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Dr John Malagila PhD, MBA (Fin.), B.Com (Acc.), CPA (T), FHEA

Lecturer in Accounting

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Dr John Malagila is a Lecturer in Accounting at Southampton Business School, University of Southampton.

True education means more than the perusal of a certain course of study. It has to do with the whole being and period of existence possible to man (White, 2002, p. 14)

Career Overview

Dr John Malagila completed his PhD in Management from the University of Southampton in 2014. His enrolment as a PhD research student was preceded by seven years of lectureship at the Faculty of Commerce and Management (FCM), currently the University of Dar es Salaam Business School (UDBS) in Tanzania (2001-08). He holds an MBA degree (1998-01) and a B.Com degree (1994-97) from the University of Dar es Salaam. Professionally, John is recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK (2015), and holds a CPA (T) certificate of the National Board of Accountants and Auditors of Tanzania (2001).

He has considerable experience in teaching academic and professional courses in accounting, auditing and taxation. He also worked as a part-time accountant of the Agenda Participation 2000 (AP2000); a Tanzania-based non-governmental organisation working to promote a culture of good governance and democracy in Tanzania (2001-08), and as an accountant of the University of Dar es Salaam Entrepreneurship Centre (UDEC); a Centre working to facilitate the development of entrepreneurial capacity in Tanzania (2003-08). In 1998 he briefly worked as an Assistant Accountant at the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), an entity established by an Act of Parliament, responsible for administering various taxes of the Tanzanian central government.

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Research interests

John's research interests are broadly in the areas of public sector accounting, auditing and accountability, financial reporting and external auditing in capital markets, taxation research, and methodological issues in accounting and finance.

Public sector accounting, auditing and accountability

  • The practice and the use of accounting and auditing, and their fundamental role in the public sector.
  • The interactions between state auditors and accountants, public representatives and public sector executives, and how historical and existing power relations between public sector actors influence/are influenced by state audit and accounting functions.

Financial accounting, reporting and auditing in the private sector

  • The role of financial reporting in capital markets: corporate disclosure, decision usefulness and investors’ reaction to financial disclosures.
  • The effects of underlying environmental, task and audit-specific factors on the external audit function in the private sector.

 Taxation research in accounting and society

  • Interrelationship between taxation and accounting in a broader socio-political context.
  • Taxation and behavioural responses by taxpayers, professional practitioners and tax officials.

Methodological issues in accounting and finance

Work in progress

John's current research projects are built around the following research areas:

  • The role of accounting and external auditing in developing countries' public sector.
  • Factors influencing external auditors' ability to identify and differentiate management bias or misstatements in financial reports.

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Overview of Teaching Specialisms

John has considerable experience in teaching academic and professional courses in accounting, auditing and taxation. Modules taught since joining Southampton Business School are:

Undergraduate Modules:

  • MANG3030 Financial Analysis, Information and Markets
  • MANG2005 Management Accounting 2
  • MANG2014 Accounting and Finance for Non-Specialists
  • MANG1002 Management Accounting 1

Postgraduate Modules:

  • MANG6322 Foundations of Research in Accounting and Finance
  • MANG6223 Financial Reporting and Markets
Dr John Malagila
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number: 2/4081

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