Business School

Research at a glance

Research areas

We focus our research around two areas of research:

We proudly host the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, bringing benefits to the community through cutting-edge research.

Applied research projects

Strategic alliances with leading business, industry and government groups ensure that our staff and research students are actively involved in applied research. We have numerous ongoing projects in our research department.

Contact us if your organisation is interested in collaborating on a project through a research partnership.

Women in corporate governance
Female directors make up only 18% of Australia's top company boards, and 10% of external auditors. What are the incentives to recruit women on boards? Do women perform differently to men? What are the economic effects of gender diversity? Professor Ellie Chapple and her research collaborators are investigating.
Multinationals and aggressive tax planning
Under the current international tax system, multinationals can avoid tax on profits made from activities in developing nations. Professor Kerrie Sadiq is working with the International Centre for Tax and Development on an alternative tax regime to address this problem.
Boardroom observations
Our Behavioural Governance Group is one of the world's first to observe what really happens behind boardroom doors. Using video, sensors and self-evaluation tools, this research is heping to improve the effectiveness of Australian management boards.
Reporting the value of volunteers
Volunteers are critical to the sustainability of the mission-focused sctor, but organisations aren't required to report on them as they would other strategic resources. Associate Professor Stuart Tooley heads a project to investigate the motivations behind the current practices.

Research seminar series

Our research seminar series features prominent national and international business academics, presenting in the areas of accountancy and business law. These seminars are a great tool to develop research, and an opportunity to network with other researchers.

Contact the School of Accountancy for seminar details and bookings.

2014 presenters and topics

Professor Wm. Dennis Huber, Capella University, Minneapolis, USA
What is the value of multiple certifications in forensic accounting and fraud examination?
Professor Ken McPhail, La Trobe University
Diffusing, dispersing and escaping accountability: the case of Australia's offshore asylum seeker processing policy
Dr Dean Hanlon, Monash University
Compensation committee expertise, CEO influence and cost of equity
Professor Grant Richardson, The University of Adelaide
Audit firm characteristics and transfer pricing audits: evidence from US multinational firms
Associate Professor Sue Wright, Macquarie University
Opportunity provided in IAS 41 for earnings management: Australian evidence
Professor Sue Newberry, University of Sydney Business School
The IASB's agenda entrace decisions: the case of IFRS for SMEs
Professor Sabina Nielsen, Copenhagen Business School and University of Sydney
Diversity of what? Multifacted boards and directors
Dr Sue Taylor, QUT Business School
The potential of regulatory impact assessment to blunt the force of statutory, agency, corrosive and cultural capture in the Australian superannuation industry
Dr Sandip Dhole, University of Melbourne
Effects of XBRL mandate on the value relevance of earnings and earnings management
Professor Gillian North, University of Western Australia
Essential ingredients of effective company disclosure regimes

Visiting academics

2014 visitors

Name Organisation
Associate Professor Kentaro Azuma Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Professor Bernd Schwien University of Nordhausen, Germany
Professor Wm. Dennis Huber Capella University, USA
Professor Tim Louwers James Madison University, USA
Professor Mike Jones University of Bristol, UK
Professor Martin Messner University of Innsbruck, Austria
Dr John Nowland City University, Hong Kong
Professor Chris Van Staden University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Mr Scott Hirst Harvard Law School, USA
Professor Adrian Sawyer University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Dr Michael Seamer University of Newcastle, Australia

2013 visitors

Name Organisation
Professor Morten Huse BI Norwegian Business School, Norway
Kerry Hicks Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia
Professor John Roberts University of Sydney, Australia
Dr Clinton Free University of New South Wales, Australia
Professor Paul de Lange RMIT University, Australia
Professor Kamran Ahmed LaTrobe University, Australia
Professor Stephen Taylor University of Technology, Australia
Professor Lee Parker University of South Australia, Australia
Dr Kris Hardies Antwerp University, Belgium
Professor Niamh Brennan University College of Dublin, Ireland
Dr Encarna Guillamon-Saorin University Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Dr Vassili Joannides Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Professor Walter Wymer (ACPNS) University of Lethbridge, Canada
Professor Peter Green University of Queensland, Australia
Dr Evangeline Elijido-Ten Swinburne University, Australia
Professor Alessandro Zattoni Bucconi University, Italy
Professor Margaret Lightbody University of South Australia, Australia
Dr Lisa Toohey University of New South Wales, Australia
Professor Joachim Gassen Humboldt University, Germany
Associate Professor Michaela Rankin Monash University, Australia
Professor Diana Leat (ACPNS) Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund
Dr Michael Seamer University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr Dennis Veltrop University of Groningen, The Netherlands

2012 visitors

Name Organisation
Dr Daniel Olguin Sociometric Solutions, Inc., USA
Roberto Di Pietra University of Siena, Italy
Dr Stefano Cascino London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Professor Jill Hooks Massey University, New Zealand
Professor Stephen Walker Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Professor Chris van Staden University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Dr Sandip Dhole Indian Business School, India
Dr Tami Dinh Thi University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr David Bond University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Ron Kluwers Swinburne University, Australia
Professor Patrick Griffin University of Melbourne, Australia
Associate Professor Esther Ware University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr Vassili Joannides Grenoble Ecole de Management, France
Dr Encarna Guillamon-Saorin University Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Dr Sandra van der Laan University of Sydney, Australia
Professor James Guthrie Macquarie University, Australia and University of Bologna, Italy
Professor Joshua Ronen Stern School of Business New York University, USA
Ronny Hofmann University of Western Australia, Australia
Professor Graeme Dean University of Sydney, Australia
Professor Zahirul Hoque La Trobe University, Australia
Dr Andrew Jackson University of New South Wales, Australia
Professor Stephen Taylor University of Technology Sydney, Australia


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