Dr Akrum Helfaya

Title: Lecturer
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733432
Email: a.n.ekara.helfaya@keele.ac.uk
Location: Darwin 1.50
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I am a lecturer in accounting at the Keele Management School, Keele University. Previously I taught at University of Aberdeen Business School, University of Aberdeen, and Alexandria University, Egypt. Based on the successful completion of my PhD in May 2012, the University of Aberdeen took the unusual step of offering me an Honorary Research Fellow position for two years (2012- 2014). This entitled me to use the University’s facilities on the same terms as members of academic staff. My principal research interests are in the areas of Social and Environmental accounting, Islamic accounting, and Visual presentations of accounting narratives. Akrum has presented his research in leading international conferences and workshops in various countries. His teaching interests are social and environmental accounting, accounting for sustainability, financial and management accounting and corporate governance.

My principal research interests are in the areas of Social, Environmental and Sustainability Accounting, Islamic Accounting, the Quality of Online and Paper financial and non-financial reporting in both developed and developing countries, Accounting Education in Developing Countries and the Visual Presentations of Accounting Narratives.

My current research focuses on:

  • Corporate social responsibility [CSR] reporting from the context of developing countries
  • CSR in Islam
  • The quality of sustainability/CSR assurance statements. Regarding CSR in developing countries, Akrum interests are:
    • to investigate CSR in Egypt by assessing the impact of Egyptian governmental corporate responsibility initiatives across the Egyptian public, semi-public, and private companies and
    • to find out why Egyptian managers started to disclose social, environmental and ethical information and also what are the attitudes of different Egyptian stakeholder groups towards this new phenomenon.

For many Muslims, Qur’an and Islamic teachings provide precedence to holistic approaches to knowledge, society, environment, and life. Such notions depart from capitalistic and open market principles and give the basis to open up economies finance, sustainability, and accounting research to a broader social, environmental, and economic agenda. So, a thematic content analysis of the holy book “Qur’an” will be used to explore what Islam says about the central issues of social justice, equality, eradication of poverty, caring of local communities and environment, empowerment of women, society’s welfare and people’s wellbeing, accountability and transparency.

I am also extending my research to assess the quality of sustainability/CSR assurance statements. More specifically, the quality of these assurance statements will be assessed in a global context. Where prior studies have placed their focus mainly on individual countries, or geographical regions as a whole, this research places emphasis on the commonalities and differences of assurance statements across countries.

Work in Progress (2012- 2013)

  • Ekara, A. & Whittington, M. “Assessing and exploring the quality of corporate environmental reporting: Developing a multi-dimensional preparer and user based view”. It will be submitted very soon to Accounting Forum.
  • Ekara, A. Whittington, M. & Roberts, C. “Designing Environmental Disclosure Quality Measures: Does it make a difference?” Targeted journal: British Accounting Review.
  • Ekara, A. & Whittington, M. “Assessing the quality of corporate financial and non-financial reporting: A Review of the Literature”, Targeted journal: Journal of Accounting Literature.
  • Ekara, A. & Whittington, M. “Assessment of the environmental reporting of FTSE 100 Companies: A Comprehensive Comparison”, Targeted journal: British Journal of Management. 

Conferences Presentations (2009- 2013)

  • “Designing environmental disclosure quality measures: does it make a difference? The 36th Annual Congress of European Accounting Association, Paris- France, 6- 8 May, 2013 (with Mark Whittington & Clare Roberts).
  • “Assessment of corporate reporting quality: a review of the literature”, The 36th Annual Congress of European Accounting Association, Paris- France, 6- 8 May 2013 (with Mark Whittington).
  • “Assessment of the environmental reporting of FTSE 100 Companies: A Comprehensive Comparison”, The 49th Annual Conference of British Accounting and Finance Association, Newcastle- UK, 9- 11 April 2013 (with Mark Whittington).
  • “Exploring and assessing the quality of corporate environmental reporting: Developing a multi-dimensional preparer and user based view”, The 23rd International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR), University of St- Andrews, 7th – 9th September, 2011 (with Mark Whittington).
  • “Designing Environmental Disclosure Quality Measures: Does it make a difference?,  British Accounting and Finance Association, Scottish Area Group- Annual Conference,  University of Edinburgh Business School, 31st  August 2011 (with Clare Roberts & Mark Whittington).
  • “Exploring and assessing the quality of corporate environmental reporting: Developing multi-dimensional preparer and user based view”, The 34th Annual Congress of European Accounting Association, Rome- Siena, Italy, 20th - 22nd April 2011 (with Mark Whittington).
  • “Assessing and exploring the Quality of Corporate Environmental Reporting: UK Evidence”, The 22nd International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR), University of St. Andrews, 1st – 3rd September 2010.
  • “Assessing the Measurement of Quality rather than the Quantity of Sustainability Reporting”, Poster for the 3rd GRI Global Conference on Transparency and Transparency, Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 2010 (with Mark Whittington).
  • “Assessing and exploring the Quality of Corporate Environmental Reporting: UK Evidence”, ICAS Research Development Programme, March 2010, Edinburgh.
  • “Assessing the Quality of Corporate Environmental Reporting: UK Evidence”, The 21st International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR), University of St. Andrews, 2nd – 4th September 2009.
  • “Factors affecting the quality of corporate environmental reporting in terms of Extent, Scope, Content and Presentation style: UK Evidence”, ICAS/BAA Accounting & Finance SCOTDOC Colloquium, University of Stirling, June 2009.
  • “The Drivers of Corporate Environmental Reporting: Evidence from the UK Food Industry”, BAA Annual Conference, 21-23 April 2009, University of Dundee (with Mark Whittington).

