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Bentley Provost Seminar Series Explores Capital Budgeting, Science and the Economy

August 31, 2006

The fifth annual Bentley College Provost Seminar Series kicks off on October 6 with London School of Economics professor Peter Miller, who will discuss "Capital Budgeting, Science and the Economy" on Friday, October 6, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, followed by a luncheon reception. The event is co-sponsored by the Boston Accounting Research Colloquium and is free and open to the public.

Miller is professor of management accounting at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, head of the Accounting Group, and deputy director of the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation. His discussion will focus on large-scale capital investments in the microprocessor industry, and how certain practices frame and link decisions both within and between firms. The presentation aims to contribute to three relatively distinct sets of literature: the literature within accounting on capital budgeting and investment appraisal; the literature on the history of science and technology that has addressed issues of economic calculation; and the literature on neo-institutionalism that has addressed issues concerning the making and shaping of markets.

Miller has been an associate editor of Accounting, Organizations and Society since 1988. He has published more than 50 articles in accounting and management journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, European Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research, Management Accounting Research, and the Academy of Management Review. He has also written for a range of other social science journals such as Economy and Society; the British Journal of Sociology, Theory, Culture and Society; and Theory and Society, Sociology, Cultural Values, and Social Research. He has also published four books, including Accounting as Social and Institutional Practice(Cambridge University Press 1994). His current research interests focus on investment appraisal practices for large-scale complex investments, and performance assessment and 'new public management.'

The program will be held in the Adamian Academic Center, Commons Room 341. Pre-registration is required. Please RSVP for the seminar and reception to Diane Whelan, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at (phone) 781-891-2471 or email:
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