Professor Robert W. Scapens is an Emeritus Professor at the Alliance Manchester Business School, a part-time professor of Accounting the Birmingham Business School and until last summer visiting professor of Management Accounting at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. In recent years he has also had visiting appointments in several other European countries where he has advised the staff and Ph.D. students on writing their qualitative research papers. In 1990 he co-founded Management Accounting Research, where he was the Editor-in-Chief until 2014. During his tenure he promoted the publication of qualitative research in the management accounting field. He has conducted many case studies himself and supervised numerous students who have also conducted case studies.