 Conferences Attendance

  • Generating New Knowledge through Quantitative Approaches to Social Science: AQMen PhD Conference, University of Edinburgh Business School, 16th May 2011.
  • The Power of Numbers: Statistical uses and abuses: AQMeN Event, Edinburgh, 16th May 2011.
  • Accountability and Human Rights: CSEAR workshops and ESRC Research Seminar Series, University of St Andrews, 1st September 2009.

Workshops Attendance

  • A day workshop on: Visual Methodologies and Methods organised by International Network for Visual Studies in Organisations (InVisio) and Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative (NARTI),  Keele University, Keele Management School, Friday 15th March 2013.
  • Presenting Research to Different Types of Audience: Applied Quantitative Methods Network (AQMeN) PhD Workshop, University of Edinburgh Business School, 17- 19 May 2011.

Grants

  • ACCA/ CSEAR Bursary 2011 (£450) to attend and present a final PhD Project and  a paper in the 23rd International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research  (CSEAR), University of St. Andrews, 7th – 9th September, 2011.
  • ACCA/ CSEAR Bursary 2010 (£450) to attend Research Methods and Master Classes Sessions and present a paper in the 22nd International Congress on Social and Environmental  Accounting Research (CSEAR), University of St- Andrews, 1st – 3rd September, 2010.
  • GRI Bursary 2010 (€400) to attend and present a poster in the 3rd GRI Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), Amsterdam, May 2010.
  • ACCA/ CSEAR Bursary 2009 (£450) to attend Accountability and Human Rights workshops and present my PhD proposal in the 21st International Congress on Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR), University of St- Andrews, 1st - 4th September, 2009.

Selected Publications

  • Ekara Helfaya AN and Moussa T. 2017. Do Board CSR Strategy and Orientation Influence Corporate Environmental Disclosures of UK firms. Business Strategy and the Environment. doi>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN and Moussa T. 2017. Do Board CSR Strategy and Orientation Influence Corporate Environmental Disclosures of UK firms. Business Strategy and the Environment. doi>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN, Kotb A, Abdelzaher D. 2017. Eco-Islam: Beyond the Principles of Why and What, and Into the Principles of How. Journal of Business Ethics. doi>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN, Kotb A, Abdelzaher D. 2017. Eco-Islam: Beyond the Principles of Why and What, and Into the Principles of How. Journal of Business Ethics. doi>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2016. Environmental Reporting: An Analysis Of Global Creditability Initiatives. In Green Economic Development Initiatives and Strategies. (27 vols.). IGI Global. doi>

Full Publications List show

Books

  • Akrum H and Amr K. 2014. Environmental Reporting of British Food Industry a Critical Analysis. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Journal Articles

  • Ekara Helfaya AN and Moussa T. 2017. Do Board CSR Strategy and Orientation Influence Corporate Environmental Disclosures of UK firms. Business Strategy and the Environment. doi>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN and Moussa T. 2017. Do Board CSR Strategy and Orientation Influence Corporate Environmental Disclosures of UK firms. Business Strategy and the Environment. doi>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN, Kotb A, Abdelzaher D. 2017. Eco-Islam: Beyond the Principles of Why and What, and Into the Principles of How. Journal of Business Ethics. doi>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN, Kotb A, Abdelzaher D. 2017. Eco-Islam: Beyond the Principles of Why and What, and Into the Principles of How. Journal of Business Ethics. doi>
  • Ekara Helfaya AN and Kotb A. 2016. Qur’anic Ethics for Environmental Responsibility: Implications for Business Practice. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-24. doi> link>

Chapters

  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2016. Environmental Reporting: An Analysis Of Global Creditability Initiatives. In Green Economic Development Initiatives and Strategies. (27 vols.). IGI Global. doi>

Other

  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2013. Assessment of corporate reporting quality: a review of the literature.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2013. Designing environmental disclosure quality measures: does it make a difference?.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2011. Exploring and assessing the quality of corporate environmental reporting: Developing a multi-dimensional preparer and user based view.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2011. Assessment of the environmental reporting of FTSE 100 Companies: A comprehensive comparison.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2010. Assessing and exploring the quality of corporate environmental reporting: UK evidence.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2010. Assessing the measure of quality rather than the quantity of sustainability reporting.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2009. Factors affecting the quality of corporate environmental reporting in terms of Extent, Scope, Content and Presentation style: UK evidence.
  • Ekara Helfaya AN. 2009. The drivers of corporate environmental reporting: Evidence from the UK food industry.

As a member of Accounting Group in Keele Management School I am currently teaching Accounting Principles, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance at the undergraduate level and Accounting and Finance at the postgraduate level.

My main teaching interests are in the areas of Social & Environmental Accounting, Accounting for Sustainability and Green Accounting, Financial & Management Accounting and Corporate Governance.

 

Qualifications and Memberships

Qualifications
  • PhD., 2012, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • PCHE, 2011, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • MRes in Accounting (with Distinction), 2008, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Postgraduate Diploma (Very Good), 2006, Alexandria University, Egypt
  • B.COM. (HONS.), 2001,  Alexandria University, Egypt
Academic Memberships
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Centre of Social and Environmental Accounting Research (CSEAR), University of St-Andrews [On-going]
  • Member, the Social Responsibility Research Network (SRRNet) [On-going]
  • Member, the British Accounting and Finance Association (BAFA) [On-going]
  • Member, the European Accounting Association (EAA) [On-going]
Professional Membership
  • Member, Arabia Corporate Social Responsibility Network [On-going]
  • Member, Corporate Social Responsibility Middle East Network [On-going]