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Prof Russell Craig

B.Com., M.Com., Ph.D

Professor in Accounting


Dr. Russell Craig is an internationally recognised scholar who is Professor in Accounting at the Durham University Business School. He is also an honorary adjunct professor at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; and at Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia.  

Russell’s main research interests are in analysing diverse aspects of corporate financial reporting, management education, accounting history, accountability discourse of CEOs, and research misconduct. He explores the role and impact of accounting in its social context and seeks to expose the folly of unquestioning acceptance of measures contained in published accounting reports and in narrative accounts by CEOs. A central quest in much of Russell’s research is to make accounting and financial reporting better.  

Russell is the author of about 225 research papers, research monographs and book chapters. His two major scholarly books are CEO-Speak: The Language of Corporate Leadership (MQUP 2006, with Joel Amernic); and John Croaker: Convict Embezzler (MUP 2000, with John Booker). 

He is the author of articles published in leading scholarly journals in accounting and cognate fields. These include in scholarly journals such as Accounting Organizations and Society, Research Policy, British Journal of Management, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Relations, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Journal of Business Ethics, European Accounting Review, Business History, British Accounting Review and Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. Russell has also published in leading international practitioner journals in accounting: CPA Journal and Journal of Accountancy. He has held many appointments as an editorial board member of leading scholarly journals.

In 2000, Russell Craig was awarded the Australian National University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. He has contributed strongly to the scholarship of teaching through his authorship of research papers and teaching materials.

Research Interests

  • • corporate accounting and financial reporting
  • • management education
  • • accounting history
  • • accountability discourse of CEOs
  • • research misconduct

Research Groups


    Chapter in book

  • Tourish, D., Craig, R. & Amernic, J. (2017). A mania for assessment: How an audit culture undermines the purpose of universities. In 34-55.
  • Journal Article

  • Craig, R & Amernic, J (2019). Benefits and pitfalls of a CEO’s personal Twitter messaging. Strategy and Leadership
  • Costa Oliveira, Helena, Lima-Rodrigues, Lúcia & Craig, Russell (2019). The Presence of Bureaucracy in the Balanced Scorecard. Revista de Contabilidad 22(2): 218-224.
  • Craig, R. & Amernic, J. (2019). Autobiographical Vignettes in Annual Report CEO Letters as a Lens to Understand How Leadership is Conceived and Enacted.. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal
  • Craig, R. & Amernic, J. (2018). Are there Language Markers of Hubris in CEO Letters to Shareholders? Journal of Business Ethics 149(4): 973-986.
  • Thorpe, A., Craig, R., Tourish, D., Hadikin, G. & Batistic, S. (2018). ‘Environment’ Submissions in the UK's Research Excellence Framework 2014. British Journal of Management 29(3): 571-587.
  • Cox, Adam, Craig, Russell & Tourish, Dennis (2018). Retraction statements and research malpractice in economics. Research Policy 47(5): 924-935.
  • Rodrigues, L.L. & Craig, R. (2018). The role of government accounting and taxation in the institutionalization of slavery in Brazil. Critical Perspectives on Accounting 57: 21-38.
  • Tourish, D. & Craig, R. (2018). Research Misconduct in Business and Management Studies: Causes, Consequences, and Possible Remedies. Journal of Management Inquiry
  • Thorpe, A., Craig, R., Hadikin, G. & Batistic, S. (2018). Semantic tone of research 'environment' submissions in the UK's Research Evaluation Framework 2014. Research Evaluation 27(2): 53-62.
  • Araújo, W.G., Rodrigues, L.L. & Craig, R. (2017). ‘Empire as an imagination of the centre’ The Rio de Janeiro School of Commerce and the development of accounting education in Brazil. Critical Perspectives on Accounting 46: 38-53.
  • Gonçalves, R., Lopes, P. & Craig, R. (2017). Value relevance of biological assets under IFRS. Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation 29: 118-126.
  • Amernic, J. & Craig, R. (2017). CEO speeches and safety culture: British Petroleum before the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Critical Perspectives on Accounting 47: 61-80.
  • McBride, Karen, Hines, Tony & Craig, Russell (2016). A rum deal: The purser’s measure and accounting control of materials in the Royal Navy, 1665–1832. Business History 58(6): 925-946.
  • Chabrak, N., Craig, R. & Daidj, N. (2016). Nouveau riche, old guard, established elite: Agency and the leadership of Vivendi Universal. Leadership 12(4): 398-419.
  • Chabrak, N., Craig, R. & Daidj, N. (2016). Financialization and the Employee Suicide Crisis at France Telecom. Journal of Business Ethics 139(3): 501-515.
  • Guerreiro, M.S., Rodrigues, L.L. & Craig, R. (2015). Institutional Change of Accounting Systems: The Adoption of a Regime of Adapted International Financial Reporting Standards. European Accounting Review 24(2): 379-409.
  • Yang, H.H., Craig, R. & Farley, A. (2015). A review of Chinese and English language studies on corporate environmental reporting in China. Critical Perspectives on Accounting 28: 30-48.

Contact Details

Professor in Accounting
+44 191 3340712