Deborah Anderson

Doctoral Candidate

  • deborah.anderson@sbs.ox.ac.uk

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Deborah Anderson is a doctoral candidate in Management Studies at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and a member of Lincoln College.

She is spending the 2018-2019 academic year as a visiting scholar at The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania. She employs both ethnographic and historical case study methodologies to study how experts structure regulatory certainty as well as the implications of technological change and innovation on knowledge work, learning, professional judgment, and the creation of new routines. Her work is primarily grounded in the accounting context.

Her studies have been funded by the Clarendon, Sloane Robinson Foundation and Saïd Foundation Scholarships.

Her research has been funded by a variety of sources, including the 2014 Margit F. and Hanns Martin Schoenfeld research grant from the Academy of Accounting Historians and the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The University of Pennsylvania.
Professors Tim Morris and Michael Smets are her advisors. 

Prior to starting her doctorate, she earned a BA in Philosophy (summa cum laude), a BS in Accounting (summa cum laude), and a Master of Tax Accounting (summa cum laude). She is a CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (active), a member of the Academy of Accounting Historians, the  American Accounting Association, the Academy of Management and the European Group for Organizational Studies. She previously worked in the private equity tax group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston, MA. 

While at Oxford, Deborah has actively participated in the wider university and academic communities - serving as the Social Media Chair of the OMT Division of Academy of Management, Treasurer of the Clarendon Council, Doctoral Committee Representative, Athena Swan Gender Charter Doctoral Representative and founding CFO of the Global Scholars Board. 

Personal website



Richard Whittington and Deborah Anderson (Forthcoming) Professional Structures and Practice Change: Institutionalization Processes in Accounting and Strategy” in The Oxford Handbook of Management Ideas, Andrew Sturdy, Stefan Heusinkveld, Trish Reay and David Strang (ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Craig E. Smith, Deborah Anderson, and Anna Straussburger (Forthcoming) ‘Say You're Sorry: Children Distinguish Between Willingly-Given and Coerced Expressions of Remorse.’ Merrill Palmer Quarterly.

Deborah Anderson and Tomo Suzuki (2014) Financialisation of global markets: the role of private sector accounting standard setting Law and Financial Markets Review, 8 (1) pp. 20-26. ISSN 1752-1459.


Deborah has taught the Oxford Economics and Management undergraduate financial reporting classes and the MBA financial reporting support classes.

Additionally, she has led accounting tutorials for undergraduate, MBA, and EMBA students. She has aided in course development (UG, MBA, MFE), exam review sessions (UG) and assessments (UG, ExecEd).

Prior to coming to Oxford, Deborah taught an undergraduate Corporate and Partnership Tax support class and was a teaching assistant for an undergraduate logic course in the philosophy department.