2020 - 2021 Research Grants

The AFAANZ Research Fund (ARF) Annual Grants Program is designed to encourage and support members by providing funding for research projects. The 2020 - 2021 round will focus on quality projects that address or respond 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.

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2019-2020 AFAANZ Research Grant Recipients

Grant RecipientUniversityProject
Dr Sabrina Chong

Auckland University of Technology

Visual persuasiveness of photographs in sustainability disclosure: Preparers’ and Users' perspectives
Dr Ka Wai (Stanley) ChoiAustralian National UniversityThe Wisdom of Crowds: Using People’s Tweeting on Social Media to Predict Large Stock Price Reversals
Dr Eunice KhooAustralian National UniversityShareholder Support for Directors with CSR Expertise and CSR Performance Records
Dr Adrian Fernandez-Perez, Assistant Professor Ivan Indriawan, Dr Alexandre Garel

Auckland University of Technology

Do crowdsourced forecasts add value beyond analyst forecasts? Evidence from the natural gas market
Dr Adrian Gepp, Mr Milind TiwariBond UniversityIdentifying Shell Companies Being Used for Illicit Activities
Dr Natasja Steenkamp, Dr Roslyn RobertsCentral Queensland UniversityWhat do users focus on while reading an integrated report? Insights from an eye-tracking study
Dr Baban Eulaiwi, Dr Lien Duong, Dr Ahmed Al-HadiCurtin UniversityThe Deterrent Effect of Money Laundering Risk on Cost of Bank Debt: Evidence from Australia
Dr Imran Haider, Dr Chen Zheng, Dr Junru ZhangCurtin UniversityThe effect of corporate social responsibility on bank liquidity creation
Dr Oliver BlackDeakin UniversityAn examination of the impact of the broadened business advisory role of accountants on the accountant's well-being
Dr Tze Chuan AngDeakin UniversityCorporate Vote Trading in Australia
Dr Tricia Ong, Associate Professor Hadrian DjajadikertaEdith Cowan University Impacts of new leases accounting standard: A comparative study between the airline and retail industries
Dr Van VuLa Trobe UniversityEnterprise system and financial market quality
Dr Zhaohua Li, Dr Xiaofei PanLincoln UniversityHow do firms respond to corruption in China? Evidence from firms’ spending on building political connections
Associate Professor Clara Qing ZhouMacquarie UniversityLeverage-constrained investors, asset prices and corporate financing decisions
Mr Dan DaugaardMacquarie UniversityA Quasi Experimental Solution for Fund Flow Endogeneity Problems
Dr Hedy Jiaying Huang, Dr Jenny Jing WangMassey UniversityCulture, control and behaviour: resistance and performance among Chinese hospitality workers
Dr Harvey NguyenMassey UniversityInvestor Inattention and Stock Price Responses to Earnings: International Evidence
Dr Alessandro Ghio, Dr Carly MoulangMonash UniversityPractices that help women flourish: exploring the relationships between effective supporting practices, psychological and workplace outcomes for women accountants.
Assistant Professor Lu Yang, Assistant Professor Leye LiMonash UniversityCSR contracting and management earnings guidance
Dr Ying XiaMonash UniversityIncome inequality and corporate decisions
Dr Sandra Ho, Associate Professor Steven WeiMurdoch UniversityArbitrage and Going Concern Audit Opinions: Corporate Insiders in Australia
Dr Natalie ElmsQueensland University of TechnologyNomination Committees in Australia
Dr Xiaolu HuRMIT UniversityForeign Ownership in Chinese Credit Ratings Industry: Information Revelation or Certification?  
Dr Meredith TharaposRMIT UniversityWomen Professors in Accounting and Finance: Their Paths and Influences
