Chair in Strategy & Organisation
Roles and Responsibilities
Professor of Strategy & Organization.
Advisory Board Member, Fin Work Futures Research Centre, King's Business School, London.
Chris researches the leaders of some of Britain’s best-known organisations. His research and teaching interests span organisational change, culture and identity, strategy and accountability.
In a 25-year career in British Business Schools, Chris has published widely and is a very experienced researcher and educator. He focuses on broadcast organisations, professional service firms, and organised politics.
Chris has been a regular chair of public events, including at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. His research makes him a sought-after advisor to high profile organisations.
- Accounting & organisational change
- Organisational change processes
- Organisation studies
- Institutional change
Chris's REF submission comprises:
- Carter, Spence & McKinlay (2020) Strategic Change, Leadership and Accounting: a triptych of organisational reform. Public Administration, 98 (1): 62-91.
- Spence, Carter, Husillos & Archel (2017) Taste matters: Cultural capital and elites in proximate Strategic Action Fields. Human Relations. Vol. 70, 2: pp. 211-236
- Spence, Carter, Belal, Husillos, Dambrin & Archel (2016) Tracking habitus across a transnational field. Work, Employment and Society. 30 (1), 3-20.
- Mueller, Carter & Whittle (2015) Can Audit Still be Trusted? Organization Studies. Vol. 36, 9: pp. 1171-1203.
- Spence & Carter (2014) An Exploration of the professional habitus of Big 4 accounting firms. Work, Employment and Society. Vol. 28, 6: pp. 946-962
- Carter & Spence (2014) Being a Successful Professional: An Exploration of Who Makes Partner in the Big 4. Contemporary Accounting Research. 31 (4), 949-981.
- Spence, Dambrin, Carter, Husillos & Archel (2014) Global ends, local means: Cross-national homogeneity in professional service firms. Human Relations. Vol. 68, 5: pp. 765-788.
He has nine PhD students doing creative work on:
- Codebase (Grant Murray; co-supervised with Prof Neil Pollock & Prof Martin Kornberger),
- The Edinburgh Asset Management Industry (John Millar; co-supervised with Prof David Cooper),
- The Future of Audit (Martin Martinoff; co-supervised with Prof Paolo Quattrone),
- Budgeting in the South African Treasury (Nokwazi Makanya; co-supervised with Prof James Mitchell),
- Crisis Management (Julian Rawel; co-supervised with Prof John Amis),
- Street Soccer Scotland (Christopher Klinghardt; co-supervised with Prof John Amis),
- Change in the Pakistani public sector (Amna Chaudry; co-supervised with Prof John Amis),
- The Development of Financial Elites in Edinburgh (Robert Dawson Scott; co-supervised with Dr Ron Kerr),
- The Creation of an Institution: The case of the Scottish Parliament (Andrew Burns; co-supervised with Prof James Mitchell and Dr Ron Kerr).
Chris has lived and worked in Scotland for a long time. Much of his research focuses on understanding aspects of Scottish public and organisational life. Current projects include:
(1) Re-imagining STV (2007-2017).
(2) Identity Work in the Scottish Labour Party.
(3) Creating an Institution: the Scottish National Investment Bank.
Chris has a keen interest in elites in public life. Current projects exploring this topic include:
(4) The Director-Generals.
(5) Elite Media Careers.
(6) Elite Dynasties: The Foot Family.
At the University of Edinburgh, Chris is a member of the Centre for Strategic Leadership and of the Centre for Accounting & Society. He is a board member of FinWorkFutures Institute at King's College London. He collaborates closely with the Strand Group, King's College London, Reform Scotland, and the Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter.