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Fraudulent Financial Reporting in China

The project aims to explore the factors associated with fraudulent financial reporting in China. The mechanism of corporate governance and external audit in mitigating fraud will also be investigated in this setting.If you are interested in researching this topic as part of a Master of Philosophy (Accountancy), and you are applying to commence your degree in Semester 1, 2020 you may be eligible for a School of Accountancy Accelerate Scholarship. …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Regulation of waste

The next looming environmental crisis is the waste crisis. Regulation is desperately needed to encourage a shift towards a circular economy - defined as a system-wide innovation that aims to redefine products and services to design waste out, while minimising negative impacts (Ellen Macarthur Foundation).Rowena is interested in supervising empirical research projects looking at the following topics:Waste reduction strategies of Australian governmentsRegulation needed for a circular economyInternational trade of waste and associated agreementsSustainable fashionFood wastePlastic reductionE-waste …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Vacation research experience scheme
Faculty
Queensland University of Technology
Lead unit
International Law and Global Governance program

Revolutionising high resolution water quality monitoring in the information age

Funded by the Australian Research Council through a Linkage Project titled “Revolutionising high resolution water quality monitoring in the information age”, this PhD project will see the successful applicant develop new statistical and computational methods to guide the optimal placement of sensors to monitor water quality across Queensland rivers Australia. Much of this work will be conducted in interdisciplinary teams, with strong engagement with international collaborators and industry partner organisations.The successful applicant will receive a scholarship of $28,420 per year …

Study level
PhD
Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty
Lead unit
School of Mathematical Sciences

Understanding the social and legal aspects of catfishing

The use of deception on the internet is not new. There is growing recognition of romance fraud, and the use of online dating and social media platforms to defraud victims of their money. However, the act of catfishing has received limited academic attention. Catfishing can be defined as “someone who uses false information to cultivate a persona online that does not represent their true identity”(Vanman, 2013). Unlike romance fraud, the main objective for catfishing does not appear to have a …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
Faculty of Law
Lead unit
Centre for Justice

Agricultural Cooperatives: considering performance and accountability

Cooperatives are unusual organizational structures, as they are highly democratic in nature (one member + one vote) and their successful operation involves delivery of environmental, business and social outcomes. Internationally, cooperatives are the 'normal' form of social enterprise, however in the Australian context they are considerably under researched legal form. In order to operate successful, cooperatives need to take into consideration the needs of multiple stakeholders, not the least their members and communities which they function to benefit. This thesis …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Corporate board gender diversity and accounting conservatism

Female representation on boards has grown worldwide. There is a stream of study that investigates the relationship between board composition and financial reporting quality. However, there is little evidence on whether corporate board gender diversity is associated with one of the most important financial reporting quality metrics-accounting conservatism.The objective of this proposed study is to investigate the relation between corporate board gender diversity and accounting conservatism in the Australian context.If you are interested in researching this topic as part of …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Blockchain technology and its implications for accounting

Blockchain technology is anticipated to further disrupt the digital economy of today. Blockchain is a distributed database technology and is the underlying technical platform for digital cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Blockchain has the potential to profoundly impact accounting and the underlying financial transactions it represents, yet there is very little research exploring the implications for accounting and the profession. This research seeks to investigate how blockchain technology may impact a particular aspect of accounting such as financial accounting or audit …

Study level
Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Gender diversity and IT governance

While there is a substantial literature that has addressed gender diversity on corporate board governance generally and that women are more risk aware than men there is limited research that has specifically addressed gender diversity in IT governance. There is however a growing concern with IT governance as more and more commercial activity occurs in an e-commerce environment and the risks associated with that. This project will investigate the impact of gender diversity on IT governance.

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Accountancy

Sponsorship-linked marketing: Branding and rivalry

This project will explore branding effects relating to corporate sponsorship and associated marketing activities. It will examine consumer behaviour outcomes like memory, attitude, and purchase intention, and will employ both focus group and experimental methodologies.Research activitiesYou'll gain skills in:organising ideas and dealing with different arguments for and against the ideasusing research databasessorting materials for a focused research projectthinking criticallywriting following a structure.Required skills and experienceThis topic will suit you if you have a background in marketing and creative industries, or …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Consumer loneliness: How does it affect choice and loyalty?

Despite the popularity of social networks and technologies that intend to enhance social interaction, more consumers feel lonely now than before (Wang, Zhu & Shiv, 2013). Little is known about how increasingly lonely consumers make decisions in the marketplace.Might experiences in the marketplace influence our feelings of loneliness or loyalty to brands? Answering this question requires insights from literature on loneliness and consumer behaviour (Wang, Zhu & Shiv, 2013) as well as more general insights about consumer decision-making (Chernev, Böckenholt …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy, Honours
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

Working the gig economy: the organisation and experience of digital platform work

A core component of the digital or ‘gig’ economy, digital platforms connect individual workers with end-users (companies or consumers) seeking specific services, via a website or an app. A wide range of platform business models operate in diverse industries offering tasks that can be completed online (eg: graphic design or coding), or ‘in person’ services (eg: driving or cleaning). Examples include Uber, Deliveroo, Freelancer and Airtasker. Platform work is also rapidly expanding into new sectors including care work, creative industries, …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Management

The softer side of next-gen entrepreneurship: the emotional experience and success

Next-generation (next-gen) entrepreneurs are described as people who operate solely in online environments (i.e. via the internet). The internet and mobile technologies have profoundly impacted the ways in which business is conducted, yet little is known about this new type of business environment. There has been considerable research into entrepreneurs who operate largely in physical 'bricks and mortar' settings, however the literature is limited in providing insight into entrepreneurs who operate solely in online environments.We know that emotions influence the …

Study level
PhD, Master of Philosophy
Faculty
QUT Business School
Lead unit
School of Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations

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