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University Of Oxford

Saïd Business School

Deborah is a doctoral candidate at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and a member of Lincoln College. She is currently a CCC Visiting Scholar at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Deborah spent the 2018-2019 academic year as a visiting scholar at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She uses qualitative methods (including ethnography, interviews, and case studies) to study how experts structure regulatory certainty in times of crisis as well as the implications of technological change and innovation on knowledge work, organizational learning, professional judgment, and the creation of new routines. Her doctoral work is primarily grounded in the accounting context.  

Her studies have been funded by the Clarendon, Sloane Robinson Foundation and Saïd Foundation Scholarships. Her research has been supported by a variety of sources, including the 2014 Margit F. and Hanns Martin Schoenfeld research grant from the Academy of Accounting Historians, the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The University of Pennsylvania, and the Saïd Foundation.

Prior to starting her doctorate at Saïd Business School, she earned a BA in Philosophy (summa cum laude), a BS in Accounting (summa cum laude), and a Master of Tax Accounting (summa cum laude). She is a CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (active), a member of the Academy of Accounting Historians, the American Accounting Association, the Academy of Management and the European Group for Organizational Studies. She previously worked in the private equity tax group of PwC in Boston, MA. 

While at Oxford, Deborah has actively participated in the wider university and academic communities - serving as the Chair of Social Media of the OMT Division of Academy of Management, Treasurer of the Clarendon Council, Doctoral Committee Representative, Athena Swan Gender Charter Doctoral Representative, and founding CFO of the Global Scholars Board

Research Areas: Structure, Strategy Implementation, Technological Innovation and Change, Organization Theory, Knowledge Work & Expertise, Organizational Learning, Regulation, Future of Work