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Professor Philip Linsley
Professor of Accounting and Risk



After graduating in Philosophy Philip qualified as a chartered accountant, subsequently working as a financial controller in industry and as a director of a UK based professional accountancy training company. Philip has significant experience as an academic lecturer, researcher and in respect of the administrative roles he has undertaken. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and teaches in the areas related to finance, accounting and risk. His research is focused upon examining different facets of risk.



Philip’s main research focus is on risk and he has two main areas of interest. First, he is interested in the issue of risk reporting and how firms might usefully provide risk information to investors and other stakeholders. Second, he is also interested in broader issues of risk, risk management and culture. In this latter area of research he has been drawing on neo-Durkheimian cultural theory (as developed by Dame Mary Douglas) to understand diverse topics. For example, he has used this approach to analyse the changing role of psychiatrists, the Enron debacle, the recent financial crisis and risk management in banking.

Philip is a founding member of the European Risk Research Network (ERRN). The purpose of the ERRN is to develop EU-wide research in risk management through the creation of a pan-European research network.

Philip has written research reports for different organisations. Recent reports include a Social Return on Investment (SROI) report estimating the health and wellbeing impact of the North York Moors National Park (2018) and being a contributing author to the Institute of Risk Management’s ‘Risk culture’ Thought Leadership report (2012). 



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Recent Publications

Linsley, P. M. and McMurray, R. (2018) 'North York Moors National Park: measuring health and wellbeing impact'. 

Woods, M., Linsley, P. M. and Maffei, M. (2017) ‘Accounting and risk’, British Accounting Review, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 1-3.

Abdelrehim, N. T. H., Linsley, P. M. and Verma, S. (2017) ‘Understanding risk disclosures as a function of social organisation: a neo-Durkheimian institutional theory-based study of Burmah Oil Company 1971-1976’, British Accounting Review, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 103-116.

Linsley, P. M. (2017) ‘Application of an ethic of care to business’, in Sison, A.J. (ed.) Handbook of virtue ethics in business and management, Dordrecht: Springer.

Linsley, P. M., Linsley, A. P., Beck, M. and Mollan, S. (2016) ‘Employing neo-Durkheimian institutional theory in cross-cultural accounting research’, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 29, no. 8, pp. 1270-1293.

Linsley, P. M., McMurray, R. and Shrives, P. J. (2016) ‘Consultation in the policy process: Douglasian cultural theory and the development of accounting regulation in the face of crisis’, Public Administration, vol. 94, no. 4, pp. 988-1004.

Pike, R., Neale, B. and Linsley, P. M. (2015) Corporate finance and investment: decisions and strategies (8th edition), Harlow: Pearson.

Linsley, P. M. and Kewell, B. (2015) Risk Management: mindfulness and clumsy solutions - ICAEW risk thought leadership report, London: Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Manahov, V., Hudson, R. and Linsley, P. M. (2014) ‘New evidence about the profitability of small and large stocks and the role of volume using Strongly Typed Genetic Programming’, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money, vol. 33, pp. 299-316.

Linsley, P. M. and Linsley, A. P. (2014) ‘Cultural theory of risk and the notion of management accountants as strategists’, in Otley, D. and Soin, K. (eds.) Management control and uncertainty, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.

Linsley, P. M. and Shrives, P. J. (2014) ‘Douglasian cultural dialogues and the Financial Reporting Council complexity project’, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol. 25, no. 8, pp. 757-770.

Linsley, P. M., Slack, R. and Edkins, A. (2014) ‘Image restoration and the management of reputation’, in Hart, R. P. (ed.)Communication and language analysis in the corporate world, Pennsylvania: IGI.

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School for Business and Society
University of York
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York Science Park
York YO10 5ZF

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Room: CL/A/118F

Subject Group

Accounting and Finance

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