• Knowledge transfer within accounting organisations. How do accountants keep up-to-date with changes in accounting regulation? How does information flow efficiently and effectively through an accounting firm.
  • Indigenous issues, including improving indigenous business models, involvement of indigenous people with a business environment and the use of accounting numbers within indigenous culture. Western concepts of separation of the individual and the business run contrary to indigenous cultural mores. It would be interesting to find where the nexus of the two is placed, if it exists at all.
  • Primary industry, especially in the area of constraints on primary industry from government regulation and the environment and how that impacts upon the bottom line.
  • The use of accounting numbers as a form of rhetoric. Accounting numbers are believed to be neutral and unbiased; however how they are collated can be subjective.
  • Applied research – I have experience in case study work, qualitative research and working within a business environment.
  • I am interested in the use of technology within the learning environment to improve student outcomes. I consider it important to integrate practical experiences and accounting/auditing concepts with critical thinking capabilities to create the all round accounting graduate.
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Accounting & Finance Association of Australia & New Zealand - Research Fund

Accountants? Preferences for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Regional Areas

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$3,232 over 1 year
It is a requirement for continuing membership of accounting professions in Australia (for instance CAANZ and CPA Australia) for members to complete a minimum of twenty hours of CPD a year, building to one hundred and twenty hours every three years. Little data exists in the public domain regarding the kinds of professional development that are currently demanded by accounting professionals, including whether those choices are digital or face-to-face and whether they are technical or non-technical in nature. The project will use semi-structured interviews and NVivo to uncover how rural accountants meet the CPD requirements of the professional bodies and whether they engage in lifelong learning.
Dale Wadeson and Sue Ciccotosto (College of Business and Law & Governance)
Accounting profession; Regional; Rural; Continuing professional development

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Comparative corporate governance ; A case study of religious institutions and legal entrepreneurism - regulatory problems and suggested reforms (PhD , Advisor Mentor)
  • Accounting and accountability in NGOs: Exploring the stakeholder experience (PhD , Primary Advisor/AM/Adv)

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