Dr Karen Brickman

Dr Karen Brickman BA Hons, MBS, CGMA, PhD

Associate Professor of Management Accounting

Key details

Dr Karen Brickman

Associate Professor of Management Accounting


Dr Brickman is a researcher and lecturer in the field of Accounting Education, Performance Management and Risk-Taking, along with being a Chartered Management Accountant CIMA). Her research focuses on the design of performance measurement and management control systems within the banking sector, with a particular interest in incentive design and risk management. She also researches in the field of Accounting Education. She co-authored chapters of textbooks on Performance Management and Control and Teaching Excellence. Dr Brickman’s research has been presented at international conferences and to practitioners and policy makers.

Dr Brickman has extensive financial services experience, particularly in the risk and regulation domain, and provides insights and experience from both an academic and corporate perspective. Dr Brickman lectures in the area of Strategic Financial Management and Management Accounting and Control. In both these areas she has run large undergraduate courses that are taught in the UK and internationally. At the post graduate level she lectures in Financial and Management Accounting and supervises Masters dissertations.

Dr Brickman is the lead tutor for the Business School’s international partnership with Oxford International. She is also the link tutor for the Business School's partnership with the MSA University in Egypt.

Dr Brickman sits on the Academic Research Board & Advisory Panel for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She is also an External Examiner at the University of East Anglia and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Prior to joining the University of Greenwich, Dr Brickman worked for a top tier investment bank in London. Her main roles ranged from managing multi-million dollar IT projects and supervising teams responsible for the delivery of regulatory reporting requirements of UK and US regulators.

Dr Brickman graduated with a first class honours Business Degree in 2000, a Masters in Business Studies in 2002, and a PhD in 2017. Professionally, she was appointed Chartered Management Accountant in 2006, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2012,  and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2022.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Programme design lead for an Accounting and Finance programme for Oxford International London Centre
  • Chair of the Business School committee for creating a common year 1 across the school
  • Business School link tutor for Oxford International London Centre
  • Business School link tutor for University of Greenwich International College
  • Business School link tutor for Modern Sciences and Art University, Egypt
  • Department of Accounting, Finance & Economics co-Inclusivity Champion
  • Business School project coordinator for the Degree Apprenticeship Programmes
  • Module leader and international moderator for level 6 Strategic Financial Management module.
  • Module leader and international moderator for level 5 Management Accounting
  • Module leader and designer of the China One Term Special Project
  • Business School mentor for GOLD applications
  • Postgraduate dissertation supervisor

Recognition

  • CGMA - Chartered Global Management Accountant
  • CMBE - Certified Management an Business Educator
  • Research Board Member and Advisory Panel at the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
  • External Examiner for Norwich Business School and Manchester Met University
  • Committee member for the Institute of Risk Managements Climate Change Special Interest Group
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE)

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Brickman’s main research interests are in two key areas; management accounting and pedagogy. In the field of management accounting, Karen's research focuses on the design of performance measurement and management control systems within the banking sector. Her particular interests include incentive design, risk management and ESG. In the area of pedagogy, she is interested in issues surrounding student engagement and retention and blended learning.

Recent publications

Book section

Warren, Elizabeth , Brickman, Karen, Reilly, Dawn (2020), Strategies to reduce the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) attainment gap in Business Education. Open University Press. In: , , In: Peter Wolstencroft, Leanne de Main, Paul Cashian (eds.), Achieving Teaching Excellence: Developing Your TEF Profile and Beyond. Open University Press, London . pp. 75-77 . ISBN: 9780335249299 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Conference item

Brickman, Karen and , Hiebl, Martin (2019), Strengthening risk culture in financial institutions: evidence from UK based investment banks. In: Management Accounting as Social and Organizational Practice 2019, 25-26 Apr 2019, Bristol, UK , . , (doi: ).

Brickman, Karen and , Hiebl, Martin (2016), Strengthening risk culture in financial institutions: evidence from UK based investment banks. In: 11th Conference on New Directions in Management Accounting, 14-16 Dec 2016, Brussels, Belgium , . , (doi: ).

Brickman, Karen , Otley, David, Warren, Elizabeth (2016), Control mechanisms for risk-taking: Evidence from the UK Financial Services Industry. In: The 10th Management Control Research Conference, 6 - 9 September 2016, University of Antwerp, Belgium , . , (doi: ).

Brickman, Karen , Otley, David, Warren, Elizabeth (2016), The impact of Incentives and risk-taking: Evidence from the UK banking sector. In: 39th Annual Congress of the European Accounting Association in The Netherlands, 11-13 May 2016, Maastricht , . , (doi: ).

Brickman, Karen , Otley, David, Warren, Elizabeth (2015), The impact of incentives on risk-taking behaviour: A case study from the UK Financial Services Industry. In: 8th Conference on Performance Measurement and Management Control, September 30 - October 2, 2015, Nice, France , . , (doi: ).