University of Essex

Academic Staff

Dr Kelum Jayasinghe

Position in departmentHead, Accounting Group
Staff positionReader in Accounting
Emailknjay@essex.ac.uk
Telephone01206 874281
RoomEBS 3.29
Office hoursMonday 10.00-12.00 Wednesday 11.00-12.00
Biography

Dr Kelum Jayasinghe is a Senior Lecturer in accounting. He joined the Essex Business School, University of Essex in September 2008 having previously held positions at the University of Wales (Aberystwyth), University of Bradford (UK), University of Colombo (Sri Lanka). His teaching interests include Management Accounting, Financial Decision Making, and Research Methodology. His academic career is complemented by three years industrial experience in professional accounting and five years experience in providing consultancy services to private and public sector agencies (in Sri Lanka). He has produced a number of research papers out of his research projects funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB), and University of Wales, Aberystwyth and has publications in Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ), Critical Perspectives on Accounting (CPA), Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management (QRAM), International Journal of Critical Accounting (IJCA), and International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (IJRBR).

Qualifications

B.Com; MBA (Sri Lanka); PGDip (Research Methods); PhD (Bradford), PGCTHE (Aberystwyth)

Current research

Currently, I am investing my time for an impact case study titled: “accountability and governance issues in post-disaster management”. The case will be built around the findings and policy implications of post-Tsunami (Sri Lanka) and post-Bhopal (India) disaster management projects. The main empirical questions that we pose are: where do the victims of these two disasters stand today after many years of these events? How do the state and other key stakeholders draw the lines between the responsibilities of good governance and accountability? I focus on how the differences in these responsibilities are manifested in national and local government policy, corporate strategy, and nongovernmental organization (NGO) policy.

Research papers in preparation

  • “Constructivist Epistemology and Qualitative Methodology in Accounting Education: Reflections from an Experimental Action Research Cycle in Management Accounting”, Journal of Accounting Education, in second revision (Revise and Resubmit).
  • “Continuity and Change of World Bank Development Discourses: the Rhetoric role of Accounting”, with S. Uddin, Development Policy Review, in first revision (Revise and Resubmit).
  • "Discriminatory Bank Lending: Evidence from Sri Lanka", with C.A. Saliya and K. Hooper, Critical Perspectives on Accounting (CPA), in third revision (Revise and Resubmit).
  • “Social Construction of Premiership Football Discourse in England: the Critical Role of Accounting", with S. Matilal, in preparation to Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ).
  • "Organisational Identity, Identification and Accounting: An Empirical Study in Museum Railway", with T. Soobaroyen and D. Thomas, in preparation to Accounting Forum.
Research interests
  • Accounting, governance and accountability issues in developing countries
  • Management accounting and organisational change in voluntary sector organisations (e.g. museums, religious organisations)
  • Accounting systems and systems of accountability in indigenous communities and home
  • Accounting and micro-finance practices in rural/informal enterprises and agriculture and fishing sector
  • Aid-agencies and public sector management control particularly at local government level
  • He has a desire to conduct qualitative and interdisciplinary research in its social and political contexts, in particular the research based on socio-political theories
Teaching responsibilities
BE162 Financial Decision Making

BE 853 Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Publications

Research papers published

  • "Accounting for New Public Management (NPM) and Shifting Organisational Boundaries; Evidence from the Greek Showcaves", with Nikos D. Kartalis and M. Tsamenyi, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ), Forthcoming.
  • "Cultural Politics of Enterprise Lending and Controls in Closely-held Banks: A Case Study from Sri Lanka", with C.A. Saliya, Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies (JAEE), Forthcoming.
  • "Public Sector Accounting, Accountability and Auditing in Emerging Economies: Insights, gaps and new ways forward", with N.Nath and R.Othman, Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies (RAEE), Forthcoming.
  • “Accounting as the ‘Language’ of Organisational Change: a Case Study of a Heritage Organization”, with T. Soobaroyen and D. Thomas, International Journal of Critical Accounting (IJCA), Vol. 3, Issue 1, 2011, pp. 26-62.
  • "Power over Empowerment: Encountering Development Accounting in a Sri Lankan Fishing Village", with D. Wickramasinghe, Critical Perspectives on Accounting (CPA), Vol 22, Issue 4, 2011, pp. 396-414.
  • “Religious “Spirit” and People's Perceptions of Accountability In Hindu and Buddhist Religious Organisations", with T. Soobaroyen, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ), Vol. 22, Issue 7, 2009, pp. 997-1028.
  • “Preservation of Indigenous Accounting Systems in a Subaltern Community”, with D. Thomas, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (AAAJ) - Special issue on ‘accounting and subalternity’, Vol. 22, Issue 3, 2009, pp. 351-378.
  • "Bounded Emotionality in Entrepreneurship: An Alternative Framework”, with D. Thomas, and D. Wickramasinghe, International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (IJEBR), Vol. 14, Issue 4, 2008.
  • “Bounded Emotionality in Entrepreneurial Calculations: A Case Study in Rural Sri Lanka”, With D. Thomas, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (IJESB), Vol. 7 Issue 2, 2008.
  • "Calculative practices in a Total Institution": with D. Wickramasinghe, Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management (QRAM), Vol. 4, Issue 3, September 2007.
  • "Attitudes toward Advertising by Professionals in Sri Lanka", Journal of Management, University of Colombo (Sri Lanka), November 1993, Vol. 1, No. 2

