Father Edgar Thivierge Chair in Business History (cross appointment with the Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Full Professor

B.A. (Hon.) (Queen's), M.B.A. (Queen's), C.M.A., Ph.D. (Queen's), CPA, CMA (Chartered Professional Accountant )

Room: Desmarais Building, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 7103
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Cheryl McWatters


Dr. Cheryl Susan McWatters is a Full Professor and the Father Edgar Thivierge Chair in Business History at the Telfer School of Management (cross appointment with the Department of History, Faculty of Arts). She is active in a variety of professional and research organizations. Professor McWatters is associate editor of Accounting Perspectivesand a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Operations ManagementAccounting History Review (formerly Accounting, Business and Financial History), and Accounting Historians Journal. In 2009, she was president of the Academy of Accounting Historians and continues to serve on its Board of Trustees. Prior to joining the Telfer School of Management, Dr. McWatters was a full professor at the University of Alberta and associate professor at McGill University. Her research has led to a number of long-standing international collaborations including visiting professorships in France, Australia and the United States, and most recently at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme Ange-Guépin, Université de Nantes, and the Université Paris-Sud. Her publications have been recognized for excellence and garnered numerous research awards including the Shingo Research Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing Research.

Dr. McWatters research focuses on the response of organizations to environmental cues in historical and contemporary settings. Her work has examined the impact of changing technologies, such as the implementation of Just-In-Time (JIT) and Total Quality Management (TQM), as well as the impact of economic, social and technological change from the 18th to the 21st century, including (amongst others) the introduction of steam and telegraph, the impacts of wartime economies on business strategies, the rise of mercantilism and the influence of milieu on commercial activity. Much of her recent research investigates seventeenth- and eighteenth-century commerce and trading networks in which accounting acts as an integrative and facilitating mechanism across global networks. Dr. McWatters' work is conducted and published in French and English. Professor McWatters's recent teaching includes undergraduate and graduate courses in history management, accounting toughts and management accounting. She has taught in universities in France and Japan, and in a number of executive programs.

Dr. McWatters has published in a variety of journals including Accounting, Organizations and SocietyAccounting, Auditing and Accountability JournalJournal of Operations ManagementDroitsAccounting Historians JournalAccounting History, and Accounting, Business and Financial History. She is also co-author of the textbook Management Accounting: Analysis and Interpretation.

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