Associate Professor Subhash Abhayawansa, Associate Professor Chris MasonSwinburne University of TechnologyThe role of campaign disclosure and communication strategies in the crowdfunding success of social enterprises
Dr Nandana Pushpakumara WasanthapathiranageSwinburne University of TechnologyClimate risk financial disclosures:  Do investors or analysts use them in their decision-making and, if so, how efficient are analysts in using them?
Dr Chelsea LiuUniversity of AdelaideOn the Basis of Sex and Race: Corporate Governance and Workplace Discrimination Lawsuits
Associate Professor Antonio Gargano, Assistant Professor Elvis Jarnecic, Assistant Professor Marco GiacolettiUniversity of MelbourneHousing Search and Macroeconomic News
Dr Conor CluneUniversity of New South Wales Disrupting planned CSR-focused governance reform: the lobby against the social licence to operate
Dr Hien HoangUniversity of New South Wales The Role Of Auditors In Mitigating Impression Management And Inconsistencies In Other Information
Dr Adrian Melia, Dr Paul DochertyUniversity of NewcastleFirm-specific versus aggregate market investor sentiment: What matters most for corporate announcement returns
Dr Xinfeng Ruan, Dr Haileslasie TadeleUniversity of OtagoCorporate Governance and the Firm-Level Jump and Volatility Risks
Dr Xing Han, Dr Zheyao PanUniversity of OtagoA Global Mispricing Factor Model
Associate Professor Wen He, Dr Lin MiUniversity of Queensland Institutional Ownership and Equity-financed Payout
Dr Dewan RahmanUniversity of Queensland Do employee-friendly workplaces reduce rent seeking activities?
Dr Basil Phillip TuckerUniversity of South AustraliaThe part of the iceberg that sinks the ship: Dysfunctional behaviour in Accounting Schools and the implications for management control
Dr Syed ShamsUniversity of Southern QueenslandCan news sentiment prior to acquisition announcement affect acquisition success and efficiency?
Dr Shan Zhou, Dr Anna Young-FerrisUniversity of SydneyHow does the disclosure of financial impact of climate-related risk affect analyst valuation?
Dr Claire HornerUniversity of TasmaniaAccounting for Biodiverse Wildlife Corridor Plantations: Measurement Matters
Dr Debbie Wills, Dr Mai NguyenUniversity of TasmaniaSporting Personalities and Charities in Australia – a Question of Accountability?
Dr Samir Ghannam, Dr Anna Loyeung, Dr Nelson MaUniversity of Technology, SydneyThe consequences of financial expert disclosure on outside directors: Evidence from the director labour market
Dr Nirosha Hewa Wellalage, Dr Anura De ZoysaUniversity of WaikatoThe Indigenous model of business sustainability: Learning from Indigenous Knowledge
Dr Zhuoan FengUniversity of WaikatoProduct market competition and non-GAAP reporting
Assistant Professor Stijn Masschelein, Mr Frank Yuelong MaUniversity of Western AustraliaManagement Control Systems and Individual Learning
Mr Nishant Agarwal, Mr Abdul KhizerUniversity of Western AustraliaManagerial Time and Quality of Operating Decisions: Evidence from Exogenous Information Shock
Dr Shiguang Ma, Dr Liangbo MaUniversity of WollongongEarnings management and accounting fraud: Evidence from Chinese family firms
Dr Binh BuiVictoria University of WellingtonThe use of templates and structures in accounting and finance research
Dr Rina Datt, Dr Laura Luo, Dr Seedwell Sithole, Dr Ashna Prasad, Dr Abhijeet SinghWestern Sydney UniversityAuditors’ Perceptions on Key Audit Matters (KAM)
Dr Ushi GhoorahWestern Sydney UniversityFinancial transparency and its relationship with inflows and outflows of funds: An exploration of Australian not-for-profit organisations (NFPs)


