Associate Professor James Rooney

Deputy Head of School (Education)

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.

Book Chapters

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,

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,

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,

Searle B; Rooney J, 2015, 'Diagnostic cues in finance', in Diagnostic Expertise in Organizational Environments, pp. 99 - 112

Searle B; Rooney J, 2012, 'Proactivity at Work: A Path to Organisational Sustainability', in Avery G; Hughes B (ed.), Fresh Thoughts in Sustainable Leadership

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

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

Journal articles

Dumay J; Guthrie J; Rooney J, 2020, 'Being critical about intellectual capital accounting in 2020: An overview', Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol. 70,

Rooney J; Murthy V, 2020, 'Institutions, social order and wealth in ancient India', Journal of Institutional Economics, pp. 1 - 14,

Dyball MC; Rooney J, 2019, 'Governing and disciplining Filipino migrant workers’ health at Hawaiian sugar plantations', Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol. 65,

Rooney J; Cao Y, 2019, 'Outsourced supply chains as a complex adaptive system', Meditari Accountancy Research, vol. 27, pp. 170 - 195,

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,

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,

Dumay J; Rooney J, 2016, 'Numbers versus Narrative: An Examination of a Controversy', Financial Accountability and Management, vol. 32, pp. 202 - 231,

Rooney J; Dumay J, 2016, 'Intellectual capital, calculability and qualculation', British Accounting Review, vol. 48, pp. 1 - 16,

Rooney J; Cuganesan S, 2015, 'Leadership, governance and the mitigation of risk: A case study', Managerial Auditing Journal, vol. 30, pp. 132 - 159,

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,

Rooney J; Cuganesan S, 2013, 'The control dynamics of outsourcing involving an early-stage firm', Accounting and Business Research, vol. 43, pp. 506 - 529,

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,

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,

Dumay J; Rooney J, 2011, '“Measuring for managing?” An IC practice case study', Journal of Intellectual Capital, vol. 12, pp. 344 - 355,