Alan Richardson

Odette Research Chair

Office: Odette Building, Room 308
Phone: 519-253-3000, ext 4290

1985 Ph.D. School of Business, Queen's University.
1981 M.Pl. School of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen's   University.
1977 B.Sc. Faculty of Arts and Science (Biology), Queen's University.

2014 FCPA, Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants Association of Canada
Awarded Life Membership 2014 for service to the profession
1999 FCGA, Certified General Accountants’ Association of Canada
1990 CGA Certified General Accountants' Association of Ontario and Canada
Awarded Life Membership 2014 for service to the profession

Research Interests:
My current research focuses on the role of accounting in managing transnational communications networks and the relationship between transnational standards and local implementation. I also have a continuing interest in the philosophy of science and the epistemology of small sample research.

Teaching Experience:
I teach management accounting, including management control and performance measurement, and sustainability reporting.

Scholarship (last 7 years only: for further details see ):

Journal Publications:

Richardson, A.J. (2013) Effective Case Analysis: Techniques for Success in Case-based Learning and Examinations Toronto: Captus Press

Richardson, A.J. (2017) The relationship between management and financial accounting as professions and technologies of practice. In Lukas Goretzki  & Erik Strauss  (Eds.). The Role of the Management Accountant – Local Variations and Global Influences. (Routledge Studies in Accounting)

Richardson, A.J. and Kutchler, M. (2016) “University Sustainability Reporting: A Review of the literature and development of a model.” InHandbook of Sustainability in Management Education. J.A. Arevalo, and S.F. Mitchell (Eds.), Edward Elgar Publishing Inc. forthcoming.

Richardson, A.J. (2016) “Professionalization and the Accounting Profession” Chapter 8 in Roslender, R. (Ed.) The Routledge Companion to Critical Accounting London: Routledge forthcoming.

Richardson, A.J. (2010) “Canada between empires” Chapter 3 in Poullaos, C. (Ed.) Accountancy and empire: the British legacy of professional organization.London: Routledge.

Richardson, A.J. (2017) “Merging the Profession: A social network analysis of the consolidation of the accounting profession in Canada” Accounting Perspectives forthcoming.

Richardson, A.J. (2016) “Managing Revenue and Costs to Implement Strategy: The Conference Organizer’s Dilemma.” Accounting Perspectives forthcoming.

Richardson, A.J. and Kilfoyle, E. (2016) “Accounting institutions as truce: The emergence of accounting in the governance of transnational mail flows”. Accounting Organizations and Society 55(6): 32-47 (

Richardson, A.J. (2015) “Quantitative Methods and the Critical Accounting Project” Critical Perspectives on Accounting forthcoming (

Richardson, A.J. (2015) “The Cost of a Telegram: Accounting and the Evolution of International Telegraph Regulation” Accounting History: forthcoming ( (online August 26, 2015)

Kilfoyle, E. and Richardson, A.J. (2015) “Governance and control in networks: A case study of the Universal Postal Union” Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal V28 N4: 551-580 (

Richardson, A.J. (2015) “CVS/Caremark: The strategy and costs of a tobacco-free pharmacy” Accounting Perspectives V14 N1: 71-85. (

Richardson, A.J. (2014) “Paradigm Art” Critical Perspectives on Accounting 25 (6): 844–845 (

Richardson, A.J. and Kilfoyle, E. (2014) “To tip or not to tip, that is the question: Rewarding service encounters” Accounting Perspectives V13 N4: 301-308 (

Brock, D.M. and Richardson, A.J. (2013) “The development of the accounting profession in the Holy Land since 1920: cultural memory and accounting institutions” Accounting History Review V23 N2: 227-252 (on-line October 31, (

Kilfoyle, E., Richardson, A.J. and MacDonald, L. (2013) “Vernacular accountings:  Bridging the cognitive and the social in the analysis of employee-generated accounting systems.” Accounting Organizations and SocietyV38 N5: 382-396.

