In that part of my life spent in the academic world, research is an important part of my writing and publishing efforts. My main area of research interest is in change (or lack of it) in management accounting. My PhD thesis, “Continuity and Change in Management Accounting – evidence from the corrugated container industry” (2010, University of Dundee) looks at how management accounting in the corrugated container sector (cardboard boxes to the layperson!) remains quite stable, despite the present of ample technology and information systems which might incite change. The thesis used an institutional framework by Burns and Scapens (2000) alongside work on organisational routines by Feldman and Pentland (2003) to offer explanations for the relative stability of management accounting practises. If you’re interested in this kind of research i.e. change in management accounting, or rules and routines in accounting contact me here.

Here are some of my more recent academic publications, but you’ll find a full list of my academic work here.

Kristandl, G., Quinn, M., & Strauss, E. (2015).  Controlling und Cloud Computing – Wie die Cloud den Informationsfluss in KMU ändert.   Z f KE – Zeitschrift fuer KMU und Entrepreneurship, 63 (4), 281-304.

Quinn, M., Hiebl, M., & Franco, C. (2015).  An analysis of the role of a Chief Accountant at Guinness c. 1920-1940.   Accounting History Review, 25 (2), 145-165, doi:

Quinn, M. & Franco, C. (2015).  A tale of two breweries, a city, a depression and a national socialist regime – as told from annual accounts and the supervisory board report.   Spanish Journal of Accounting History, 22 (3-6), 66-80.

Quinn, M. & Oliveira, J. (2015).  Interactions of rules and routines – re-thinking the role of rules.   Journal of Accounting and Organisational Change, 11 (4), 503-526.

Quinn, M. & Cleary, P. (in press, 2015).  Intellectual capital and business performance – an exploratory study of the impact of cloud-based accounting and finance infrastructure.   Journal of Intellectual Capital.

Quinn, M. & Jollands, S. (in press, 2015).  Politicising the sustaining of water supply in Ireland – the role of accounting concepts.   Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal., doi: 10.1108/AAAJ-04-2015-2018.

Stability and change in management accounting over time – A century or so of evidence from Guinness. Management Accounting Research, 2014


The Elusive Business Partner ControllerControlling & Management Review, 2014

“Routines in management accounting  research- some further exploration”,  Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change,  2011 

John Burns, Martin Quinn, The routinisation of management controls in software. Journal Of Management Control, 2011.

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