Professor Teerooven Soobaroyen

EBS - Accounting
Professor Teerooven Soobaroyen
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    EBS.3.91, Colchester Campus

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Teerooven has held academic positions at the University of Mauritius and Aberystwyth University, and until recently was a Reader in Accounting, Head of the Accounting Group and School International Development Director at the University of Southampton Business School. He has taught financial accounting and management accounting at undergraduate and at Masters/MBA level. He has held external examining positions for taught programmes at the University of Bradford and University of Technology Mauritius, and is currently the external examiner for Aberystwyth University and Salford University. He has also been a PhD external examiner at a number of UK universities. Teerooven is currently the Chair of the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) Accounting and Finance in Emerging Economies (AFEE) Special Interest Group ( and Vice President of the African Accounting and Finance Association (AAFA, . He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies and has acted as a reviewer for Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies, Corporate Governance, Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies, Journal of Applied Accounting Research, Accounting Forum, Journal of Business Ethics, British Accounting Review, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Organization Studies, European Management Review, and Critical Perspectives on Accounting. The Accountability and Management Control of CSR Foundations (CSRFs) in Mauritius, (joint project with R.V. Sannassee and N. Pariag-Maraye), GBP 8,500 funded by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) - August 2017 report, available at The Role and Effectiveness of Audit Committees in UK Higher Education Institutions, (joint project with C. Ntim and M. Broad), GBP10,000 funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) - July 2014 report available at A Study of the Implementation and Impact of Corporate Governance in Mauritius, joint project with J.D Mahadeo), MUR330,000 funded by the Mauritius Research Council - July 2009


  • BSc (Hons) (Mauritius)

  • MA (Lancaster)

  • PGCTHE (Aberystwyth)

  • PhD (Aberystwyth)


University of Essex

  • Professor of Accounting, Essex Business School University of Essex ( 1/1/2016 - present )

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Social and environmental reporting

Corporate governance

Non-profit accounting, accountability and governance

Accounting and governance in developing and emerging economies

Current research

co-investigator, research project on the role of governing boards in African higher education institutions, funded by the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN, GBP 26,355).

co-investigator, research project on the quality of board decision making processes in higher education institutions: UK and European experiences (Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, GBP 10,000).

co-investigator, research project governing practices of Vietnam higher education institutions (funded by the British Council, GBP 30,000)

co-investigator of a research project on CSR Foundations in Mauritius, funded by the Chartered Instituteof Management Accountants (CIMA, ZAR84,000)

Conferences and presentations

Rethinking spatiality and accounting: a case of female segregation in audit firms, (with Dila Agrizzi and Abeer Alsalloom),University of Sheffield, UK (September 2017)

The interplay between NGO accountability and development: The implications of means-ends decoupling (with R. Jayasekera), Universidade de Nova Lisboa, Portugal (October 2017)

Shades of Substantivism and Symbolism: A Study of the Governance of Risk Management in UK Higher Education Institutions, (jointly with Collins Ntim and Martin Broad), 8th Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research on Accounting Conference, Melbourne (July 2016)

What are the determinants of chief executive remuneration in UK charities? Insights from the social theory of agency, (jointly with Tam Nguyen), 6th Social and Environmental Accounting Conference (CSEAR Italy), Parma (July 2016)

The Design and Use of Management Control System in a Chinese Multinational Corporation: An Institutional Explanation of Cultural Influence, (jointly with Xinxiang Li), 5th African Accounting and Finance Association (AAFA) Conference, Mauritius (September 2015)

Exploring the Technical and Functional Absence of Accounting: A Case Study of a Higher Education Institution, (jointly with K. Alfahad), Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting (IPA) Conference, Stockholm (July 2015)

Earnings Management by Non-Profit Organizations: Evidence from UK Charities, (jointly with T.H. Nguyen), 38th Annual Congress of European Accounting Association, Glasgow (April 2015).

A Cross-National Study of the Extent of Adoption of International Standards on Auditing: Do Institutional Factors Matter? (jointly with Pran Boolaky). 4th African Accounting and Finance Association (AAFA) Conference, Cape Town, South Africa (September 2014)

Visual Repetition in Social and Environmental Reports as an Impression Management Strategy (jointly with C. Pesci and E. Costa), 26th International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research, St Andrews (August 2014)

Womens Desire for Change in the Accounting Workplace: Insights from Saudi Arabia, (jointly with A. Alsalloom and D. Agrizzi), Critical Perspectives on Accounting Conference, Toronto (July 2014)

Internal Governance Structures and Voluntary Public Accountability Disclosures by UK Higher Educational Institutions, (jointly with C.G. Ntim and M.J. Broad), EFMD Higher Education Conference, Stockholm (May 2014).

The Interplay between NGO Accountability and Development: The Implications of Means-End Decoupling, (jointly with R. Jayasekera), 3rd African Accounting and Finance Association (AAFA) Conference, Kampala, Uganda (Sep 2013).

Organisational Identity, Identification and Accounting: An Empirical Study in a Museum Railway (jointly with K. Jayasinghe), 7th Asia-Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Conference, Kobe, (July 2013).

