Professor David Campbell
Professor of accounting and corporate governance.
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1649
- Address: Accounting and Finance
Newcastle University Business School
5 Barrack Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
In addition to my position at Newcastle, I am also an adjunct professor at the MDI in New Delhi, India, and in 2014 I was visiting professor in accounting at the University of Sydney in Australia. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 I was visiting professor at UKM in Bangi, Malaysia.
My colleagues and I are involved in a wide range of exciting research projects, including some funded by UK funding bodies (ESRC and EPSRC) and from corporates including Santander plc.
My own research is concerned with voluntary reporting, accounting for social and environmental impacts, and a number of issues in business ethics. I am also the examiner for an ACCA professional paper and am a member of several journal editorial boards in the fields of accounting and business ethics. I am currently working on a special edition of Business ethics: a European review with Professor Chris Cowton (University of Huddersfield) and a special issue of Social and Environmental Accounting Journal with Professor Jan Bebbington.
I am a member of Research in Employment, Wealth and Philanthropy, led by Professor Charles Harvey.
- BSc (chemistry, CNAA) 1986
- Member of the royal society of chemistry and chartered chemist, 1990
- ACCA CDipAF 1989
- CIM diploma in marketing (DipM, 1991)
- MBA (Newcastle) 1991
- PGCED (Northumbria) 1993
- PhD (Northumbria) 2002 (in accounting).
European Business Ethics Network
British Accounting and Finance Association
European Accounting Association
Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR)
I am interested in accountability. It is such a wide and important subject that it can be studied and examined from many different angles and perspectives. All of the PhD projects described lower down on this webpage are essentially about exploring one or more aspects of accountability. The main vehicles that I use to research accountability are corporate governance, business ethics, corporate reporting and environmental sustainability.
Within these broad themes, I have worked mainly in the following areas:
The effectiveness of corporate governance regulation
Social and environmental accounting and reporting
Voluntary disclosure materiality and theories
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) and CSR strategy
Business ethics and corporate philanthropy
I am also interested in research methods, and particularly in the epistemic challenges that accounting researchers encounter. In this context, I am interested in textual hermeneutics, content analysis and accounting narrative interrogation. I have a nascent interest in discourse analysis.
I am always interested in discussing research proposals in these areas with prospective PhD students and others. Contact via email to discuss if interested.
I spend a lot of my time working with my PhD students and helping them to plan their projects, analyse data and get work published. My own interests and current projects, however, are here.
Reporting on risk and intellectual capital. This is using data from PhD students Mara Rahman and Phorntep Rattanataipop and we are currently working up a few papers in this area. There are some interesting findings emerging and these will (hopefully) be published in the next year or so.
The historical use of reporting by asbestos companies. This is looking at the reporting of asbestos liabilities with colleagues Professor Sandy van der Laan and Assoc Prof Lee Moerman in Australia. This examines the reporting histories of James Hardie Ltd in Australia and T&N plc in the UK.
Accountability in UK corporate governance. PhD students Adillah Yusof and Mike Price and I are working on this with Professor Charles Harvey.
In June 2012, I organised the EBEN (European Business Ethics Network) annual research conference here at Newcastle University. It was attended by delegates from 23 countries. Arising from this, I am currently editing, with Professor Chris Cowton, a special edition of 'Business ethics: a European review' on research methods in business ethics research.
I have been an external examiner for PhD examinations on several occasions: University of Sunderland (twice), University of Tasmania (twice), De Montfort University (twice), Kingston University, Northumbria University, Aberdeen University, Nottingham University, University of Bath, Open University, Latrobe University, Flinders University.
Cornelia Beck PhD (2007)
Mara Riduan Che Abdul Rahman PhD (2013)
Joanne Swaffield PhD (2012)
Susan Addison PhD (2012)
Phorntep Rattanataipop PhD (2013)
Juila Janfeshar Nobari PhD (2015)
Ronan Brunton DBA (2015)
Nicolas Rietsch DBA (environmental strategies)
Michael Price PhD.
PhD: Ann-Marie Sidhu on the Clean Development Mechanism in Malaysia. Ann Marie was previously a staff member at Newcastle but now lives in KL and is an academic at Heriot-Watt University in Malaysia.
PhD. Adillah Yusof. Adillah is an academic in KL and is on a three year PhD programme exploring the accountabilities of non-exec directors chairing board committees in public companies. She is currently writing up.
PhD. Chris Soan. Chris is a lecturer in the business school and is examining accountability in employee-owned and co-operative organisations.
Esteem Indicators. Member of editorial boards:
Business ethics: a European review (since 2004)
Accounting forum (since 2004)
Journal of applied accounting research (since 2010)
Accounting, auditing and accountability journal (since 2012)
Journal of accounting and organisational change (since 2012)
Sustainability accounting, management and policy journal (since 2013)
Advances in environmental accounting and management (since 2014)
Journal of business ethics (since 2015)
April 2005. ACCA (£11,960). Materiality of voluntary disclosures in banks' annual reports. Analysts' perspectives explored through protocol analysis. Jointly with Richard Slack of Durham University.
March 2006. Nuffield Foundation (£5,000). Social responsibility strategy in mutual building societies. With Richard Slack of Durham University.
March 2009. ESRC CASE studentship. 'Accountability and social measurement for third sector supported housing organisations: critical insights and pragmatic approaches'. With Jane Gibbon. Value is about £60,000.
Jan 2010 for three years. EPSRC. 'Low carbon shipping: a systems approach'. £1.7 million in collaboration with marine engineering at Newcastle and universities of Hull, Strathclyde, UCL and Plymouth and a number of corporates.
October 2011 for three years. Santander (bank) plc for the Santander PhD studentship in sustainability. Value is £60,000 over three years. Victoria Pagan was appointed to this position.
