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Professor Russell Craig

BCom (Hons), MCom, Ph.D (N'cle, NSW)

Honorary Adjunct Professor, College of Business

Professor Craig is an internationally recognised scholar who has held senior academic positions at universities in Australia, United States, and New Zealand. In 2000, Professor Craig was awarded the ANU Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence.

A central concern that underlies much of Professor Craig's research is directed to making accounting and financial reporting better and more objective. His work exposes the folly of unquestioning acceptance of measures contained in published accounting reports and in narrative accounts by CEOs.

Professor Craig is the author of about 180 research papers, research monographs and book chapters. His two major scholarly books are CEO-Speak: The Language of Corporate Leadership (MQUP 2006, with Joel Amernic); and John Croaker: Convict Embezzler (MUP 2000, with John Booker).

Professor Craig's published research papers have appeared in many high-quality refereed international journals in accounting and related fields. He is currently an editorial board member (or editorial adviser) of Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal; Accounting Forum; and Accounting and Business Research. 

Selected recent publications

Craig, R., Taonui, R. and Wild, S. (2012) The Concept of Taonga in Māori Culture: Insights for Accounting, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 25(6): 1025-1047.

Craig, R., Mortensen, T. & Iyer, S. (2013) Exploring Top Management Language for Signals of Possible Deception: The Words of Satyam's Chair Ramalinga Raju, Journal of Business Ethics, 113(2): 333-347.

Guerreiro, M., Rodrigues L.L. and Craig, R. (2012) Voluntary Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards by Large Unlisted Companies in Portugal – Institutional Logics and Strategic Responses, Accounting, Organizations & Society, 37(7): 482-499.

Craig, R., Amernic, J. & Tourish, D. (2014) Perverse Audit Culture and Accountability of the Modern Public University, Financial Accountability and Management,30(1): 1-24.

Yang, H., Farley, A. & Craig, R. (2015) A Review of Chinese and English Language Studies on Corporate Environmental Reporting in China, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 28: 30-48.

Guerreiro, M.A.S., Rodrigues, L.L. & Craig, R. (2015) Institutional Change of Accounting Systems: The Adoption of a Regime of Adapted International Financial Reporting Standards, European Accounting Review, 24(2): 379-409.

Craig, R. & Amernic, J. (forthcoming 2016) Are There Language Markers of Hubris in CEO Letters to Shareholders? Journal of Business Ethics.

McBride, K., Hines, T., & Craig, R. (forthcoming 2016) ‘A Rum Deal’: The Purser’s Measure and Accounting Control of Materials in the Royal Navy, 1665-1832, Business History.

Research interests

  • Financial accounting and reporting
  • International accounting
  • Accounting history
  • Accounting education
  • Accounting and labor relations
  • Accountability discourse of executives

Teaching areas

  • Introductory Financial and Management Accounting
  • Financial Accounting Theory
  • Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • International Accounting.



Russell Craig

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