Emer Curtis

B.Comm, F.C.A., PhD (Manchester)

Contact Details

Lecturer Above The Bar
Dept. of Accountancy & Finance
Room 379
Cairnes Building
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 3138
E: emer.curtis@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Dr Curtis is a lecturer in Accounting at NUI Galway.  She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and prior to joining NUI Galway Dr Curtis work as an audit manager at Arthur Andersen in Luxembourg, following the completion of her professional training at Arthur Andersen in Dublin.

She completed her PhD at The University of Manchester.  Her PhD research focuses on the implications for practice and regulation of Accounting and Auditing as a social and institutional practice.  The thesis examines the development and implementation of Business Risk Auditing, a significant innovation in audit methodology by the large private sector audit firms. The research examined the knowledge management systems created, how these were used to attempt to change the business model and the tensions and conflicts created in attempting to implement and build legitimacy for this innovation in the highly institutionalised field of audit practice.

She is now applying the expertise gained on the development and implementation of innovation in the audit field to the use of control systems in managing creativity and  innovation in industrial settings.  She is currently involved in collaborative funded  study investigating the use of management control systems in highly innovative organisations.



Research Interests

Emer’s research interests include:

Creativity, innovation and management control systems;

Audit methodologies, audit regulation and institutional arrangements in the audit field.

Research Projects

  Project Start Date End Date
BudgetInnov EMER CURTIS 31-MAR-14 30-DEC-14
Integrated Reporting Seminar 02-JAN-14 05-JUN-14
USING MANAGEMENT CONTROL SYSTEMS TO ENABLE INNOVATION IRCHSS STRAND 8 KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE ACTIVITIES EMER CURTIS 17-DEC-10 23-NOV-13
IRCHSS BUILDING INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED RESEARCH EXPERTISE ON SIMONS LEVERS OF CONTROL FRAMEWORK EMER CURTIS 19-DEC-11 10-AUG-12
IRCHSS VISITING FELLOWSHIPS EMER CUTIS 01-DEC-08 20-JUN-12
MF2003 MF38 03 DR. EMER CURTIS 01-DEC-03 20-JUL-07
989 M56 1 M AUDIT EVID PLANNING 01-JUN-01 29-NOV-04

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Strategy and Control: 25 Years of Empirical Use of Simons’ Levers of Control Framework'
Martn, P, Sweeney, B and Curtis E. (2015) 'Strategy and Control: 25 Years of Empirical Use of Simons’ Levers of Control Framework'. Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change (JOAC), [Details]
(2007) 'The Business Risk Audit - A longitudinal case study of an audit engagement'
Curtis, Emer,Turley, Stuart (2007) 'The Business Risk Audit - A longitudinal case study of an audit engagement'. Accounting, Organizations & Society, 32 (4/54/5) [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2014) 'Audit Approaches and Business Risk. The Routledge Companion to Auditing'
Curtis, Emer,Turley, Stuart,Hay, David,Knechel, Robert,Willekens, Marleen (2014) 'Audit Approaches and Business Risk. The Routledge Companion to Auditing' In: Taylor and Francis GroupTaylor and Francis Group. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2015) Management Control Association
Berland, N., Curtis E., Sponem, S. (2015) Creating dynamic tension: simultaneous versus sequential use of levers of control in an alternative budgeting system Management Control Association [Details]
(2015) European Network of Research in Organization and Accounting Change
Martn, P., Sweeney, B and Curtis, E. (2015) Creative innovation and predictable goal achievement: Tension and the use of management control systems at middle management level European Network of Research in Organization and Accounting Change [Details]
(2015) Irish Academy of Management
Martyn, P., Sweeney, B. and Curtis E (2015) Creative innovation and predictable goal achievement: Tension and the use of management control systems at middle management level Irish Academy of Management [Details]
(2015) European Auditing Research Network
Curtis, E, Humphrey, C. and Turley, S. (2015) Standards of Innovation in Auditing European Auditing Research Network [Details]
(2014) EIASM New Directions in Management Accounting
Sweeney, B. and Curtis, E (2014) Numerical representation, pragmatism and action EIASM New Directions in Management Accounting [Details]
(2014) Management Control Assocation /MACORG Symposium
Curtis, E. and Sweeney, B. (2014) Roles and implications of budgets in NPD: Importance of the business model Management Control Assocation /MACORG Symposium [Details]
(2014) European Accounting Association 37th Annual Congress, Tailinn
Berland, Nicolas; Sponem, Samuel; Curtis, Emer (2014) Interactive Use Of The Budget, Positive Tensions And Organizational Learning: A Sequential View European Accounting Association 37th Annual Congress, Tailinn [Details]
(2014) British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference
Martyn, P., Sweeney, B and Curtis E (2014) The role of management control systems in managing exploration and exploitation: the middle management perspective British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference [Details]
(2014) Management Accounting Research Group Annual Conference
Martyn, P., Sweeney, B and Curtis E (2014) MCS: role at middle manager level in managing predictable goal achievement and creative innovation Management Accounting Research Group Annual Conference Aston Business School, [Details]
(2014) Irish Accounting and Finance Annual Conference
Martyn, P., Sweeney, B. and Curtis E (2014) Middle Management: The Role of Management Control Systems and the Dual Objectives of Efficiency and Creative Innovation Irish Accounting and Finance Annual Conference Queens University Belfast, [Details]
(2014) EIASM 21st International Product development Management Conference
Curtis, E. and Sweeney, B. (2014) Business models, management control and new product development EIASM 21st International Product development Management Conference [Details]
(2013) EAA Annual Congress, Paris
Sweeney, B., and E. Curtis (2013) Strategic and profit planning systems EAA Annual Congress, Paris [Details]
(2012) IAFA 25th Anniversary conference
Sweeney, B., Curtis, E. and Martyn, P. (2012) Simons says: Challenges in the application of Simons levers of control framework IAFA 25th Anniversary conference [Details]
(2012) EIASM manufacturing accounting research conference
Sweeney, B., Curtis, E. and Martyn, P. (2012) Simons says: Challenges in the application of Simons' levers of control EIASM manufacturing accounting research conference [Details]
(2012) CELT conference
Sweeney, B , Lohan, G & Curtis, E. (2012) Research Driven Case-Based Teaching: Effective Communication of Real World Evidence CELT conference [Details]
(2011) European Accounting Association Annual CongressEuropean Accounting Association Annual Congress
Curtis, E,Sweeney, B (2011) Creativity, control and efficiencyCreativity, control and efficiency European Accounting Association Annual CongressEuropean Accounting Association Annual Congress Rome (paper under review with ABS 3* journal)Rome (paper under review with ABS 3* journal), [Details]
(2011) Accounting, Organizations and Society workshop Barcelona
Curtis, E. and Sweeney, B. (2011) Creativity, control and efficiency Accounting, Organizations and Society workshop Barcelona [Details]
(2011) Management Accounting research group conference
Sweeney, B., Curtis, E. and Martyn, P. (2011) Simons says: Challenges in the application of Simons' levers of control framework Management Accounting research group conference [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Time Constraints and Creativity in the Medical Devices Industry'
E. Curtis and B. Sweeney (2013) 'Time Constraints and Creativity in the Medical Devices Industry' Engineers Ireland Journal, . [Details]
(2013) 'Creativity and Management Control'
B. Sweeney and E. Curtis (2013) 'Creativity and Management Control' Accountancy Ireland, . [Details]

