Dr Asit Bhattacharyya

Lecturer

Newcastle Business School (Accounting and Finance)

Career Summary

Biography

Asit Bhattacharyya is a lecturer of Accounting at the University of Newcastle. He joined the University of Newcastle in 2008. Asit previously taught at the Monash University (Singapore) and University of New England for over nine years. His main research interest areas are (i) Corporate social and environmental accounting, reporting and accountability, (ii) Accounting education and learning. His teaching expertise is in Financial Accounting, Cost and Management Accounting and Financial Management. His PhD is on corporate social and environmental accountability from Macquarie University.

Research Expertise
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Disclosure - Human values and Accountability; Social Responsibility; Ethics and non-financial disclosure. Attitude towards Social and Environment responsibility; Social and Environment Reporting; and Social & Environment Performance Measurement Accounting education - Accounting Learning in a multicultural MBA class; Accounting teaching strategies to engage students; Learning approaches, Improving Accounting Learning experiences of the non-accounting background Students.
 

Qualifications

  • PhD, Macquarie University
  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Calcutta
  • Master of Commerce, University of Calcutta
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of New England

Keywords

  • Accounting
  • Accounting Education
  • Business
  • CSR and Disclosure
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Disclosure
  • Environmental accountability
  • Finance
  • Social accountability

Languages

  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified 40
050205 Environmental Management 30
150303 Corporate Governance and Stakeholder Engagement 30

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Chapter (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2008 Bhattacharyya A, 'Adherence to Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) social and environmental disclosure requirements by the Indian organisations', Innovation in Management Practices, Macmillan Publishers India, New Delhi, India 214-229 (2008) [B1]

Journal article (18 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Bose S, Bhattacharyya A, Islam S, 'Dynamics of Firm-Level Financial Inclusion: Empirical Evidence from an Emerging Economy', Journal of Banking and Finance - Law and Practice (ABDC A), 1 (2016)
2015 Bhattacharyya A, Cummings L, 'Measuring Corporate Environmental Performance - Stakeholder Engagement Evaluation', Business Strategy and the Environment, 24 309-325 (2015)

As environmental protection has become a critical factor in achieving sustainable development, organizational stakeholders are becoming increasingly interested in corporate enviro... [more]

As environmental protection has become a critical factor in achieving sustainable development, organizational stakeholders are becoming increasingly interested in corporate environmental performance (CEP). Many organizations evaluate their CEP but few academic studies have sought to evaluate it. This study undertakes CEP evaluation using an environmental performance measurement (EPM) model consisting of four managerial performance indicators (MPIs: organizational system, stakeholder relations, operational countermeasures and environmental tracking) and two operational performance indicators (OPIs: inputs and outputs). Principal component analysis (PCA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) are used to test model reliability and construct validity. The relationship between MPIs and OPIs has also been analysed using correlation coefficients among the six indicators. Results indicate that there were multiple dimensions to measure under an organizational system as opposed to ideally a single factor. No single model can be effectively used due to different geographical locations and differences between companies from various industry sectors. EPM is more dependent on its organizational system and stakeholder relations than operational countermeasures and environmental tracking.

DOI 10.1002/bse.1819
2015 Bhattacharyya A, 'Corporate social and environmental responsibility in an emerging economy: Through the lens of legitimacy theory', Australasian Accounting, Business and Finance Journal, 9 79-92 (2015)

Efforts to promote Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility (CSER) require an understanding of stakeholder attitudes toward enhanced responsibility. However, little is kn... [more]

Efforts to promote Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility (CSER) require an understanding of stakeholder attitudes toward enhanced responsibility. However, little is known about current attitudes on this subject, or the determinants of these attitudes. This study presents a survey of the attitudes of Indian managers, toward 18 social and 16 key contemporary environmental management issues. The findings indicate that respondents are concerned about a range of issues surrounding social responsibility. With respect to environmental responsibilities, Indian respondents were also strong in their support, and identified a select few issues to be more important over other environmental factors. Results indicated a positive attitude of Indian managers towards CSER. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) confirmed three distinct social and environmental factors for the respondents and provided a model of managerial attitudes towards CSER.

