James Rooney

Deputy Head of School (Education) and Associate Professor Accounting and Governance
Deputy Head of School

Dr Jim Rooney joined University of New South Wales Canberra in February 2018. Prior to that, he had been at the University of Sydney Business School for just over nine years

Jim has lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate business units in topics ranging from management accounting through to corporate governance. Responsibilities have included coordination of corporate governance units at undergraduate and masters levels as well as coordination of masters level units in performance and rewards (human resource management) and business start-ups (entrepreneurial studies).

Jim has also completed appointments as a Research Fellow at the Weatherhead Centre for International Relations at Harvard University as well as the Sustainability Transparency Accountability Research (STAR) Lab at Sydney University, working on research with senior academics at Harvard, Stanford and Sydney Universities focussed on the evaluation of sustainable supply chain programmes.

In terms of university and community service, Jim currently serves on NSW judging panel for the Telstra Business Awards and the Education Committee of the Institute of Internal Auditors. He also serves on the Editorial Working Party of the Labour History journal and the archive committee of the Bundanoon History Group. Over the past five years, Jim has served in official capacities on the Technical Committee of the Sydney University Economic Model, the Executive Committee of the Sydney branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History and the organising committee for the University of Sydney Genesis student entrepreneurial competition.

Prior to his full time appointment at the University of Sydney, Jim has had 25 years business experience in general management, service operations, consulting and information technology roles, largely in the Financial Services industry. He has worked for and with a number of leading Australian and global financial institutions and consulting organisations including Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, KPMG, IBM, GE Money, Citibank, Abbey National (UK), Westpac and NAB.

Jim's research concentrates on management and expert decision-making associated with organisational risk, management control and social responsibility. This includes organisational governance influences and implications. The empirical focus of this research is supply chain sustanability. Accounting history of significant social movements such as labour migration is also a strong research interest. He is interested in interactions between accounting information and decision-making with particular focus on the role of management controls, such as performance measures, play in the changing dynamics between organisations, governments and society.

Much of Jim’s research is interdisciplinary, and he has collaborated with colleagues from accounting, sociology, psychology and government/international relation to organisational research practice.

PUBLICATIONS

Book Chapters
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Shields J; Rooney J, 2017, 'Reward Management', in Syed J; Kramar R (ed.), Human Resource Management A Global and Critical Perspective, Macmillan International Higher Education, https://www.macmillanihe.com/page/detail/human-resource-management-jawad-syed/?sf1=barcode&st1=9781137521620
2017
Rooney J; Guthrie J; Dumay J, 2017, 'The critical path of intellectual capital', in Guthrie J; Dumay J; Ricceri F; Nielsen C (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Intellectual Capital, Routledge, pp. 45 - 63, https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Intellectual-Capital/Guthrie-Dumay-Ricceri-Nielsen/p/book/9781138228214
2017
Rooney J; Dumay J, 2017, 'Intellectual capital and innovation', in Guthrie J; Dumay J; Ricceri F; Neilsen C (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Intellectual Capital, Routledge, Oxford, UK, pp. 185 - 195, https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Companion-to-Intellectual-Capital/Guthrie-Dumay-Ricceri-Nielsen/p/book/9781138228214
2017
Searle B; Rooney J, 2015, 'Diagnostic cues in finance', in Diagnostic Expertise in Organizational Environments, pp. 99 - 112
2015
Searle B; Rooney J, 2012, 'Proactivity at Work: A Path to Organisational Sustainability', in Avery G; Hughes B (ed.), Fresh Thoughts in Sustainable Leadership
2012
Rooney J, 2011, 'Recent Progress in Management Control Depiction', in Gregoriou G; Finch N (ed.), Best Practices in Management Accounting, Springer, London, UK, pp. 72 - 90
2011
Rooney J, 2011, 'Inter-Organisational Relationships as a Complex Adaptive System', in Gregoriou G; Finch N (ed.), Best Practices in Management Accounting, Springer, London, UK, pp. 20 - 32
2011
Journal articles
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Blackman D; Buick F; Johnson S; Rooney J; Ilahee N, 2021, 'Using system traps to understand and potentially prevent human resource development intervention failure', Human Resource Development Quarterly, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hrdq.21434
2021
Frost G; Rooney J, 2021, 'Considerations of sustainability in capital budgeting decision-making', Journal of Cleaner Production, vol. 312, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2021.127650
2021
Dumay J; Guthrie J; Rooney J, 2020, 'Being critical about intellectual capital accounting in 2020: An overview', Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol. 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2020.102185
2020
Rooney J; Murthy V, 2020, 'Institutions, social order and wealth in ancient India', Journal of Institutional Economics, pp. 1 - 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1744137420000296
2020
Rooney J; Cao Y, 2019, 'Outsourced supply chains as a complex adaptive system', Meditari Accountancy Research, vol. 27, pp. 170 - 195, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/MEDAR-02-2018-0296
2019
Dyball MC; Rooney J, 2019, 'Governing and disciplining Filipino migrant workers’ health at Hawaiian sugar plantations', Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol. 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2019.01.004
2019
Murthy V; Rooney J, 2018, 'The role of management accounting in ancient india: Evidence from the arthasastra', Journal of Business Ethics, vol. 152, pp. 323 - 341, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10551-016-3271-y
2018
Dumay J; Rooney J, 2018, 'Overcoming the symbolic violence of orthodox accounting practice: an intellectual capital perspective', Journal of Intellectual Capital, vol. 19, pp. 248 - 271, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JIC-02-2017-0026
2018
Rooney J; Dumay J, 2016, 'Intellectual capital, calculability and qualculation', British Accounting Review, vol. 48, pp. 1 - 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bar.2015.07.002
2016
Dumay J; Rooney J, 2016, 'Numbers versus Narrative: An Examination of a Controversy', Financial Accountability and Management, vol. 32, pp. 202 - 231, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/faam.12086
2016
Rooney J; Cuganesan S, 2015, 'Leadership, governance and the mitigation of risk: A case study', Managerial Auditing Journal, vol. 30, pp. 132 - 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/MAJ-08-2014-1078
2015
Rooney J; Cuganesan S, 2013, 'The control dynamics of outsourcing involving an early-stage firm', Accounting and Business Research, vol. 43, pp. 506 - 529, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00014788.2013.818916
2013
Coyte R; Rooney J; Phua B, 2013, 'The Impossibility of Philanthropic Funding Decisions: The Australian Non-Government Funder Experience', Financial Accountability & Management, vol. 29, pp. 397 - 418, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/faam.12020
2013
Dumay J; Rooney J; Marini L, 2013, 'An intellectual capital-based differentiation theory of innovation practice', Journal of Intellectual Capital, vol. 14, pp. 608 - 633, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JIC-02-2013-0024
2013
Dyball MC; Rooney J, 2012, 'Re-visiting the interface between race and accounting: Filipino workers at the Hamakua Mill Company, 1921-1939', Accounting History, vol. 17, pp. 221 - 240, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1032373211434720
2012
Dumay J; Rooney J, 2011, '“Measuring for managing?” An IC practice case study', Journal of Intellectual Capital, vol. 12, pp. 344 - 355, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14691931111154670
2011
Organisational units
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Sub Theme
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lensPublic Service Management