2020 applicants

Dr Danson Kimani

EBS - Accounting
Dr Danson Kimani



Danson joined the Essex Business School in October 2018, as a Lecturer in Accounting, where he has teaching responsibilities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prior to that, he was a Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Buckingham. He has also previously held various lectureship roles in other institutions, including: Mount Kenya University (Kenya), The Open University (UK) and Oxford Brookes University (UK). Danson holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Finance major) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (Kenya), Master of Banking & Finance (Financial Markets) from Moi University (Kenya), Master of Research in Management & Business (Accounting and Finance Track) from The Open University (UK), and PhD in Accounting and Finance from The Open University (UK). His research centers on accounting and corporate governance in developing & emerging economies contexts. Specifically, he focusses on the workings of Western-originated accounting innovations and governance systems within vigorous institutional (traditionalist) environments of developing/emerging economies. In addition, Danson has pro bono advisory role in a small African third sector organisation – The Grow Movement – on entrepreneurial finance for small business owners in Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda. He has also previously worked as a Finance Officer at Betcan Trading Company (Kenya) Limited, as well as a Finance Trainee with Fresh Del Monte (Kenya) Incorporated and Nairobi City Water & Sewerage Company Limited. His stint in the latter two organisations also provided him with immense exposure to various aspects of private and public sector accounting, respectively. Outside of work, Danson enjoys playing squash and going to the gym, and occasionally challenging himself to a 10K run.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Accounting and Finance) The Open University,

  • Master of Research (Management and Business) The Open University,

  • Master of Banking and Finance (Financial Markets) Moi University,

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Accounting, Essex Business School, University of Essex (2/10/2018 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Corporate governance in emerging economies

Key words: Corporate governance
Open to supervise

Tax Accounting

Key words: Tax administration/Taxpayer attitudes/Tax literacy/Tax practice

Disruptive technologies and innovations in Accounting

Key words: Blockchain

Accounting for the Environment

Key words: Biodiversity accounting

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Financial Reporting and Analysis (BE110)

  • Auditing (BE132)

  • Student Success Tutorial (BE916)

  • Accounting Project (BE936)


Journal articles (6)

Rudkin, B., Kimani, D., Ullah, S., Ahmed, R. and Farooq, SU., (2019). Hide-and-seek in corporate disclosure: evidence from negative corporate incidents. Corporate Governance. 19 (1), 158-175

Areneke, G. and Kimani, D., (2019). Value relevance of multinational directorship and cross-listing on MNEs national governance disclosure practices in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Nigeria. Journal of World Business. 54 (4), 285-306

Areneke, G., Yusuf, F. and Kimani, D., (2019). Anglo-American governance adoption in non-Anglo-American settings. Managerial Auditing Journal. 34 (4), 486-514

Ullah, S., Kimani, D., Bai, Y. and Ahmed, R., (2018). Assessing the design of accounting modules across UK higher educational institutions. Cogent Business and Management. 5 (1), 1-12

Areneke, G., Kimani, D., Yusuf, F., Kodwani, D. and Viney, H., (2017). Global Diffusion of Anglo-American Governance:Evaluating Responses Across Three Emerging Economies. Academy of Management Proceedings. 2017 (1), 10931-10931

Kimani, D., Viney, H. and Kodwani, D., (2015). Corporate Governance in Less Developed Countries. Academy of Management Proceedings. 2015 (1), 14377-14377

Media (1)

Kimani, D. and Areneke, G., African multinationals bring home much more than profits (The Conversation). Image


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