Citations Scopus - 1
2015 Bhattacharyya A, 'Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility in an Emerging Economy: A study of Indian Managers', Australasian Accounting, Business & Finance Journal, - (2015) [C1]
2015 Bhattacharyya A, 'Personal Values and Attitudes toward Societal and Environmental Accountability: A study of MBA students', Environmental Education Research, - (2015)
DOI 10.1080/13504622.2014.966658
2014 Bhattacharyya A, 'Dynamics of social and environmental disclosures in an emerging economy ¿ Evidence from India', Submitted to the Business Ethics: A European Review, (2014)
2014 Bhattacharyya A, Cummings L, 'Attitudes towards environmental responsibility within Australia and India: a comparative study', JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT, 57 769-791 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/09640568.2013.768972
2014 Bhattacharyya A, 'Managerial attitude and support for social responsibility through the lens of legitimacy theory - A cross country comparison', Social Responsibility Journal, 10 716-736 (2014)
DOI 10.1108/SRJ-08-2012-0089
2014 Bhattacharyya A, 'Managerial attitude and support for social responsibility through the lens of legitimacy theory - A cross country comparison', Social Responsibility Journal, 10 716-736 (2014) [C1]

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is threefold; first, to examine the Australian and Indian managerial attitudes towards social responsibility (SR) and assess their support for ... [more]

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is threefold; first, to examine the Australian and Indian managerial attitudes towards social responsibility (SR) and assess their support for SR; second, to explore the underlying factors that shape beliefs and attitudes; and third, to explore whether respondents from these countries, characterised by differing levels of development, differ in their attitudes towards SR.

DOI 10.1108/SRJ-08-2012-0089
2014 Bhattacharyya A, 'Factors Associated with the Social and Environment Reporting of Australian Companies', Australasian Accounting, Business & Finance Journal, 8 25-49 (2014) [C1]
DOI 10.14453/aabfj.v8i1.3
2014 Bhattacharyya A, Cumming L, 'Personal Values and Attitudes toward Environmental Accountability: Comparative Study of MBA students', Academy of Management Learning and Education, - (2014)
2013 Bhattacharyya A, Cummings L, 'Measuring Corporate Environmental Performance - Stakeholder Engagement Evaluation', Business Strategy and the Environment, (2013)

As environmental protection has become a critical factor in achieving sustainable development, organizational stakeholders are becoming increasingly interested in corporate enviro... [more]

As environmental protection has become a critical factor in achieving sustainable development, organizational stakeholders are becoming increasingly interested in corporate environmental performance (CEP). Many organizations evaluate their CEP but few academic studies have sought to evaluate it. This study undertakes CEP evaluation using an environmental performance measurement (EPM) model consisting of four managerial performance indicators (MPIs: organizational system, stakeholder relations, operational countermeasures and environmental tracking) and two operational performance indicators (OPIs: inputs and outputs). Principal component analysis (PCA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) are used to test model reliability and construct validity. The relationship between MPIs and OPIs has also been analysed using correlation coefficients among the six indicators. Results indicate that there were multiple dimensions to measure under an organizational system as opposed to ideally a single factor. No single model can be effectively used due to different geographical locations and differences between companies from various industry sectors. EPM is more dependent on its organizational system and stakeholder relations than operational countermeasures and environmental tracking. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.