2018-2019 AFAANZ Research Grant Recipients

Grant RecipientUniversityProject
Associate Professor Tom Scott, Dr Matthew Grosse, Dr Nelson MaAuckland University of TechnologyPartner rotations, interim reviews and audit quality: Is there a fresh eyes effect?
Dr Agnes Masoe, Professor Deryl Northcott, Dr Cherrie YangAuckland University of TechnologyAssessing the accountability of Community-based Organisations in Samoa
Dr Lijuan Zhang, Associate Professor Mark WilsonAustralian National UniversityDoes earnings guidance affect stock market reactions to management cash flow forecasts?
Dr Hai Wu, Dr Zhichao Wang, Dr Zhe WangAustralian National University The impact of community social capital on management control system
Mark Brosnan, Professor Keith Duncan, Dr Jan Hollindale, Dr Tim HassoBond UniversityNon-GAAP Earnings Disclosures: Users’ Perspective
Dr Tim HassoBond UniversityPerformance Measurement and Organizational Outcomes: Panel Data Evidence
Dr Harjinder Singh, Dr Nigar SultanaCurtin UniversityDo firms respond to key audit matters from the auditor by reporting greater levels of earnings conservatism?
Dr Sagarika Mishra, Dr Abdul Hayat MuhammadDeakin UniversityEffect of non-linear correlation on diversification benefits for banks and insurance companies in Australia
Dr Erwei (David) Xiang, Dr Wenjual (Wendy) RuanEdith Cowan UniversityR&D investment, employee treatment and corporate innovation
Dr Yen BuiFlinders UniversityPresentation prominence: Towards a better understanding of the retirement adequacy of indigenous Australians
Xin Qu, Associate Professor Majella PercyGriffith UniversityEquity-based compensation of outside directors and investment efficiency
Dale Wadeson, Dr Susan CiccotostoJames Cook UniversityAccountants’ Preferences for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Regional Areas
Dr H. G. (Lily) NguyenLa Trobe UniversityShort Selling Pressure and Stock Price Crash Risk: International Evidence
Dr Zheyao Pan, Dr Jianlei HanMacquarie UniversityEconomic Value of Innovations: A New Estimation Approach
Dr Jing Jia, Zhongtian Li, Professor Michael BradburyMassey UniversityThe Readability of Risk Management Disclosures: Evidence from Australia
Dr Richard Pucci, Dr Paul Thambar, Professor Matthew HallMonash UniversityStandardizing the reporting of service performance information in Australia: An in-depth study of the not-for-profit user and preparer communities
Dr John Webster, Dr Dean HanlonMonash UniversityThe Impact of IFRS 11 Joint Arrangements on the Comparability and Decision-Usefulness of Accounting for Joint Ventures
Dr Feida Zhang, Dr Jamie Tong, Dr Erwei Xiang, Professor Adrian CheungMurdoch UniversityDistracted shareholders and corporate innovation
Dr Ogan Yigitbasioglu, Dr Jodie Moll, Dr Annette QuayleQueensland University of TechnologyCloud Accounting Adoption by SMEs: Benefits, Risks and Implications for Management Accounting
Dr Sarah Osborne, Professor Tom SmithQueensland University of TechnologyFinTech and Private Equity: A revolution or demise of investments?
Dr Angel Zhong, Professor Philip GrayRMIT UniversityMeasuring Mispricing in the Australian Equity Market
