Full Professor of Accounting and the Father Edgar Thivierge Chair in Business History at the Telfer School of Management (cross appointment with the Department of History, Faculty of Arts), Dr. Cheryl Susan McWatters brings the history of business and management to the classroom, as well as pursuing an array of research in the history of accounting and business. Cheryl is editor of Accounting History Review (formerly Accounting, Business and Financial History), associate editor of the Journal of Operations Management and Accounting Perspectives, and a member of the editorial boards of Accounting, Organizations and Society, and the Accounting Historians Journal. She is active in a variety of professional and international research organisations including the current president (2019-2021) of the AHMO (Association pour l'histoire du management et des organisations), and a member of the Conseil d’Adminstration of the Réseau français des Instituts d'études Avancées (appointed in 2012, re-appointed in 2018). Cheryl served on the CAAA Board of Directors as president-elect, president and past-president from 2015 to 2018, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Senior Women Academic Administrators of Canada (SWAAC) and of its ‘Women Lead’ initiative.
At Telfer, Cheryl has served previously on School Council, the Research Committee, Graduate Programs Committee, and Executive Committee. At uOttawa, Cheryl was a member of the Social Sciences Research Ethics Board for several years, of the University Pensions Policy Committee, and an active and longstanding member of the APUO board. Prior to joining the Telfer School of Management, she was a full professor at the University of Alberta and associate professor at McGill University, where she held a number of senior administrative posts. Her research has led to long-standing international collaborations including visiting professorships in France, Australia and the United States. Her research publications have been recognised for innovation and excellence, garnering numerous research and best-paper awards including the Accounting History Review 2013 Best-Article Award and the Shingo Research Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research.
Dr. McWatters’ research focuses on accounting and its implication in diverse social, cultural, and multi-faceted institutional contexts. In particular, her studies investigate seventeenth- and eighteenth-century global commerce and trading networks in which accounting acts as an integrative and facilitating mechanism across space and time. More generally, her research examines the response of organisations to environmental cues in historical and contemporary settings including the impact of economic, social and technological change from the eighteenth to twenty-first century. These studies span (amongst others) the rise of mercantilism and the influence of milieu on commercial activity, the introduction of steam and telegraph, the impacts of wartime economies on business strategies; in the present-day context, the implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies and the interface of accounting and psychiatry. Her edited volume, Mercantilism, Account Keeping and the Periphery-Core Relationship (2019) demonstrates the transdisciplinary nature of her research collaborations. Cheryl has received SSHRC funding to pursue such transdisciplinary work with very recent grants as principal investigator (‘The Stable Money Association: The Performativity of Economic Models’), and collaborator with Dr. Catherine Liston-Heyes, Faculty of Social Science (‘The Role of Internal Audit Reports in Public Sector Risk Management’).
|2019-2023||SSHRC||The Role of Internal Audit Reports in Public Sector Risk Management||R||C||Collaborator||$ 83,660|
|2019-2021||SSHRC||The Stable Money Association: The Performativity of Economic Models (Co-investigator with M.E. Persson, University of Illinois, previously Ivey Business School)||R||C||PI||$ 35,800|
|2013-2014||Telfer School of Management Research Fund (SMRF)||Enemy mine: merchant networks, neutrality and wartime||R||I||PI||$ 6,000|
|2011||Telfer School of Management (4A SSHRC Program)||Mercantilism and Accounting Records: A Longitudinal Analysis of Profits, Costing and The Hudson's Bay Company's Survival||R||I||PI||$ 6,000|
|2011||University of Ottawa Interdisciplinary Research Initiatives Program:||Development of Interdisciplinary Initiatives in Corporate Social Responsibility: Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Telfer School of Management||R||I||PI||$ 4,000|
|2007||University of Alberta Killam Cornerstone Grant Program||Grant for the APIRA (Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand||R||O||PI||$ 3,600|
|2005||University of Alberta SSHRC 4A Award||Self-Government Exists. How do we exercise it?||R||O||PI||$ 5,000|
|1998||McGill University Faculty of Management Small Research Grant||The Kingston Shipping Company Limited: A Counter-Example in the History of Great Lakes Shipping||R||O||PI||N/A|
|1995||McGill University Faculty of Management Small Research Grant||Archival research related to "A Content-Analysis Study of Late-Nineteenth Century Accounting Records"||R||O||PI||N/A|
*Purpose = C: Contract (R and D), E: Equipment Grant, R: Research Grant, S: Support Award, P: Pedagogical Grant, O: Other, U: Unknown
**Type= C: Granting Councils, G: Government, F: Foundations, I: UO Internal Funding, O: Other, U: Unknown
Role: PI = Principal Investigator, Co-I = Co-Investigator, Co-PI = Co-Principal Investigator