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Christopher Ford MBA(Exec), FCA

Lecturer, Research Student

Christopher Ford

The Management School

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YX

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 593978


Research overview

My research interests are centred on the performance management of collaborative or open innovation projects.  Within this context I am interested in multiple aspects of performance - from hard metrics to the complexities and nuances of different forms of accountability - as well as different forms of collaborations.  To date my work has engaged with charities, royalty, big pharma, blue-chip financial service companies, universities and telecoms organisations in the UK, Europe, US and Asia; always with a focus on exploring multiple stakeholder perspectives on what defines, and what brings, successful collaborative performance.


I am the Director of Impact & Engagement in Accounting and Finance, a new position created in September 2015.  The remit is broad - helping with the dissemination and application of our department's world-class research, whilst also helping us develop our teaching and research by being responsive to the needs of national and international business communities.

Prior to joining the department as a PhD student in 2012 I worked first as as Corporate Recovery specialist for Deloitte, then spent 15 years running my own international mountain bike travel and training company.  During this time I worked around the world with multiple partner organisations, while also operating at the highest level in outdoor education, coach education and leadership development for two National Governing Bodies of Sport in the UK.  I have a back catalogue of some 50 magazine and newspaper publications on various coaching and leadership subjects, and was a sponsored athlete for Adidas, Trek, and Gore Industries.  My current challenge is to try and find ways to translate these experiences into something useful for my current work, and achieve an equivalent publication rate in leading accounting and management journals...which may take some time. 



Professional Role

I am a member of the governing committee of the Finance & Management Faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.  My position is as one of two academic advisors, and I am currently workiing with the faculty on a project to better connect their network of accountants in business and practice with academic accounting departments in the UK and internationally.

I am Director of Impact & Engagement within the Accounting and Finance Department, with a broad remit that includes the development of projects to help business exploit the world-leading research we engage in, and the management of our own impact cases towards the next REF assessment in 2020. 

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