H69 - Economics and Business Building
The University of Sydney
NSW Australia 2006
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Angela Hecimovic is a Lecturer in the Discipline of Accounting. She holds a Bachelor of Economics Degree (1st Class Honours) from The University of Sydney and is currently undertaking a Master of Philosophy titled "The Evolution of the Sustainability Assurance Framework and Methodology in a Specific Australian Organisational Context".
Prior to joining academia in 2003, Angela worked in the Telecommunications industry in various roles including business analyst, team leader and ACD Specialist. She has previously worked as an Auditor with Coopers and Lybrand (PwC) in the finance area. Angela is the current General Convenor of the Business and Professional Ethics Group (BPEG), and an active member of the Sustainable Management of Organisations Group (SMOG). Her strong communication skills are demonstrated in numerous accolades received for her teaching, including a Dean's Citation in Tutoring in 2010 and 2011 and nominations for the Faculty's 'Wayne Lonergan' teaching awards from 2003-2010, and was the recipient of the Honours Award 2008. Angela was also awarded the 2011 AFAANZ Scholarship for her PhD research.
'A good teacher is someone who teaches not only with mind, but also with the heart' - this sums up Angela's dedicated teaching style.
PhD Research Abstract
This is a longitudinal study (2-3 years) exploring the emergence and evolution in auditing and assurance of Corporate Sustainability Reporting (CSR). The issues investigated include; the corporate processes and dynamics in developing the assurance framework, the content of assurance reports, perceived credibility of assurance practices, the emergence and legitimisation of professional assurance providers and the role and extent of stakeholder accountability. These issues are critical in understanding how the assurance profession is evolving in Australia and in informing the future trends in this growing area. This study will specifically examine the development of the Organisation's assurance framework and methodology. Given the current stage of the development of the Organisation's assurance practices, 'testing' and 'refining' of these during the initial audits, this presents a unique opportunity to observe and document the evolving Organisation's audit methodology and assurance practices.