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Catherine Hardy

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Associate Professor

Rm 4065
H70 - Abercrombie Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone +61 2 9036 9064
Fax +61 2 9351 7294


Catherine is an Associate Professor of Business Information Systems. Her research and teaching is interdisciplinary, involving the connection of scholarly disciplines in business such as accounting, information systems and management with technology and foresight studies and engagement with practitioners and policy makers in these professional fields. She currently teaches data governance and accounting information systems into the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum and has been a recipient of the Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Teaching. Catherine holds the position of Program Director of the Bachelor of Commerce overseeing the program of study.

Research Interests

As an interdisciplinary researcher, Catherine focuses on the relation between technological innovation, governance and socio-technical change. Digital technologies are challenging core assumptions in business about control, assurance and professional responsibilities. Catherine’s research program is oriented towards examining complex socio-technical change involved in business practice and implications for managing risk, designing control and governance arrangements across various empirical settings including the private and public sector. Her current research carries forward these interests into four interdisciplinary projects.

1. The impact of big data and business analytics on organizational control and management accounting practice.

This longitudinal study is being conducted with colleagues from the Business School and at the University of Bristol. The project is focused on how ‘big’ data, analytics tool and accountabilities are materialised as socio-technical forms, how innovation networks are built and resistance overcome. The project will assist in developing understanding about the potential and the challenges offered by analytics and the role of diverse professionals in their manufacture.

2. Scale and scaling of IoT: from digital sensor to global information infrastructure

This interdisciplinary study is being conducted with colleagues from the Enterprise of Things (EoT) Lab located at the University of Koblenz-Landau. The aim of this research projects is deepen understanding of the Internet of Things (IoT) and digital transformation through an interdisciplinary examination of matters of scale, scaling and cross-scale dynamics in IoT information infrastructures. The IoT is widely acknowledged as a key driver in transforming business and society. Yet to date limited attention has been directed towards organisational issues and considerable uncertainty remains about scale, nature, timing and impact of the associated digital transformation.

3. Cyber Security, Governance and Failure

The imperative for effectively governing cyber security is widely recognised across the globe as cyber-attacks and reports of major data breaches escalate. However significant challenges remain, for example in developing capabilities, designing policy and managing risk, notwithstanding the attention directed towards security and governance over the past decade and more. Two projects have been designed and are being conducted: (1) with a colleague in the Business School and (2) as part of a PhD candidature in the BIS discipline. The first is examining cases of security breaches for the purpose of broadly developing understanding about patterns of failure and potential tensions between perceptions of control as a problem or solution in these landscapes. The second project is broadly focused on how cyber security governance is experienced and constituted in practice and across different contexts.

4. Nanoparticles and People: Consumer behavior and regulatory frameworks

This is a joint project with colleagues in the Business School and the Nano Institute. The first phase of the project is to examine the impact of nano-particles on consumer behavior and the implications for policy and regulation.

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Selected grants

2018 - 2020



Recent Units Taught

  • BUSS4000 Honours in Business

    2017: S2,
    2016: S2,

  • BUSS4001 Business Honours Research Methods

    2017: S1,
    2016: S1,

  • BUSS6002 Data Science in Business

    2017: S2,

  • INFS2050 Data Governance and Technology Assurance

    2018: S2,

  • INFS5000 Accounting Information Systems

    2016: S1, S2,

Newsroom articles

  • Surviving Digital Disruption 01 Mar 2013

    Australian Institute of Company Directors

    Senior Lecturer Catherine Hardy has been quoted in a feature story on digital disruption, in Australian Institute of Company Directors magazine

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