting, Organizations and Society; British Accounting Review; British Journal of Sociology; Contemporary Accounting Research; Critical Perspectives on Accounting; European Accounting Review; Gender, Work and Organization; Human Relations; Journal of Contemporary Accounting and Organizational Change; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; Journal of Management Studies; Management Accounting Research; Organization; Organization Studies; Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management; Scandinavian Journal of Management

  • Conference organisation

  • 2011-2011 Co-organizer of the first Financial Reporting as Social and Organizational Practice Workshop (with Professor Michael Power, LSE, & Professor Joni Young, University of New Mexico)
  • Co-organizer of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Tenth Interdisciplinary Perspectives On Accounting Conference (IPA), Manchester July 1994, 1997, 2000 and Cardiff 2006, 2012