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Max Baker

Max Baker

BBus(hons) UTS, PhD Sydney, CA
Senior Lecturer

Rm 318
H69 - Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 7084
Fax +61 2 9351 6638
max.baker@sydney.edu.au

Bio

Dr Max Baker is a senior lecturer in the Discipline of Accounting. Before his academic career, Max worked in a variety of roles for a number of large companies such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Macquarie Bank. Max’s academic research explores three main questions: How do companies formulate and implement of corporate strategy? How do companies develop corporate social responsibility initiatives? How to can stakeholders make companies more accountable to them? Max’s work has been published in a number of top tier academic journals, books, policy papers and industry reports. In 2014 Max was the recipient of the Emerald/EFMD award for best PhD thesis in the area of interdisciplinary accounting. He has also been engaged in a number of policy debates on TV, radio, online media and in newspapers. Max is the coordinator of two management accounting courses at the University of Sydney and is an active member of the Pacioli Society and the to Organization Discourse Strategy and Change Group, both of these groups link colleagues at the University of Sydney with practitioners, business leaders and other researchers across the globe. Max is currently supervising PhD student Munna Salekin (with Assoc Prof Jane Andrew) whose project investigates the management of knowledge workers. He is also a chief investigator of a nationwide investigation of the costs, performance and accountability of Australian private prisons.

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Publications

2016

5
Conference Paper/s

Andrew J and Baker M 2016 '“Evidence of the truth”: Accountability Lessons From Wikileaks', 8th Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting APIRA Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 15th July 2016

10
Report/s

Andrew J, Baker M and Roberts P 2016 'Prison Privatisation in Australia: The State of the Nation - Accountability, Costs, Performance and Efficiency', The University of Sydney Business School

2015

4
Journal Article/s

Andrew J, Baker M and Roberts P 2015 'Private prison operators still hide from scrutiny, despite reform', The Conversation - 17 December 2015 Link

Baker M and Schaltegger S 2015 'Pragmatism and new directions in social and environmental accountability research', Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, vol.28:2, pp. 263-94 Link

5
Conference Paper/s

Andrew J and Baker M 2015 'Accountability as Ideology: Exploring the Lessons of Wikileaks', Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting 30th Anniversary Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 10th July 2015

10
Report/s

Andrew J, Baker M and Roberts P 2015 'The Cost of Commissioning: Research Report on the Proposed Reforms to Western Australian Prisons Sector', Prepared for the Western Australian Prisons Sector Union & CPSU

11
Seminar Paper/s

Andrew J and Baker M 2015 'Can Wikileaks be used to improve corporate accountability?, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 9 October 2015

Andrew J and Baker M 2015 'Wikileaks and Corporate Accountability in Nigeria, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 9 October 2015

Andrew J and Baker M 2015 'Exploring corporate accountability with the use of Wikileaks, University of Tasmania Presentation, Hobart, Australia, 28 August 2015

12
Newspaper Article/s

Andrew J and Baker M 2015 'Private prisons carry risk of hidden costs', The West Australian - 21 August 2015

2014

4
Journal Article/s

Baker M and Andrew J 2014 'Obama’s concession on spying makes implicit case for leaks', The Conversation – 21 January Link

11
Seminar Paper/s

Andrew J and Baker M 2014 'The Global Accountability Gap: The Case of an International Oil Company, Organisational Discourse, Strategy and Change Workshop, University of Sydney, Australia, 27 November 2014

Andrew J and Baker M 2014 'Accounting and Wikileaks, The University of Adelaide Seminar Series, Australia, 31 October 2014

Andrew J and Baker M 2014 'Accounting as Ideology: The case of Wikileaks, The University of Melbourne Seminar Series, Australia, 10 October 2014

Andrew J and Baker M 2014 'Accounting as Ideology: Lessons from Wikileaks, RMIT Melbourne Seminar Series, Australia, 26 September 2014

Andrew J and Baker M 2014 'Wikileaks and Accountability, University of Wollongong Seminar Series, Australia, 30 May 2014

Baker M 2014 'Pragmatism and new directions in Social Accounting Research, University of Technology, Sydney Seminar Series, Sydney, Australia, 14 April 2014

12
Newspaper Article/s

Baker M 2014 'Good reason to be a lawyer', The Australian - 13 January

2013

4
Journal Article/s

Baker M 2013 'Archer Daniels Midland, GrainCorp and the liability firewall', The Conversation – 19 November Link

