I am a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance and currently teach on a variety of accounting and finance modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations. Prior to joining the university, I was a practitioner in the automotive industry, predominantly overseas.
I currently teach and am module leader for Strategic and Financial Performance Management (postgraduate), Financial Accounting (undergraduate), Financial Reporting (undergraduate) and Contemporary Reporting Issues (undergraduate). I supervise dissertations at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
I have previously taught Mergers and Acquisitions (postgraduate), Financial Statement Analysis (undergraduate) and on ACCA and CIMA professional programmes.
Professionally, I am interested in business development and performance improvement, particularly with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
I am an examiner for two papers for the Institute of Financial Accountants, a former Board Member of the East Midlands branch of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and have set Objective Test Questions (OTQs) for CIMA F2 paper.
My research interests include: business development and improvement, sustainability, corporate social responsibility and corporate financial performance, accounting standards development, SMEs and both profit and not-for-profit organisations.
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.
Journals (all peer reviewed)
- Conway, E. (2019 accepted) ‘To Agree or Disagree? An analysis of CSR Ratings Firms’. Social and Environmental Accountability Journal
- Conway, E. (work-in-progress) ‘Financial Accounting Challenges to Support New Business Models: the case of the circular economy’.
- Conway, E. (work-in-progress) ‘Corporate Social Responsibility in French listed companies – good for performance, poor for risk?’
- Conway, E., Kotera, Y. (work-in-progress) ‘Ethical judgement and intent in business school students: the role of the psyche?’
- Conway, E. (2019 accepted) ‘Did removing prudence from the Conceptual Framework impact accounting conservatism?’ International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance.
- Conway, E. (2019 accepted) ‘Quantitative impacts of mandatory integrated reporting’. Journal of Financial Reporting and Accounting.
- Kotera, Y., Conway, E., Van Gordon, W. (2018) ‘Mental Health Attitudes in UK Business Students: Moderator in the Relationship between Self-compassion and Mental Health Symptoms’. Journal of Education for Business. https://doi.org/10.1080/08832323.2018.1496898
- Kotera, Y., Conway, E., Van Gordon, W. (2018) ‘Ethical judgement and mental health of UK business students: relationship with motivation and self-compassion’. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11469-018-0034-2
- Lavender, S.G., Conway, E. (2018) ‘The impact of digitalisation on UK retail banking strategies’. Critical Perspectives on Business Management. Volume 6, pp. 21-41.
- Mir, A., Conway, E. (2018) ‘The advantages and disadvantages of integrated reporting for UK multinational enterprises’. Critical Perspectives on Business Management. Volume 6, pp. 2-20.
- Kalinga, N., Conway, E. (2018) ‘An Investigation into the Wage Rates in the Malawian Tea Industry’. Critical Perspectives on Business Management. Volume 6, pp. 42-57.
- Mtambalika, I., Conway, E. (2016) ‘Accountants’ perceptions of the development of Integrated Reporting – a two country study’. Critical Perspectives on Business Management. Volume 5, pp2-16.
- 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, Number 4, pp377-386.
‘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.
- Conway, E. (2018) ‘Should we expect exemplary integrated reporting to increase organisational ESG ratings?’ (pp 135-162) in ‘Responsibility and governance: the twin pillars of sustainability’. Crowther, D., Seifi, S., Wond, T. (eds.) Springer Nature. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1047-8
- Conway, E. (2018). ‘Sustainability, the Triple Bottom Line and Corporate Social Responsibility’ (pp 15-35) in ‘Contemporary Issues in Accounting’. Conway, E. and Byrne, D. (eds.) Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-91113-7
- Crookes, L., Conway, E. (2018). ‘Technology Challenges in Accounting and Finance’ (pp. 61-83) in ‘Contemporary Issues in Accounting’. Conway, E. and Byrne, D. (eds.) Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-91113-7
- Conway, E. (2018). ‘The Future of Accountancy – Beyond the Numbers’ (pp 187-195) in ‘Contemporary Issues in Accounting’. Conway, E. and Byrne, D. (eds.) Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-91113-7
- Conway, E. (2017). ‘Measuring Carbon: An Organisational Management Perspective’, (pp. 117-140) in ‘The Low Carbon Economy: Understanding and Supporting a Sustainable Transition’. Baranova, P., Conway, E., Lynch, N. Paterson, F. (eds.) London. Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56753-2
- Baranova, P., Conway, E. (2017). ‘Transition to a Low Carbon Economy: an SME perspective’, (pp 87-115) in ‘The Low Carbon Economy: Understanding and Supporting a Sustainable Transition’. Baranova, P., Conway, E., Lynch, N. Paterson, F. (eds.) London. Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56753-2
- Conway, E., Paterson, F., Baranova, P. (2017). ‘The transition to a low carbon economy: a call for collaborative action towards the ‘new normal’, (pp. 199-210) in ‘The Low Carbon Economy: Understanding and Supporting a Sustainable Transition’. Baranova, P., Conway, E., Lynch, N. Paterson, F. (eds.) London. Palgrave MacMillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56753-2
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.
'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