Dr Florian Gebreiter

Dr Florian Gebreiter

The Department of Accounting
Associate Professor

Contact details

Birmingham Business School
University House
University of Birmingham
Birmingham, UK
B15 2TY

Florian Gebreiter is an Associate Professor in Accounting at Birmingham Business School. His principal research interests lie in two areas. First, he examines accounting, accountability and control practices in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Second, he researches issues relating to recruitment, diversity, social mobility and professional socialisation at accounting firms. His research has been published in a range of international journals including Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, British Accounting Review, Critical Perspectives on Accounting and European Accounting Review.


  • PhD London School of Economics
  • MA University of Warwick
  • BSc University of Manchester


  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • MSc Dissertation
  • Public Sector Accounting

Postgraduate supervision

Florian welcomes applications from prospective PhD students whose proposals relate to his research interests.


Research interests

  • Accounting in the public and not-for-profit sectors
  • Professionalisation, graduate recruitment, diversity and social mobility in the accounting profession


Recent publications


Al Mahameed, M, Yates, D & Gebreiter, F 2023, 'Management as Ideology: ‘new’ managerialism and the corporate university in the period of COVID-19', Financial Accountability & Management.

Gebreiter, F 2021, 'A profession in peril? University corporatization, performance measurement and the sustainability of accounting academia', Critical Perspectives on Accounting. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2021.102292

Gebreiter, F 2021, 'Accountingization, colonization and hybridization in historical perspective: the relationship between hospital accounting and clinical medicine in late 20th century Britain', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-07-2016-2652

Al Mahameed, M, Belal, A, Gebreiter, F & Lowe, A 2021, 'Social accounting in the context of profound political, social and economic crisis: the case of the Arab Spring', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 1080-1108. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-08-2019-4129

Yates, D, Belal, A, Gebreiter, F & Lowe, A 2021, 'Trust, accountability and 'the Other' within the charitable context: U.K. service clubs and grant-making activity', Financial Accountability & Management, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 419-439. https://doi.org/10.1111/faam.12281

Ferry, L, Haslam, J, Adegbite, E, Green, S & Gebreiter, F 2020, 'Accounting Colonization, Emancipation and Instrumental Compliance in Nigeria', Critical Perspectives on Accounting.

Gebreiter, F & Hidayah, NN 2019, 'Individual responses to competing accountability pressures in hybrid organisations: the case of an English business school', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 727-749. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-08-2017-3098

Gebreiter, F 2019, 'Making up ideal recruits: Graduate recruitment, professional socialization and subjectivity at Big Four accountancy firms', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. https://doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-11-2017-3250

Yates, D, Gebreiter, F & Lowe, A 2019, 'The internal accountability dynamic of UK service clubs: towards (more) intelligent accountability?', Accounting Forum, vol. 43, no. 1, pp. 161-192. https://doi.org/10.1080/01559982.2019.1589907

Gebreiter, F, Davies, M, Finley, S, Gee, L, Weaver, L & Yates, D 2018, 'From 'rock stars' to 'hygiene factors': teachers at private accountancy tuition providers', Accounting History, vol. 23, no. 1-2, pp. 138-150. https://doi.org/10.1177/1032373217729513

Gebreiter, F 2017, 'Accounting and the emergence of care pathways in the National Health Service', Financial Accountability & Management, vol. 33, no. 3, pp. 299-310. https://doi.org/10.1111/faam.12126

Gebreiter, F & Ferry, L 2016, 'Accounting and the ‘insoluble’ problem of health-care costs', European Accounting Review, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 719–733. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638180.2016.1187073

Gebreiter, F 2016, '“Comparing the incomparable”: hospital costing and the art of medicine in post-war Britain', British Accounting Review, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 257-268. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bar.2015.01.002

Gebreiter, F 2015, 'Hospital accounting and the history of health-care rationing', Accounting History Review, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 183-199. https://doi.org/10.1080/21552851.2015.1086559


Gebreiter, F & Jackson, W 2015, 'Fertile ground: the history of accounting in hospitals', Accounting History Review, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 177-182. https://doi.org/10.1080/21552851.2015.1086557

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