Our work in this fundamentally interdisciplinary field includes empirical/quantitative studies in management accounting, comparative analyses of management accounting systems in the private and public sector, as well as broader contributions to social theory.
We support our research activities within the department through an active series of departmental seminars, a weekly doctoral seminar on the organisational and institutional aspects of accounting, and a weekly lunchtime workshop on the economic analysis of accounting. We also offer and contribute to doctoral seminars, 'brown bag' seminars and open seminars organised under the auspices of CARR. And, we participate in seminars organised by the Financial Markets Group (FMG), LSE Health and Social Care, as well as several other departments and groups on campus, including Management, Finance, Information Systems, Economic History, Law and Government.
Finally, we have strong links with both CIMA and the ICAEW, and more generally with the world of practice through events organised via CARR. The quality, range and indeed volume of seminars, workshops, conferences and visitors are simply outstanding to support and nurture the diverse and intellectually stimulating environment the school is known for.
Our research has been supported by a number of significant grants. For example, in 1996 the department was awarded £577,255 by the Chartered Accountants' Trustees Limited (CATL). The objective of the grant was to support research on accounting, governance and control.
To implement the research programme, Professor Michael Power was designated PD Leake Professor of Accounting. There was an Annual Trustees' Lecture series and a conference entitled 'Professional Service Firms in Transition: Expertise, Identity and Globalisation' at LSE in cooperation with the University of Manchester. There were also several research projects and publications, including C. Ramirez, Understanding Social Closure in its Cultural Context: Accounting Practitioners in France (1920-1939), Accounting Organisations and Society (May-July 2001).