Professor Jim Haslam


Professor of Accounting, Governance and Society
Divisional Director of Research and Impact

Room: B.038
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3488
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Jim Haslam is Professor of Accounting, Governance and Society in the Management School's Division of Accounting and Financial Management and Divisional Director of Research and Impact. He has over 30 year's experience in academia. He joined Sheffield from Newcastle University in August, 2015. Before that he has been a Professor at Waikato (New Zealand), Heriot-Watt, Dundee and Durham. Prior to this he was a lecturer at Aston, UCNW and LSE and a senior lecturer at Essex. He has a first class honours degree from Sheffield and is a chartered accountant, working in practice with Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst and Young) 1981-4. He has a wide range of teaching interests and substantial administrative experience. His research concerns the social analysis of accounting and related control practices and he is currently active in several projects in this area. His PhD on nineteenth-century legislation led to an interest in the writings on accounting of Jeremy Bentham and he has several publications thereon, as well as publications in a number of areas including accounting and finance education, accounting and culture, international accounting and politics, accountability practices and their social worth, emancipatory accounting, accounting and civil society and corporate social responsibility. He is on the editorial board of a number of international accounting journals and in 2003, with Sonja Gallhofer, published the book 'Accounting and Emancipation: Some Critical Interventions'.


My aim in educational engagement is the development of intellectual, practical and communicative ability, facilitative of career and practical development, research work and more generally enhancing capabilities for life. I try to integrate research in teaching and to elaborate on the practical relevance of material, including practical illustrations where possible.

I lead the module MGT329, Case Studies in Accounting and Finance. The focus is on gaining insights through the study of accounting and finance in practice. The approach is to study accounting in organizational and social context through case study. The module is relevant for appreciating real life situations as well as for developing research skills. There is an emphasis on learning-orientated assessment. The module allows students to undertake their own research based partly on knowledge gained elsewhere on the programme and to make judgements as to the relevance of materials and findings.

I also contribute to the module MGT211, Intermediate Management Accounting (the module is led by Professor Frank Birkin). The module is concerned to gain an in-depth as well as technical appreciation of management accounting decision-making and control practices. The scope of management accounting is enlarged by reference to strategy, evaluation, communication and behavioural dimensions. The social and environmental interface of management accounting is addressed in discussion of dimensions of organizational sustainability.