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Catherine Hardy

Catherine Hardy

PhD UNSW MEc UNE BBus RMIHE CPA
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.hardy@sydney.edu.au

Bio

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.

2016

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Raduescu C, Leonard J and Hardy CA 2016 'Course Design Principles to Support the Learning of Complex Information Infrastructures', Proceedings of the 27th Australasian Conference on Information Systems 2016, Wollongong, Australia, 7th December 2016

2015

2
Book Section/s

Laslett G and Hardy CA 2015 'Implementing Continuous Auditing and Continuous Monitoring in Metcash - Change, Capabilities, and Culture' in Audit Analytics and Continuous Audit: Looking Toward the Future, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Inc., New York, United States, pp. 157-67

4
Journal Article/s

Hardy CA and Laslett G 2015 'Continuous Auditing and Monitoring in Practice: Lessons from Metcash's Business Assurance Group', Journal of Information Systems, vol.29:2, pp. 183-94 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Cutcher L, Hardy CA, Thompson R and Ainsworth S 2015 'A Critical Analysis of Temporal Work: Time, Space and Identity in a Global Engineering Firm', 75th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management, Vancouver, Canada, 11th August 2015

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Bunker D, Hardy CA, Babar A and Stevens KJ 2015 'Exploring Practitioner Perspectives of Sourcing Risks: Towards the Development of an Integrated Risk and Control Framework', Proceedings of the 26th Australasian Conference on Information Systems ACIS, Adelaide, Australia, 4th December 2015

Hardy CA 2015 'Business analytics and continuous assurance: theoretical matters, practice issues and future directions', Proceedings of the 48th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences HICSS 2015, Kauai, United States, 8th January 2015

2014

4
Journal Article/s

Hardy CA and Tolhurst D 2014 'Epistemological Beliefs and Cultural Diversity Matters in Management Education and Learning: A Critical Review and Future Directions', Academy Management Learning & Education, vol.13:2, pp. 265-89 [Link]

Hardy CA 2014 'The Messy Matters of Continuous Assurance: Findings from Exploratory Research in Australia', Journal of Information Systems, vol.28:2, pp. 357-77 [Link]

Williams SP, Hausmann V, Hardy CA and Schubert P 2014 'Managing enterprise information: meeting performance and conformance objectives in a changing information environment', International Journal of Information Systems and Project Management, vol.2:4, pp. 5-36 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Leonard J and Hardy CA 2014 'Framing Semantic Process and Data Modelling Notations for/in Accounting Practice', International Symposium of Accounting Information Systems (ISAIS), Melbourne, Australia, 3rd July 2014 [Link]

Hardy CA 2014 '“We’re at the end of the beginning”: Framing the future of continuous assurance as/in practice', International Symposium of Accounting Information Systems (ISAIS), Melbourne, Australia, 3rd July 2014 [Link]

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Hausmann V, Williams S, Hardy CA and Schubert P 2014 'Enterprise Information Management Readiness: A survey of current issues, challenges and strategy', Proceedings of the CENTERIS - Conference on ENTERprise Information Systems, Troia, Portugal, 17th October 2014

2013

4
Journal Article/s

Williams SP, Hardy CA and Holgate J 2013 'Information security governance practices in critical infrastructure organizations: A socio-technical and institutional logics perspective', Electronic Markets, vol.23:4, pp. 341-54 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Hardy CA 2013 'The Messy Matters of Continuous Assurance: Preliminary findings from six Australian case studies', 29th World Continuous Auditing and Reporting Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, 22nd November 2013

Hardy CA 2013 'Messy matters and multiple ontologies of continuous assurance: An exploratory case study', 29th European Group for Organisational Studies Colloquium EGOS 2013 - "Bridging Continents, Cultures and Worldviews", Montreal, Canada, 6th July 2013

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Leonard J, Hardy CA and Raduescu C 2013 'Using Technical Artefacts in the Development of a Sociotechnical Curriculum for Business Education', Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on Information Systems ACIS 2013, Melbourne, Australia, 6th December 2013

Williams S, Hausmann V, Hardy CA and Schubert P 2013 'Enterprise 2.0 Research: Meeting the Challenges of Practice', Proceedings of the 26th Bled eConference – “eInnovation: Challenges and Impacts for Individuals, Organizations and Society”, Bled, Slovenia, 13th June 2013

10
Report/s

Williams SP, Hardy CA, Hausmann V and Schubert P 2013 '2013 Enterprise Information Management Survey - Report on Preliminary Findings', IBD Research Review Report Series (Report No. 2013/091: September) [Link]

2012

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Hardy CA 2012 'Internal auditors, managers and the framing of continuous monitoring: A case study of an Australian wholesale company', Proceedings of the 18th Americas Conference on Information Systems AMCIS 2012, Seattle, United States, 11th August 2012

Holgate J, Williams SP and Hardy CA 2012 'Information Security Governance: Investigating Diversity in Critical Infrastructure Organizations (winner of the Outstanding Paper Award)', Proceedings of the 25th Bled eConference 2012 - "eDependability: Reliable and Trustworthy eStructures, eProcesses, eOperations and eServices for the Future", Bled, Slovenia, 20th June 2012

