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Personal profile

Approach to teaching

Teaching has been a calling for me from very early in my career. Following a short spell as a post graduate lecturer on a short-term contract and receiving an award from the students for Best Lecturer, I was hooked! I left academia to gain further professional and life experience, before returning as Senior Lecturer in 1989.

My experience in service industries and my commitment to demystify accounting for non-accountancy students drove my student-centred approach. I aim to design structured active learning experiences, with assessment for learning, to enable students to become confident and competent users of financial information. It is vital to make the learning relevant to their studies and future careers and be approachable, so the students can maximise their learning and seek support when needed. I also teach Business Strategy following an applied practical approach. I use multimedia and interactive presentations, mini case studies and examples to develop problem solving skills and maintain relevance using industry examples throughout.

I am a Senior Fellow of the HE Academy and have held key roles in my school focussed on improving the quality of the student experience, being Programme Leader, Quality and Curriculum Development Manager, later Faculty Quality Director and now Director of Education in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office. Throughout this time, I have always maintained and enjoyed my teaching from which I receive positive feedback from students and a real sense of job satisfaction.

Research interests

My research interests stem from my background in the Hospitality Industry and my professional experience as a Management Accountant.  I am interested in strategy implementation and control, including the use of performance management systems and culture, as mechanisms for strategic control. I utilise social theory from a constructivist perspective to understand how strategy is practiced in organisations and the role of middle managers. My research is mainly situated in the Hospitality Industry, and hotels in particular, where my background facilitates an in-depth understanding of these rich complex multi-unit service organisations.

Scholarly biography

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Hotels Business & Economics
Hospitality Business & Economics
Strategy implementation Business & Economics
Industry Business & Economics
Balanced score card Business & Economics
Budgeting Business & Economics
Tourism Business & Economics
Information age Business & Economics

Research Output 2000 2012

Strategic managerial accounting: hospitality, tourism & events applications

Jones, T., Atkinson, H., Lorenz, A. & Harris, P., 28 Sep 2012, Oxford, UK: Goodfellow Publishers Limited. 332 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authoredResearch

Managerial accounting
Decision maker

Financial management in the hospitality industry: themes and issues

Atkinson, H. C. & Jones, T., 5 Jun 2008, The Sage Handbook of Hospitality Management. Brotherton, B. & Wood, R. (eds.). London, UK: Sage

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Finance and accounting for tourism

Atkinson, H. C., 2006, The Business of Tourism Management. Beech, J. & Chadwick, S. (eds.). Harlow, UK: Prentice Hall / Financial Times, p. 143-1077 935 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Performance measurement in international hospitality industry

Atkinson, H. C., 2006, Accounting and financial management: Developments in the international hospitality industry. Harris, P. & Mongiello, M. (eds.). Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann, p. 47-70 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearchpeer-review

Strategy for implementation: a role for the balanced scorecard?

Atkinson, H. C., 2006, In : Management Decision. 44, 10, p. 1441-1460 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Strategy implementation
Balanced score card
Research strategy
Corporate strategy