Elaine Conway

Elaine Conway

Position: Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance Programme Leader Full Time MBA (2013-2015)

College: College of Business

Department: Derby Business School

Subject area: Accounting and Finance

Research Centre: Business Innovation for a Low Carbon Economy

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About

I currently teach on a variety of accounting and finance modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and supervise post graduate dissertations.

Teaching responsibilities

I currently teach and am module leader for Improving Financial Performance (post graduate), Financial Accounting (undergraduate) and Financial Reporting Theory (undergraduate). I supervise dissertations at both under and post graduate level.

I have previously taught Mergers and Acquisitions (post graduate), Financial Statement Analysis (undergraduate) and on ACCA and CIMA professional programmes.

Professional interests

Professionally, I am interested in business development and performance improvement, particularly with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). I retain business interests through the directorship of a local leisure business and through non-executive work, which are important to me as providing a link between the worlds of business and academia.

I am an examiner for two papers for the Institute of Financial Accountants, a Board Member of the East Midlands branch of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and have set Objective Test Questions (OTQs) for CIMA F2 paper.

Research interests

My research interests include: business development and improvement, sustainability, corporate social responsibilty and corporate financial performance, accounting standards development, SMEs and both profit and not-for-profit organisations.

Membership of professional bodies

-         Fellow of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA)

-         Fellow of Higher EducationAcademy (FHEA)

-         Chartered Management Accountant (CMA)

-         Member of Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM)

-         Member of Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)

-         Member of Chartered Management Institute (MCMI)

Qualifications

Research qualifications:

Phd in Business (part time - ongoing)                                                          

Postgraduate qualifications: 

Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice in Research -
University of Derby

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education - Nottingham Trent University                                                         

Certificate in Healthcare Finance  - Healthcare Financial Management Association

Diploma in Strategic Business Coaching  - Chartered Management Institute

MBA Master of Business Administration - Duke University, North Carolina, USA                                            

Diploma in Marketing - Chartered Institute of Marketing

 

Undergraduate qualifications: 

BSc Honours in International Business and Modern Languages - Aston University, Birmingham, UK  

Management Degree Programme 1 year exchange - Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada                                        

 

Recent publications

Journals (all peer reviewed)

Conway, E. (2016 under review) ‘To Agree or Disagree? A multi-method modelling analysis of CSR Ratings Firms’,

Mtambalika, I., Conway, E. (2016 in press) Accountants’ perceptions of the development of Integrated Reporting – a two country study’. Critical Perspectives on Business Management

Conway, E. (2015) ‘Engaging Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the low carbon agenda’, Energy, Sustainability and Society, 5:1:32. DOI: 10.1186/s13705-015-0060-x, URL: http://www.energsustainsoc.com/content/5/1/32

Conway, E. (2014) 'Is UK Financial Reporting Becoming Less Prudent?', European Journal of Economics and Management, Volume 1, No. 2, pp26-48.

Conway, E. (2014) 'Does Corporate Social Responsibility Pay?', Critical Perspectives on Business Management, Volume 3, pp41-51.

Conway, E. (2014) ‘Assessing sustainability support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)’, Journal of Performability Engineering, Volume 10, No. 4, pp377-386.

Reports

‘Engagement of Derbyshire-based small and medium sized enterprises in the low carbon economy - a report of SME activity within the low carbon agenda’, published within ‘Low Carbon Economy Engaged Research Project – Findings Report’, a combined research project for University of Derby, Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils, August 2013.

Book Chapters

Conway, E. (2016 in press). ‘Measuring Carbon: An Organisational Management Perspective’, in ‘Accelerating the Shift to a Low Carbon Economy in the East Midlands’. Lynch, N., Martinez-Covarrubias, J. (eds.) London. Palgrave MacMillan.

Baranova, P., Conway, E. (2016 in press). ‘Transition to a Low Carbon Economy: an SME perspective’, in ‘Accelerating the Shift to a Low Carbon Economy in the East Midlands’. Lynch, N., Martinez-Covarrubias, J. (eds.) London. Palgrave MacMillan.

Conference proceedings

SDS 2015 – Sustainable Development Symposium, 5th Annual European Postgraduate Symposium, 15-17 June 2015, Lisbon, Portugal. Paper presented: ‘Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Rating Firms: Help or Hindrance?’ Abstract published in conference proceedings ISBN:978-972-9346-40-8.

‘The qualitative impact of sustainability support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)’; abstract published in ‘SDS 2013 – Sustainable Development Symposium’, Rogiosi Editore, Naples, Italy, ISBN 978-88-97893-28-8, February 2013.

‘Engaging Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Low Carbon Agenda’; abstract published in ‘SDS 2014 – Sustainable Development Symposium’, Slovak Committee for Scientific Management, Bratislava, ISBN 978-80-970684-2-4, February 2014.

 

Other Publications

'Sustainability matters': a commentary on sustainability for an article published on the website of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA), November 2014: http://www.accaglobal.com/uk/en/student/acca-qual-student-journey/sa/features/sustainability.html

 

Recent conferences

SDS 2015 – Sustainable Development Symposium, 5th Annual European Postgraduate Symposium, 15-17 June 2015, Lisbon, Portugal. Paper presented: ‘Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Rating Firms: Help or Hindrance?’ Abstract published in conference proceedings ISBN:978-972-9346-40-8.

British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, 23-25 March 2015, Manchester University. Paper presented: ‘UK financial reporting and prudence’.

East Midlands Universities Research Conference, 18th September 2014, University of Leicester. Paper presented: 'Does being socially responsible cost or benefit a company?'

British Accounting and Finance Association - South West Group, 12 September 2014, Cardiff Business School, University of Cardiff. Paper presented: 'Accounting Conservatism - is it changing?'

British Accounting and Finance Association - Northern Area Group, 8-9 September 2014, Newcastle Business School, University of Northumbria. Paper presented: 'Is UK Reporting Becoming Less Prudent?'

'Low Carbon Procurement Opportunities - What's in it for Business?' Conference held at University of Derby, 26th June 2014. Facilitator for two external speaker sessions.

SDS 2014 – Sustainable Development Symposium, 4th Annual European Postgraduate Symposium, 19 -21 February 2014, Bratislava, Slovak Republic. Paper presented:  ‘Engaging Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Low Carbon Agenda'.

British Accounting and Finance Association – Northern Area Group,  8-9 September 2013, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. Paper presented:  ‘CSR, CFP and investment ranking – a fair reflection on value?’

SDS 2013 – Sustainable Development Symposium, 3rd Annual European Postgraduate Symposium, 13 - 15 February 2013, Naples, Italy. Paper presented: ‘The qualitative impact of sustainability support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)’.

Experience in industry

Prior to moving into teaching and research, I worked for 17 years in industry, initially as a management accountant, later moving into Finance Director and Managing Director roles. My background is in the automotive industry and encompassed a variety of roles and projects, such as feasibility studies, accounting, finance, company secretarial, purchasing and logistics optimisation and company startups. The majority of my experience is overseas, in countries such as Germany, Poland, India, Malaysia, the Philippines, Slovenia and China. The latter experience involved being the Managing Director for a company start up in northern China for two years, taking the company from an idea on a spreadsheet through site selection, design, build and selection and training of employees leading to a fully functioning manufacturing and machining facility supplying customers both internally in China and also exporting to the US.

I have also been a Non-Executive Board member of a NHS Primary Care Trust and a not-for-profit Housing Association.

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