Dr Michael Kend, Dr Giulia LeoniRMIT UniversityExploring the Implementation and Informational Value of Reporting Key Audit Matters (KAMs) in Australian Audit Reports
Dr Scott Niblock, Dr Jennifer Harrison, Associate Professor Michael KorttSouthern Cross UniversityBarriers to Seeking Financial Advice and Wellbeing: Theory, Evidence and Policy Implications
Dr Mardy Chiah, Dr Daniel ChaiSwinburne University of TechnologyThe economic policy uncertainty premium: International evidence
Associate Professor Pamela KentUniversity of AdelaideThe Value Relevance of Prior Period Error Corrections under IAS 8
Dr Angela Liew, Professor Peter BoxallUniversity of Auckland The Future of Accounting Work
Dr Jonathan Jona, Dr Gladys LeeUniversity of MelbourneMeasurement and Market Valuation of Cyber Risk
Chuan Yu, Professor Baljit SidhuUniversity of New South WalesThe Volatility of Fair Value Measurement Inputs and Audit Fees in the U.S. Banking Industry
Dr Stuart TaylorUniversity of New South WalesPartner Level Reputation Shocks from Gains and Losses of Major Clients
Dr Van VuUniversity of Newcastle Bank Credit Supply and the Cost of Corporate Borrowing: Evidence from the 2003 U.S. Shale Oil Boom
Dr Van LeUniversity of NewcastleLiquidity Contagion between Stock and Option Markets
Dr Pallab Kumar Biswas, Dr Mansi Mansi, Dr Rakesh PandeyUniversity of OtagoSustainability committee demographics and corporate social performance: The Australian evidence
Dr Helen Roberts, Dr Daniel Richards, Associate Professor Rosalind WhitingUniversity of OtagoFemale Financial Adviser Career Paths: Australia versus New Zealand
Dr Kelvin TanUniversity of QueenslandAre Large Shareholders Effective Monitors or Free Riders in Corporate Debt Policy? Evidence from Two Natural Experiments
Dr Trinh Anh Khoa Hoang, Hasibul Chowdhury, Professor Robert FaffUniversity of QueenslandRevealing crash risk perception from analyst coverage
Associate Professor Sumit LodhiaUniversity of South AustraliaThe transformation of management and reporting systems in response to the Sustainable Development Goals : An exploratory study of Australian Practices
Dr Andrew AinsworthUniversity of SydneyDividend imputation and the cost of capital: What can Australia learn from the international experience?
Dr Jiri Svec, Dr Andrew AinsworthUniversity of SydneyThe Information Content of Structured Product Prospectuses
Dr Masoud Azizkhani, Dr Sarowar HossainUniversity of TasmaniaEffect of audit committee chair’s characteristics on auditor choice, audit fees, and audit quality
James WakefieldUniversity of Technology, SydneyDisrupting social media disruption through incentive systems
Associate Professor Leon Li, Professor Robert Faff.University of WaikatoAccounting-based or market-based information for bankruptcy prediction? A hybrid approach using regime-switching technique
Dr Lyndie Bayne, Nikki Schonveldt, Professor Jacqueline BirtUniversity of Western AustraliaThe effectiveness of teamwork assessment tasks
Dr Chloe Choy Yeing Ho with Dr Jing YuUniversity of Western Australia