Hardy CA and Williams SP 2012 'Thinking about identities of information professionals: Exploring the concept of intersectionality', Proceedings of the 20th European Conference on Information Systems ECIS 2012, Barcelona, Spain, 13th June 2012

2011

4
Journal Article/s

Hardy CA and Williams SP 2011 'Assembling E-Government Research Designs: A Transdisciplinary View and Interactive Approach', Public Administration Review, vol.71:3, pp. 405-13

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Hardy CA and Leonard J 2011 'Governance, risk and compliance (GRC): Conceptual muddle and technological tangle', 22nd Australasian Conference on Information Systems ACIS 2011 - "Identifying the Information Systems Discipline", Sydney, Australia, 2nd December 2011

Hardy CA 2011 'Exploring continuous assurance in practice: Preliminary Insights', Proceedings of the 15th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems PACIS 2011 - “Quality Research in Pacific Asia”, Brisbane, Australia, 11th July 2011

Williams SP and Hardy CA 2011 'Information Management Issues and Challenges in an Enterprise 2.0 Era: Imperatives for Action', Proceedings of the 24th Bled eConference 2011 – "eFuture: Creating Solutions for the Individual, Organisations and Society", Bled, Slovenia, 15th June 2011

2010

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Hardy CA and Williams SP 2010 'Managing Information Risks and Protecting Information Assets in a Web 2.0 era', 23rd Bled eConference 2010 - "eTrust: Implications for the Individual, Enterprises and Society", Bled, Slovenia, 23rd June 2010

10
Report/s

Hardy CA and Williams SP 2010 'Developing an information capability: Practitioner survey and focus group findings- August', [Link]

2008

4
Journal Article/s

Hardy CA and Williams SP 2008 'E-Government Policy and Practice: A Theoretical and Empirical Exploration of Public e-Procurement', Government Information Quarterly, vol.25:2, pp. 155-180

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Hardy CA and Williams SP 2008 'Making e-Government Research Designs Visible: Reflexivity and Collaborative Research', 4th International Conference on e-Government ICEG 2008, Melbourne, Australia, 24th October 2008 [Link]

2007

4
Journal Article/s

Williams SP and Hardy CA 2007 'Update on e-Procurement in Australia', Procurement Professional

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Williams SP and Hardy CA 2007 'E-Procurement: current issues and future challenges', 15th European Conference on Information Systems, St Gallen, Switzerland, 1st January 2007-31st December 2007

2006

4
Journal Article/s

Williams SP, Scifleet P and Hardy CA 2006 'Online business reporting: An information management perspective', International Journal of Information Management, vol.26:2, pp. 91-101

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Williams SP and Hardy CA 2006 'Constructing the meaning of document retention: A policy research agenda', e-society 2006 - Proceedings of the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 16th July 2006

10
Report/s

Williams SP, Elliot S, Langfield Smith K, Hardy CA and Custodio G 2006 'NeRPA Report on the Findings of the 2006 Australian National e-Procurement Survey', (Linkage Grant LP0214841) [Link]

2005

4
Journal Article/s

Williams SP and Hardy CA 2005 'Public eProcurement as socio-technical change', Strategic Change, vol.14:5, pp. 273-281

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Hardy CA and Williams SP 2005 'Public eProcurement in action: Policies, practices and technologies', Towards electronic democracy (TED) Conference on e-Government - Electronic democracy: The challenge ahead, Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, 4th March 2005

10
Report/s

Williams SP, Elliot S, Langfield Smith K, Custodio G and Hardy CA 2005 'National eProcurement research project Australia (NeRPA)', Survey

2004

6
Conference Proceeding/s

Hardy CA 2004 'Strategic information systems planning for e-business: Theoretical insights and empirical issues', Multi-disciplinary solutions to industry and governments’ e-business challenges IFIP WG8.4, Salzburg, Austria, 11th June 2004

10
Report/s

Williams SP and Hardy CA 2004 'Case studies of public eProcurement. Presentation of project finding', Australian Government Information Management Office Project no. ACON/04/05

Williams SP and Hardy CA 2004 'Case descriptions of experiences', Australian Government Information Management Office Project number ACON/04/05

Williams SP and Hardy CA 2004 'Public eProcurement: Case descriptions of experiences', Australian Government Information Management Office Project number ACON/04/05

Williams SP, Elliot S, Langfield Smith K, Morello F, Custodio G and Hardy CA 2004 'National eProcurement research project Australia (NeRPA)', Survey

11
Seminar Paper/s

Williams SP and Hardy CA 2004 'Public eProcurement as socio-technological change, ERP Workshop: Managing ERP's - Organisational implications, Sydney, Australia, 8 November 2004

Selected grants

2018 - 2020

2018

2013-2014

Recent Units Taught

  • BUSS4001 Business Honours Research Methods

    2017: S1,

  • BUSS6002 Data Science in Business

    2017: 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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