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Paolo Quattrone is Professor and Chair of Accounting, Governance and Social Innovation at the University of Edinburgh Business School and Co-Director of the Centre for Accounting and Society.
Before joining Edinburgh, he was Professor of Accounting and Management Control at IE Business School (Madrid), Reader in Accounting at Saïd Business School, and Official Student (i.e. Fellow) of Christ Church.
A truly international scholar, Professor Quattrone 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. Professor Quattrone 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.
He 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 Project X (a research project of the UK Cabinet) and a member of Faculty for the Major Programme Leadership Academy.
Professor Quattrone’s current work investigates how material accounting visualizations (e.g. dashboards) influence decision making, strategizing, 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 a long-standing interest in researching the emergence and diffusion of accounting and managerial practices in historical and contemporary settings. Professor Quattrone's research on the role that the Jesuit played in the historical development of contemporary administrative and accounting practices has recently been featured in the Financial Times.
His works have appeared in journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research, Organization Studies and Administrative Science Quarterly.
See his full list of publications.
Professor Quattrone 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, Professor 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’.