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Cornelia Beck

Cornelia Beck

PhD MAIBA Northumbria
Senior Lecturer

Rm 343
H69 - Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 6312
Fax +61 2 9351 6638
cornelia.beck@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Cornelia Beck is a Senior Lecturer and the Postgraduate Coordinator for Accounting at The University of Sydney Business School. She studied Business Administration in Germany and England and received her PhD in Accounting from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

With her strong interest in the role accounting plays in expressing corporate environmental responsibilities, her research investigates the use of social and environmental corporate disclosures as a vehicle to discharge responsibility. She has successfully co-investigated on two industry grants in this area. Her work on accounting as a social discourse has been published in Business Ethics – A European Review, The British Accounting Review and the Journal of Business Ethics. In addition, Cornelia is interested in the role accounting plays in constructing social realities, and the role of linguistics in accounting.

Cornelia is an International Associate of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) in St Andrews, Scotland, of which she has been a member since 2004. She is a Chartered Accountant and member of CPA Australia, the Pacioli Society and the Women and Work Research Group.

Since her appointment at The University of Sydney Business School, Cornelia has been teaching financial accounting at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She also teaches an elective masters unit on sustainability and extended performance reporting, which is informed by her research interests, questioning students about their perceptions of the way sustainability will play in their future roles as accountants.

Research Interests

Cornelia’s work is informed by two interest streams: sustainability and the interface between accounting and language.

Stemming from a keen interest in social justice and environmental protection, her work on voluntary disclosures of organisations on their environmental and social impacts has explored trends, changes over time, and across countries.  She has worked on two industry-funded grants, one as a leading co-investigator, which compared sustainability reporting practices across three countries.

The second interest stream is the role of accounting in constructing realities. The work in this field explores the social construction of realities through accounting language. This work is influenced by her interest in linguistics and her undergraduate education in business translation and languages.

Whilst Cornelia is a qualitative researcher and most of her work is based on archival and documentary analysis and interview studies, she has collaborated successfully with colleagues on quantitative content analysis studies. She is interested in sociological lenses to accounting questions, and has drawn on the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Ulrich Beck among others.

Recent research projects include work on the (non)emerging carbon economy in Australia (with Professor Stewart Jones and Associate Professor Geoff Frost), an ethnographic study on the time budgeting practices within knowledge intensive consulting firms (with Dr Puja Ladva and Associate Professor Jane Andrew), and reporting standards for reporting for volunteers in public sector organisations (with Yiqing Fei and Professor Sue Newberry). Internationally, she is also working with Professor Carlos Larrinaga-Gonzales (Universidad de Burgos, Spain) and Dr Carla Antonini (University of Trento, Italy) on a project exploring accounting boundaries.

2017

4
Journal Article/s

Beck C, Dumay J and Frost G 2017 'In Pursuit of a "Single Source of Truth": From Threatened Legitimacy to Integrated Reporting', Journal of Business Ethics, vol.141:1, pp. 191-205 [Link]

2016

5
Conference Paper/s

Ladva P, Andrew J and Beck C 2016 'All Your Time, All The Time: Management Control Change and Rhetoric', 8th Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting APIRA Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 15th July 2016

10
Report/s

Beck C, Frost G, Jones S and Baker Z 2016 'Carbon Reporting: Regulatory and Voluntary Disclosures', CPA Australia [Link]

2015

4
Journal Article/s

Dumay J, Frost G and Beck C 2015 'Material legitimacy: Blending organisational and stakeholder concerns through non-financial information disclosures', Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, vol.11:1, pp. 2-23 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Beck C 2015 'Social and environmental reporting – A function of habitus?', 3rd CSEAR France (Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research), Cergy-Pontoise, France, 12th June 2015

2014

4
Journal Article/s

Beck C and Lehman G 2014 'On Gray, Malpas, and Brennan's "The role of social accounts: Situating political ideas"', Accounting Forum, vol.38:4, pp. 291-95 [Link]

2013

5
Conference Paper/s

Beck C 2013 'Reporting on corporate responsibility – a function of habitus?', 12th Annual Australasian Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research Conference A-CSEAR 2013 - "Social and Environmental Accounting: Past, Present, and Future", Hamilton, New Zealand, 3rd December 2013

10
Report/s

Beck C, Frost G and Jones S 2013 'Sustainability Reporting: Practices, performance and potential', Report for CPA Australia

2012

4
Journal Article/s

Beck C 2012 'Commentary on Spash: The Brave New World of Carbon Trading’', Social and Environmental Accounting Journal, vol.32:1, pp. 40

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Beck C, Dumay J and Frost G 2012 'Sustainability Reporting – Inside out or Outside in?', 11th Australasian Centre on Social and Environmental Accounting Research Conference, Wollongong, Australia, 4th December 2012 [Link]

2011

5
Conference Paper/s

Beck C, Dumay J and Frost G 2011 'Reporting is legitimacy: A disconnect between reporting and action?', 23rd International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research CSEAR 2011, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom, 9th September 2011

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Beck C, Hecimovic A and O'Neill S 2011 'Independent Assurance of Corporate Social Disclosure: Producing “Certificates of Comfort” or Enhancing Credibility?', Proceedings of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand AFAANZ Conference 2011, Darwin, Australia, 5th July 2011

10
Report/s

Beck C, Crawford F, Hamilton-Jessop WM, Hecimovic A and Poullaos C 2011 '2010-2011 Business and Professional Ethics Group Report', The Business and Professional Ethics Group

2010

4
Journal Article/s

Beck C, Campbell D and Shrives P 2010 'Content analysis in environmental reporting research: Enrichment and rehearsal of the method in a British-German context', British Accounting Review, vol.42:3, pp. 207-22

10
Report/s

Beck C, Dumay J and Frost G 2010 'Corporate non-financial reporting processes. An analysis of the emerging modes by which organisations engage with their stakeholders',

2008

4
Journal Article/s

Beck C and van der Laan S 2008 'Editorial: Social and Environmental Accounting Research (SEA) - A Special Issue?', Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal, vol.2:1, pp. 1-3 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Beck C, Campbell DJ and Shrives P 2008 'Content Analysis in Environmental Reporting Research: Enrichment and rehearsal of the method in a British-German context', The 2008 North American Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (1st CSEAR Summer School in North America), Montreal, Canada, 9th July 2008

2007

5
Conference Paper/s

Beck C, Campbell D and Shrives P 2007 'Content Analysis in Environmental Reporting Research: Enrichment and Rehearsal of the Method in a British-German Context', 6th Australasian Conference on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR), Sydney, Australia, 4th December 2007

2006

5
Conference Paper/s

Beck C, Campbell D and Shrives P 2006 'The information content of environmental disclosures in UK and German companies’ annual reports', Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference, Lethbridge, Canada, 6th June 2006

2005

4
Journal Article/s

Campbell D, Beck C and Shrives P 2005 'A note on comparative language interrogation for content analysis: The example of English vs German', The British Accounting Review, vol.37:3, pp. 339-50

2004

4
Journal Article/s

Campbell D and Beck C 2004 'Answering allegations: the use of the corporate websites for restorative ethical and social disclosure', Business Ethics: A European Review, vol.13:2/3, pp. 100-16

Recent Units Taught

  • ACCT5001 Accounting Principles

    2016: S1,
    2015: S2,

  • ACCT6015 Extended Performance Reporting

    2016: S2,
    2015: S2,

  • BUSS4001 Business Honours Research Methods

    2016: S1,