Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

ABS Congratulates 2 New Staff PhD Graduates

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

It was once again a beautiful day at Avondale for graduation 2018, and this year was very special as the ABS was proud to support the graduation of two staff members, Dr Peter Williams and Dr Warrick Long. Both started their PhD journeys together when they joined the ABS team and four (long) years later have completed the journey together, although their topics were very different.

Dr Peter Williams’ research was “School Leadership Succession in a Faith-Based Education System: Perceptions of Different Hierarchical Levels”  and he was supervised by Dr Peter Morey and Dr Peter Beamish, both on campus lecturers from the Faculty of Education, Business and Arts here at Avondale College of Higher Education.

Dr Warrick Longs topic was “Australian University Accounting Academics: The Lived Experience” and he was supervised by Professor Tony Williams, Associate Professor Maria Northcote and Associate Professor Lisa Barnes. His research involved using surveys and interviews of current Accounting Academics to gain insights into the challenges ahead.

Both Peter and Warrick were supported by family on the day, and enjoyed the ceremony after so many years of hard work. On behalf of the ABS team, CONGRATULATIONS. We are so very proud of you both.

A Trip down Memory Lane

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Being an Alumni of the University of Sydney, Assoc. Prof. Lisa Barnes was given the opportunity to walk the halls of her undergraduate days when she attended the 13th World Congress of Accounting Educators and Researchers, held at the new Ambercrombie Business School building, on 9-10 November, 2018. The conference was an initiative of the International Association for Accounting, Education and Research (www.IAAER.org).

The TRAC Model

The conference was attended by delegates from around the world and included symposiums as well as plenary sessions. A paper prepared from Warrick Long’s PhD entitled “Accounting Academic Workloads in the Higher Education Sector: Balancing Workload Creep to Avoid Depreciation” was presented. Delegates could relate to particularly the TRAC model presented, where it was demonstrated that Accounting Lecturers are undergoing a type of workload creep with the current changes to student cohorts and changes to the way in which accounting is taught in the higher education sector.

Erin Poulton, one of ABS’s sessional lecturers also presented a paper entitled “The Alzheimer’s approach to Financial Disclosure: the case of Australian Residential Aged Care Providers”. This paper was from Erin’s PhD and is timely in the fact that there has now been an announcement of a Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. The Honourable Justice Joseph McGrath and Ms Lynelle Briggs AO have been appointed Commissioners. Justice McGrath is a judge of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and Ms Briggs is a former Australian Public Service Commissioner. The Royal Commission’s interim report is to be provided by 31 October 2019, and its final report no later than 30 April 2020.

Erin’s recommendations in relation to disclosure of Financial Statements by Residential Age Care providers, is that currently they are inconsistent and inadequate and recommends the use of the General Purpose Financial Reporting (GPFR) standards when preparing accounts. She also recommends an audit of these accounts to enable the entities to release financial information to stakeholders to help them assess their ability to be sustainable, and make sure they family members are well provided for in the facility.

The conference website links are as follows can be found here.

ABS Lecturer Plays Key Role in Global Research Project

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Peter Williams, a lecturer at Avondale Business School (ABS) travelled in the first week of August to Kassel, Germany, as part of an Avondale College research team exploring the ‘Lived Experience’ of Youth Ministry Leaders, on behalf of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The Global Youth Leaders Congress took place from July 31st to August 4 and provided an ideal place to collect data for this research project. 51 interviews were completed, with many attendees also completing an online survey capturing the lived experience of these youth leaders. A few pictures of Peter and his travels are below.

ABS Team Wins ‘Best Paper’ Award

Thursday, July 12, 2018

At the beginning of July Associate Professor Lisa Barnes (Head of ABS) presented a paper authored by Warrick Long, Lisa Barnes, Maria Northcote and Tony Williams to the annual Accounting and Finance academics in Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ), held in Auckland, NZ. The paper was titled ‘Disruptive Changing University Environments: Have Accounting Academics been gazumped?’, and won the best paper award for the education stream at the conference. The topic comes from the PhD work of Warrick on the lived experience of Australian accounting academics. Congratulations to Warrick, Lisa and the other authors.

Avondale College Research Soars to new International Heights

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Avondale Business School presented a paper at the European Accounting Association (http://www.eaa-online.org) Annual Conference at Bocconi University entitled “Are they ready? Accounting academics’ perspectives of the preparedness of new student cohorts”. The paper was from the research done by Warrick Long as part of his PhD, and was co-written by colleagues, Associate Professor Lisa Barnes, Professor Tony Williams and Associate Professor Maria Northcote, all from Avondale College of Higher Education. It was presented in Milan, Italy on 1st June 2018.

Presenting to this conference proved a success with the paper receiving positive feedback at the conference by participants, particularly as the conference is the largest and most competitive conference for presenting of “Accounting” issues globally, see scientific program link (http://www.eaacongress.org/UserFiles/EAA%202018%20Scientific%20Programme%20-%2022.05.18.pdf).

But the importance of the papers acceptance is shown in the statistics from the conference itself. A total of 1,089 papers were presented at the conference, with only 24 of them being from the Accounting Education stream, of which 5 papers were from Australia, with 90 papers presented by representatives from Australia in total (as shown below)

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The paper was presented in a concurrent session competing against 34 other presentations. With over 3,000 delegates in attendance, the European Accounting Association Conference is one of the largest conferences in the world. But it wouldn’t be worth travelling 29 hours door to door unless a bit of sight-seeing followed in the city of Milan, settled in 400 B.C.

The Duomo (Milan Cathedral) is a tourist must-see. The cathedral took nearly six centuries to complete with its Gothic architecture. The Milan Cathedral in Italy is the world’s fourth-largest church in the world. This view is taken from the roof looking down to one of the main plazas. It took over 700 steps to capture this view!

Milan is also home to Santa Maria delle Grazie convent, housing Leonardo da Vinci’s mural “The Last Supper”. The Last Supper is a late 15th-century mural that took over four years to complete. The work is presumed to have been started around 1495–96. The painting represents the scene of the last supper of Jesus with his apostles, as it is told in the Gospel of John, 13:21. Leonardo has depicted the consternation that occurred among the twelve disciples when Jesus announced that one of them would betray him. It is one of the world’s most recognizable paintings. The ABS representative couldn’t help but take this selfie!

And of course, no trip to Europe would be complete without analysis of their “small and smart” vehicles and parking precision, for a city with a growing population but limited space.

Finally, it was time to admire the architecture of the city buildings and of course, the conference venue of Bocconi University, where the conference paper was successfully presented.

Overall, the conference was a success with over 3,000 delegates attending, and over 1,000 papers presented over the three days. Great to see Avondale Business School show casing their research on the world stage. https://wp.avondale.edu.au/abs/

 

 

ABS Research Shared Internationally

Friday, June 1, 2018

Associate Professor Lisa Barnes recently returned from Milan, Italy, where she met with over 3000 other accounting academics from around the world, for the 2018 European Accounting Association conference.

Lisa attended the conference to present the paper she co-authored with Warrick Long, her colleague at Avondale Business School, entitled “Are they ready? Accounting academics perspectives of the preparedness of new student cohorts”. The paper draws on the research undertaken by Warrick as part of his PhD dissertation.

Apart from the opportunity to present to this premier event, Lisa was also able to network with fellow academics, and even fitted in a couple of moments for sightseeing and shopping.

Well done to Lisa and Warrick in preparing leading-edge research and showcasing it on the world stage.