Our researchers are world-renowned for the quality and standard of their research findings and publications. Many are widely published in leading national and international journals and their body of work contributes to the academic field of knowledge as well as policy and business practice, both in Australia and internationally.
Our main departmental research strengths are in the following areas:
Financial accounting is the field of accounting concerned with the summary, analysis and reporting of an organisation's financial transactions.
Our main strengths are in corporate governance and auditing. Our research connects governance structures with, among others:
- earnings quality
- sustainability reporting and controls.
The provision of accounting information is used to assist in decision making, allowing organisations to better manage and perform control functions.
The research strength of our management accounting researchers lies in our focus on control systems in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Our researchers investigate the role and effectiveness of control system design. This encompasses areas such as performance management, both financial and non-financial, as well as incentive system design.
Diversity of research methods
This not only provides tremendous opportunities in the types of questions our researchers are able to answer, but also strengthens our ability to investigate the same area of interest from multiple angles.
Auditing deals with the systematic examination of books, accounts, documents and vouchers to ensure an organisation's financial statements provide a true and fair view. It also ensures that an organisation's books of accounts are properly maintained, as required by law.
Our research strengths are:
- audit quality
- audit industry experience and specialisation
- audit regulation
- audit fees
- audit effort and efficiency.
Auditing video by Robyn Moroney
An accounting information system generally refers to a computer-based method for tracking accounting activity. It is a system used for collecting, verifying, storing, processing and reporting financial and accounting data that is used by decision makers.
Our primary research strength in accounting information systems involves investigation of the relationship between business, including the functional area of accounting, and information technology.
Our research in this area includes empirical and practice-based investigations. In particular we look at the convergence of information technologies with business processes, business models, knowledge and governance.
Areas of focus include:
- exploration of the governance of technology
- strategic deployment of inter-organisational systems
- risk management and internal controls in the context of business processes and systems
- business process modelling
- marketplace and business simulation
- measurement of the behavioural usage of information technology
Current projects include:
- Role of risk representation in performance measurement systems
- Risk and its management in a business/technology context
- Business-to-employee portal user satisfaction
- Governing enterprise IS for business value
- Business challenges regarding diffusion of business technologies
- Human engagement with business systems.
Our research programs through our active subscription to a full range of research databases and access to a range of state-of-the-art facilities and resources across the Monash Business School.
- Monash Business School Behavioural Laboratory is spearheading the development of decision-making research, conducted by our staff and research students. It also serves as an innovative facility for consumer and practitioner research