Books, chapter and reports:

  • "Alternative and social accounting", an Edited Book Chapter (Title of Book: Routledge Companion for Alternative Organisation) with D. Thomas, Routledge Publications, forthcoming.
  • “Calculative Practices of the Rural: Emotionality, Power and Micro-Entrepreneurship Development”, a PhD Monograph, VDM Publishers, Germany, 2009.
  • "Can NGOs Deliver Accountability, Predictions, Realities and Difficulties", an Edited Book Chapter (Title of Book: NGOs: Roles and Accountability – An Introduction), with D. Wickramasinghe, ICFAI Press, September, 2006, Ch. 19, pp. 296-327.
  • Resource Profiles of Selected Villages in Hambantota District: a Report for Business Promotions, with A. Abeysuriya, International Labour Organization (ILO) (Sri Lanka), 2000.

Conferences/presentations

Recent refereed conference proceedings

  • “Social Construction of Premiership Football Discourse in England: the Critical Role of Accounting", with S. Matilal, Critical Management Studies (CMS) Conference Proceedings, 2011.
  • "Continuity and Change of World Bank Development Discourses: the Rhetoric role of Accounting”, with S. Uddin, Asia and Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Conference Proceedings, 2010.
  • “Accounting and Emotional Labour in Narratives of Organisational Change: The Case Study of a Heritage Organization”, with T. Soobaroyen and D. Thomas, Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Accounting on Accounting (IPA) Conference Proceedings, 2009.
  • "Resource Allocation in the Field of Poverty Alleviation", a Joint Paper with D. Wickramasinghe, BA-ALDEE Conference Proceedings, 2009.
  • "Constructivist Epistemology and Qualitative Methodology in Accounting Education: Reflections from an Experimental Action Research Cycle in Management Accounting”, Accounting Education Conference Proceedings, 2009.
  • “Accounting as the ‘Language’ of Paradigm Shift: a Case Study of Organizational Change in a Heritage Organization”, with T. Soobaroyen and D. Thomas, Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference Proceedings, 2008.
  • "Spirit of Religion and People's Perceptions of Accountability In Buddhist and Hindu Religious Organisations: A Story from Non-Western Societies", with T. Soobaroyen, Asia and Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Conference Proceedings, 2007.
  • "Calculative Practices in a Total Institution", With D. Wickramasinghe, Critical Management Group (CMG) Seminars, Manchester Business School, April 2005, Critical Perspective on Accounting (CPA) Conference Proceedings, 2005, Accounting and Subalternity Conference Proceedings, Schulich School of Business, 2007.
  • "Can NGOs Deliver Accountability, Predictions, Realities and Difficulties", with D. Wickramasinghe, Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) Conference Proceedings, 2005 and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting (IPA) Conference Proceedings, 2006.
Additional information

Research grants received:

  • Grant received from the Research Committee Funds - Essex Business School (EBS), University of Essex, with M. Tasavori, Project title: “Critical Role of Governance Structures in Innovative Management of Social Enterprises in UK”, 2011/12.
  • Grant received from the Research Committee Funds - Essex Business School (EBS), University of Essex, with S. Uddin, Project title: “Corporate Governance issues within listed companies in Sri Lanka”, 2009/10.
  • Grant received from the School of Management and Business (SMB), University of Wales, Aberystwyth, with T. Soobaroyen and D. Thomas, Project Title: “Role of Accounting in Organisational Change at the Talyllyn Railway Co.”, June to August, 2007.
  • Grant received from The Asian Development Bank (ADB) for completing the PhD degree in the University of Bradford, January 2002 to December 2005.

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