I teach corporate governance, strategy and financial analysis to undergraduates, mainly on the PwC BAF degree.
At postgraduate level, I teach business ethics and CSR on the Exec MBA and also research methods on the DBA.
- Bebbington J, Campbell DJ. Economic Democracy: Exploring Ramifications for Social and Environmental Accountants. Social and Environmental Accountability Journal 2015, 35(2), 77-85.
- Campbell DJ. Editorial to the special issue of Business Ethics: A European Review, on research methods in business ethics. Business Ethics: A European Review 2015, 24(S1), S1-S2.
- Campbell D, Cowton CJ. Method issues in business ethics research: finding credible answers to questions that matter. Business Ethics: A European Review 2015, 24(S1), S3-S10.
- Moerman L, van der Laan S, Campbell DJ. A tale of two asbestos giants: corporate reports as (auto)biography. Business History 2014, 56(6), 975-995.
- Campbell D, Edgar D, Stonehouse G. Business strategy: an introduction. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
- Campbell D, Slack R. Environmental disclosure and environmental risk: sceptical attitudes of UK sell-side bank analysts. British Accounting Review 2011, 43(1), 54-64.
- Campbell D, Rahman MRA. A longitudinal examination of intellectual capital reporting in Marks & Spencer annual reports, 1978-2008. British Accounting Review 2010, 42(1), 56-70.
- Beck AC, Campbell D, Shrives P. Content analysis in environmental reporting research: enrichment and rehearsal of the method in a British-German context. British Accounting Review 2010, 42(3), 207-222.
- Campbell DJ, McPhail K, Slack R. Face work in annual reports: a study of the management of encounter through annual reports, informed by Levinas and Bauman. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 2009, 22(6), 907-932.
- Evans N, Campbell D, Stonehouse G. Gestion estrategica del turismo (in Spanish). Madrid: Editorial Sintesis, 2009.
- Campbell DJ, Slack RE. Corporate "Philanthropy Strategy" and "Strategic Philanthropy" Some Insights From Voluntary Disclosures in Annual Reports. Business and Society 2008, 47(2), 187-212.
- Campbell DJ, Slack RE. Narrative Reporting: Analysts’ Perceptions of its Value and Relevance. London: Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, 2008. 104.
- Campbell D, Slack R. The influence of mutual status on rates of corporate charitable contributions. Journal of Business Ethics 2007, 74(2), 191-200.
- Campbell DJ, Slack R. The strategic use of corporate philanthropy: building societies and demutualisation defences. Business Ethics: a European Review 2007, 16(4), 326-342.
- Campbell D, Moore G, Shrives P. Cross-sectional effects in community disclosure. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal 2006, 19(1), 96-114.
- Campbell DJ. Protocol analysis. In: Hoque, Z, ed. Methodological Issues in Accounting Research: Theories and Methods. London: Spiramus Press, 2006, pp.chapter 19.
- Campbell DJ, Slack RE. Public Visibility as a Determinant of the Rate of Corporate Charitable Donations. Business Ethics: a European Review 2006, 15(1), 19-28.
- Campbell D, Cornelia Beck A, Shrives P. A note on comparative language interrogation for content analysis: The example of English vs. German. British Accounting Review 2005, 37(3), 339-350.
- Campbell DJ, Craig T. Organisations and the business environment. Oxford: Elsevier, 2005.
- Evans N, Campbell DJ, Stonehouse G. Strategic management for travel and tourism. Chinese edition. Oxford: Elsevier, 2005.
- Ball A, Campbell D, Lehman G. Towards an environmentally enabling accounting and finance. Accounting Forum 2005, 29(1), 1-6.
- Campbell DJ. A longitudinal and cross-sectional analysis of environmental disclosure in UK companies - a research note. The British Accounting Review 2004, 36(1), 107-117.
- Campbell DJ, Beck AC. Answering allegations: the use of the corporate website for restorative ethical and social disclosure. Business Ethics: a European Review 2004, 13(2/3), 100-116.
- Stonehouse G, Campbell DJ, Hamill J, Purdie A. Global and transnational business - management and strategy. Chichester, UK: John Wiley, 2004.
- Campbell DJ. Intra- and intersectoral effects in environmental disclosures: evidence for legitimacy theory?. Business Strategy and the Environment 2003, 12(6), 357-371.
- Campbell DJ, Craven BM, Shrives P. Voluntary social reporting in three FTSE sectors: a comment on perception and legitimacy. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal 2003, 16(4), 558-581.
- Campbell DJ, Stonehouse G, Houston B. Business Strategy: An Introduction. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002.
- Campbell D, Moore G, Metzger M. Corporate philanthropy in the UK 1985-2000: Some empirical findings. Journal of Business Ethics 2002, 39(1-2), 29-41.
- Campbell DJ, Moore G, Shrives P. Intersectoral effects in community disclosures: a comment on legitimacy theory and social costs. In: Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference. 2002, New York.
- Campbell DJ, Craven B, Lawler K. Social welfare, positivism and business ethics. Business Ethics: A European Review 2002, 11(3), 268-281.
- Evans N, Campbell DJ, Stonehouse G. Strategic Management for Travel and Tourism. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 2002.
- Stonehouse G, Campbell DJ. Interactive online course on international business strategy. Pearson Publishing, 2001.
- Campbell DJ, Shrives P, Bohmbach-Saager H. Voluntary social disclosure through mission statements in corporate reports. Signalling what and to whom?. Business and Society Review 2001, 106(1), 65-87.
- Campbell DJ. Legitimacy theory or managerial reality construction. Corporate social disclosure in Marks and Spencer corporate reports, 1969-1997. Accounting Forum 2000, 24(1), 80-100.
- Campbell, D. J. Organisations and the business environment. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997.