Parkinson, Alan Ph.D. | École des Ponts Business School

Parkinson, Alan Ph.D.

  • Professor: Alan Parkinson
  • Citizenship: UK
  • Affiliation:School of Management (SoM), University College London (UCL)

Module(s): Managerial Accounting 

Alan is School Deputy Director (Education) in the School of Management (SoM), University College London (UCL). He is responsible for curricula organisation/developments/quality of UG and PG Programmes, line management of teaching staff, and is FAT (Finance & Accounting Teaching) Team Lead. He is a qualified accountant (FCCA and ACMA/CGMA), with a Doctorate in Education (theme: Accounting Education) from the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London, a Masters degree (City University Business School), and a Higher Education Teaching Certificate (IOE). He has an MA in Early Modern History from the University of London. His teaching role in SOM has seen him re-organise and engineer the evolution of the Accounting/Finance curricula, and at a departmental level initiate and deliver the use of technological teaching and assessment innovations. He is Professor in Managerial Accounting at Tongji University, Shanghai, contributing to the SIMBA EMBA Programme, a joint venture with ENPC in Paris.

Prior to joining UCL, he held a number of senior positions in other institutions: Director of the Masters Programmes in the School of Business and Management at Queen Mary, University of London; Head of Centre for Financial Management, and MBA Programme Director in the Open University Business School (OUBS); Director of Accounting Studies in Hatfield Polytechnic, now University of Hertfordshire; Head of School of Accounting and Taxation, and Sub-Dean of the Faculty of Administrative Studies at South Bank Polytechnic, now London South Bank University.

He combines a sound technical base across all aspects of accounting and finance with excellent communication skills, delivering knowledge, understanding and skills in a user-friendly, relevant, manner – with humour! He has teaching experience across both Masters and Undergraduate levels, and on vocational and professional courses accountancy courses. His teaching stretches across the management spectrum, with an emphasis of integrating accounting/finance with other management subject areas. In UCL he specialises in Managerial Accounting and Financial Management modules, and contributes to more generic Accounting modules. He regularly receives excellent teaching evaluations.

His has extensive training and consultancy expertise. He has international experience in many countries, including Switzerland, China, USA, South Africa, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Russia, in addition to the UK and other EU countries. His consultancy has focused on helping managers to achieve high performance for their organisations through improved cost management and better financial decision making. He works regularly on Executive Education Programmes, particularly with Duke Corporate Education. He regularly helps higher education managers to make sense of matters financial. His client list includes University of Manchester, Cardiff University, University of Kent, SOAS, the 1994 Group, and the AUA. He is a registered CMI (Chartered Management Institute) assessor. His focus stretches across the Accounting and Finance spectrum. He has delivered courses on Finance for Non-financial Managers, Management Accounting and Decision Making, Strategy, and Performance Measurement. He also delivers business understanding-type courses.

He has authored in excess of 20 units for the Open University; Managerial Finance was published by Butterworth Heinemann in 1997; Making Sense of Financial Accounting, a Custom Text with L. Chew, was published by Pearson in 2009;  Understanding Accounting, a Custom Text for post-graduate management students, and Making Sense of Accounting for Business, a Custom Text for undergraduate students, were published in September 2011 by Pearson, with Managerial Accounting for Decision Making another custom text in December 2011, each a joint venture with L.Chew. He researches through scholarship and regularly presents papers at international conferences. In the last four years he has seven international conference presentations, and four journal publications.

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