Stockholm University Gröjer Seminars

Speakers and Seminars

The 2023 Stockholm University Gröjer Seminars took place at Djurönäset in the Stockholm archipelago on May 31 and June 1. This year SUGS featured two distinguished speakers, professors Jane Andrew and John Roberts, both from the University of Sydney, Australia. On the university of Sydney's website, their research are presented in the following ways.

Jane Andrew

Jane Andrew

"Jane has a particular interest in the relationship between accounting information and public policy and has written extensively on public accountability, carbon accounting, immigration detention, prison privatisation and whistleblowing. The policy relevance of her work means she is often called upon to contribute to discussions of public policy at the State and Federal level. All of Jane’s work has considered the impact of accounting on issues of equity, justice and well-being within the context of neoliberalism.

In 2016, Jane released a report titled Prison Privatisation in Australia: The State of the Nation providing the first comprehensive review of the costs, performance and accountability of Australian private prisons.

Jane was appointed co-editor-in-chief for Critical Perspectives on Accounting in 2018. The journal is the leading international journal dedicated to exploring the link between accounting practices and the many allocative, distributive, social and ecological problems of our era. Jane is also an Associate Editor for Abacus and is a member of the Editorial Board’s for Accounting, Auditing and Accountability, Advances in Public Interest Accounting and Australasian Accounting, Business and Finance Journal. She is also a member of CPA Australia, The Sydney Institute of Criminology and The Imprisonment Observatory."

John Roberts

John Roberts

"His qualitative research work spans three main areas of interest; the uses of accounting information in processes of organisational accountability, corporate governance and, in particular, the impact of regulation on the dynamics of board roles and relationships, and the nature of ethics in business. His work on accountability began immediately after his doctorate and applied Giddens' structuration theory to explore the uses of accounting information in creating accountability within organisations.

This work resulted in a series of early papers in Accounting, Organizations and Society which continue to be widely cited. It was this work that formed the basis of the second focus of his research - corporate governance and, in particular, qualitative studies of board roles and relationships, and company/fund manager meetings. This work has resulted in several empirical and theoretical publications in Long Range Planning, Human Relations, the British Journal of Management, and Accounting, Organizations and Society as well as a series of more practitioner oriented reports. It also influenced UK corporate governance reform by informing the 2003 Higgs review of the Role and Effectiveness of the Non-Executive Director.

His third area of research has been into the nature of ethics in business. An early empirical piece drawing upon the work of Alasdair MacIntyre in the Journal of Management Studies was followed by a number of innovative papers. A special issue of Business Ethics Quarterly included one of the earliest papers to introduce the work of Levinas to the academic business ethics literature, and was followed by a widely cited paper in Organizationon corporate social responsibility, and most recently in the Journal of Business Ethics. A related innovation has been theoretical work that draws upon psychoanalytic theory and, in particular, the work of Lacan, also published in Organization. His most recent work has combined these themes in analysing and exploring the global financial crisis including two papers, one on self interest and the other on the limits of transparency in Accounting, Organizations and Society, and a forthcoming paper in Culture and Organisationon the role of pay practices in the crisis."

Previous speakers

Professors Andrew and Roberts joins Barbara Czarniawska, David Cooper, Wai Fong Chua, Jan Mouritsen and Michael Power on the growing list of distinguished accounting scholars who have held the SUGS lectures.

Seminars and Speakers
The 2023 SeminarsJane Andrew, John Roberts
The 2019 SeminarsBarbara Czarniawska
The 2016 SeminarsDavid Cooper
The 2013 SeminarsWai Fong Chua
The 2011 SeminarsJan Mouritsen
The 2009 SeminarsMichael Power