Professor John Cullen

Management School

Emeritus Professor of Management Accounting

john.cullen@sheffield.ac.uk

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Professor John Cullen
Management School
Sheffield University Management School
Conduit Road
Sheffield
S10 1FL
Profile

Professor Cullen joined the University of Sheffield as a professor in 2005 and has a distinguished track record as a researcher particularly in the areas of supply chain accounting, interorganizational accounting, management accounting and management control. He has been one of the pioneers in translating good research into actionable practice and improving the impact of academic research in the real world. Throughout his career in higher education institutions, he has published in most of the top ranked journals in accounting as well as in journals from other academic disciplines. The research that he has undertaken has been collaborative, qualitative and interdisciplinary. Prior to entering the Higher Education Sector, he worked at senior levels in industry and this helped him to engage with practice in terms of his research.

Collaboratively with colleagues, he has been awarded just under £1million worth of research and knowledge transfer grants as well as being a key investigator in HEFCE regional development grants worth £4.1million to support employer engagement and executive type management development courses. He has acted as examiner or supervisor for over 50 PhD students. Many of these students have gone on to have very successful academic careers across a range of Higher Education Institutions.

He has undertaken leading roles at the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) which is the learned society for Accounting and Finance Academics in the UK. He was Vice President (2013-2014), President (2014-2016) and Chair of the BAFA Trustees (2016-2018). He also served as Chair of the Committee of Departments of Accounting and Finance (2009-2014) and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Conference of Professors of Accounting and Finance (2014-2016). In recognition of his work for BAFA, he received the 2019 BAFA Distinguished Contribution Award.

In recognition of his work for the Management School, Professor Cullen became an Emeritus Professor in September 2020.

Research interests

Professor Cullen’s research interests are in the areas of supply chain accounting, interorganizational accounting, management accounting and management control. More specifically, in terms of supply chain accounting, he has been involved during his time at SUMS in two major funded research projects which have produced both academic outputs and research impact outcomes. He has led the Supply Chain Accounting and Reverse Logistics project working alongside other colleagues from SUMS, as well as colleagues from Cranfield University and Sheffield Hallam University. Initial funding for this project came from the Department for Transport and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. He has also been a Co-Investigator on a large ESRC Supply Chain Accounting and Employment Practices project which has been led by Professor Pauline Dibben.

The nature of his research has been collaborative, qualitative and interdisciplinary with a particular focus on empirically based case studies. He continues to work with colleagues on the production of academic papers as well as shorter papers targeting related professional body practitioner publications. This is a reflection of his desire to produce both academic and non-academic impact.

Publications

Journal articles

Chapters

  • Dibben PJ, Johnson P, Wood G, Cullen J, Meira J, Bonnin D, Miranda L, Crockett G & Linhares C (2019) Reconfiguration and regulation of supply chains and HRM in times of economic crisis In Collings D, Wood G & Szamosi L (Ed.), Human Resource Management: A critical approach (pp. 156-170). Abingdon: Routledge. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cullen J & Meira J (2010) Inter-Organisational Accounting in Dyadic Settings" In Håkansson H, Lind J & Kraus K (Ed.), Accounting in Networks (pp. 35-59). New York: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Berry AJ, Cullen J & Seal W (2007) Supply chains: Issues in management accounting, Food Supply Chain Management: Issues for the hospitality and retail sectors (pp. 204-223). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Richardson S & Cullen J (2004) Disseminating Research Through Teaching, The Real Life Guide to Accounting Research (pp. 465-478). Elsevier RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

  • Wanderley C & Cullen J (2010) POLITICAL AND SOCIAL DYNAMICS OF MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING CHANGE IN A PRIVATISED ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION COMPANY. AMIS 2010 - PROCEEDINGS OF THE 5TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, ACCOUNTING AND MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS (pp 500-530) RIS download Bibtex download

Reports

  • Cullen J, Berry A, Seal W, Dunlop A & Ahmed M (2000) The consequences of inter-firm supply chains for management accounting RIS download Bibtex download

Presentations

  • Cullen J Unknown - IPA conference 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Matos De Meira J & Cullen J Inter-organisational accounting: the facilitator-inhibitor contradictory role of accounting. RIS download Bibtex download

Other

  • Dibben P, Cullen J, Crockett G & Meira J (2020) A tool to strengthen the supply chain. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cullen J, Crockett G & Meira J (2019) Adding value to reverse logistics – Management accountants have an important cost- reduction role in the retail returns process. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Ballantyne E, Gorst J, Bernon M, Meira J & Cullen J () VIEW from Academia — A Toolkit to help manage Reverse Logistics. REVERSE LOGISTICS MAGAZINE, 4(14), 44-44. RIS download Bibtex download