The Accounting Discipline Group is committed to the pursuit of excellence in its research activities. The academics in the Discipline Group have a track record of publishing research in leading international and Australian journals. In the 2015 and 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) rankings the Discipline Group was ranked as producing research at above world standard. The research undertaken by the Discipline Group is relevant to both the professional and academic communities. The relevance of our research is evidenced by the significant funding awarded to Discipline Group researchers from the Australian Research Council (ARC), Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) and the Cotton Research and Development Corporation.
Our current research strengths include:
- Corporate governance - board independence and expertise, executive and non-executive director compensation, mergers and acquisitions;
- Financial reporting – non-GAAP reporting, impact of IFRS adoption, intangible assets, corporate disclosure, capital market based accounting studies, firm valuation, accounting policy choice, earnings quality and tax aggressiveness;
- Auditing – auditor independence, audit pricing
- Management accounting - management control system design, performance evaluation, budgeting and forecasting
- Accounting information systems, IT governance, E-business and ERP systems
As part of our strategy of being one of the premier research schools in accounting the Accounting Discipline Group conducts a number of ongoing research events. These events include our annual Summer Accounting Consortium and Annual Conference. The Summer Accounting Consortium comprises a two day workshop on selected topics by a leading international researcher. The consortium also includes a number of sessions which allow early career researchers to present their work. The two day Summer Annual Conference consists of a key note address by a high profile international researcher and a series of research paper presentations with discussants. The Summer Annual Conference has a track record of attracting high profile presenters and researchers from both Australia and overseas. Further information on these events can be found here:
The Discipline Group also holds research seminars throughout Autumn and Spring semesters. Seminars are typically held on Monday from 12-1.30pm and bring to UTS leading researchers interested in receiving feedback on their research work in progress.