2018 – 2019 Research Grants
Background and Purpose
The AFAANZ Research Fund (ARF) Annual Grants Program is designed to encourage and support members by providing funding for research projects. The 2018 round focussed on quality projects that addressed or responded to contemporary and future challenges to, and/or have implications for, accounting and finance practice, policy and/or the professions. Grants are competitive, and are primarily intended to support small-scale projects of up to one year’s duration or to assist in seed funding for larger scale projects. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to conduct the proposed research and show how the project will benefit the research profile of the individuals and the discipline. The pool of funds comes directly from fees paid by institutional members. As such, access to the ARF is limited to AFAANZ members based at a member institution.
2018-2019 AFAANZ Research Grant Recipients
Auckland University of Technology – Department of Accounting: Associate Professor Tom Scott, Dr Matthew Grosse, Dr Nelson Ma. Project Title: Partner rotations, interim reviews and audit quality: Is there a fresh eyes effect?
Auckland University of Technology – Department of Accounting: Dr Agnes Masoe, Professor Deryl Northcott, Dr Cherrie Yang. Project Title: Assessing the accountability of Community-based Organisations in Samoa
Australian National University – Research School of Accounting: Dr Lijuan Zhang, Associate Professor Mark Wilson. Project Title: Does earnings guidance affect stock market reactions to management cash flow forecasts?
Australian National University – Research School of Accounting: Dr Hai Wu, Dr Zhichao Wang, Dr Zhe Wang. Project Title: The impact of community social capital on management control system
Bond University – Department of Accounting: Mark Brosnan, Professor Keith Duncan, Dr Jan Hollindale, Dr Tim Hasso. Project Title: Non-GAAP Earnings Disclosures: Users’ Perspective
Bond University – Department of Accounting: Dr Tim Hasso. Project Title: Performance Measurement and Organizational Outcomes: Panel Data Evidence
Curtin University – Department of Accounting: Dr Harjinder Singh, Dr Nigar Sultana. Project Title: Do firms respond to key audit matters from the auditor by reporting greater levels of earnings conservatism?
Deakin University – Department of Finance: Dr Sagarika Mishra, Dr Abdul Hayat Muhammad. Project Title: Effect of non-linear correlation on diversification benefits for banks and insurance companies in Australia
Edith Cowan University – School of Business and Law: Dr Erwei (David) Xiang, Dr Wenjual (Wendy) Ruan. Project Title: R&D investment, employee treatment and corporate innovation
Flinders University – College of Business, Government and Law: Dr Yen Bui: Presentation prominence: Towards a better understanding of the retirement adequacy of indigenous Australians
Griffith University – Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics: Xin Qu, Associate Professor Majella Percy. Project Title Equity-based compensation of outside directors and investment efficiency
James Cook University – College of Business, Law and Governance: Dale Wadeson, Dr Susan Ciccotosto. Project Title: Accountants’ Preferences for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Regional Areas
LaTrobe University – Department of Economics and Finance: Dr H. G. (Lily) Nguyen. Project Title: Short Selling Pressure and Stock Price Crash Risk: International Evidence
Macquarie University – Department of Applied Finance: Dr Zheyao Pan, Dr Jianlei Han. Project Title: Economic Value of Innovations: A New Estimation Approach
Massey University – School of Accountancy: Dr Jing Jia, Zhongtian Li, Professor Michael Bradbury. Project Title: The Readability of Risk Management Disclosures: Evidence from Australia
Monash University – Department of Accounting: Dr Richard Pucci, Dr Paul Thambar, Professor Matthew Hall. Project Title: Standardizing the reporting of service performance information in Australia: An in-depth study of the not-for-profit user and preparer communities
Monash University – Department of Accounting: Dr John Webster, Dr Dean Hanlon. Project Title: The Impact of IFRS 11 Joint Arrangements on the Comparability and Decision-Usefulness of Accounting for Joint Ventures
Murdoch University – School of Business and Governance: Dr Feida Zhang, Dr Jamie Tong, Dr Erwei Xiang, Professor Adrian Cheung. Project Title: Distracted shareholders and corporate innovation
Queensland University of Technology – School of Accountancy: Dr Ogan Yigitbasioglu, Dr Jodie Moll, Dr Annette Quayle. Project Title: Cloud Accounting Adoption by SMEs: Benefits, Risks and Implications for Management Accounting
Queensland University of Technology – School of Accountancy: Dr Sarah Osborne, Professor Tom Smith. Project Title: FinTech and Private Equity: A revolution or demise of investments?
