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Chair in Accounting, The University of Edinburgh

Professor Stephen P Walker has been appointed Chair in Accounting at the University of Edinburgh. Stephen joined the University of Edinburgh as a Lecturer in Accounting in 1991, having trained as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. He was subsequently Head of Department and Professor of Accounting History. In 2003 he was appointed Professor of Accounting at Cardiff Business School and served as the Head of the Accounting and Finance Section. He is editor of Accounting History Review and a former editor of The Accounting Historians Journal. He is a recipient of the Hourglass Award of the Academy of Accounting Historians and is a past-President of that organisation. Stephen has also served as the Convenor of the Accounting History Committee of ICAS and is a former academic fellow of the ICAEW.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including: Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal; Accounting Historians Journal; Accounting History; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Critical Perspectives on Accounting and European Accounting Review. Stephen has held visiting positions at Dauphine Université-Paris, Deakin University, Glasgow University, Sydney University and Victoria University of Wellington.   His research interests focus on: the emergence and development of the accountancy profession in Britain; the history of accounting in social institutions; accounting and gender in historical and contemporary contexts.

Chair in Accounting, Governance and Social Innovation, The University of Edinburgh

Professor Paolo Quattrone has been appointed Chair in Accounting Governance & Social Innovation at the University of Edinburgh. Before joining Edinburgh, Paolo was Professor of Accounting and Management Control at IE Business School, Madrid, and Reader in Accounting at the Saïd Business School, and Official Student of Christ Church Oxford. He has conducted research and taught at the Universities of Catania, HEC-Paris, Kyoto, Madrid Carlos III, Manchester, Oxford, Palermo, Siena, Stanford and Luigi Bocconi of Milan. His work addresses questions related to the emergence and diffusion of accounting and managerial practices in historical and contemporary settings and his research interests cut across various disciplines including history and history of science and technology, semiotics, sociology and he is particularly interested in the interface between business and the humanities.  Paolo is currently working on the analysis of the visual and rhetorical techniques, which allow the spread and success of management, governance and accountability practices.

Paolo has published widely on the interface between management control and information technologies (especially ERPs), the history of accounting and management practices and thinking, the diffusion of management solutions, and the managerialisation of higher education institutions. He sits on the editorial boards of major academic journals such as Accounting Organizations and Society, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, the Accounting Historians Journal and Organization.  He is the Principal Investigator of a project sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Management Accounting (CIMA) to innovate the design of reporting systems in order for these to generate innovation, wise governance and leadership.

Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, The University of Edinburgh

Professor Richard T Harrison has been appointed Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Edinburgh. He was previously Director of the Management School at Queen's University Belfast (2006-2012), where he was academic lead on the development of new Management and Postgraduate and Executive Education Centre facilities and initial Director of the Leadership Institute at Queen's (2012-13), the University's executive education delivery channel. Prior to that he held the Dixons Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at University of Edinburgh, and has held senior academic positions at Aberdeen, Ulster and Queen's. He has extensive experience in research, programme development, executive education and consultancy/advisory work in entrepreneurship (particularly early stage finance and business angels, technology transfer and business development) and in strategic leadership development nationally and internationally (eg US, Canada, Malaysia, China, Australia), and is a regular speaker at national and international practitioner conferences and workshops.

Richard's research interests straddle the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, leadership and strategy. Current themes and projects include entrepreneurship and venture development; business angel finance and early stage risk capital; technology transfer and academic entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship and public policy in economic development; entrepreneurial learning; and strategic leadership in entrepreneurial contexts (including family businesses).  He is founding co-editor of Venture Capital: An International Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance.