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Prof. Kenneth D'Silva

Emeritus Professor; Director, Centre for Research in Accounting, Finance & Governance


Professor Dr Kenneth D'Silva is a professor within Accounting and Finance at the School of Business of London South Bank University (LSBU). He is Director of the Centre for Research in Accounting, Finance & Governance. For several years until 2010, he was the Faculty's Director of Postgraduate Research Degrees and oversaw its MPhil, PhD and DBA Programmes. During that period, he successfully led the development and launch of the Faculty's DBA Programme.

Professor D'Silva is a UK and Canadian qualified Chartered Accountant with 'Big 4' firm experience in both countries. His professional career includes periods during which he held senior financial positions in industry. He was awarded his PhD from the Cass Business School in London, England and his doctoral thesis was in the area of Auditing.

Professor D'Silva's lecturing portfolio includes Research Methodology, Corporate Governance, and External-Internal Auditing. He is an active researcher and research supervisor, having successfully supervised several doctoral students to completion. His research is mainly in (external-internal) auditing and governance. He has presented papers at UK and overseas (e.g. Italy and India) research conferences and has conducted invitational-seminars in Research Methodology in the UK and abroad (e.g. China and Lithuania). His research publications appear in some of the relevant journals – both electronic and paper.

Professor D'Silva is often consulted as a referee for articles submitted for publication to various research journals in the area of accounting, auditing, corporate governance and research methods. He regularly reviews such articles for the following three research journals:

  1. The Journal of Applied Accounting Research
  2. Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods
  3. International Journal of Auditing

Professor D'Silva supervises or co-supervises several research students and generally has a set being supervised at any one time. Consequently, over many years, he has supervised or co-supervised several research students who successfully completed their doctoral research and after appropriate defence of their theses, were duly awarded their PhD degrees. These students have researched a range of issues which include the following:

  • "Selected insights into Corporate Governance in FTSE Tech-Mark Companies: A theoretical and empirical analysis"
  • "The development and construction of a European Real Estate Investment Trust and Stock Corporation Model Portfolio."
  • "The application of Game theory to a comparative analysis of investment strategies"
  • "A contextual investigation of key performance indicators for British-Thai industrial joint ventures"
  • "Use of the Internet as a communication channel to identify overseas markets for UK grocery retailers."
  • "The influence of employment-related institutions upon employees' attitudes in Chinese state-owned enterprises."

At the express invitation of the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, Professor D'Silva is presently co-supervising a PhD research student at that university.

Professor D'Silva has examined several doctoral candidates (either for the PhD or Doctorate in Business Administration award) students from London South Bank University as Internal Examiner or for other UK universities (Kingston University and the University of Glamorgan) as External Examiner. Further, he is or has served as External Examiner to universities in the United Kingdom (Birmingham City University and University of Bedfordshire).

  • Business Research: Strategy, Methods & Theory (DBA Module)
  • Research Design & Methods (MSc Module)
  • Audit & Assurance (BA Hons. Accounting & Finance Module)


Conference Papers Presented

  • "Corporate Failure Prediction of SMEs: Theory & Empirical Evidence", Annual Conference of the British Accounting Association, Exeter University (March 27, 2001) (With N. Love)
  • "Determinants of the Audit Fee in a Select group of Pakistani companies", Annual Conference of the International Accounting Special Interest Group of the British Accounting Association, Napier University, Edinburgh (September 17, 1999)
  • "Perceptions of Internal Audit Value", Fiftieth Annual Conference of the British Accounting Association, Conference Centre, Birmingham (March 26,1997) (With Professor J. Ridley)
  • "External Auditor Independence: An Empirical Study", Annual British Accounting Association, University of Salford, Lancashire (April 5, 1991)
  • "External Auditor Independence: Early Empirical Results", British Accounting Association Annual Colloquium for Doctoral Candidates in Accounting & Finance, University of Dundee, Dundee, (April 3rd & 4th, 1990)
  • "External Auditor Independence: Some Limited Views", Annual South East Area Group Conference of the British Accounting Association, Middlesex University, Enfield, Middlesex (September 22, 1986)

Reports Delivered & Articles Published

  • "Perceptions of Internal Auditing Value" (with Professor Jeffrey Ridley) - Empirical research commissioned by and delivered to Research Board & Audit Faculty of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, July 1997
  • "A Question of Values", (with Professor Jeffrey Ridley) Internal Auditing: The Governance & Internal Control Magazine, June 1997 Journal Articles Refereed:
  • "The Expectations Gap: An exploration of Auditors' responsibilities in relation to fraud", The Journal of Applied Accounting Research Articles in progress:
  • "Value of Internal Auditing: Intra-Management views and differences of perception", for agreed (in principle with editor) publication in International Journal of Auditing
  • "A Model for Predicting Business Performance in SMEs: Theory and Empirical Evidence" (with N. Love)
  • "UK Internal Auditing: A select profile and perceptions of its value" (with Professor Jeffrey Ridley), stemming from ICAEW-supported research project

Doctoral Thesis

(Supervised by Professor Richard Taffler)

  • "External Auditor Independence: Selected Group Perceptions", PhD thesis (City University Business School, London, England), accepted June 1992
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