Research AREA

Accounting Group

Delegates atending the Accounting and Accounting in Emerging Economies 2019 conference pose in front of the Essex Business School Building.

We’re all about the numbers, and a little bit more

Our accounting experts crunch a lot of numbers, but their research is also more closely linked to peoples' lives than you may think. Our accounting research fits perfectly with our belief that businesses and organisations should behave in such a way that is responsible and ethical.

Accounting informs almost all areas of business, from strategy to outsourcing and operational planning to environmental policies. To us accounting means more than cutting costs and managing transactions. It’s vital for ensuring accountability by encouraging sound, ethical decision making.

Here are just some of the topics we explore:

  • accounting and economic development
  • accounting in the public and third sectors
  • tax avoidance, tax havens and profit shifting
  • business ethics and corporate social responsibility
  • risk management

Our research at a glance

Accounting practices in Nepal

Our students, staff and research are all international at Essex Business School. Dr Pawan Adhikari, Senior Lecturer in Accounting, investigates accounting practices and attempts at reform across the world. For a recent article he worked with colleagues to examine how attempts at accounting reform in the emerging economies of Egypt, Nepal and Sri Lanka actually resulted in resistance, internal conflicts and unintended consequences.

Hear Pawan discuss his research:

 

Research Repository

What motivates corporate social responsibility (CSR)?

As part of our research mission to have a positive impact on business and society lots of our research projects are about getting to grips with corporate social responsibility (CSR). Professor Thankom Arun from our Accounting group has recently been investigating whether there is truth in the claim that CSR in developing countries, when compared to developed countries, is influenced substantially more by moral, cultural, and religious considerations and less by self-interest and profit seeking. By helping to understand why firms choose to act in responsible ways it is hoped research such as this could lead to policy changes which encourage more of the same.

 

Research Repository

Accounting

Magda Abou-Seada
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Financial & Corporate Reporting; Narrative Reporting; Voluntary Disclosures; Accounting Education; Integrated Reporting; International Financial Reporting; Issues in Accounting Profession
Pawan Adhikari
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Accounting in Less Developed Countries; Government Accounting and Budgeting; Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSASs, GFSM, PEFA); Accounting History
Dila Agrizzi
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: performance management issues in the field of healthcare; management control systems within in healthcare organisations, particularly hospitals; the development of the accountancy profession across nations; gendering practices segregating women within the accounting profession in developing and non-Western countries
Jacob Agyemang
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Management accounting and control systems in developing and emerging economies; Management accounting and development issues in developing and emerging economies; Interdisciplinary research across management controy systems, entrepreneurship and development issues; Corporate governance
Md Shoaib Ahmed
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Accounting and corruption; Accounting and modern slavery; Accounting and workplace incivilities / deviance; Management accounting control
Shaila Ahmed
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Corporate governance; Family business; Labour governance, CSR and sustainability practices in developing countries; Interdisciplinary and qualitative research
Thankom Arun
Professor, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Global Development and Development Finance.; Emerging economies; Financial Inclusion, Technology based financial delivery/services, Microfinance and Microinsurance; Issues in Corporate Governance, Disclosure and Social responsibility; Hybrid Organisations and Social Enterprises; Issues in Sustainable Development
Muhammad Atif
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Corporate Social Responsibility and Disclosure; Board Structure - Corporate Governance; Executive Compensation
John Azure
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Diogenis Baboukardos
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Financial reporting; Accounting quality; International accounting; Sustainability reporting; Integrated reporting; Corporate Governance; Ownership
Osamuyimen Egbon
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Social/Environmental/Sustainability Reporting; Accounting in the public interest; Accountability of multinational corporations in emerging economies; Corporate-community relations; Sustainable development goals; Public sector accountability in developing economies; Water accounting
Silvia Gaia
Senior Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Corporate Governance; Executive remuneration; Shareholders activism; Voluntary disclosure; Financial reporting; Social performance and Business Ethics; Social and environmental reporting
Amira Hawas
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Maria Ishaque
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Role of Professional Accounting in UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); Role of Professional Accounting in Combating Modern Slavery
Md Islam
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Md Tarikul Islam
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Accountability and Social Purpose Hybridization
Kelum Jayasinghe
Professor, EBS - Accounting
Danson Kimani
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Corporate governance in developing countries
Azimjon Kuvandikov
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Corporate Governance; Mergers and Acquisitions; Board of directors' ownership; Institutional investors' ownership; Earnings management
Kamran Malikov
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Earnings Management; Corporate Events; Capital Markets Reasearch; Debt Covenants
Hang Pham
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Earnings management; Corporate governance; Capital markets research; Initial public offerings; Executive characteristics
Daniela Pianezzi
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Ethics and Accountability; Social Accounting andSustainability; Migration Management
Chaoyuan She
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Teerooven Soobaroyen
Professor, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Social and environmental reporting; Corporate governance; Non-profit accounting, accountability and governance; Accounting and governance in developing and emerging economies
Ileana Steccolini
Professor, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Governmental financial resilience; Public sector accounting reforms; Roles, uses and users of accounting information in public services; Performance measurement in public services; Roles of accounting and accountability in inclusive public services and societies; Corruption and Supreme Audit Institutions
Shahzad Uddin
Professor, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Management accounting; Corporate Governance, CSR and Sustainability; Accounting and Economic Development; New Public Management and Governance
Bedanand Upadhaya
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Corporate social responsibility/Sustainability practices in emerging/developing countries
Rebecca Warren
Lecturer in Accounting, EBS - Accounting
Chaminda Wijethilake
Lecturer, EBS - Accounting
Research interests: Social and environmental accounting and its implications for the question of mundane governance in waste management; The use of social and environmental accounting in lean manufacturing; Performance measurements for industrial symbiosis operations; Strategic and ethical issues in managing Industry 4.0 supply chains for a circular economy; Performance implications of adopting sustainable logistics and supply chains in emerging markets; Government interventions and sustainability policies in emerging markets; Performance measurement and governance in production and operations