Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting is one of six Research Divisions within Henley Business School at the University of Reading, and part of the Prosperity & Resilience research theme.Work within BISA integrates socio-technical thinking and interdisciplinary expertise in areas such as information management, business processes and systems, accounting and finance. Its aim is to help sharpen the competitive edge and scrutinise the governance of institutions across a range of business domains.
Our research of informatics – the creation, management and utilisation of information in scientific and economic activities – is focused on identifying changes that businesses can use to maximise their 'added value'. Areas of interest include organisational semiotics, systems dynamics, strategic modelling, enterprise information systems, intelligent buildings and IT-supported collaborative work.In the field of accounting and accountability, our work focuses on the governance of financial institutions, including pension fund governance and accounting, socially responsible investment, and institutional investor engagement and dialogue. Our researchers are also exploring the governance framework of banks across the European Union.
A key theme running throughout our research is sustainability and its relation to stakeholder engagement, climate change reporting and biodiversity. We work closely with leading global industry and academic partners to deliver a wide range of programmes and have established an excellent record of knowledge transfer and commercialising research outcomes both in the UK and internationally. Partners and customers include Beijing Institute of Technology, Renmin University of China, PwC, CapGemini and Deutsche Telekom.