Professor Ataur Rahman Belal
Research Development Director for Accounting and Financial and Management
Professor in Accounting
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Sheffield University Management School
Ataur is a Professor in Accounting. He re-joined the Management School in April 2018 having previously been Professor in the Department of Accounting at Aston University where he also served as the Head of the Department and member of the Senior Management Team of the Aston Business School.
Before that he was an Associate Professor at the University of Chittagong, Bangladesh. At Sheffield he is a member of the Accounting and Financial Management Division located within the Management School.
He held visiting positions and taught in the universities of Toulouse (France), Regensburg (Germany), University of Ottawa (Canada) and De los Andes (Colombia).
His editorial positions include former Editorship of Advances in Environmental Accounting and Management, Associate Editorship of Accounting Forum and Advisory Board Memberships in Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting and Business Ethics: A European Review.
- Research interests
- Social and environmental accounting
- Critical perspectives on NGO accountability
- Accounting and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Ataur's principal research interest lies in the area of social and environmental accounting from the context of developing countries such as Bangladesh, India and Vietnam.
His work in this area has led to a number of international large project collaborations funded by the British Council, British Academy and CIMA. He has presented his research in leading international conferences and workshops in various countries.
His research papers have appeared in the leading international journals in the field such as Work, Employment and Society [ABS 4]., Auditing and Accountability Journal [ABS 3], Journal of Business Ethics [ABS 3 and FT Ranked], Critical Perspectives on Accounting [ABS 3], Accounting Forum [ABS 3], Managerial Auditing Journal [ABS 2] and Advances in Accounting [ABS 2].
- Editors’ Introduction. Emerald Publishing Limited.
- Corporate Social Responsibility Reporting in Developing Countries.
- Social accounting in the context of profound political, social and economic crisis: the case of the Arab Spring. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 34(5), 1080-1108. View this article in WRRO
- Social and environmental accounting in developing countries: contextual challenges and insights. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 34(5), 1021-1050. View this article in WRRO
- Trust, accountability and ‘the Other’ within the charitable context: U.K. service clubs and grant‐making activity. Financial Accountability and Management. View this article in WRRO
- Corporate social responsibility reporting in China: Political, social and corporate influences. Accounting and Business Research, 51(1), 36-64. View this article in WRRO
- Towards a conceptual framework of beneficiary accountability by NGOs: An Indonesian case study. Critical Perspectives on Accounting. View this article in WRRO
- Persuasive language of responsible organisation? A critical discourse analysis of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports of Nigerian oil companies. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 32(8), 2395-2420. View this article in WRRO
- Marching with the volunteers: Their role and impact on beneficiary accountability in an Indonesian NGO. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, 32(4), 1117-1145. View this article in WRRO
- NGO accounting and accountability: past, present and future. Accounting Forum, 43(1), 1-15. View this article in WRRO
- Donors’ influence strategies and beneficiary accountability: an NGO case study. Accounting Forum, 43(1), 113-134. View this article in WRRO
- Intellectual capital reporting practices in an Islamic bank: A case study. BUSINESS ETHICS-A EUROPEAN REVIEW, 28(2), 206-220. View this article in WRRO
- Governance Capabilities and Sustainability Concerning “Corporate-NGO” Collaboration: the Case of Lifebuoy Friendship Hospital in Bangladesh. Global Social Welfare, 5(4), 277-286.
- Authoritarian state, global expansion and corporate social responsibility reporting: The narrative of a Chinese state-owned enterprise. Accounting Forum, 42(2), 199-217. View this article in WRRO
- The Big 4 in Bangladesh: caught between the global and the local. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 30(1), 145-163. View this article in WRRO
- Tracking habitus across a transnational professional field. Work, Employment and Society, 30(1), 3-20.
- Corporate environmental responsibility and accountability: What chance in vulnerable Bangladesh?. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 33, 44-58.
- The rise and fall of stand-alone social reporting in a multinational subsidiary in Bangladesh: A case study. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 28(7), 1160-1192.
- Ethical Reporting in Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (1983–2010). Journal of Business Ethics, 129(4), 769-784.
- Intellectual capital disclosures and corporate governance: An empirical examination. Advances in Accounting, 31(2), 219-227.
- Corporate Community Involvement In Bangladesh: An Empirical Study. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 21(1), 41-51.
- Vulnerable and exploitable: The need for organisational accountability and transparency in emerging and less developed economies. Accounting Forum, 37(2), 81-91.
- Intellectual capital disclosures by South African companies: A longitudinal investigation. Advances in Accounting, 28(1), 111-119.
- The absence of corporate social responsibility reporting in Bangladesh. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, 22(7), 654-667.
- Students' perceptions of Computer Assisted Learning: an empirical study. International Journal of Management in Education, 5(1), 63-63.
- Stakeholders’ Perceptions of Corporate Social Reporting in Bangladesh. Journal of Business Ethics, 97(2), 311-324.
- Corporate environmental and climate change disclosures: Empirical evidence from bangladesh. Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies, 10, 145-167.
- Corporate social reporting (CSR) in emerging economies: A review and future direction, 119-143.
- The views of corporate managers on the current state of, and future prospects for, social reporting in Bangladesh. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 20(3), 472-494.
- Stakeholder accountability or stakeholder management: a review of UK firms' social and ethical accounting, auditing and reporting (SEAAR) practices. Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 9(1), 8-25.
- A study of corporate social disclosures in Bangladesh. Managerial Auditing Journal, 16(5), 274-289.
- Environmental reporting in developing countries: empirical evidence from Bangladesh. Eco-Management and Auditing, 7(3), 114-121.
- An account of the sustainable development process in Bangladesh. Sustainable Development, 7(3), 121-131.
- The politics of the Bangladesh environmental protection act. Environmental Politics, 8(1), 311-317.
- Corporate social reporting in Bangladesh. Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 19(1), 8-12.
- Social and environmental accountability in developing countries, Development-Oriented Corporate Social Responsibility (pp. 153-166).
- Corporate environmental and climate change disclosures: Empirical evidence from Bangladesh, Research in Accounting in Emerging Economies (pp. 145-167). Emerald Group Publishing Limited
- Russia: Corporate social disclosures, Global Practices of Corporate Social Responsibility (pp. 165-179).
- Research group
- Social and environmental accounting
- NGO Accountability
- Accounting and SDG
- Teaching interests
Currently I am a Fellow Member of Higher Education Academy. My teaching is research informed and adopts a critical perspective on accounting. I tend to bring in latest insights from my research field on social and environmental accounting.
I also tend to bring guest lecturers from industry to provide practical insights to the students. My role is mainly to facilitate students’ teaching and learning process by invoking and sometimes provoking their latent critical minds.
My teaching ethos include looking at accounting from an alternative perspective which promotes the role of accounting in capturing the social and environmental impacts and thereby promotes the transparency and accountability of organisations.
This is informed by the view that accounting has a much broader role to serve wider social interests.
This is a point of departure from the narrow and traditional perspectives on accounting which applies it mainly as a tool to aid corporate decision making with a view to maximise shareholders’ wealth.