Robert Scapens

Robert Scapens

Prof, Emeritus Professor of Accounting

Personal profile

Further information

Additional Information

Professor Scapens supports the research of PhD students and other colleagues. He also delivers courses on case study and qualitative research methodology for doctoral students in the Business School as well as seminars on institutional theory and management accounting for doctoral students in accounting.


Chartered Accountant (1968)
MA (Econ), Manchester (1970)
PhD, Manchester (1979)
DSc (Econ & Bus Adm) honoris causa, Vaasa, Finland (2006)
DEcon honoris causa, Lund, Sweden (2009)

Professor Scapens' work at the University of Manchester began in 1970:
Teaching Fellow (1970-72)
Lecturer (1972-78)
Senior Lecturer (1979-83)
Professor of Accounting (1983- 2006)
Emeritus Professor (2006-date)

Other current appointments:
Professor of Management Accounting University of Birmingham (2013-date)

Professional Qualifications:
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales

Research interests

Current research interests are in the field of management accounting including: processes of management accounting change and resistance to the implementation new systems; the changing nature of management accounting practices and their impact within business organisations; performance measurement systems and their use in the integration of global organisations; the use and effects of information technology on management control and performance management systems; the role of case study research methods; the theoretical contributions of institutional theory and structuration theory.


Dive into the research topics where Robert Scapens is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or