RMIT University – Department of Economics, Finance and Marketing: Dr Angel Zhong, Professor Philip Gray. Project Title: Measuring Mispricing in the Australian Equity Market
RMIT University – Department of Accounting: Dr Michael Kend, Dr Giulia Leoni. Project Title: Exploring the Implementation and Informational Value of Reporting Key Audit Matters (KAMs) in Australian Audit Reports
Southern Cross University – School of Business and Tourism: Dr Scott Niblock, Dr Jennifer Harrison, Associate Professor Michael Kortt. Project Title: Barriers to Seeking Financial Advice and Wellbeing: Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications
Swinburne University of Technology – Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance: Dr Mardy Chiah, Dr Daniel Chai. Project Title: The economic policy uncertainty premium: International evidence
University of Adelaide – Department of Accounting: Associate Professor Pamela Kent. Project Title: The Value Relevance of Prior Period Error Corrections under IAS 8
University of Auckland – School of Accounting and Finance: Dr Angela Liew, Professor Peter Boxall. Project Title: The Future of Accounting Work
University of Melbourne – Department of Accounting: Dr Jonathan Jona, Dr Gladys Lee. Project Title: Measurement and Market Valuation of Cyber Risk
University of New South Wales – School of Accounting: Chuan Yu, Professor Baljit Sidhu. Project Title: The Volatility of Fair Value Measurement Inputs and Audit Fees in the U.S. Banking Industry
University of New South Wales – School of Accounting: Dr Stuart Taylor. Project Title: Partner Level Reputation Shocks from Gains and Losses of Major Clients
University of Newcastle – Faculty of Business and Law: Dr Van Vu. Project Title: Bank Credit Supply and the Cost of Corporate Borrowing: Evidence from the 2003 U.S. Shale Oil Boom
University of Newcastle – Faculty of Business and Law: Dr Van Le. Project Title: Liquidity Contagion between Stock and Option Markets
University of Otago – Department of Accountancy and Finance: Dr Pallab Kumar Biswas, Dr Mansi Mansi, Dr Rakesh Pandey. Project Title: Sustainability committee demographics and corporate social performance: The Australian evidence
University of Otago – Department of Accountancy and Finance: Dr Helen Roberts, Dr Daniel Richards, Associate Professor Rosalind Whiting. Project Title: Female Financial Adviser Career Paths: Australia versus New Zealand
University of Queensland – UQ Business School, Finance Discipline: Dr Kelvin Tan. Project Title: Are Large Shareholders Effective Monitors or Free Riders in Corporate Debt Policy? Evidence from Two Natural Experiments
University of Queensland – UQ Business School, Finance Discipline: Dr Trinh Anh Khoa Hoang, Hasibul Chowdhury, Professor Robert Faff. Project Title: Revealing crash risk perception from analyst coverage
University of South Australia – School of Commerce: Associate Professor Sumit Lodhia. Project Title: The transformation of management and reporting systems in response to the Sustainable Development Goals : An exploratory study of Australian Practices
University of Sydney – Discipline of Finance: Dr Andrew Ainsworth. Project Title: Dividend imputation and the cost of capital: What can Australia learn from the international experience?
University of Sydney – Discipline of Finance: Dr Jiri Svec, Dr Andrew Ainsworth. Project Title: The Information Content of Structured Product Prospectuses
University of Tasmania – Department of Economics and Finance: Dr Masoud Azizkhani, Dr Sarowar Hossain. Project Title: Effect of audit committee chair’s characteristics on auditor choice, audit fees, and audit quality
University of Technology, Sydney – Accounting Discipline Group: James Wakefield. Project Title: Disrupting social media disruption through incentive systems
University of Waikato – School of Accounting, Finance and Economics: Associate Professor Leon Li, Professor Robert Faff. Project Title: Accounting-based or market-based information for bankruptcy prediction? A hybrid approach using regime-switching technique
University of Western Australia – Department of Accounting and Finance: Dr Lyndie Bayne, Nikki Schonveldt, Professor Jacqueline Birt. Project Title: The effectiveness of teamwork assessment tasks
University of Western Australia – Department of Accounting and Finance: Dr Chloe Choy Yeing Ho with Dr Jing Yu. Project Title: Do institutional investors recognise unburnable carbon? Evidence from private placements
University of Western Australia – Department of Accounting and Finance: Dr Jamie Tong, Assistant Professor Shuqing Luo. Project Title: Back to Schools: How CEO Pre-career Exposure to Religiosity Affects Firm Innovation?
2018-2019 AFAANZ Research Development Grant Recipients
Central Queensland University – Department of Accounting, Economics, Finance and Property: Dr Natasja Steenka, Dr Roslyn Roberts. Project Title: Company transformation when implementing Integrated Reporting
Central Queensland University – Department of Accounting, Economics, Finance and Property: Dr Tasadduq Imam, Dr Robert Grose. Project Title: Innovations in the FinTech space: Are Australian financial service professionals aware and open to changes?
Lincoln University – Department of Financial and Business Systems: Associate Professor Sazali Abidin. Project Title: Improving financial well-being of small and medium business-owners in New Zealand through capital restructuring and effective working capital management
University of Southern Queensland – Department of Finance: Dr Syed Shams, Dr Kartick Gupta. Project Title: News sentiment prior to acquisition announcement and acquisition decision
University of Wollongong – School of Accounting, Economics and Finance: Dr Xiaofei Pan. Project Title: Product market competition and firm innovation in China
University of Wollongong – School of Accounting, Economics and Finance: Dr Corinne Cortese, Associate Professor Hazef Abdo. Project Title: Accounting for oil and gas: has IFRS made a difference?
University of Wollongong – School of Accounting, Economics and Finance: Dr Liangbo Ma. Project Title: Corporate environmental commitment and firm value: Evidence from market reaction to environmental incidents
University of Wollongong – School of Accounting, Economics and Finance: Dr Shiguang Ma, Dr Liangbo Ma. Project Title: Earnings management and accounting fraud: Evidence from Chinese family firms
Victoria University – Department of Finance: Dr Riccardo Natoli, Dr Lalith Seelanatha, Dr Guneratne Wickremasinghe. Project Title: Liquidity Risk in Australian Commercial Banks: Impact on Liquidity Management Practices
Western Sydney University - School of Business, Accounting Discipline: Dr Connie Vitale, Sharne Simmons, Dr Dorothea Bowyer, Dr Rina Datt. Project Title: Developing a framework for problem based learning units in Higher Education accounting degrees: Co-created with students using a grounded theory based approach
Western Sydney University - School of Business, Finance Discipline: Dr Anil Mishra. Project Title: Home Bias in Banks worldwide
Western Sydney University - School of Business, Accounting Discipline: Dr Ushi Ghoorah, Dr Nicole Ibbett, Dr Maria Estela Varua. Project Title: Technical capacity and visual presentation of annual report disclosures: A study of Australian not-for-profit organisations (NFPs)