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Dr Douglas Howcroft

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BA (CNAA), FCMA (Chartered Institute of Managment Accountants), MA (Northampton), PGCCE (Nottingham), PhD (Nottingham)
Assistant Professor in Accounting & Finance

Division: Accounting
Tel: +44 (0) 115 8467765
Location: B25 (Si Yuan, Jubilee Campus) (, Jubilee Campus)

I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and I am Chartered Global Accountant. I have twenty-four years management accounting experience, having worked in various senior roles in industry. In my last role in industry, I worked as part of a joint Ericsson and Andersen Consulting team to implement a new global business solution TTC (Time to Customer), using Enterprise Resource Planning software (SAP). After I had completed a M.A. in Accounting and Consultancy I decided I wanted to become a teacher and researcher in H.E.

I qualified as a teacher in continuing education and have taught accounting and finance at Nottingham University Business School since 2003. I am research active and have published articles in academic and practitioner journals. I have successfully completed a PhD; my thesis is titled 'Graduate competency for the management profession: a critical view of stakeholder expectation gaps'.

Administrative Roles
Director of BSc Finance, Accounting and Management
Assessment Tutor (BSc Accountancy)
I am module convenor of the following modules:


Accounting Information Systems (N12131)
Management Accounting (N12004)

Details of all modules can be found on MyNottingham

Current Research Activities
Financial Planning; ERP System Implementations; Management Accounting Change; Resistance to Change; Accounting Education & Training; the purpose of H.E., in the context of accounting courses; the key skill debate; Critical Theory; expectation gaps between university educators and employers; and the employability agenda.

Publications prior to 2005

Publications prior to 2005

Journal Articles

Howcroft, D. (2001), "Change Signals", CIMA Insider, Vol.October, p. 13.

Publications from 2005 to the present day

Journal Articles

Howcroft, D, (2017), "Graduates' vocational skills for the management accountancy profession: Exploring the accounting education expectation-performance gap", Accounting Education, Vol.26 (5-6), pp. 459-481.

Howcroft, D. (2006), "Spreadsheets and the financial planning process: a case study of resistance to change", Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change, Vol.2 (3), pp. 248-280.


Howcroft, D. 2008, "The Interface between Academic and Professional Education and Training in Accounting: Are there management accounting stakeholder expectation gaps?", at Management Research Group Conference, Aston University, November..

Howcroft, D. 2007, "Are there management accounting stakeholder expectation gaps? A meta-survey", at Management Research Group Conference, Aston University, 16th November.

Howcroft, D. 2006, "Do educators, practitioners and CIMA employers agree on the essential knowledge and skill sets required by graduate accountants? A survey of surveys", at British Accounting Association Northern Area Group Conference, Hull University, September.



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