Do institutional investors recognise unburnable carbon? Evidence from private placements

Dr Jamie Tong, Assistant Professor Shuqing LuoUniversity of Western AustraliaBack to Schools: How CEO Pre-career Exposure to Religiosity Affects Firm Innovation?



2017-2018 AFAANZ Research Grant Recipients


Grant RecipientUniversityProject
Dr Sabrina Chong, Dr Anil NarayanAuckland University of TechnologyUtilisation of photographs for CSR disclosure by Australasian companies: A visual razzle-dazzle?
Dr Xiu-Ye Zhang, Professor Greg ShailerAustralian National UniversityCorporate Ethics and Tax Aggressiveness: Evidence from Foreign Bribery.  Title changed to: Unethical culture and Tax Aggressiveness: Evidence from Foreign Bribery
Julia Henker, Mr Johannes BurgerBond UniversityA study of confidence effects on risky asset prices and investor behaviour
Assistant Professor Adrian Gepp, Associate Professor Bruce VanstoneBond UniversityImproving investment performance using automated fraud detection models
Dr Jahanzeb Khan, Dr Rachel HoggCharles Sturt UniversityExploring the Generalisability and Usefulness of Professional Scepticism
Associate Professor Grantley  Taylor, Dr Mostafa HasanCurtin UniversityDebt maturity structure and stock price crash risk: Evidence from Australia.
Dr Tricia Ong, Associate Professor Hadrian DjajadikertaEdith Cowan UniversityMeasuring and forecasting impact of new leases accounting standard on the airline industry
Associate Professor Majella Percy, Dr Troy YaoGriffith UniversityPresentation prominence: Does it matter to non-professional and professional investors? The case of 'Other Comprehensive Income'
Ms Esin Ozdil, Professor Zahirul HoqueLa Trobe UniversityThe Role of Performance Audits in Ensuring Stewardship and Accountability in Australian Public Sector Entities
Dr Meiting Lu, Dr Shan ZhouMacquarie UniversityIntegrated Reporting, Audit Fees and Audit Quality
Dr Radiah Othman, Dr Rashid  AmeerMassey UniversityA Two-Stage Analysis of financial statements’ misstatements using Benford and Beneish’s Models
Dr Soon-Yeow Phang, Dr Gladys LeeMonash UniversityKey audit matter (KAM) disclosure quality: Factors affecting audit committee members' responsiveness and independence when negotiating with auditors
Dr Terri Trireksani, Associate Professor Hadrian G. DjajadikertaMurdoch UniversityImpacts of accounting students’ perceived career goals and expectations on their approaches to learning
Dr Yin Liao, Professor Adam ClementsQueensland University of TechnologyImproving mean-variance portfolio using a new estimator for optimal hedging relations
Dr My Nguyen, Assistant Professor Barry WilliamsRMIT UniversityNational governance, accounting regulations and systemic stability: International evidence
Dr Dina Wahyuni, Dr Subhash AbhayawansaSwinburne University of TechnologyEngaging with the Sustainable Development Goals: Evidence from Australian Public Sector Entities
Dr Sujin Kim, Associate Professor George ShanUniversity of AdelaideCorporate governance, accruals and real-activities based earnings management : Southeast Asian evidence
Dr Gladys Lee, Professor Susanna HoUniversity of MelbourneThe Effect of Financial and Non-Financial Information on Investors’ Information Processing and Decision-Making: An Eye Tracking Study
Assistant Professor Antonio Gargano, Assistant Professor Steven RiddioughUniversity of MelbourneThe Value of FX Volume
Dr Lili DaiUniversity of New South WalesWhen Does Reputation Matter? Evidence from Analysts’ Reliance on Management Guidance
Dr Asit Bhattacharyya, Professor Sue WrightUniversity of NewcastleThe impacts of mandated CSR expenditure and financial inclusion on banking performance
Dr Eric Tan, Professor David LontUniversity of OtagoWhom You Know Matters: Manager Networks, Fund Performance, and Money Flows
Dr Mansi Mansi, Dr Rakesh PandeyUniversity of OtagoBoard diversity and its impact on Greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption : A  study of top 200 ASX listed firms
Ms Natalie Xiaowen Peng, Dr Karen AlpertUniversity of QueenslandInformation Costs and Superannuation Choices in Australia
Dr Clara Zhou, Dr Kelvin TanUniversity of QueenslandCan Business Shocks Explain the Failure of Empirical Tests of Capital Structure Theories?
Dr Reza Bradrania, Dr Sean AnthoniszUniversity of South AustraliaAsymmetric risk and expected corporate bond returns
Dr Lyn Daff, Dr Claire  BeatieUniversity of Southern QueenslandThe views of regional accounting and finance employers regarding preparing graduates for the continual changes in IT: a comparison between public practice, industry and government employers
Dr Ava Wu, Dr Shan ZhouUniversity of SydneyIntegrated Reporting and Earnings Quality.  Title changed to : The unintended consequence of practising integrated reporting: Evidence on opportunistic earnings management
Dr Byoung-Kyu MinUniversity of SydneyPost-earnings-announcement drift and expected growth risk
Dr Vladimir Volkov, Professor Mardi DungeyUniversity of TasmaniaMeasuring interconnectedness of the global equity market from historical decompositions
Dr Vitali AlexeevUniversity of Technology, SydneyWarping Time: Improving Efficiency and Effectiveness of Tick-by-tick Data in Portfolio Optimisation
Dr Geeta Duppati, Professor Robert FaffUniversity of WaikatoThe Joint Effects of Ownership Concentration, Board Independence and Innovation on Idiosyncratic Risk.  Title change: Efects of institutional ownership on innovation and firm performance: Evidence from OECD and emerging economies
Dr Keith Godfrey, Professor Robert FaffUniversity of Western AustraliaPrecious Metals Trading
Dr Chloe Choy Yeing Ho, Dr Jing YuUniversity of Western AustraliaDo institutional investors recognise unburnable carbon? Evidence from private placements.
Dr Bin Liu, Dr Monica TanUniversity of WollongongShort selling and asymmetrical behaviour of idiosyncratic volatility
Dr Binh Bui, Dr Thu Phuong TruongVictoria University of WellingtonPerformance impacts of carbon management control systems
Mr Daniel Yeung, Associate Professor George ShanWestern Sydney UniversityCarbon Disclosure and Managerial Ownership Entrenchment
Dr Seedwell Sithole, Dr Rina  DattWestern Sydney UniversityLearning with concepts maps in an Auditing and Assurance class