Conference Paper

  Year Publication
(2013) 'Strategic and profit planning systems' Paper presented at IAFA annual conference, Tallaght, 24-25 May 2013.
Sweeney, B., and E. Curtis (2013) 'Strategic and profit planning systems' Paper presented at IAFA annual conference, Tallaght, 24-25 May 2013. Conference Paper [Details]
(2012) Using Classroom Debates to Explore Contentious Issues in Auditing' CELT conference, June 7-8th 2012 NUI Galway, 2012.
Curtis, E; Conaty, F; (2012) Using Classroom Debates to Explore Contentious Issues in Auditing' CELT conference, June 7-8th 2012 NUI Galway, 2012. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Creativity, control and efficiency. Irish Accounting and Finance Association Conference, Cork, 2011.
Curtis, E and Sweeney, B (2011) Creativity, control and efficiency. Irish Accounting and Finance Association Conference, Cork, 2011. Conference Paper [Details]
(2011) Creativity, control and efficiency. European Accounting Association, Rome 2011.
Curtis, E and Sweeney, B (2011) Creativity, control and efficiency. European Accounting Association, Rome 2011. Conference Paper [Details]
(2005) An institutional perspective on audit methodology . Irish Accounting and Finance Association Conference,Limerick, April.
Curtis, C and Sweeney, B (2005) An institutional perspective on audit methodology . Irish Accounting and Finance Association Conference,Limerick, April. Conference Paper [Details]
(2005) From business risk audtis to audit risk standards. 15th National Auditing Conference, Birmingham, March.
Curtis, E and Turley, S. (2005) From business risk audtis to audit risk standards. 15th National Auditing Conference, Birmingham, March. Conference Paper [Details]
(2005) From business risk audtis to audit risk standards. European Accounting Association 28th Annual Congress Goteborg, May.
Curtis, E and Turley, S. (2005) From business risk audtis to audit risk standards. European Accounting Association 28th Annual Congress Goteborg, May. Conference Paper [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2014 Visiting Lecturer, Dauphine Unviersity Paris Dauphine University Paris
2003 Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Chartered Accountants Ireland

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Chartered Accountants Ireland Member 30-SEP-93 /
Irish Accounting and Finance Association Member 03-MAR-97 /
Auditing Special Interest Group,British Accounting Association Member 01-SEP-04 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
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Employment

  Employer Position From / To
National University of Ireland Galway Lecturer 01-SEP-96 /
Arthur Andersen Audit Assistant; Audit Senior; Audit Manager. 01-OCT-89 / 31-JUL-96

Languages

  Language
Gaeilge
French
German

Teaching Interests

Advanced Financial Accounting and Reporting

Auditing

Management Control Systems and Innovation

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