Professor Elaine Harris

Professor Elaine Harris

Professor of Accounting and Management

Roehampton University Business School


Elaine has been Professor of Accounting and Management at Roehampton since 2010 and was also the Director of the Business School from 2010 to 2014. She is currently on a sabbatical to focus on her research on strategic investment decision making.

She has almost 30 years of experience in higher education, including more than 20 years as a manager as well as an academic.

Prior to that Elaine worked in accountancy practice as an auditor, accountant, consultant and manager.



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2011 Rethinking Budgetary Slack as Budget Risk Management, with El- MassriM, Journal of Applied Accounting Research, 12(3), 278-93.

2010 Towards a better understanding of capital investment decisions, with Emmanuel C, and Komakech S, Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change, 6, 4,477 - 504

2009 Emerging Themes in Management Control: A review of recent literature, with Berry T, Coad A, Otley D and Stringer C, British Accounting Review, 41(1), 2-20.

2009 Facilitating Innovation Through Cognitive Mapping, with Woolley R, International Studies of Management and Organization, 39(1), 70-100.

2007 How Managers Construe Risk in Business Acquisitions.' International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, 7, 8, 1057-1073.

2000 Strategic Investment Decision-Making: Managerial judgement on Project Risk and Return', Journal of Applied Accounting Research, 5 (3), 87-110.

1999 Project Risk Assessment: A European Field Study', British Accounting Review, 31(3), 347-371.

1999 Auditing the cost effectiveness of radon mitigation in the workplace, with  Denman AR, Hermann MR and Phillips P Managerial Auditing Journal, 14, 9, 461- 467.



2009 Strategic Project Risk Appraisal and Management, Farnham: Gower.

2009 Managerial Judgement and Strategic Investment Decisions with Emmanuel C and Komakech S, Oxford: Elsevier.

Book chapters

2011 Capital Investment Appraisal, with El-Massri M in M Abdel-Kader (ed) Review of Management Accounting Research, London: Palgrave.


2014 Feel the Risk: strategic investment decisions in an uncertain world in Management Control and Uncertainty, edited by David Otley and Kim Soin, Palgrave: 162-177.


2011 Project Management, Finance & Management special report SR33, London: ICAEW

2008 Action Research, The Sage Dictionary of Qualitative Management Research, Thorpe, R and Holt, R (eds), London: Sage, pp17-19.

2000 Dealing with Project Risk', Management Quarterly, Part 7, April, pp31-37 (commissioned by ICAEW)

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