Jill Atkins is Professor of Accounting and Financial Management at Henley Business School, University of Reading having previously been Professor of Corporate Governance & Accountability at King's College London, University of London. Jill is Director of the Governance, Accountability & Responsible Investment Research Centre at Henley Business School. Her primary research interests within the overarching area of corporate governance include institutional investor engagement and dialogue, responsible investment, stakeholder accountability, integrated reporting, pension fund governance and sustainability issues in accounting and finance. Before moving to King's College in 2009, Jill lectured at Cardiff University and Sheffield University. She gained a PhD from the University of Manchester in 1996 in International Finance. Jill enjoys an active involvement in the evolution of corporate governance and accountability both in the academic and practitioner spheres and chairs the British Accounting Association Special Interest Group on Corporate Governance. She is also a member of the Steering Group of ACCA's Governance Risk & Performance Forum. Jill's best-selling textbook 'Corporate Governance and Accountability' is entering its 4th edition in 2013. Her main lecturing area is corporate governance, accountability and ethics.
Corporate Governance and Ethics on the MSc
Working Papers (available on request):
Solomon, J.F. and Thomson, I.H. "Aesthetic Environmental Accounting and Social Activism in 19th Century Britain"
Atkins, B., Atkins, J.F., Maroun, W. and I. Thomson, "'Good' News from Nowhere: Imagining a Sustainable, Accountable World.
Solomon, J. F. and Jones, M. J., "Nature Diaries: Narrative reports of nature and wildlife"
Solomon, J.F. and Thomson, I.H., 'Fumifugium: Or the Inconvenience of the Aer and Smoake of London Dissipated': narrative external environmental reporting in 17th century London".
Published Journal Articles:
Warren, M. and Solomon, J. (2013) Whistle-blowing by external auditors: seeking legitimacy for the South African audit profession? Accounting Forum. ISSN 0155-9982 doi: 10.1016/j.accfor.2013.04.007 (In Press)
Solomon, J. F., Joseph, N. L., Norton, S. D. and A. Solomon (2013) "Impression management, fabrication and myth creation in private social and environmental reporting: insights from Erving Goffman”, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol.38, pp.195-213.
Barone, E., Ranamagar, N. and Solomon, J. F. (2013) A Habermasian model of stakeholder (non)engagement and corporate (ir)responsibility reporting. Accounting Forum, 37 (3). pp. 163-181. ISSN 0155-9982 doi: 10.1016/j.accfor.2012.12.001
Solomon, J. and Maroun, W., (2012)Integrated reporting: the influence of King III on social, ethical and environmental reporting. Report. ACCA, London. pp56.
Solomon, J. F., Solomon, A. Joseph N. L. and Norton, S. D. (2011) "Private Climate Change Reporting: A Discourse of Risk and Opportunity?", Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol. 24, No.8, pp.1119-1148.
Jones, M.J and J.F Solomon (2010) "Social and Environmental Report Assurance: Some Interview Evidence", Accounting Forum, Vol.34, No.1, March, pp.20-31.
Edgley, C. R., Jones, M. J. and J. F. Solomon (2010) "Stakeholder Inclusivity in Social and Environmental Report Assurance", Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol.23, No.4, pp.532-557.
Solomon, J. F. and I. Thomson (2009) "Satanic Mills? An Illustration of Victorian External Environmental Accounting?" Accounting Forum, Vol.33, pp.74-87
Brennan, N. M. and J. Solomon (2008) "Corporate Governance, Accountability and Mechanisms of Accountability: An Overview", Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Guest Editorial, Vol.21, No.7, pp.885-906.
Solomon, J. and Edgley, C. R. P. (2008)The abandoned mandatory OFR: a lost opportunity for SER? Social Responsibility Journal, 4 (3). pp. 324-348. ISSN 1747-1117 doi: 10.1108/17471110810892848
Forthcoming Journal Articles:
Maroun, W. and Atkins, J. F. (2014) “Section 45 of the auditing profession act: blowing the whistle for audit quality?”, available online from 14th March, British Accounting Review.
Maroun, W. and Atkins, J. F., “Whistle-blowing by external auditors in South Africa: Enclosure, efficient bodies and disciplinary power”, forthcoming in Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal.
Books and Book Chapters:
Atkins, J., Gräbsch, C. and Jones, M. J. (2014) “Biodiversity Reporting: Exploring its Anthropocentric Nature” chapter in Jones (eds.) Accounting for Biodiversity, Routledge, UK.
Atkins, J. and Thomson, I. (2014) “Accounting for Nature in 19th Century Britain: William Morris and the defence of the fairness of the Earth”, chapter in Jones (eds.) Accounting for Biodiversity, Routledge, UK.
Solomon, J. (2013)Corporate governance and accountability. 4th edition. John Wiley & Sons Inc, pp432. ISBN 9781118449103
Solomon, J. F. (2010) Corporate Governance and Accountability, John Wiley Inc., 3rd edition.
Solomon, J.F. (2009) The Transformation of Socially Responsible Investment, chapter in Contemporary Issues in International Corporate Governance, Tilde University Press, Australia.
May 2013: invited faculty/panel member, University of Oxford
19th April 2013: Invited key note speaker at the University of South Wales
2nd April 2013: Invited key note address at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
November 2012: Invited key note speaker at Schroders Investment Managers at a conference on Climate Change Governance organised by Kingston University Law School
October 2012: Invited key note speaker at University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, conference on International Corporate Governance
September 2012: invited speaker at Corporate Social Responsibility in the Workplace, Birmingham City Business School
1st March 2012: Invited Speaker at the Cambridge Union Society: Spoke in opposition to the motion, 'This House Believes Britain is no Longer a Capital for Business'.
4th-10th February 2012: Invited Faculty and speaker at Oikos PRI, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, spoke on, "Leading Scholarship in an Emerging Field".
Research collaboration and consultancy:
Projects conducted for ACCA have resulted in the following professional research monographs and reports:
Atkins, J. F. and Maroun, W. (2014) South African Institutional Investors’ Perceptions of Integrated Reporting, ACCA Research Report.
Solomon, J. F. And Maroun, W. (2012) Integrated Reporting: The Influence of King III on Social, Ethical and Environmental Reporting, ACCA Research Report, August.
Solomon, J. F. (2009) Pension Funds and Climate Change: One Year On, ACCA Discussion Paper, September.
Solomon, J. F. (2009) Pension Fund Trustees and Climate Change, ACCA Research Report No.106.
Solomon, J. F. (2009) "Directions for Corporate Governance", ACCA Research Monograph for the Corporate Governance and Risk Management Committee, 26th January.
Current doctoral research supervision: