Dr Hendrik Vollmer

Associate Professor

Contact details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 223 1961
  • Email: hv25@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 0.54, Teaching Centre, Brookfield
  • Office hours: Wednesday 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm

Personal details

I studied sociology at Bielefeld University in Germany, where I later served as a research and teaching assistant, finished my PhD and post-doc, became senior lecturer in sociology and senior editor of ZfS, a leading journal of the discipline.

My post-doctoral research investigated the impact of disruption and disaster and was awarded by the University Society of Westphalia and Lippe. Over the years, I've developed a strong interest in understanding the role of accounting and calculative practices in organisations and society. I'm a member of the editorial board of Accounting, Organizations and Society.


Administrative responsibilities

  • Head of Division - Accounting


Investigating accounting in its social and organisational contexts, how accounting is involved in organisational change and how it transforms everyday organisational practice are broader themes of my research. With respect to the social and institutional settings of accounting, I'm particularly interested in how organisation members and stakeholders converge on specific accounts and how accounting professionals team up with others in establishing jurisdiction on organisational and social problems. I also continue to be committed to investigating the impact of disruptions small and large on organisational and social order and believe that the areas of accounting and finance offer numerous cases in point. More generally, I'm invested into the emerging fields of social studies of finance and the sociology of valuation.


I am interested in supervising projects exploring the social aspects of accounting and its embedding into organisational and institutional contexts concerning (but not limited to):

  • Micro-processes of organising (e.g. work, decision-making, interaction, collaboration)
  • Interfaces between accounting and other forms of organisational practice (e.g. risk management, HR, industrial safety)
  • Between organisations and their environments (e.g. markets, stakeholders, professions, states)
  • Institutional aspects more broadly considered (e.g. issues of professionalization, regulatory discourses, social and economic policies)


Vollmer, Hendrik, 2018: Accounting for Tacit Coordination: The Passing of Accounts and the Broader Case for Accounting Theory. Accounting, Organizations and Society (in press), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aos.2018.06.003

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2016: Financial Numbers as Signs and Signals: Looking Back and Moving Forward. Economic Sociology 17 (2): 32-38.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2015: The Resilience of Punctuated Cooperation. Pp. 177-196 in: Andrea Maurer (eds.), Resilience in Social and Economic Spheres. Heidelberg: Springer.

Sven Kette & Hendrik Vollmer, 2015: Normalization and Its Discontents: Organizational Learning from Disaster. Pp. 181-198 in: Heike Egner, Marén Schorch & Martin Voss (eds.), Learning and Calamities: Practices, Interpretations, Patterns. London: Routledge.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2013: The Sociology of Disruption, Disaster and Social Change: Punctuated Cooperation. Cambridge University Press.

Other publications

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2013: What Kind of Game Is Everyday Interaction? Rationality and Society 25: 370-404.

Vollmer, Hendrik, Andrea Mennicken & Alex Preda, 2009: Tracking the Numbers: Across Accounting and Finance, Organizations and Markets. Accounting, Organizations and Society 34: 617-639.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2009: Management Accounting as Normal Social Science. Accounting, Organizations and Society 34: 141-150.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2007: How to Do More with Numbers. Elementary Stakes, Framing, Keying, and the Three-Dimensional Character of Numerical Signs. Accounting, Organizations and Society 32: 577-600.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2006: How Financial Numbers Are Symptomatic. Pp. 132-154 in Torsten Strulik & Helmut Willke (eds.), Towards a Cognitive Mode in Global Finance. Frankfurt & New York: Campus.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2003: Bookkeeping, Accounting, Calculative Practice: The Sociological Suspense of Calculation. Critical Perspectives on Accounting 14: 353-381.

Mennicken, Andrea & Hendrik Vollmer (eds.), 2007: Zahlenwerk: Kalkulation, Organisation und Gesellschaft. Wiesbaden: VS.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2015: Stress und soziale Differenzierung. Pp. 408-424 in: Bettina Heintz & Hartmann Tyrell (eds.), Interaktion – Organisation – Gesellschaft revisited. Anwendungen, Erweiterungen, Alternativen. Sonderheft der Zeitschrift für Soziologie. Stuttgart: Lucius.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2015: Schweigsame soziale Prozesse, historische Ereignisse, flüchtige Teilnehmer und sozialer Wandel. Pp. 303-317 in Rainer Schützeichel & Stefan Jordan (Hrsg.), Prozesse: Formen, Dynamiken, Erklärungen. Wiesbaden: Springer VS.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2014: Der Erfolg im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit. Pp. 145-159 in: Denis Hänzi, Hildegard Matthies & Dagmar Simon (Hrsg.), Erfolg – Konstellationen und Paradoxien einer gesellschaftlichen Leitorientierung, Leviathan Sonderheft 29. Baden-Baden: Nomos.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2013: Fantastische Zahlen. Pp. 27-45 in: Jan-Hendrik Passoth & Josef Wehner (eds.), Quoten, Kurven und Profile - Zur Vermessung der sozialen Welt. Wiesbaden: VS.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2012: Signaturen der Finanzialisierung. Von Finanzmärkten zu Organisationen, zu sozialen Situationen und (von dort) zu allem anderen. Pp. 87-111 in: Herbert Kalthoff & Uwe Vormbusch (eds.), Soziologie der Finanzmärkte. Bielefeld: transcript.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2008: Zahlenspiele und Regierungsphantasien. WestEnd - Neue Zeitschrift für Sozialforschung 5: 102-115.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2004: Folgen und Funktionen organisierten Rechnens. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 33: 450-470.

Vollmer, Hendrik, 2002: Ansprüche und Wirklichkeiten des Verwaltens im Reformdiskurs der neunziger Jahre. Zeitschrift für Soziologie 31: 44-65.

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