Research Output per year
Elaine has been Professor of Accounting and Management at Roehampton since 2010 and was also the Director of the Business School from 2010 to 2014. She currently leads the PhD programme in the Business School and leads a research team on strategic investment decision making. Elaine is Associate Editor of the British Accounting Review, special issues editor for the Journal of Applied Accounting Research and Chair of the Management Control Association. She is editor of the Routledge Companion to Performance Management and Control (2018) and one of its 52 authors. She has won both best paper and reviewer awards for Emerald journals.
She has over 30 years of experience in higher education, including more than 20 years as a manager as well as an academic. She is currently module convener for a postgraduate module on Strategic Investment Appraisal that draws on her research.
Prior to her academic career Elaine worked in accountancy practice as an auditor, accountant, consultant and manager. Her research has impacted on managerial processes in organisations.
MBA, AdipC, DBA, FCCA, DipM, FCIM, FCMI, FRSA, FHEA
Elaine's research is focussed upon how managers make sense of risky business propositions and prospective projects, and how they interact with other organisational members and external parties in reaching strategic investment decisions. This research is located within the field of management control and links to strategy implementation and project management. Elaine's work draws on theories from psychology, e.g. cognition, and increasingly from sociology, e.g. structuration. Her aim is to develop practice-based theory on strategic investment decision-making (SIDM) that acknowledges both the psychology of managerial judgement and the social context of decision-making processes. She is currently exploring the influence of different forms of ownership on SIDM.
Elaine was leading a project on the nexus of advanced performance measurment systems and strategic investment project appraisal funded by the ICAEW charitable trust, that reported in 2018. Her work on strategic investment decisions continues with case studies in higher education.
Elaine has previusly carried out research on risk assessment in project appraisal funded by commercial enterprises such as Christian Salveson PLC (1999-2003) and on managerial judgement by professional bodies such as CIMA (2004-2006). She is the current chair of a research network, the Management Control Association.
Doctoral students currently under Elaine's supervision include
Megan Kelly - Student engagement in ethics education in an undergraduate accounting degrees: a comparative study
Christiaan Roell - Internationalisation through a network of relationships: perspectives from Dutch MNE subsidiaries in Indonesia
Simon Jewell - An Exploration of Innovation Policy and Practice within the UK Defence Enterprise
Tingting Song - A Comparative Study on Earnings Management through Loan Loss Provisions of Commercial Banks
Elaine is a Fellow of ACCA, CIM, CMI, RSA and the HEA
She is also a member of the British Accounting & Finance Association (BAFA) and was chair of the Committee of Departments of Accounting & Finance (CDAF, formerly known as CHA) from 2005 to 2009.
Elaine has undertaken consultancy and corporate development projects for a range of clients including Richard Burbidge plc, Peterborough Software plc, Scania (GB) Ltd, ABR Foods Ltd, Bedfordshire County Council, Shoosmiths, FKI plc, NHS London hospitals and EuroPoolSystem International BV as well as professional bodies such as CIMA.
From accounting information systems and financial applications to education and training and strategic risk management.
Strategic Investment Appraisal
Accounting for Decision Making
Audit Practice and Ethics
Management Research Methods
Brunel University London
1995 → 1999
Award Date: 31 Mar 1999
Associate Editor, British Accounting ReviewMar 2016 → …
Research output: Contribution to journal › Editorial
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Research output: Book/Report › Commissioned report
Research output: Book/Report › Anthology
Activities per year
Elaine Harris (Speaker)
Activity: Talk or presentation › Invited talk
Elaine Harris (Peer reviewer)
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work › Editorial Activity
Supervisor: Harris, E. (Supervisor) & Louth, J. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis
Supervisor: Harris, E. (Supervisor) & Waring, M. (External person) (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis