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Chair in Strategy & Organisation

Roles and Responsibilities

REF Director for the Business School.

Professor of Strategy & Organization.

Advisory Board Member, Fin Work Futures Research Centre, King's Business School, London.


Chris teaches, researches and advises on strategic change. His current research focuses on STV, the BBC, professional service firms, and the Labour Party.

Research Interests

Chris combines storytelling - a skill developed in his native Cornwall - with more formal training in organization theory. Chris contributes to debates in strategy practices / leadership, elite careers and interdisciplinary accounting, drawing inspiration from writers such as Pierre Bourdieu, Jeffrey Alexander and Richard Sennett.

Most of Chris' research is with  Professor Crawford Spence (King's College), Professor Frank Mueller (Newcastle University) and Professor Alan McKinlay (Newcastle University). Chris is currently co-authoring a book on STV, with Kenny Kemp, a well-known business journalist. Chris' REF submission will be drawn from:

  • Carter, Spence & McKinlay (2019) Strategic Change, Leadership and Accounting: a triptych of organizational reform. Public Administration. (in press)
  • 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 six PhD students doing creative work on Codebase (Grant Murray; co-supervised with Prof Neil Pollock & Prof Martin Kornberger), the 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), and Street Soccer (Christopher Klinghart; co-supervised with Prof John Amis).

Chris is currently working on the following empirical research projects:

(1) Re-imagining STV (2007-2017)

(2) Strategic Change in the BBC (1982 - 2004).

(3) Strategy and the Labour Party (1983-2017). 

Chris has a fair amount of editorial experience, serving as an Associate Editor of Organization Journal (2011-2016) and Critical Perspectives on Accounting (2011-2015). He currently sits on the editorial boards of AAAJ, AOS, CPA and Organization. Chris has edited many Special Issues of journals, including AAAJ, Business History, CPA, European Management Review, Management & Organizational History, and Organization.

Research Area

Publication Type Actions