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Dr Anthony Hesketh


Anthony Hesketh

Lancaster University

Charles Carter Building



Tel: +44 1524 510919

Office Hours:

Strictly By E-Mail Appointment

Research Interests

  • Critical Finance & Accounting Studies
  • Semiotic materialism, critical realism and related methodologies
  • Political economy of organizations

External Roles

Editorial Board: theHR DIRECTOR Magazine


Current Teaching


Course Lecturer and Tutor in BBA M110


Professional Role

Current Lancaster Roles: I am Lancaster University's Institutional Lead for the methodsNW sponsored by the ESRC.


BSc Econ, PhD (Lancaster)

Research Grants

To date, I have secured over £1.5 million in funding from various funding sources including the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), Chartered Institutes of Management Accountants (CIMA), Personnel & Development (CIPD) and management (CMI), European Social Fund (ESF) and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)


My research focuses on exploring how organizations understand, develop and articulate value and the implications this has for the different stakeholders involved. This began with my PhD at Lancaster examining the socially constructed nature of human capital theory, which evolved into a critique of first normative political economy, then a meta-theoretical critique of how value is understood in human resources management. Frustration with the strangely enduring Cartesian Divide has led to recent work carving out a new theory of value. Achieving this has meant extending my scholarship in the accounting and leadership fields to understand the daily challenges faced by senior executives. All this has led to a new meta-theoretical stance I label semiotic materialism, which underpins the new theory of value I am currently researching and constructing.


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