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Southampton Business School
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Dr Krishanthi Vithana PhD, MBA, BSc, AHEA

Lecturer in Accounting, Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

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Dr Krishanthi Vithana is a Lecturer in Accounting in the School of Business at the University of Southampton.

Krish completed her Doctoral studies in Durham University Business School in 2014. Krish is the principle investigator for the ESRC IAA funded research project entitled “Investment case on real living wage accreditation”. Her main focus of research is Accounting for Human capital resource in organizational context and Accountability in relation to environmental social and governance performance and disclosure.

Be an accountant with a passion for the human aspect of business accounting.

Krish completed her Doctoral studies in Durham University Business School in 2014. She also holds MBA in Finance from the University of Colombo Sri Lanka and BSc in Agribusiness Management from Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka with the medal for the best performance in the department of Agribusiness Management. Part completion of the professional examinations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka did open the path for her to change the discipline from Science to Accounting and Finance. She believe this to be one of the best decisions.

Her main focus of research is Accounting for human capital resource in organizational context and Accountability in relation to environmental, social and governance performance and disclosure. Krish has published her research in reputed academic journal such as Journal of Business Ethics and Accounting Forum.

Krish has successfully led and completed two research projects funded by the ESRC IAA on “Investment case on real living wage accreditation” and “Incorporating the broad ESG agenda in investment analysis: case of climate related engagement”. In these projects she has actively engaged with industry partners including the Global Responsible Investment team of Aviva Investors, Living Wage Foundation and Platform Living wage financials. She has also been successful with several internal research grants.

Prior to joining the Southampton Business School, she worked as a Teaching Assistant in Durham University Business School, and a Lecturer in the Department of Agribusiness Management in Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. She managed to maintain a good collaboration with the industry by working in the capacity of a consultant, researcher and a professional development trainer offering services to several organisations in Sri Lanka including, Sri Lanka Business Development Centre, Outward Bound Trust of Sri Lanka and ILO project on Youth Employment in Sri Lanka. She was also an active member of the project groups in the department of Agribusiness Management in successfully completing the projects: Improving the Relevance and the Quality of Undergraduate Education, a world bank funded project (2004-2009); and A baseline survey on youth unemployment in Sabaragamuwa Province, Sri Lanka, a project funded by International Labor Organisation (2008-2009).

Research interests

Krish completed her PhD at Durham University focusing on accounting and financial reporting of human capital investment by FTSE 100 forms. She is currently working on a number of papers focusing on human capital valuation, reporting and stock market reaction to human capital investment.

Research projects

Vithana, K., Baruch, Y., and Ntim C (October 2017- September 2018) “An investment case behind living wage accreditation” £56,678.06, ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. The grant funded for a secondment at the Global Responsible investment team of Aviva Investors and the work in collaboration with the Living Wage Foundation. News story for this project.

Vithana, K., Ntim C., and Baruch, Y. (March 2018- March 2019) “Incorporating the broad ESG agenda in investment analysis: case of climate related engagement” £56,477.73, ESRC Impact Acceleration Account with a secondment at the Global Responsible Investment team of Aviva Investors.

Research group

Centre for Research in Accounting, Accountability and Governance

Affiliate research group

Centre for Banking, Finance and Sustainable Development

  • Academic representative member of the University Senate.
  • Undergraduate Admissions tutor for the Southampton Business School
  • Faculty research ethics committee reviewer
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 Teaching responsibilities in the modules:

Postgraduate

  • MANG 6225 Accounting and Finance for Actuarial Science
  • MANG6320 Accounting for Corporate Performance
  • MANG 6026 International Accounting and Taxation 

Undergraduate

  • MANG2014 Accounting and Finance for Non Specialists
  • MANG3049 Accounting and Finance for Engineers

Secondment at the Global Responsible Investment team of Aviva Investors.

Vithana, K., Baruch, Y., and Ntim C (October 2017- September 2018) “An investment case behind living wage accreditation” £56,678.06 (ESRC financial contribution: £25228), ESRC Impact Acceleration Account. The grant funded for a secondment at the Global Responsible investment team of Aviva Investors and the work in collaboration with the Living Wage Foundation.

Vithana, K., and Ntim, C. (2017) “Human capital disclosure in Sri Lankan Context”, £4,475, Small Research Grant, Southampton Business School.
Vithana, K., Ntim, C. and Higgs, M. (2016) “Understanding how institutional investors consider and utilise human capital data in their investment decisions”, £10,000, Small Research Grant, Southampton Business School.

Successful Grant applications as Co-investigator:

Broad, M., Mishra, T., Malagila, J. Vithana, K., Zainudin, F., and Price J. (2016), “Quality Assurance Processes for Higher Education in Undergraduate Business/Management Education: A Comparative Study between UK and Vietnam”, British Council, Higher Education Partnership (HEP), applied and successfully secured £30,000.

Dr Krishanthi Vithana
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number: 2/4053

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