Teaching and supervision

  • Management Accounting I (BE111)

  • Management Accounting (BE151)

  • Accounting and Managerial Finance (BE882)

  • Accounting Project (BE936)


Journal articles (28)

Nguyen, T. and Soobaroyen, T., Earnings Management by Non-Profit Organisations: Evidence from UK Charities. Australian Accounting Review

Lassou, P., Hopper, T., Soobaroyen, T. and Wynne, A., (2018). Participatory and incremental development in an African local government accounting reform. Financial Accountability and Management

Saadaoui, K. and Soobaroyen, T., (2018). An Analysis of the Methodologies adopted by CSR Rating Agencies. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal. 9 (1), 43-62

Boolaky, PK., Soobaroyen, T. and Quick, R., (2018). The Perceptions and Determinants of Auditing and Reporting Quality in the Asia-Pacific Region. Australian Accounting Review

Ntim, CG., Soobaroyen, T. and Broad, MJ., (2017). Governance structures, voluntary disclosures and public accountability: The case of UK higher education institutions. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal. 30 (1), 65-118

Boolaky, PK. and Soobaroyen, T., (2017). Adoption of International Standards on Auditing (ISA): Do Institutional Factors Matter?. International Journal of Auditing. 21 (1), 59-81

Hopper, T., Lassou, P. and Soobaroyen, T., (2017). Globalisation, accounting and developing countries. Critical Perspectives On Accounting. 43, 125-148

Soobaroyen, T., Tsamenyi, M. and Sapra, H., (2017). Accounting and Governance in Africa - Contributions and Opportunities for Further Research. Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies. 7 (4), 422-427

Soobaroyen, T. and Mahadeo, JD., (2016). Community disclosures in a developing country: insights from a neo-pluralist perspective. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. 29 (3), 452-482

Mahadeo, JD. and Soobaroyen, T., (2016). A Longitudinal Study of the Implementation of the Corporate Governance Code in a Developing Country. Business & Society. 55 (5), 738-777

Pesci, C., Costa, E. and Soobaroyen, T., (2015). The forms of repetition in social and environmental reports: insights from Hume's notion of ?impressions?. Accounting and Business Research. 45 (6/7), 765-800

Nnadi, M. and Soobaroyen, T., (2015). International financial reporting standards and foreign direct investment: The case of Africa. Advances in Accounting. 31 (2), 228-238

Wahab, NSA., Holland, K. and Soobaroyen, T., (2015). Do UK outside CEOs engage more in tax planning than the insiders?. Jurnal Pengurusan. 45

Ntim, CG. and Soobaroyen, T., (2013). Corporate Governance and Performance in Socially Responsible Corporations: New Empirical Insights from a Neo-Institutional Framework. Corporate Governance: An International Review. 21 (5), 468-494

Ntim, CG. and Soobaroyen, T., (2013). Black Economic Empowerment Disclosures by South African Listed Corporations: The Influence of Ownership and Board Characteristics. Journal of Business Ethics. 116 (1), 121-138

Soobaroyen, T. and Ntim, CG., (2013). Social and environmental accounting as symbolic and substantive means of legitimation: The case of HIV/AIDS reporting in South Africa. Accounting Forum. 37 (2), 92-109

Mahadeo, JD. and Soobaroyen, T., (2012). Corporate governance implementation in an African emerging economy: The case of state-owned entities. Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies. 12 (PARTA), 227-254

Soobaroyen, T. and Devi Mahadeo, J., (2012). Do corporate governance codes improve board accountability?. Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management. 9 (4), 337-362

Mahadeo, JD., Soobaroyen, T. and Hanuman, VO., (2012). Board Composition and Financial Performance: Uncovering the Effects of Diversity in an Emerging Economy. Journal of Business Ethics. 105 (3), 375-388

Mahadeo, JD., Oogarah-Hanuman, V. and Soobaroyen, T., (2011). A Longitudinal Study of Corporate Social Disclosures in a Developing Economy. Journal of Business Ethics. 104 (4), 545-558

Mahadeo, JD., Oogarah-Hanuman, V. and Soobaroyen, T., (2011). Changes in social and environmental reporting practices in an emerging economy (2004–2007): Exploring the relevance of stakeholder and legitimacy theories. Accounting Forum. 35 (3), 158-175

Jayasinghe, K., Soobaroyen, T. and Thomas, D., (2011). Accounting as the 'language' of organisational change: the case of a heritage railway. Int. J. of Critical Accounting. 3 (1), 26-62

Rhodes, MJ. and Soobaroyen, T., (2010). Erratum to: Information Asymmetry and Socially Responsible Investment. Journal of Business Ethics. 95 (1), 151-151

Jayasinghe, K. and Soobaroyen, T., (2009). Religious “spirit” and peoples' perceptions of accountability in Hindu and Buddhist religious organizations. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. 22 (7), 997-1028

Soobaroyen, T. and Mahadeo, JD., (2008). Selective compliancewith the corporategovernance code inmauritius:is legitimacy theoryatwork?. Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies. 8, 239-272

Soobaroyen, T. and Sheik‐Ellahi, A., (2008). A case study on the influence of corporate governance beyond the boardroom: perceptions from business unit managers. Corporate Governance: The international journal of business in society. 8 (2), 179-190

Soobaroyen, T. and Poorundersing, B., (2008). The effectiveness of management accounting systems. Managerial Auditing Journal. 23 (2), 187-219

Soobaroyen, T. and Vinesh Sannassee, R., (2007). An exploratory study of financial priorities, financial planning and control practices in voluntary organisations. Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change. 3 (3), 270-301

Grants and funding


The Quality of Board Decision Making Process in Higher Education Institutions: UK and European Experiences

Leadership Foundation


A Study of the governing boards in Vietnam Higher Education Institutions

British Council

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