Claire Deng is a doctoral candidate of accounting in the Schulich School of Business at York University. She holds an MA in East Asian Studies from McGill University where her research was on Chinese culture and religion. She also holds an Honours BA in East Asian Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Laws from Peking University. In her current PhD research, Claire mobilizes sociological theories to conduct qualitative research on the roles that accounting plays in our society. Her dissertation examines the diffusion of Western management accounting practices in China with a focus on the implications of knowledge diffusion cross language-culture. This is an interdisciplinary study involving approaches from actor-network theory and linguistic anthropology as well as insights from post-structuralist and post-colonialist theories.
Keywords: Knowledge diffusion; actor-network theory; linguistic anthropology; management accounting; international accounting; cultural significance of accounting