A participatory project exploring the changing role of management accountants in the UK

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About the project

Since the turn of the century in the UK, there has been continuous change in the business environment within which most businesses operate. The environment within which management accounting is practised is subject to ongoing change and is influenced by many factors including changes in IT, markets, competitive forces, globalisation, changing organisational structures, and the advent of new management accounting techniques and practices. All these factors affect the contemporary roles of professional management accountants.

Project aims

Finding out more about the changing role of the professional management accountant has implications for skills developments, and this project seeks to contribute to the management accounting community of practice, made up of management accountants themselves, employers, the professional accountancy bodies, academics, and tuition providers, as well as government and regulators.

Opportunity to participate in this project

Change in management accounting can be viewed from many perspectives, and the research philosophy underlying this project places the individual management accountants at the heart of the analysis. If you are a CIMA-qualified management accountant with commercial experience, and if you would be prepared to be interviewed about your current role and your career in management accounting, then please email Martyn Jones. The interviews will be conducted online during late 2021 and early 2022 and should last for no longer than 60 minutes.


The project has been given full ethical clearance by the Department of Academic Quality and Development Research Ethics Committee.

Project team

Martyn Jones, Senior Lecturer in Accounting, Department of Law, Economics, Accounting and Finance (primary contact)

Prof. Martin Broad, Professor of Accounting and Dean, Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

Prof. Neil Marriott, Emeritus Professor of Accounting