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Professor John Ferguson

Professor John Ferguson

BA (Hons), MAcc, PhD, CertTHE, FHEA

Professor of Accounting

Head of School

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1334 46 2860

Teaching 2018-2019

  • MN4227 Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting

Biography/ Research interests

John's research interests are in the area of accountability and corporate governance. In particular, his work explores the social and organisational impact of different models of corporate governance and issues related to corporate accountability for human rights. In respect of the latter, John has worked with the Scottish Government to develop a National Baseline Assessment (NBA) of Scotland's implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Based on the work undertaken for the NBA, John continues to provide input into the development of a Scottish National Action Plan. See more at: www.snaprights.info/action-areas/better-world/business-and-human-rights

John is Co-Head of the School of Management and Co-Director of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accountability (CSEAR). He has previously served as the Editor of CSEAR's journal, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal (SEAJ) and currently serves on the editorial boards of Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal and Accounting and Business Research.

John is a visiting professor at the University of Bergamo.

Selected publications

Chapters

Sustainability Accounting and Education
Collison, D., Ferguson, R. J., Stevenson, L., Unerman, J. (ed.), Bebbington, J. (ed.) & O'Dwyer, B. (ed.), 2007, Sustainability Accounting and Accountability. Routledge, p. 327-344
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

Articles

The development of accounting in UK universities: an oral history
Stevenson, L., Power, D., Ferguson, J. & Collison, D., 1 Feb 2018, In : Accounting History. 23, 1-2, p. 117-137 https://doi.org/10.1177/1032373217733112
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Shareholder protection, income inequality and social health: a proposed research agenda
Ferguson, J., Power, D., Stevenson, L. & Collinson, D., Sep 2017, In : Accounting Forum. 41, 3, p. 253-265 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.accfor.2016.12.005
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Should the International Accounting Standards Board have responsibility for human rights?
McPhail, K., Macdonald, K. & Ferguson, J., May 2016, In : Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. 29, 4, p. 594-616 24 p. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-03-2016-2442
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Corporate Response to climate change: language, power and symbolic construction
Ferguson, J., de Aguiar R S, T. & Fearfull, A., 2016, In : Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. 29, 2, p. 278-304 https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-09-2013-1465
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Control over accounting standards within the European Union: the political controversy surrounding the adoption of IFRS 8
Crawford, L., Ferguson, J., Power, D. & Helliar, C., Jul 2014, In : Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 25, 4-5, p. 304–318 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2013.03.001
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Financialization and company law: a study of the UK Company Law Review
Collison, D. J., Cross, S., Ferguson, J., Power, D. & Stevenson, L. A., Feb 2014, In : Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 25, 1, p. 5–16 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2012.07.006
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Disability and the Professional Accountant Insights from Oral Histories
Duff, A. & Ferguson, J., 2012, In : Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. 25, 1 https://doi.org/10.1108/09513571211191752
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Legal Determinants of External Finance Revisited: The Inverse Relationship between Investor Protection and Societal Well-being
Collison, D. J., Cross, S., Ferguson, J., Power, D. M. & Stevenson, L. A., 2012, In : Journal of Business Ethics. 108, 3, p. 393-410 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-011-1098-0
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Accounting Education, Socialization and the Ethics of Business
Ferguson, J., Collison, D. J., Power, D. M. & Stevenson, L. A., Jan 2011, In : Business Ethics: A European Review. 20, 1, p. 12-29 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8608.2010.01607.x
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Disability and the socialization of accounting professionals
Duff, A. & Ferguson, J., 2011, In : Critical Perspectives on Accounting. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2010.12.009
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Impact of Introductory Financial Courses on Student Perceptions about Business and its Objectives: A Comparison of the UK and Japan
Ferguson, J., Collison, D. J., Power, D. M. & Stevenson, L. A., 2011, In : Accounting Forum. 35, 1, p. 47-60
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Introductory Financial Accounting Students' Views of Course Texts
Ferguson, J., Collison, D. J., Power, D. M. & Stevenson, L. A., 2010, In : International Journal of Management Education. 9, 1, p. 81-90 https://doi.org/10.3794/ijme.91.301
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The views of 'Knowledge Gatekeepers' about the use and content of Accounting textbooks
Ferguson, J., Collison, D. J., Power, D. M. & Stevenson, L. A., 2010, In : Accounting Education: An International Journal. 19, 5, p. 501-525
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Constructing Meaning in the Service of Power: An Analysis of the Typical Modes of Ideology in Accounting Textbooks
Ferguson, J., Collison, D. J., Power, D. M. & Stevenson, L. A., Nov 2009, In : Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 20, 8, p. 896-909 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2009.02.002
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Issues Concerning the Employment and Employability of Disabled People in UK Accounting Firms: An Analysis of the Views of Human Resource Managers as Employment Gatekeepers
Duff, A., Ferguson, J. & Gilmore, K., Mar 2007, In : British Accounting Review. 39, 1, p. 15-38 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bar.2006.08.003
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Disability And Accounting Firms: Evidence from the UK
Duff, A. & Ferguson, R. J., Feb 2007, In : Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 18, 2, p. 139-157 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2005.09.002
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Analysing accounting discourse: avoiding the "fallacy of internalism"
Ferguson, J., 2007, In : Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. 20, 6, p. 912-934 https://doi.org/10.1108/09513570710830290
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Exploring Accounting Educators’ Perceptions Of The Emphasis Given To Different Stakeholders In Introductory Textbooks
Ferguson, J., Collison, D., Power, D. & Stevenson, L., 2007, In : Accounting Forum. 31, 2, p. 113-127 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.accfor.2006.11.003
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Accounting Textbooks: Exploring A Cultural and Political Artifact
Ferguson, J., Collison, D., Power, D. & Stevenson, L., Sep 2006, In : Accounting Education: An International Journal. 15, 3, p. 243-260 https://doi.org/10.1080/09639280600850679
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

What are Recommended Accounting Textbooks Teaching Students About Corporate Stakeholders?
Ferguson, J., Collison, D., Power, D. & Stevenson, L., Mar 2005, In : British Accounting Review. 37, 1, p. 23-46 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bar.2004.08.002
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Relationship Between Personality, Approach to Learning and Academic Performance
Duff, A., Boyle, E., Dunleavy, K. & Ferguson, J., Jun 2004, In : Personality and Individual Differences. 36, 8, p. 1907-1920 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2003.08.020
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

Other publications

Rethinking corporate agency in business, philosophy and law
Mansell, S. F., Ferguson, R. J., Gindis, D. & Pasternak, A., 28 Apr 2018, In : Journal of Business Ethics. First Online, p. 1-7 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10551-018-3895-1
Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

The past, the present and the future of accounting for human rights
McPhail, K. & Ferguson, J., 2016, In : Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. 29, 4, p. 526-541 16 p. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-03-2016-2441
Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial