Prof. Athula Ekanayake

Dean, Faculty of Management
Professor

Department of Business Finance
Faculty of Management
University of Peradeniya

athulae@pdn.ac.lk, athulae@gmail.com

+94-81-3832603, +94718556034

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Academic/Professional Qualifications

Bachelor

B.Sc. Business Administration (Special) Degree with a first class honors, 1994, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka

Master

Master of Business Administration (MBA), GPA - 3.56, 2005, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

Thesis

Risk Exposure of the Investors within the Financial Sector in Sri Lanka

Ph.D

Doctor of Philosophy, 2011, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Thesis

The Role of Accounting in Corporate Governance of Banks in a Developing Country: Evidence from Sri Lanka

Appointments
  • Current:
    • Head, Department of Business Finance, Faculty of Management, University of Peradeniya: January 1, 2018 – to date.
    • Project Co-ordinator, Faculty ELTA ELSE AHEAD Project: June 2019 – to date
    • Member, Board of Study – Science, Centre for Distance & Continuing Education, University of Peradeniya: April 27, 2017 - to date
    • Member, Board of Study – Management Studies, Centre for Distance & Continuing Education, University of Peradeniya: January, 2020 - to date
    • Member, Faculty Research Committee, Faculty of Management, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
    • Member, Faculty Land & Building Management Committee, Faculty of Management, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka.
    • Managing Editor, Peradeniya Management Review, The Journal of the Faculty of Management: December 2018 – to date.
  • Previous:
    • Head, Department of Operations Management, Faculty of Management, University of Peradeniya: April 1, 2015 - December 31, 2017
    • Deputy Director – Learning Resources, Centre for Distance & Continuing Education, University of Peradeniya: June 1, 2014 - July 31, 2015
    • Co-Editor, Peradeniya Management Review, The Journal of the Faculty of Management: November, 2016 – November, 2018
    • Chairperson, Faculty Higher Degrees Committee, Faculty of Management, University of Peradeniya: December 04, 2015 – December 04, 2018
    • Chairperson, Faculty Academic Development & Planning Committee, Faculty of Management, University of Peradeniya.
    • Chairperson, Faculty Students’ Admission & Requests Committee, Faculty of Management, University of Peradeniya.
    • Chairperson, Senior Students Counselors of the Faculty of Management, University of Peradeniya. 2016, 2017, 2018 (Chairman)
    • Secretary, Board of Study – Economics & Management, Postgraduate Institute of Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Peradeniya: October 14, 2015 – April, 2019.
    • Member, Career Guidance Advisory Board, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka: March 1, 2016 - May 30, 2018
Memberships/ Awards

  • Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (2447).
  • Professor Lenus Silva Gold Medal, 1994
  • Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarship (MQRES), 2007 - 2011
  • Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF)
  • University of Peradeniya Research Grant (with R. H. Kuruppuge), 2014
  • University of Peradeniya Research Grant (with M. Gunathilake & N. Mudalige), 2017

Research Interests

Accounting, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Reporting, Sustainability Accounting

Publications and Researches

Scholarly Journals:

