Professor Spence's research situates accounting and accountants in a sociological context. Previous projects have included the way in which ideology pervades corporate attempts to account for their social responsibilities and environmental impact, the role of calculative practices in the formation of Great Britain in 1707, the role of accounting in US corporate governance from a historical perspective and organisational attempts to capture and valorize the immaterial labour of employees. Professor Spence is currently spearheading a major international project with Chris Carter (Edinburgh University) which looks at the career trajectories, class backgrounds and cultural capital of accountants in Big 4 professional service firms.


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    Professor of Accounting, Warwick Business School