Professor John Cullen

Professor of Management Accounting

Room: C074
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3429
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John Cullen is Professor of Management Accounting in the Management School, having taken up his post on the 1 January 2005.

John is Chair of the Committee of Departments of Accounting and Finance (CDAF) and is a member of the Executive Committee of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA). He is a member of the CIMA Research Board and a member of the CIMA Examination Oversight Board. He has been a Guest Editor for a number of journals and is also a reviewer for a number of accounting journals (e.g. Management Accounting Research, British Accounting Review). He has undertaken supply chain consultancy projects in a number of organisations.


John’s main teaching interests are in the area of management accounting, management control and supply chain accounting. He is module leader for Strategic Management Accounting on the Full-time MBA. He is also module leader of Supply Chain Accounting on the MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management Programme. John is also module leader for the Business Focus module on the Sheffield City Region Leadership Programme.

His field for doctoral supervision is management control and issues around supply chain accounting. In terms of teaching and learning, John is passionate about exploring the ways in which management accounting can be used to promote competitive advantage. He is particularly focused on using accounting information across organisational boundaries to create competitive advantage and the more efficient and effective use of resources in the public sector though improved inter-agency working. John’s teaching is informed by his extensive applied research across both the private and public sector.


John's research interests include supply chain management, supply chain accounting, reverse logistics, management control and corporate governance. His research is mainly case study based and it has focused on both small and large organisations in the public and private sectors. He has received research funding from the Department for Transport and CIMA in the areas of supply chain accounting with particular focus on reverse logistics in the UK Retail Sector and from the White Rose Health Innovation Fund to explore the role of accounting in facilitating and stimulating innovation in the NHS.

PhD Supervision

He is currently continuing his research into supply chain accounting, reverse logistics and the role of accounting and innovation. He is also involved in work on low carbon supply chains. John has delivered presentations to both academic and practitioner conferences across Europe. His work on embedding accounting within the management of reverse logistics is undertaken in collaboration with a colleague from Cranfield University.