University of Calgary

Abu Shiraz Rahaman

  • Director - Centre Pub Intrst Acctg.
  • Professor
  • Centre for Public Interest Accounting [CPIA]
  • Faculty [ACCT]




Abu Shiraz Rahaman is Professor of Accounting and Director of the Centre for Public Interest Accounting at the Haskayne School of Business.  He pursued graduate studies at the University of Waikato (New Zealand), earning a Master of Management Studies and PhD in Accounting.  Dr Rahaman holds the CPA CGA (Alberta) and previously held the CPA (Australia) designation.  He  joined the Haskayne School of Business in January 2002 after holding academic positions at the University of New England (Australia), University of Otago (New Zealand), and the University of Waikato.

Dr. Rahaman teaches cost and managerial accounting on Haskayne’s  BComm, MBA, EMBA, and PhD programs.  His research focuses on studying accounting in its social and institutional contexts, using qualitative research methods.  Dr Rahaman’s research has been published in such leading journals as; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Contemporary Accounting Research; Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal; Critical Perspectives on Accounting, and Journal of Business Ethics.  He has won a number of research and teaching awards, including the Students’ Union Teaching Excellence Award; Chartered Accountants Education Foundation Teaching Award; Emerald “Outstanding Paper Award” for his article published in Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management and Emerald “High Commendation Award” for his article published in Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal.  His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Academic Accounting Association, and CMA Alberta.

Dr. Rahaman currently serves on the editorial board of Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Journal of Management and Governance, and the Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies and previously served as a member of the editorial board of Contemporary Accounting Research.

Selected publications

We Have Never Been Secular: Religious Identities, Duties, and Ethics in Audit Practice  (forthcoming, with Jeff Everett, Constance Friesen, and Dean Neu). Journal of Business Ethics.

Accounting, auditing and accountability research in Africa: recent governance developments and future directions (2017, with Robert Nyamori and Grant Samkin).  Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal Volume 30, Issue 6, pp. 1206 – 1229.

Preventing corruption within government procurement: Constructing the disciplined and ethical subject (2015, with Dean Neu and Jeff Everett). Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Volume 28, pp. 49-61.

Accounting and Sweatshops: Enabling Coordination and Control in Low-Price Apparel Production Chains. Contemporary Accounting Research  (2014, with Dean Neu and Jeff Everett). Volume 31, Issue 2, pp. 322-346

Accounting and Networks of CorruptionAccounting, Organizations and Society (2013, with Dean Neu, Jeff Everett, and Daniel Martinez), Volume 38, Issue 6-7, pp. 505-524.

Internal auditing and corruption within government:  The case of the Canadian Sponsorship ProgramContemporary Accounting Research (2013, with Dean Neu and Jeff Everett) Volume 30, Number 3, pp. 1233 – 1250.

Trust, morality and the privatization of water services in developing countriesBusiness and Society Review (2013, with Dean Neu, Jeff Everett), Volume 118, Issue 4, pp. 539-575

In pursuit of environmental excellence:  A stakeholder analysis of the environmental management strategies and performance of an Australian energy companyAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (2011, with Monir Mir) Volume 24, Number 7, pp. 848 – 878.

Accounting for social purpose alliances:  Confronting the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. Contemporary Accounting Research, (2010, with Dean Neu and Jeff Everett) Volume 27, Issue 4, pp. 1093 – 1129.

Critical accounting research in Africa:  Whence and whitherCritical Perspectives on Accounting (2010), Volume 21, Number 5, pp. 426 – 433.

The sign value of accounting: IMF structural adjustment programs and African banking reform. Critical Perspectives on Accounting, (2010, with Dean Neu, Jeff Everett, and Akinloye Akindayomi) Volume 21, Number 5, pp. 406 – 425.

Independent financial auditing and the crusade against government sector financial mismanagement in GhanaQualitative Research in Accounting and Management,  (2009), Volume 6, Number 4, pp. 224 – 246. (Winner of Emerald Literati Network Outstanding Paper Award).

Accounting assemblages, desire and the body without organs: A case study of international development lending in Latin AmericaAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal (2009, with Dean Neu and Jeff Everett),  Volume 22, Number 3, pp. 319-350.

Accounting and the global fight against corruptionAccounting, Organizations and Society, (2007, with Jeff Everett and Dean Neu) Volume 32, Number 6, pp. 513-542.

Accounting and the move to privatize water services in AfricaAccounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal,  (2007, with Jeff Everett and Dean Neu).  Volume 20, Number 5, pp. 637-670. (Winner of Emerald Literati Network Highly Commended Award).

Accounting and public sector reforms: A study of a continuously evolving governmental agency in Australia. Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal,  (2007, with Monir Mir). Volume 20, No 2, pp. 237-268.


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