Dr Sumohon Matilal
Lecturer in Accounting
Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK
Sumohon Matilal joined the University of Exeter Business School as a Lecturer in Accounting in January 2013. He was previously a Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Essex in the Essex Business School.
Sumohon holds a first class BComm (Hons) degree and a first class MComm (Hons) degree from the University of Calcutta, a master degree in Research Methods (MRes) in Accounting and Management Studies and a PhD in Management Studies, from the University of Essex.
Sumohon’s research interests are interdisciplinary and qualitative in focus and are mainly concerned with a critical examination of the various ways in which accounting information is communicated externally/internally, using calculative, narrative and visual methods.
B.Comm (Hons.), M.Comm (Hons.), MRes, PhD, FHEA
- Narrative Methods
- Accounting communication
- Business and Human Rights
Sumohon’s research interests lie in the realms of critical accounting, a research genre that considers accounting to be a social and political construct. His doctoral thesis was based on the Bhopal Gas Tragedy in India, in 1984 and entailed an examination of the limits of corporate reporting in the event of a disaster, giving particular attention to issues related to the gulf between appearances and the experiences that such constructions conceal.
Sumohon’s research is predominantly concerned with examining the ways in which accounting information, under the guise of numerical objectivity and a ‘true and fair view’, is used to communicate with wider audiences to attain specific objectives – be it to legitimise certain actions or to embellish particular notions while excluding others or to manipulate/control public opinion, or to structure popular formations, and so forth. He is interested in examining the tensions between the organisational account and the other accounts that remain on or are pushed to the fringes yet continue to subvert the authority of the official voice.
In the process, Sumohon’s research questions the efficacy of the ‘one size fits all’ approach of accounting schemes in representing organisational reality, particularly in the backdrop of catastrophic scenarios such as disasters, financial or otherwise and advocates the need for restoring plurivocality to accounting practice.
- ‘Tragedy in Bhopal: Antenarrative Accounting’, Critical Perspectives on Accounting (Revise and resubmit) – with P Adhikari
- ‘Social Construction of the Premiership Football Discourse: Critical Role of Accounting and Accountability’, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (Revise and resubmit) – with K Jayasinghe
- ‘Corporations and Local Communities: The Bompai Industrial Estate’ (in preparation) – with M Bako and P Vourvachis
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Awards and Honours
- ‘Apple for the Teacher’ from the University of Essex for excellence in teaching
- Award from the Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism (XXIV) to present paper, ‘Adulation, Abandonment and Amputation: Accounts of the Feminine in Vedic Mythology’ at the Radboud University, Nijmegen
- University of Essex Research Scholarship for PhD in Management Studies
- University of Essex Postgraduate Scholarship for Master in Research Methods in Accounting & Management Studies
- Advisor to the Colchester Credit Union
- Member of the British Accounting and Finance Association
- Member of the European Accounting Association
Sumohon’s teaching interests include the preparation and analysis of published financial statements of limited companies operating on their own or within group structures, and, the development of a conceptual framework that would assist in underpinning financial reporting, controversial policy choice issues and their effects on financial statements.
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