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Dr Francois-Regis Puyou

Dr Francois-Regis Puyou

Lecturer in Management

Programme Director, MLitt in Management
Examinations Officer (Taught postgraduate programmes)

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 1971

Teaching 2018-2019

  • MN1002 Organisations and Analysis
  • MN2002 Management and Analysis
  • MN5424 Corporate Finance and Accounting


François-Regis joined the School of Management at the University of St Andrews in May 2016. After a double degree in management (EM Lyon Business School) and in Information Technology, Management and Organizational Change (University of Lancaster), he started his career as a management accountant working for AXA and Rhodia. He then decided to embrace an academic career and to complete a doctorate in sociology at Sciences-Po Paris obtained in 2009. Prior to his move to Scotland, François was research assistant at EM Lyon and then associate professor at Audencia Business School (in Nantes, France). François enjoys conducting field studies involving interviews and non-participant observations. From a theoretical point of view, he has developed a strong interest in the work of the sociologist G Simmel and has acquired over time a good knowledge of Michel Henry's phenomenology.

Research interests

François' work mostly deals with critical approaches to management accounting practices. In addition to a strong personal interest in the social and organisational impacts of accounting tools and practices, he particularly enjoys interdisciplinary research projects involving collaborations with colleagues from different management disciplines such as human resources, IT, strategy and entrepreneurship. François has published on the phenomenology of management control systems and how they distort the managers' perception of work done by others. He has also conducted collaborative work on the power of visualisation in management and more specifically on the performative role of accounting figures in generating collaboration, mediation and envisioning organisational strategy. More recently, he has developed an interest in tension management mechanisms to prevent conflicts in relationships between venture capitalist and owner managers. All his research nourishes a particular attempt to promote in the classroom reasonable uses of financial accounting tools in order to generate constructive doubt and diversity in opinions.

Selected publications


Imagining Organizations: Performative Imagery in Business and Beyond
Puyou, F-R., Quattrone, P., McLean, C. & Thrift, N., 2012, Routledge. 264 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook



Learning from screens: Does ideology prevail over lived experience? The example of ERP systems
Puyou, F-R., 2014, Learning Organizations: extending the field. Berthoin-Antal, A., Meusberger, P. & Suarsana, L. (eds.). Springer, p. 17-28
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter



Systems of secrecy: confidences and gossip in management accountants' handling of dual role expectations and MCS limitations
Puyou, F-R., Sep 2018, In : Management Accounting Research. 40, p. 15-26 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Beyond accountants as technocrats: a common good perspective
Frémeaux, S., Puyou, F-R. & Michelson, G., 29 Jul 2018, In : Critical Perspectives on Accounting. In press, 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The visual and material dimensions of legitimacy: accounting and the search for socie-ties
Puyou, F-R. & Quattrone, P., 6 Jun 2018, In : Organization Studies. 39, 5-6, p. 721-746
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hétérogénéité du contrôle des filiales dans les groupes de sociétés: causes, outils et conséquences
Puyou, F-R., Sep 2017, In : Comptabilite Controle Audit. 23, 2, p. 63-83 20 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

How can Venture Capitalists-Owner Managers conflicts be managed? If you want peace, agree to keep the peace
Champenois, C., Devigne, M. & Puyou, F-R., 27 Oct 2016, In : Journal of Small Business Management. 54, S1, p. 189-215 26 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cogs in the Wheel or Spanners in the Works? A Phenomenological Approach to the Difficulty and Meaning of Ethical Work for Financial Controllers
Puyou, F-R. & Fay, E., Jun 2015, In : Journal of Business Ethics. 128, 4, p. 863-876
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Le rôle de l’organisation du travail des capital investisseurs dans la construction de relations interpersonnelles avec les entrepreneurs
Champenois, C., Devigne, M. & Puyou, F-R., 2015, In : Finance Controle Strategie. 20, 4, p. 1-27 27 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Ordering collective performance manipulation practices: How do leaders manipulate financial reporting figures in conglomerates
Puyou, F-R., Sep 2014, In : Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 24, 6, p. 469-488
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Living with numbers: Accounting for subjectivity in/with management accounting systems
Fay, E., Introna, L. & Puyou, F-R., 2010, In : Information and Organization. 20, 1, p. 21-43 23 p.
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



Images and emotions in leader-follower communication. Exploring the shadow of followership in Orwell and Loyola’s literary accounts
Puyou, F-R., 2016.
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Teaching to read qualitative research literature in accounting as Literature
Puyou, F-R., 2016.
Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper