Paolo Quattrone

Associate Fellow

Saïd Business School
Park End Street


Paolo Quattrone is Professor of Accounting, Governance and Society at the Alliance Manchester Business School.



Prior to Manchester, he held positions at University of Edinburgh Business School (where he was Chair of Accounting, Governance and Social innovation and co-director of the Centre for Accounting and Society), at IE Business School, Madrid (where he was Professor of Accounting and Management Control) and at Saïd Business School, where he was Reader in Accounting and Official Student (Fellow) of Christ Church. At Oxford, he is an Associate Fellow of Oxford Saïd and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of Italian Studies at Oxford, which he co-founded during his time at the university.

A truly international scholar, Paolo has conducted research and taught at the universities of Catania, Kyoto, Madrid Carlos III, Manchester, Oxford, Palermo, Siena, Stanford and Luigi Bocconi of Milan.

As Fulbright New Century Scholar at the University of Stanford, he conducted research on changes in business models in education. Paolo served on the Standing Scientific Committee of the European Accounting Association for several years. He sits on the editorial boards of major academic journals, such as Accounting Organizations and Society, and he has been associate editor of The British Accounting Review and of Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

Paolo now teaches, consults, and researches in the area of major programme management, where he is developing a series of impact case studies on reporting, governance and leadership practices to address issues of risk and uncertainty in complex organisations. He is a member of the teaching team for the Major Projects Leadership Academy.


Paolo’s work investigates how material accounting visualisations (e.g. dashboards) influence decision-making, strategising, and governance, not for the information that they convey but for the social interactions that they generate, when decision makers face situations of radical uncertainty and ambiguity.

He has an interest in researching the emergence and diffusion of accounting and managerial practices in historical and contemporary settings. Paolo's research on the role that the Jesuits played in the historical development of contemporary administrative and accounting practices has been featured in the Financial Times.

His works have appeared in Accounting, Organizations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research, Organization Studies and Administrative Science Quarterly.


Paolo teaches reporting and governance practices in the area of major programme management at postgraduate and executive level. He also teaches executive education courses on how governance and reporting can be instruments of change management and leadership for developing collective intelligence.

Along with the organising team of the Arcadis Academy, Paolo Quattrone was the runner up for the OxTALENT 2018 Innovative Teaching and Digital Award.

You can get a glimpse of his teaching style and research philosophy by watching his TedxOxbridge talk on ‘Governing Socie-ties’.

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