Sven Modell

Sven Modell

Prof, Professor of Management Accounting

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Research interests

Much of Professor Modell's research focuses on the institutional, political and social aspects of management accounting and control. He has conducted empirical research across a broad range of settings including public health care, higher education, local and central government and state-owned enterprises in different countries. Most of his research is of a qualitative nature and often applies longitudinal, process-orientated research approaches as well as multi-level and cross-national perspectives.  He has recently published on the accounting implications of the burgeoning space economy and is currently exploring ways of advancing research on this topic. He is also developing an increasing interest in social and environmental accounting.

In addition to these areas of research, Professor Modell has a long-standing interest in methodological issues and theory development in accounting research. He has written extensively about the paradigmatic foundations of contemporary accounting research, mixed methods research, interpretive methodology and theoretical pluralism. He is taking a particular interest in critical realism as a basis for method and theory development in accounting research and has applied this perspective to a range of methodological issues as well as in his empirical research.

He is interested in supervising research students with an interest in sociological perspectives on management accounting and control.



Sven Modell received his PhD in Business Administration from Lund University, Sweden in 1998. Prior to joining Alliance Manchester Business School in 2007 he held a Chair in Accounting at Stockholm University School of Business, Sweden. He also holds Visiting Professorships at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Norway, and Turku School of Economics, Finland. He has previously been a Visiting Professor at the University of Technology Sydney and the University of Sydney, Australia, and an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He currently serves as Editor of Journal of Management Accounting Research and Associate Editor of Accounting and Business Research and the European Accounting Review and sits of the editorial boards of a number of other, leading accounting journals. In addition, he is an Editor of the European Accounting Association's PhD Mentoring Initiative, which is a forum where doctoral students in accounting can receive advice and feedback on their research proposals and ongoing research work. Between 2019 and 2022, he served as International Director and Chair of the International Committee of the American Accounting Association Management Accounting Section and was also a member of the Executive Committee of the section. He is the recipient of several research awards, most recently for his paper "Rethinking performativity: a critical realist analysis of accounting for corporate social responsibility" (co-authored with Max Baker at the University of Sydney) which received the Mary Parker Follett Award for Outstanding Paper in Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal in 2019.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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