Andrew J and Baker M 2013 'Senate run must be more than a get-out-of-jail card for Assange', The Conversation – 2 April

Baker M 2013 'How CSR transforms the pursuit of profit into moral mission', The Conversation - 17 June

5
Conference Paper/s

Baker M and Schaltegger S 2013 'Pragmatism, Truth and Social Accounting Research', 7th Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference APIRA 2013, Kobe, Japan, 28th July 2013

11
Seminar Paper/s

Andrew J and Baker M 2013 'Wikileaks and Accountability, University of Sydney Seminar Series presentation, 16 October 2013

Baker M 2013 'Is there such a thing as objectivity in Pragmatism?, Stockholm University presentation, Stockholm, Sweden, 20 September 2013

Baker M 2013 'Why should we engage with practice? The challenge of Pragmatism, University of Essex presentation, Colchester, United Kingdom, 15 August 2013

Baker M 2013 'The epistemological ramifications of Pragmatism in relation to paradigmatic triangulation, Manchester Business School presentation, Manchester, United Kingdom, 4 August 2013

2012

2
Book Section/s

Baker M, Brown DA and Malmi T 2012 'An Integrated Package of Environmental Management Control Systems' in Best Practices in Management Accounting, ed. Greg N Gregoriou & Nigel Finch, Palgrave Macmillan, London, United Kingdom, pp. 115-29

11
Seminar Paper/s

Baker M and Schaltegger S 2012 'Pragmatism, truth and social and environmental accountability research, University of Sydney Research Seminar Series, Sydney, Australia, 17 June 2012

2011

4
Journal Article/s

De Cock C, Baker M and Volkmann C 2011 'Financial Phantasmagoria: Corporate Image-Work in Times of Crisis', Organization, vol.18:2, pp. 153-72

Baker M and Roberts J 2011 'All in the Mind? Ethical Identity and the Allure of Corporate Responsibility', Journal of Business Ethics, vol.101:Sup 1, pp. 5-15

2010

4
Journal Article/s

Baker M 2010 'Re-conceiving managerial capture', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol.23:7, pp. 847-867

Baker M 2010 'Office window', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol.23:8, pp. 1063

2009

4
Journal Article/s

Baker M 2009 'Article Review: Conceptualising future change in corporate sustainability reporting’ by Adams C.A. and G. Whelan', Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, vol.29:1, pp. 30-1

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Baker M 2009 'A Case Study of the Discursive and Subjective Effects of Corporate Social Responsibility', Proceedings of the 8th Australasian Conference on Social and Environmental Accounting Research CSEAR 2009, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, 8th December 2009

11
Seminar Paper/s

Baker M 2009 'A case study of the discursive and subjective effects of Corporate Social Responsibility, University of Sydney Research Seminar Series, Sydney, Australia 2009

2008

5
Conference Paper/s

Baker M 2008 'Re-conceiving Managerial Capture', 7th Australasian Conference on Social and Environmental Accounting Research CSEAR 2008, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, 9th December 2008

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Baker M 2008 'Re-conceiving Managerial Capture', The Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ/IAAER) Conference, Sydney, Australia, 8th July 2008

Baker M 2008 'Re-conceiving Managerial Capture', 31st Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association (EAA), Rotterdam, Netherlands, 25th April 2008

2007

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Baker M, Brown D and Malmi T 2007 'Implementing environmental strategy with management control systems', 30th Annual Congress of European Accounting Association (EAA), Lisbon, Portugal, 27th April 2007

Research Grants

2015-2016

The Costs, Performance, Efficiency and Accountability of Australian Private Prisons

The aim of the project is to examine the costs, performance, efficiency and accountability of Australian private prisons. The project draws on publicly available data from a range of sources which include each State government treasury budgets, annual reports from private operators, inspectors, Ombudsman and Auditor Generals as well as research, media and independent inquiries. The project has developed the following outcomes 1. A comprehensive database populated with publicly available data on private prisons within Australia. 2. A State of the Nation report which reviews the regulatory oversight and publicly available information on the costs, performance, efficiency and accountability of all private prisons on a state by state basis. The project will inform the current and future debates surrounding State Government prison policy.

University of Sydney Business School Industry Partnership Grant 2015

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