Richardson, A. J. and Kilfoyle, E. (2012) “Merging the Profession: A Historical Perspective on Accounting Association Mergers in Canada” Accounting Perspectives V11 N2: 77-109 []

Richardson, A. J. (2012) “What do I have to do to get noticed around here?” Journal of Historical Research in Marketing V4 N2: 309-315 []

Richardson, A. J. (2012) “Paradigms, theory and management accounting practice: A comment on Parker (2011) ‘Qualitative management accounting research: assessing deliverables and relevance.’” Critical Perspectives on Accounting V23 (2012): 83-88 [doi:10.1016/]

MacDonald, L. and Richardson, A. J. (2011) “Does academic management accounting lag practice? A cliometric study.” Accounting History V16 N4 (2011): 363 – 386 []

Richardson, A. J. (2011) “Myth, paradigms and academic accounting research: a comment on ‘Reading and Understanding academic research in accounting’ (Gordon and Porter, 2009)” Global Perspectives on Accounting Education V8 (2011): 67-77.

Richardson, A. J. and Young, J.J. (2011) “Histories of accounting research: an introduction” Accounting History V16 N2 (2011): 1-5 ( ( )

Richardson, A. J. (2011) “Regulatory competition in accounting standard-setting: A history of the Accounting Standards Authority of Canada” Accounting History Review V21 N1: 95-114 []
[reprinted in Virtual Special Issue: Key Themes in Accounting Part Two - Accounting in the 20th Century, Published on 6 August 2013.]

Annisette, M. and Richardson, A.J. (2011) “Justification and accounting: Applying sociology of worth to accounting research” Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal V24 N2: 229 – 249 [doi:10.1108/09513571111100690] [ AAAJ “Mary Parker Follett Award for 2012”:   “highly commended”]

Kilfoyle, E. and Richardson, A. J. (2011) “Agency and structure in budgeting: thesis, antithesis and synthesis” Critical Perspectives on Accounting V22 N2: 183-199 [] [see also Englund, H. and Gerdin, J. (2011) “Agency and structure in management accounting research: Reflections and extensions of Kilfoyle and Richardson” Critical Perspectives on Accounting noted as one of the most highly cited articles in CPA between 2010-2015]

Richardson, A. J. and Eberlein, B. (2011) “Legitimating Transnational Standard-Setting: The case of the International Accounting Standards Board” Journal of Business Ethics V98 N2: 217-245 [DOI: 10.1007/s10551-010-0543-9]

Cook, W., Raviv, T. and Richardson, A. J. (2010) “Aggregating incomplete lists of journal rankings: An application to academic accounting journals” Accounting Perspectives V9 N3: 217-235 []

Richardson, A. J. and Kilfoyle, E. (2009) “Accounting in markets, hierarchies and networks: the role of accounting in the transnational governance of postal transactions.”  Accounting Organizations and Society V34 N8:  939–956 []

Richardson, A. J. (2009) “Regulatory Networks for Accounting and Auditing Standards: A social network analysis of Canadian and international standard-setting”. Accounting Organizations and Society V34 N5: 571-588 []

Grants & Awards:

2012 Hourglass Award “The Hourglass Award of the Academy of Accounting Historians is presented annually to an individual who has made a demonstrable and significant contribution to knowledge through research and publication in accounting history”.

”2010  L.S. Rosen Outstanding Accounting Educator Award (given by the Canadian Academic Accounting Association for Contributions to Canadian accounting education over a sustained period of time through: excellence in teaching, publications (books, educational material, case studies, articles in magazines, etc.), educational innovation, research guidance for graduate students, involvement in professional and academic societies and activities)

“Competing, Coordinating, Co-Opting...? Interactions in Transnational Business Regulation” (with 32 others)  SSHRC – 2010-2013 $200,000 (Partnership Development Grant)

“Management Accounting and Global Communications” SSHRC – 2010-2013 $69,500

“International Standard-Setting for Corporate Reporting: the legitimacy of private global governance and congruence with domestic standard-setting processes” (with Eberlein, B.) SSHRC – 2010-2013 $58,300

‘Private transnational regulation: Constitutional foundations and governance design’ (with Burkard Eberlein: part of a research network coordinated by Professor Dr. Fabrizio Cafaggi (European University Institute – Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies), Prof. Dr. Linda Senden (Tilburg University) and Prof. Colin Scott (University College Dublin) and locally by Peer Zumbansen (Osgoode law school).

The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL)  €400.000.