Academic leadership series

Publications in our academic leadership series are designed to provide fresh insights and open dialogue on a range of evolving topics and issues. The articles are aimed at both an academic and practitioner audience and are peer reviewed.

  • The Virtual University: Impact on Australian Accounting and Business Education

    Academic Papers

    Edited by Elaine Evans, Roger Burritt and James Guthrie

    The Virtual University: Impact on Australian Accounting and Business Education (PDF 2MB)

    Technology is changing the higher education landscape, just as it has changed music, newspapers, retail and book publishing. The rise of online learning offerings, in particular massive open online courses, is putting the onus on tertiary educators to adapt to the changing market. What impact will this have on the future of business and accounting education?

    The articles in this volume offer insights into the subject of the virtual university, a field that is very new in research literature, from the perspective of a range of contributors from industries such as IT and publishing, professional bodies, industry groups and from those in the higher education sector.

  • Emerging pathways for the next generation of accountants

    Academic Leadership Series

    Edited by Elaine Evans, Roger Burritt and James Guthrie

    Emerging pathways for the next generation of accountants (PDF 2MB)

    How are education pathways for entry into the accounting profession changing? How are globalisation and new technologies, along with new social and environmental issues, impacting these pathways? And, what can our next generation of graduate entrants expect as accounting roles become increasingly varied and diverse?

    Each chapter provides fresh insights from professional accounting bodies, practitioners and accounting academics as they openly explore and debate the changing role, education pathways and future needs of professional accountants in an Australian context. Of note, the recurring issue of quality and strategies for upholding the highest standards in accounting education is a shared priority among all contributors.

  • Bridging the Gap between Academic Accounting Research and Professional Practice

    Bridging the Gap

    Edited by Elaine Evans, Roger Burritt and James Guthrie

    Bridging the Gap between Academic Accounting Research and Professional Practice (PDF 1MB)

    Why is academic accounting research still lacking impact and relevance? Why is it considered so detached and worlds apart from practice and society? These and many more questions are tackled in this new publication commissioned by the Institute and the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability (CAGS) in the School of Commerce at the University of South Australia.

    Each chapter provides fresh insights from leading accounting academics, policy makers and practitioners. The book triggers a call for action, with contributors unanimously agreeing more collaboration is needed between all three elements that make up the accounting profession - researchers, policy makers and practitioners.

  • Accounting education at a crossroad in 2010

    Accounting Education at a crossroads 2010 cover

    Edited by Elaine Evans, Roger Burritt and James Guthrie.

    'Accounting education at a crossroads in 2010' (PDF 7MB)

    The Institute has collaborated with the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability (CAGS) in the School of Commerce at the University of South Australia, to produce this publication. Each chapter examines key challenges facing the profession, including:

    • Staff shortages combined with the pressures of an ageing academic population
    • The changing skill-sets of accounting and the misalignment with employer expectations
    • The large classes in university business faculties now leading to undesirable, sub-optimal teaching and learning outcomes
    • The impact of alternative pathways to professional programs via private providers and vocational studies.
  • Continuous assurance for the now economy

    Continuous assurance for the now economy

    Written by Miklos Vasarhelyi, Michael Alles and Katie Williams

    'Continuous assurance for the now economy' (PDF 2MB)

    The IT revolution of the late 1980s early 1990s paved the way for information to be available upon demand. Over the years the demand by the users of information has grown stronger. As a result businesses, shareholders and sophisticated market analysts are demanding and are now receiving data in real-time.

    The key question of what assurance could, and should, be provided over this stream of real-time data needs to be addressed. The concept of real-time or Continuous Assurance attempts to better match internal and external auditing practices with IT systems that provide stakeholders with more timely and accurate results.

    Continuous Assurance for the Now Economy is written to promote discussion on continuous assurance as a concept. All stakeholders, standard setters, regulators, government users, and the profession have a role to play.