Events Calendar

NGOs, Accounting and Accountability: 22 May 2017

Room 145, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

The Non-governmental organisation (NGO) sector – from grass-roots organisations within civil society to multi-national aid and social service not-for-profit entities – is becoming an increasing focus of accounting and accountability research. The sector as a whole has been depended on to innovate in social services (for example, Awio, Northcott, & Lawrence, 2011), spearhead development and aid (O’Dwyer & Unerman, 2010) and integrate and build resilience in communities (Cordery, Sim, & van Zijl, 2017). Philanthropic support of these organisations supports these activities (in terms of funding and voluntary work) and government funding also comprises a significant source of NGOs’ revenues. It is unsurprising then that there are increasing calls for NGO accountability to their beneficiaries, resources providers and to society as a whole.

This Research Day will be of interest to academics, practitioners and PhD students in the field. It aims to provide an opportunity to discuss papers covering a range of issues around NGOs, accounting and accountability. Interdisciplinary research and those using different theoretical perspectives and research methodologies are welcome. 

View the programme for the day and download joining instructions.


Guest Editors: Professors Carolyn Cordery and Ataur Belal, Aston University, UK and Professor Ian Thomson, University of Birmingham, UK

Submission Deadline: 4th September, 2017

Following the Research Day held at Aston University on May 22nd, we invite papers to be considered for this special issue of Accounting Forum. Questions that may be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • The role of accounting and accountability in grass-roots membership organisations (such as service and sports clubs) and also in other international NGO settings
  • The role of international aid organisations in development
  • Accounting and accountability tensions in microfinance organisations
  • Indigenous perspectives of accounting and accountability in NGOs
  • Financial and non-financial considerations in the development of reporting requirements

Questions related to this special issue should be directed to Professors Carolyn Cordery (c.cordery@aston.ac.uk), Ataur Belal (a.belal@aston.ac.uk) and Ian Thomson (I.Thomson@bham.ac.uk). All submissions should follow Accounting Forum guidelines and submitted via the journal’s online system.

Aston Management Accounting Research Group (MARG) Conference

in association with the Management Control Association. 

The annual MARG conference is being held on 23 - 24 November 2017. This conference concentrates on discussing the research agenda in management accounting and has provided an important forum and support network for management accounting practitioners and researchers in the UK and worldwide for more than 30 years. 
Submissions and registration will be open from July 2017. 

More information and call for papers






Lynda C. Taylor

Nottingham University Business School, Jubilee Campus,

Re-assessing and developing theory in qualitative case studies of management accounting: An illustrative example"



Keith Hoskins & Ann-Christine Frandsen

Birmingham Business School

'On Theorising Money via the Early History of Accounting'.



PhD presentations



Yuval Millo

Warwick Business School

The dynamics of managerial entrenchment: Corporate governance failure in Anglo-Irish Bank



Paul de Lange

Curtin Business School, Australia

Understanding the Drivers of Professional Accounting Body Membership: Evidence from Vietnam



Nurul Hidayah

Aston Business School

Ascetic Compliance Work: The Ethical Rules and Role Boundary Adjustment in Islamic Financial Institutions



12:30- 1:30

Workshop ‘NGOs, Accounting and Accountability’



Christopher Napier and Elena Giovannoni

Royal Holloway University of London

Enacting the rhetorical potential of material objects through accounting: The Founder's Building at Royal Holloway, 1887-1897"



Hendrik Vollmer


Accounting for tacit coordination. Towards embracing the silent foundations of professional practice



Research Away Day


9:30 -4:00

Massimo Contrafatto

University of Bergamo

The implementation and de-implementation of SER: An institutional understanding




Members of the group collaborate with academics from all over the world. Recent visitors to the group include:

• Professor Crawford Spence (University of Warwick), September 2014
• Dr Phi Anh Doan Ngoc (University of Da Nang, Vietnam), November 2014 and March 2015
• Dr Lawrence Ferry (University of Newcastle), March 2014
• Professor Richard Baker (Adelphi University, New York, USA), February 2013
• Professor Ivo De Loo (Nyenrode Business Universiteit, The Netherlands), September 2012
• Dr Sandra Tillema (University of Groningen, The Netherlands), September 2011