Doctoral study in Accounting

Why study with us?

  • We’re a leading education provider in our subject in the Asia-Pacific region
  • We’re ranked 1st in New Zealand and in the top 100 globally in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2021
  • Postgraduate Research Student Support (PReSS) funding is available for research expenses

Research opportunities

When you undertake your doctorate in Accounting at the University of Auckland Business School, you’ll join a high-calibre research community and have opportunities to publish papers, attend international conferences and develop a network in academia and industry.

We welcome research proposals in topics relating to our two key research specialisations:

Financial accounting

  • Financial reporting and its impacts
  • External auditing
  • Social and environmental accounting
  • Accounting policy decisions
  • Integrated reporting

Financial management

  • Management control
  • Diffusion of innovation in management accounting
  • Management accounting systems and behaviour in organisations
  • Transfer pricing in multinationals
  • Performance measurement

Our people

Pursue your topic with us and benefit from the support and supervision of internationally recognised researchers.

Professor Norman Wong (Head of Department)
Financial accounting; capital markets and accounting information; governance issues in accounting; accounting policy choice; taxation and accounting and research methods in accounting

Dr Davood Askarany: Diffusion of innovation, management accounting, organisational change, performance measurement and diffusion theoryDr Sharlene Sheetal Narayan Biswas: Management accounting, new product development, open innovation and auditing

Professor Steven Cahan: Auditing and financial reporting

Dr Lily Chen: Financial reporting and disclosure, financial analysts, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, and integrated reporting

Dr Julie Harrison: Performance measurement, data envelopment analysis, revenue management, international tax and transfer pricing

Professor David Hay: Auditing issues internationally and in New Zealand, including auditor independence, corporate governance and privacy auditing

Dr Fred Ng: Revenue management, customer accounting, customer analysis, and revenue and cost drivers.

Dr Winnie O’Grady: Management control systems, viable system approaches to performance management, and adaptive performance management models (eg, beyond budgeting approaches)

Professor Paul Rouse: Performance and productivity measurement with specialist applications to transport, education and health

Professor Jilnaught Wong: Contracting and agency issues in financial accounting, earnings management and corporate governance

Past research topics

Scholarships and awards

Contact us

Phone the University

  •  923 7186 (within Auckland)
  •  0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland)
  • +64 9 373 7513 (overseas)
For specific advice on doctoral study in Accounting, please contact the Department of Accounting and Finance

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