Richard Barker is Professor of Accounting and Academic Director of the Oxford MBA. He is also Tutor in Management at Christ Church.
An expert in financial reporting, Richard is the academic member of the Corporate Reporting Council (formerly the ASB), the UK's advisory committee on accounting standards. He previously served on secondment as Research Fellow at the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).
Richard has an undergraduate degree from Oxford and graduate degrees from Cambridge, and he qualified as a chartered management accountant while working for AstraZeneca. He is currently researching issues of natural capital accounting, business responsibility and sustainability, and institutional structures for the regulation of ‘non-financial’ corporate reporting.
He serves on the Expert Panel of Accounting for Sustainability (A4S), a Prince of Wales charity. Previous positions include Chair of the Audit Committee of Cambridge University Press, Director of the Cambridge MBA, Academic Director of McKinsey’s Business Analyst Accelerator, and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and at INSEAD.
Richard has won teaching awards at both Oxford and Cambridge, including 'Most Acclaimed Lecturer in the Social Sciences', awarded by Oxford University Student Union. He joined Saïd Business School in 2012.
Richard’s publications focus on financial reporting, including international accounting standards and investors’ use of financial statement information. He is currently extending this work to examine 'non-financial' reporting, which is concerned with long-term business sustainability and accountability.
Richard’s research work is characterised by a strong emphasis on policy relevance, and throughout his academic career he has maintained a close involvement with policy-making. As a member of the UK's Corporate Reporting Council Richard continues to be directly engaged with policy-making in this area. For several years he combined his faculty position with a role on the technical staff of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) in London where he was the technical staff member responsible for a major project on Reporting Financial Performance, working jointly with the ASB (UK) and FASB (US).
Working in collaboration with the ICAEW, the European Community and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), Richard has established workshops that bring together accounting standard-setters and academics, to address topical and challenging issues concerning international financial reporting standards.
Richard has been an invited conference speaker for a variety of organisations, including AACSB, ACCA, IASB, CFA Institute, Financial Times, Investor Relations Society, International Investor Relations Federation, Schmalenbach-Gesellschaft, UBS and UKSIP.
He has acted as External Examiner for Manchester Business School and the LSE, and External Reviewer for London Business School.
In 2013, Richard was named 'Most Acclaimed Lecturer in the Social Sciences' by Oxford University Student Union. He had previously achieved an unprecedented double in 2011, being awarded teaching prizes at the business schools of Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the same year. He is also a recipient of the Pilkington Teaching Prize at Cambridge, which is awarded ‘in recognition of excellence in teaching.’
Richard teaches Financial Reporting on the MBA, EMBA and MSc in Financial Economics programmes at Saїd Business School. He is best known for his intuitive explanation of accounting, by which he applies underlying concepts to simplify and clarify the diversity and complexity of accounting practice. His approach is captured in his introductory textbook, Cambridge Short Introductions: Accounting, and the accompanying online learning tools
Richard has considerable general experience in the design, development and management of business education programmes and has written about business education matters:
Barker, R. (2011). ‘Defining a World-Class MBA Programme.’ EFMD Global Focus, 2011, 5(1): 14-17.
Barker, R. (2010). ‘No, Management is not a Profession.’ Harvard Business Review, Jul-Aug: 52-60.
Barker has also taught extensively on executive education programmes, with clients including Ernst & Young, ICBC and McKinsey.
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