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The failure of consulting professionalism? A longitudinal analysis of the Institute of Management Consultants (2016)
Journal Article
Butler, N., & Collins, D. (2016). The failure of consulting professionalism? A longitudinal analysis of the Institute of Management Consultants. Management & organizational history : M & OH, 11(1), 48-65. https://doi.org/10.1080/17449359.2016.1151363

© 2016 Taylor & Francis. Abstract: This paper offers a longitudinal analysis of the Institute of Management Consultants (IMC). Drawing on archive sources, we consider the manner in which the IMC sought to institutionalize a form of expertise specif... Read More about The failure of consulting professionalism? A longitudinal analysis of the Institute of Management Consultants.

Between Maxwell and Micawber: plotting the failure of the Equitable Life (2015)
Journal Article
Collins, D., Dewing, I., & Russell, P. (2015). Between Maxwell and Micawber: plotting the failure of the Equitable Life. Accounting and business research, 45(6-7), 715-737. https://doi.org/10.1080/00014788.2015.1042355

© 2015 Taylor & Francis. This paper offers reflections on the failure of The Equitable Life Assurance Society. Noting that the collapse of this financial institution precipitated a raft of official inquiries, we provide a detailed analysis and 're-... Read More about Between Maxwell and Micawber: plotting the failure of the Equitable Life.

Constituting best practice in management consulting (2014)
Journal Article
Collins, D. (2016). Constituting best practice in management consulting. Culture and organization, 22(5), 409-429 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14759551.2014.983109

This paper offers critical reflections on the construction and propagation of ‘best practice’: a concept which has become increasingly important in the business world and in civic life more generally. Focusing upon the activities of the Management Co... Read More about Constituting best practice in management consulting.

New roles for auditors and reporting accountants in UK banking supervision under the Banking Act 1987 (2012)
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Collins, D., Dewing, I., & Russell, P. (2012). New roles for auditors and reporting accountants in UK banking supervision under the Banking Act 1987. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 25(3), 535-565. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513571211209635

Purpose: The paper aims to offer an exploration of the Banking Act 1987 which was passed following the failure of Johnson Matthey Bankers (JMB) in 1984. This Act extended the role of auditors in banking supervision by removing traditional confidentia... Read More about New roles for auditors and reporting accountants in UK banking supervision under the Banking Act 1987.

Women roar: 'The women's thing' in the storywork of Tom Peters (2011)
Journal Article
Collins, D. (2012). Women roar: 'The women's thing' in the storywork of Tom Peters. Organization, 19(4), 405-424. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508411408173

Academic commentary on the excellence project has tended to operate with a caricature of Tom Peters and has, furthermore, made broad claims for the organizing potential of the stories that feature in his texts. This article argues that any attempt to... Read More about Women roar: 'The women's thing' in the storywork of Tom Peters.

Postcards from the front: changing narratives in UK financial services (2009)
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Collins, D., Dewing, I., & Russell, P. (2009). Postcards from the front: changing narratives in UK financial services. Critical Perspectives On Accounting, 20(8), 884-895. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2009.05.004

This paper seeks to explore the methodological difficulties that confront those who would seek to explain, to account for and to intervene in social affairs. Noting the predominance of ‘behaviourist' and ‘cognitivist' accounts of the change process a... Read More about Postcards from the front: changing narratives in UK financial services.

The actuary as fallen hero: on the reform of a profession (2009)
Journal Article
Collins, D., Dewing, I., & Russell, P. (2009). The actuary as fallen hero: on the reform of a profession. Work, employment & society : a journal of the British Sociological Association, 23(2), 249-266. https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017009102857

This article investigates reform of the actuarial profession following the establishment of the UK Financial Services Authority and as a result of the problems emerging at the Equitable Life Assurance Society. Perceptions on changes to the role of li... Read More about The actuary as fallen hero: on the reform of a profession.


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