DOI 10.1002/bse.1819
2012 Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, 'Barriers to professional development among contingent academic employees: An Australian case study', International Journal of Learning, 18 247-261 (2012) [C1]
Co-authors Suzanne Ryan
2012 Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, Stratilas K, Goela N, 'English language proficiency and learning among Australian international postgraduate accounting students', International Journal of Learning, 18 237-253 (2012) [C1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Suzanne Ryan
2011 Bhattacharyya A, 'Corporate environmental performance evaluation in emerging economies: Current practices and future direction', The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, 7 253-269 (2011) [C1]
2011 Bhattacharyya A, 'Attitudes towards environmental accountability in an emerging economy setting - Evidence from India', Journal of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Accountability, 17 51-74 (2011) [C1]
2010 Bhattacharyya A, 'Learning accounting in globalised australian universities: Challenges and way out', International Journal of Learning, 17 487-500 (2010) [C1]
2008 Bhattacharyya A, 'Enhancing Accounting Learning of the International Students: Strategies and their effectiveness', The International Journal of Learning, 15 261-277 (2008) [C1]
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Conference (16 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2013 Bhattacharyya A, Biswas KK, 'Personal value, attitudes and moral obligation as predictors of pro-environmental behaviour', 12th A-CSEAR Conference Programme, Hamilton, NZ (2013) [E1]
2012 Bhattacharyya A, Stanton PA, 'Managerial attitudes toward social and environmental accountability - Evidence from Indian pharmaceutical and biotech industry', The Tenth Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference, Cardiff University, UK (2012) [E1]
Co-authors Patricia Stanton
2011 Chan H-T, Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, Rodrigs MC, 'The Master of Professional Accounting: Challenging sterotypes of international students', 2011 AFAANZ Conference Proceedings, Darwin (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Marcus Rodrigs, Suzanne Ryan
2011 Ryan SE, Groen E, McNeil KA, Nadolny A, Bhattacharyya A, 'Sessional employment and quality in universities: A risky business', Research and Development in Higher Education: Reshaping Higher Education Volume 34, Gold Coast (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Suzanne Ryan, Andrew Nadolny
2011 Nadolny A, McNeil KA, Ryan SE, Groen E, Bhattacharyya A, ''McJobs': A comparison of the academic and McDonald's casual worker experience', The Way Forward - Austerity or Stimulus? Incorporating the 13th Path to Full Employment Conference and 18th National Conference on Unemployment, Newcastle, NSW (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Andrew Nadolny, Suzanne Ryan
2011 Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, McNeil KA, 'Academic work: A sessionalised future?', 25th Annual Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference: The Future of Work and Organisations, Wellington, NZ (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Suzanne Ryan
2011 Groen E, McNeil KA, Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, Nadolny A, 'Sessionals: Doing the job for Universities?', Proceedings of the 25th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ), Auckland, NZ (2011) [E1]
Co-authors Suzanne Ryan, Andrew Nadolny
2010 Bhattacharyya A, Cummings L, Staib R, 'The association between firm characteristics and levels of corporate social and environment reporting in Australian and Indian organisations', 9th CSEAR (Centre for Social & Environmental Accounting Research) Australasian Conference. Conference Proceedings, Albury, NSW (2010) [E1]
2010 Bhattacharyya A, Cummings L, Staib R, 'Evaluating corporate environmental performance across developed and developing economies: Evidence from Australian and Indian companies', 9th CSEAR (Centre for Social & Environmental Accounting Research) Australasian Conference. Conference Proceedings, Albury, NSW (2010) [E1]
2010 Rodrigs MC, Bhattacharyya A, McNeil KA, Nadolny A, Groen E, Ryan SE, 'Barriers to including sessional academics in matters of discipline', Rethinking Learning in Your Discipline. University Learning and Teaching Futures Colloquium. Colloquium Papers, Armidale, NSW (2010) [E2]
Co-authors Andrew Nadolny, Marcus Rodrigs, Suzanne Ryan
2010 McNeil KA, Bhattacharyya A, Nadolny A, Groen E, Ryan SE, 'Casual, committed but disconnected: The impact of precarious employment practices in higher education', The 10th Annual Pacific Employment Relations Association Conference Proceedings Part II, Gold Coast, QLD (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Suzanne Ryan, Andrew Nadolny
2010 Ryan SE, McNeil KA, Bhattacharyya A, Nadolny A, Groen E, 'Barriers to inclusion of sessional academics in matters of discipline', Rethinking Learning in Your Discipline. Proceedings of the University Learning and Teaching Futures Colloquium, 2010, Armidale, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Andrew Nadolny, Suzanne Ryan
2010 Chan H-T, Ryan SE, Bhattacharyya A, Goela N, Lee CC, Rodrigs MC, et al., 'Between a dream and reality: Engagement among Master of Professional Accounting students', Rethinking Learning in Your Discipline. Proceedings of the University Learning and Teaching Futures Colloquium, 2010, Armidale, NSW (2010) [E3]
Co-authors Suzanne Ryan, Jackie Yong, Marcus Rodrigs, Christine Yap
2010 Nadolny A, Bhattacharyya A, McNeil KA, Groen E, Ryan SE, 'The challenge of precarious employment practices on the delivery of quality teaching and learning outcomes in higher education', Proceedings of ICERI2010 Conference, Madrid, Spain (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Andrew Nadolny, Suzanne Ryan
2010 Rodrigs MC, Chan H-T, Bhattacharyya A, Goela N, Lee CC, Ryan SE, et al., 'When learning may not be the goal: Postgraduate accounting students in Australia', Proceedings of ICERI2010 Conference, Valencia, Spain (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Jackie Yong, Christine Yap, Marcus Rodrigs, Suzanne Ryan
2009 Bhattacharyya A, 'Compliance with Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) social and environmental disclosures guidelines by Australian organisations', International Finance Conference: Papers, Kolkata, India (2009) [E1]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 14
Total funding $81,862