  1. Wijethilake, C., Ekanayake, A. (2020). CEO duality and firm performance: the moderating roles of CEO informal power and board involvements. Social Responsibility Journal. ahead-of-print. 10.1108/SRJ-12-2018-0321.
  2. Nuskiya, M.N.F., Ekanayake, A., (2019). “Trends in Climate Risk Disclosures in the Insurance Companies of Sri Lanka”. The Journal of Applied Research, Vol 03, pp. 141-157
  3. Ekanayake, A. (2018). “Validity of Traditional State University Governance Mechanisms in Sri Lanka”, The IUP Journal of Corporate Governance, Vol. XVII, No. 3, 2018, pp.54-59.
  4. Dissanayake, D.M.M.B., Ekanayake, A. (2018). “Decision Usefulness of Corporate Environmental Reporting and Firm Performance: Evidence from Sri Lanka”. The IUP Journal of Accounting Research & Audit Practices, Vol. XVII, No. 3. pp. 7-23.
  5. Wijethilake, C., Ekanayake, A. (2018). “Proactive Strategic Responses to Corporate Sustainability Pressures: A Sustainability Control System Framework”, Advances in Management Accounting (AIMA). Volume 30. pp. 129-173.
  6. Kuruppuge, R.H., Ekanayake, A., Nedelea, A.M., (2018). “Family Power in Governance of Family Businesses: Cases From Sri Lanka”, ECOFORUM. Volume 07, Issue 01(14). pp. 43-53.
  7. Ekanayake, A. (2018). “Action at a Distance: Accounting Inscriptions and Corporate Governance of a Public Sector Bank in a Developing Country”, Asian Review of Accounting. Volume 26, Issue 1. pp. 39-61.
  8. Ekanayake, A., Kuruppuge, R.H. (October 2017). “Governance of Family Owned Businesses and Firm Performance: Evidence From Sri Lanka”, International Journal of Management, Accounting and Economics (IJMAE). Volume 04, Issue 10. pp. 1020-1039.
  9. Wijethilake, C., Ekanayake, A. (2016). “Boardroom Communication and Financial Performance”. Journal of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities. Volume 1, Issue 1. pp. 1-22.
  10. Kuruppuge, R.H., Ekanayake, A. (2016). “An Analytical Model to Explain the Governance of Family Owned Businesses”, Journal of Intercultural Management. Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 51-69.
  11. Mudalige, N., Ekanayake, A. (2015). “The Influence of Corporate Governance on Capital Structure of Listed Companies in Sri Lanka”, Modern Sri Lanka Studies Journal, Vol. VI, Issue 01, pp.33-45
  12. Wijethilake, C., Ekanayake, A., Perera, S. (2015) “Board Involvement in Corporate Performance: Evidence from a Developing Country”, Journal of Accounting in Emerging Economies. Vol. 4, Issue 1.
  13. Ekanayake, A. (2014), “Validity and Reliability in Case Study Research in Accounting: A Review & Experience”, Modern Sri Lanka Studies Journal, Vol. V, Issue 01 & 02.
  14. Ekanayake, A. and Perera, S. (2014), “The role of accounting in corporate governance in a developing country: Institutional political economy perspective", International Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Performance Evaluation. Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 109-132.
  15. Ekanayake, A. (2013), “Accounting in Corporate Governance of a Commercial Bank in Sri Lanka: A Multi-Theoretical Perspective”, Modern Sri Lanka Studies Journal, Vol. IV, Issue 02.
  16. Ekanayake, A., Perera, H., and Perera, S. (2009), “Towards a framework to analyse the role of accounting in corporate governance in the banking sector", Journal of Applied Management Accounting Research, Vol. 7, No. 2.

Conference Proceedings:

  1. “Board Involvement and Corporate Performance: Evidence from Sri Lanka” (With Chaminda Wijethilake) at the 6th Management Accounting Research Conference,in Equotarial Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia, March 2012.
    “Uses of Accounting in Corporate Governance: A Comparative Study of a Public and a Private Sector Bank in Sri Lanka” (with Sujatha Perera and Hector Perera) at the 1st International Conference on the Social Sciences and the Humanities, in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, December 2011.
  2. “Undertaking Case Study Research in Accounting: Sharing an Experience” at the 6th International Research Conference on Management and Finance, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 2011.
  3. “Accounting in Corporate Governance: Evidence from a Commercial Bank in Sri Lanka” (with Sujatha Perera and Hector Perera) at the 22nd Asian-Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues in Gold Coast, Australia, November 2010.
  4. “Contextual Relativity of the Role of Accounting in Corporate Governance” (with Sujatha Perera and Hector Perera) at the 6th Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference in Sydney, Australia, July 2010.
  5. “Accounting and Corporate Governance in the Banking Industry: Case Study of a Public Sector Bank in Sri Lanka” (with Sujatha Perera and Hector Perera) at the 50th Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference in Christchurch, New Zealand, July 2010.
  6. “Accounting and Corporate Governance Environment within the Banking Industry in Sri Lanka” at the 4th International Research Conference on Management and Finance, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 2009.
  7. “Towards a Framework to Explain the Role of Accounting in Corporate Governance: With Special Reference to the Banking Sector in Sri Lanka” (with Hector Perera and Sujatha Perera) at the 20th Asian-Pacific Conference on International Accounting Issues, in Paris, France, November 2008.