Our research covers contemporary issues that face business professionals, accountants and financial managers in today's rapidly changing organisations, in both private and nonprofit sectors.
How are organisations governed? What determines their performance and governance arrangements? What are the risk factors facing modern organisations? And how do we build capacity for the future through superannuation and wealth management?
Research programs and groups
Details about our researchers and their areas of expertise:
- Accounting for social and environmental sustainability
- Accounting for social change
- Accounting information systems research
- Auditing and financial reporting
- Corporate governance and behavioural governance
- Forensic accounting
- Not-for-profit accounting and accountability research group
- Regulation and taxation
- Superannuation and wealth management
Business School research
Our researchers are part of the School of Accountancy at the QUT Business School and collaborate widely for cross-disciplinary research.
Find out more about joining us as a research student or acadamic:
- 3 (world standard)
We are highly successful in obtaining nationally competitive grants such as Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery and Linkage. We also receive significant funds through government and industry partnerships.
Between 2010 and 2013, we received approximately $1.25 million in research funds.
Our research is published in quality journals, academic books and conference proceedings. Browse our publications:
This is just a sample of our research activity in this area.
- Accountability relationships between the not-for-profit and for-profit sectors
- Accountants' contribution to achieving operational sustainability for Australian not-for-profit organisations
- Director Identity, Identification and Information Flows as Predictors of Board Monitoring, Resource Provision and Organisational Performance
- Financial literacy and superannuation investment choice decisions
- Financial returns from New Public Management: A New Zealand perspective five years on
- Insights into the latest trends in accounting forensics and the critical relationship between accounting research, industry and education
- Integrated Reporting: solution or burden for the complexity of not-for-profit reporting
- Measuring the social impact of social procurement
- Reporting Contributed Services: practices and motivations of mission-oriented organisations
- The Limits of Disclosure: Private Rights, Public Duties and the Search for Accountable Governance
- The opportunistic timing of price-sensitive disclosures prior to executive stock option exercise in the Australian mining sector
- The value of accounting for value
- The value of financial planning advice - process and outcome effects on consumer well-being
Potential topics for new research students, and topics our students are currently studying.
- 'Social audit': a tool for enhancing corporate accountability
- Accounting for infrastructure and cost-benefit analysis in the assessment of major projects
- An empirical analysis of audit effectiveness in light of recent regulatory changes
- An investigation of the interplay between directors on board sub-committees and board decision making
- ASIC guidance and the frequency and usefulness of non-GAAP earnings
- Assurance and sustainability governance
- Board characteristics' influence on corporate reputation in Australian listed companies
- Control and collaboration in the boardroom: an observational investigation
- Corporate accountability and workplace health and safety disclosures in the global supply chains
- Corporate climate-change-related performance information and related accountability practices
- Corporate social and environmental performance information and related accountability practices
- Corporate transparency, accountability and human rights disclosures
- Did the name result in shaming? The efficacy of the Corporate tax transparency report
- Effective management accounting practices through a dynamic information system environment
- Floods and insurance in Queensland
- Forced saving: a comparative analysis of mandatory retirement funding schemes in Australia and Hong Kong
- Fraud, financial misconduct and the quality of corporate governance
- From annual reports to evaluation portfolios: developing nonprofit impact evaluation narratives
- From CSR/sustainability to integrated reporting: the rise and rise of non-financial performance measures
- Issue based sustainability audits and corporate accountability
- Motivation for corporate social responsibility (CSR) disclosure by corporations (or by social enterprises or by not-for-profit organisations)
- Outcomes transparency and the democratic paradox in Australian superannuation standard setting: does ED223 promote and protect fund-member interests?
- Performance disclosure in relation to elimination of fraud, bribery or corruption: evidence from corporations
- Politics, finance and infrastructure: the success and failure of the Clem Jones Tunnel
- Promoter penalties in Australia: an effective deterrent?
- Self-managed super funds: auditor independence issues
- Social media and risk management
- The company secretary's role on contemporary boards
- The gender profile of the insolvency profession: occupational segregation?
- The history of the changing research and development tax concessions
- The role of accounting in the Queensland coal seam gas (CSG) political debate
- The role of culture as a contributor to fraud, bribery and corruption in Australia
- Who fails to pay for our common wealth? An examination of corporate tax avoidance in Australia
Researchers have linkages with researchers at:
- Grenoble University, France
- Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
- Massey University, New Zealand
- Arizona State University, USA
- Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
- IE Business School, Madrid, Spain
- Stockholm University, Sweden
- University of Glasgow, UK
- University of Manchester, UK
- University of Melbourne, Australia
- University of New South Wales, Australia
- University of Queensland, Australia
- Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Significant corporate partnerships
- Financial Services Council
- Q Super
We measure our success by the effect our research has on the real world. Here are some examples of how our projects are making an impact.
Women in corporate governance
Female directors make up only 18% of Australia's top company boards, and 10% of external auditors. Professor Ellie Chapple and her research collaborators are finding out why, and how to increase female participation at the top level.
Multinationals and aggressive tax planning
Multinationals can legally avoid tax on profits made from activities in developing nations. Professor Kerrie Sadiq is working with the International Centre for Tax and Development ways to address this problem.