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Faculty of Humanities

Professor Ken McPhail

Associate Dean (Social Responsibility)

Professor Ken McPhail
Professor Ken McPhail

‌Ken was appointed Professor of Accounting in Manchester Business School, in September 2014.  Prior to joining Manchester University he was Professor of Accounting and head of department at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

Ken is interested in the changing role of corporations in society and the systems of accountability that emerge in relation to these roles.  His resent research has focused on the emerging trend to give human rights responsibilities of companies.  Amongst other projects he is currently studying the role of corporations in the delivery of Australia’s asylum seeker policy; the implementation of human rights screening in the Norwegian government’s Sovereign Wealth Fund and the introduction of human rights risk into bank lending decisions.

Recent articles include a prize-winning paper on the need to incorporate human rights into the business school curriculum

Ken’s publications include 5 prize winning articles; a four volume research master work on Accounting Ethics, published by Sage in 2013 and two special journal issues, one on Accounting and Human Rights and a second on Accounting & Theology. In 2011, Ken delivered the CPA Australia Kate Stanton Annual Research Lecture on Accounting & Human Rights. In the same year he was also awarded an honorary membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia for his work on accounting, ethics and human rights.

Ken sits on the editorial board of a number of journals, including Accounting Auditing & Accountability Journal; Critical Perspectives on Accounting; the Journal of Business Ethics Education; Sustainability, Accountability, Management, and Practice Journal and the newly established Business and Human Rights Journal.

Ken holds Honorary positions at Deakin University and La Trobe University, Melbourne.