University of Essex

Academic Staff

Professor Shahzad Uddin

Position in departmentDirector, Essex Accounting Centre
Staff positionProfessor of Accounting
Telephone01206 874150
RoomEBS 3.47
Office hoursTuesday: 09.00 - 11.00 Wednesday: 09:00 - 10.00

Shahzad Uddin is a Professor of Accounting and the Director of Essex Accounting Centre. He is a qualified cost and management accountant. Currently, Shahzad is the co-editor of Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies (JAEE). Shahzad is the founding chair of British Accounting Association special interest group – Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies (AFEE).

Shahzad began his academic career at Islamic University. Shahzad received his MSc in accounting and finance from UMIST, UK. He received his PhD in management accounting from University of Manchester. Prior to Essex, he was at Queen’s University Belfast, UK. Shahzad moved to the University of Essex in 2002 as a lecturer prior to becoming a professor of accounting at Essex Business School in 2010. Shahzad has published on corporate governance, management accounting controls and corporate social responsibility in wide variety of contexts including Greece, China, Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mexico, Ghana and Uganda.


MSc and PhD (Manchester); FCMA

Research interests
  • Management accounting
  • Corporate Governance, CSR and Sustainability
  • Accounting and Development issues in Emerging Economies
Teaching responsibilities
  • BE154 International Management Accounting
  • BE951 Research Methods and Methodologies in Accounting

Publications since 2014


Corporate Social Disclosure, Traditionalism and Politics: A Story from a Traditional Setting, Journal of Business Ethics.

Human Rights Disasters, Corporate Accountability and The State: An Emerging Economy Case, Accounting, Auditing, Accountability Journal

New Public Mannagement, Cost Savings, Regressive Effects: A Case from a Less Developed Country, Critical Perspectives on Accounting. 

Social Capital, Networks and Interlocked Independent Directors: A Mexican Case, Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies.

Theorising Management Accounting Practices in Less Developed Countries, the Routledge Companion to Performance Management and Control.

Management Accounting in Public Sector in Emerging Economies: A Literature Review, Critical Perspectives on Accounting.


Management Accounting Change and Structuration Theory: A Realist Critique, Journal of Critical Realism. Volume 14, Issue 5, October, 2015, pp. 485-507.

Military, ‘Managers’ and Hegemonies of Management Controls: A Critical Realist Interpretation, Management Accounting Research, Volume 29, December 2015, Pages 13–26.


Social Theorisation of Accounting: Challenges to Positive Research.' In: Jones, Stewart, (ed.) Routledge Companion to Financial Accounting Theory. Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting. Taylor & Francis Group. ISBN 978-0-415-66028-0.

Publications (2008-2013):


A Consulting Giant; a Disgruntled Client: a ‘Failed’ Attempt to Change Management Controls in a Public Sector Organisation, Financial Accountability and Management, Vol. 29, pp. 189-205.

The Role of Structure and Agency in Management Accounting Control Change of a Family Owned Firm: A Greek Case Study, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Vol. 24 (1), pp. 62-73.


Accounting and Development  ed., in Handbook of Accounting and Development, London: Edward Elgar, pp. 1-15, 2012.

Handbook of Accounting and Development, London: Edward Elgar, pp. 1-311, 2012.

Management Control and Privatisation, ed., in Handbook of Accounting and Development, London: Edward Elgar, pp. 206-223, 2012.


Trying to Make the Typologies of the Spectacle Operational: a Literature Review and a Case Study, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 288-314. 2011

Management Accounting Research in Public Sector in Emerging Economies: A Critical Evaluation, in M. Abul-Kader (eds.), (with Ashraf, J), Review of Management Accounting Research, Palgrave Publishers, pp. 415-450, 2011.


Management Accounting in a private manufacturing company: Rational VS Familial/Traditional Control, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Vol. 20, pp.782-794. 2009

Management Accounting in Less Developed Countries: What We Know and Need to Know, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, pp. 469-514, 2009.


Introduction to Corporate Governance in Less Developed and Emerging Economies, Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies, Vol. 8, pp. 2-15, 2008

Rationality, traditionalism and the state of corporate governance mechanisms: illustrations from a less developed country, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Vol. 21, No. 7, pp. 1026-105, 2008

Changing Regimes of Control, Public Sector Reforms and Privatisation: A Case Study from China, Accounting Forum, Vol. 32, Issue 2, pp. 162-177, 2008

Management Controls in Family-Owned businesses (FOBs): A Case Study of an Indonesian Family-Owned University, Accounting Forum, Vol. 32, No. 1, pp. 62-74, 2008.


Some Selected Earlier Publications

A Bangladeshi Soap Opera: Privatisation, Accounting, and Regimes of Control in a Less Developed Country, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Vol. 26, No. 7/8, pp. 643-672, 2001.

The State They're In: Management Accounting in Developing Countries, Financial Management, June, pp. 14-19, 2003.

Accounting for Privatisation: Testing World Bank Claims, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Vol. 14, Issue, 7, pp. 739-774, 2003.

Privatization in Bangladesh: Emergence of Family Capitalism, Development and Change, January, Vol. 36 (1), pp. 157-182, 2005.

Public Sector Reforms and the Public Interest: A Case Study of Performance Monitoring in a Ghanaian State-Owned Enterprise (SOE), Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal Vol.18, No.5, pp. 648-675, 2005.

Additional information

Major Honours and Grants Received:

JSPS Fellowship, 2014-15

Grant Received from the British Academy for a research project, £7500, 2007-08

Grant received from the Nuffield Foundation for a research project, £7,240, 2003-2005

Grant received from CIMA, UK for a research project £34,000, 1999–2002

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