Dr Annika Beelitz

Division: Financial Studies

Location: Room 1.03, Hen Goleg

Telephone: 01248 38 2993

Email: a.beelitz@bangor.ac.uk

Lecturer in Accounting

BA (University of Passau), MSc (Bangor University)

Personal Profile

My work focuses on organisational legitimacy, corporate social responsibility reporting and impression management. Organisational legitimacy is defined as a perception that an organisation’s business operations are in line with norms and expectations of the society in which the organisation operates. Demonstrating corporate social responsibility is becoming an increasingly important expectation within modern societies. Corporate social responsibility reporting therefore represents a management tool which may help to make audiences perceive the organisation as legitimate by demonstrating socially responsible corporate behaviour. This in turn may be done by employing impression management within corporate social responsibility reporting, which entails portraying the organisation favourably in order to create an impression of acting in a socially responsible manner and thus being a legitimate entity. My work is interdisciplinary and benefits from my background in accounting and finance (MSc in Accounting and Finance) as well as cultural and business studies (BA in International Cultural and Business Studies). My work has already been published in a highly ranked journal (Journal of Business Ethics) highlighting the increasing interest in my research areas.

Roles within Bangor Business School

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Financial Accounting (ASB 1110)
  • Advanced Accounting Theory and Practice (ASB 3211)

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Accounting & Sustainability (ASB 4903 & ASB-4896 Financial Research Seminar Series G2)

Publications

Review of Hahn & Lülfs (2014): “Legitimizing Negative Aspects in GRI-Oriented Sustainability Reporting: A Qualitative Analysis of Corporate Disclosure Strategies”, Journal of Business Ethics, 123(3), pp. 401–420, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, Vol. 35 No. 1 (2015), pp. 65-66. [download here]

“Dialogism in Corporate Social Responsibility Communications: Conceptualising Verbal Interactions between Organisations and their Audiences”, Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 115 No. 4 (2013), pp. 665-679. (co-authors: Niamh Brennan and Doris Merkl-Davies). [download here]

“Using discourse to restore organisational legitimacy: ‘CEO-speak’ after an incident in a German nuclear power plant”, Journal of Business Ethics, Vol. 108 No. 1 (2012), pp. 101-120. (co-author: Doris Merkl-Davies). [download here]

Work in Progress

With Doris Merkl-Davies: “Corporate Discursive Framing on Nuclear Energy in the UK in the Aftermath of Fukushima”, Working Paper.

With Doris Merkl-Davies and Niamh Brennan: “A conceptual framework of corporate social responsibility in a corporate reporting context”, Working Paper.

With Lynn Hodgkinson: “Do Prior Investor Perceptions Mitigate the Adverse Impact of Natural Disasters on Utility Share Prices? The Case of Fukushima”, Working Paper.

With Sherie Harding and Doris Merkl-Davies: “Substantive management or greenwash? Environmental reporting following a public controversy with a stakeholder”, Working Paper.

Research Seminars and Visiting Appointments

  • Research seminar at ESSEC (26 November 2014)
  • Visiting research student at ESSEC (1 October - 19 December 2014)
  • Research seminar at Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University (20 July 2013)
  • Research seminar at Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Fukushima University (19 July 2013)
  • Visiting scholar at Graduate School of Business Administration, Kobe University (15-28 July 2013)
  • Research seminar at Quinn School of Business, University College Dublin (15 October 2012)
  • Visiting PhD student at Quinn School of Business, University College Dublin (15-19 October 2012)
  • Research seminar at Quinn School of Business, University College Dublin (8 October 2010)

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR) Conference, University of St Andrews (2016)
  • Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Conference, RMIT, Melbourne (2016)
  • Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Emerging Scholars Colloquium, RMIT, Melbourne (2016)
  • Accounting and Finance Research Colloquium, Gregynog Hall (2016)
  • European Accounting Association Emerging Scholars Colloquium, University of St Andrews (2015)
  • British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Manchester Business School (2015)
  • British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, London School of Economics (2014)
  • Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Conference, Kobe University (2013)
  • Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Emerging Scholars Colloquium, Kobe University (2013)
  • British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Newcastle University (2013)
  • British Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, Brighton University (2012)
  • Irish Accounting and Finance Association Annual Conference, University College Cork (2011)

Activities

  • Ad hoc reviewer for Accounting in Europe, Journal of Business Research and Journal of Business Ethics.