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20131 grants / $3,000

Factors affecting Student Outcomes in Traditional and Online Delivery Models$3,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Faculty Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20122 grants / $12,510

Human Values and Attitudes Toward Social and Environmental Responsibility: a Study of Future Managers$7,510

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Asit Bhattacharyya
Scheme Early Career Researcher Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1200948
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Phase 3. Casual Academics Extend Survey throughout University: Quality of Teaching and Sessional Academics$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
Scheme Faculty Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20112 grants / $25,000

Phase 2. The Role of Sessional Teaching Academics in Current and Future Academic Workforces$15,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
Scheme Faculty Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Embedding Graduate and Professional Attributes in the Master of Professional Accounting Program$10,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Centre for teaching & Learning (CTL)

Funding body University of Newcastle - Centre for teaching & Learning (CTL)
Project Team
Scheme Faculty Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2011
Funding Finish 2011
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20103 grants / $15,160

Phase 1. Quality of Teaching and Sessional Academics$8,160

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Faculty Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Managerial Attitudes towards Social and Environmental Accountability: a Study Across Developed and Developing Countries$4,000

Funding Body: Macquarie University Funding Scheme: Faculty Grant Description: Research

Funding body: Macquarie University

Funding body Macquarie University
Project Team
Scheme Faculty Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Master Professional Accounting (MPACC) Student Survey$3,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
Scheme Faculty Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2010
Funding Finish 2010
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $500

Once-off Funding Grant for Research$500

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Business and Law
Project Team
Scheme Faculty Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20084 grants / $22,298

A Comparative Study of Corporate Social Responsibility in an Emerging and Developed Economy Context$8,598

Funding body: Macquarie University

Funding body Macquarie University
Project Team
Scheme Discovery Project
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Attitudes toward social and environmental accountability - a comparison of Australian and Indian corporations$6,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Asit Bhattacharyya
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0188970
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Managerial Attitudes toward Social and Environmental Accountability of India$6,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Faculty Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

15th International Conference on Learning, Illinois Chicago USA, 3/6/2008 - 6/6/2008$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Asit Bhattacharyya
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189023
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $3,394

When Chinese Students Learn Accounting in Australian Universities: Ways to improve performance$3,394

Accounting learning by Chinese students in Australian Universities

Funding body: University of New England

Funding body University of New England
Project Team
Scheme Faculty Research Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed1
Current0

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 PhD Gender Diversity on Australian Company Boards
Accounting, Faculty of Business and Law, The University of Newcastle
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Dr Asit Bhattacharyya

Positions

Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
Faculty of Business and Law

Focus area

Accounting and Finance

Contact Details

Email asit.bhatta@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6890
Fax (02) 4921 6911

Office

Room 226C
Building SRS
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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