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Wai Fong Chua

Wai Fong Chua

AM; BA (Hons) PhD, Sheffield; FCA FCPA
Professor

Rm 336
H69 - Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Telephone 61 2 8627 0693
Fax +61 2 9351 6638
waifong.chua@sydney.edu.au
Curriculum vitae Curriculum vitae

Bio

Professor Wai Fong Chua AM re-joined Sydney University in 2016. Prior to this she held several senior administrative positions in Australian higher education while continuing to pursue an active research career. Professor Chua holds a first class honours degree and a PhD from Sheffield University.

Professor Chua is internationally known for her research on management accounting as a social and organizational practice and the use of qualitative fieldwork as an investigative method. She has received substantial competitive research grants and published widely in prestigious, international accounting journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research. In addition to serving as a reviewer on the boards of numerous well-known accounting journals, Professor Chua is an Editor of Accounting, Organizations and Society. She has also been involved with research training through professional accounting associations such as CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) and the EIASM (European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management). Further, through Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, Professor Chua has published several research monographs on social and environmental reporting. She has also been involved with executive education and consulted with both private and public sector organisations.

In 2012, Professor Chua was recognised for her contributions to research, university administration and mentoring while she was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia. In 2009, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland and received the Outstanding Contribution to the Accounting and Finance Literature Award from the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand. Professor Chua was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2008.

Research Interests

Professor Chua’s current research interests focus on the following:

  1. The impact of big data and business analytics on organizational control and management accounting practice;
  2. The use of immersive technologies by non-government-organisations (NGOs) and charities as an accountability mechanism;
  3. The connection between ‘passionate interests’ and accounting in organizations and societies

a. Technology penetrates organizational as well as daily life.  At present, there is much talk about how business analytics based on innovative combinations of large, real-time datasets can be used to manage assurance and business risks more effectively. However, there has been little systematic analysis within the accounting domain of the challenges of making these claims a reality.  Together with colleagues from the Business School and at the University of Bristol, Professor Chua’s current research seeks to investigate the impact of local eco-systems of ‘people and machines’ that enable new deployment of assurance and customer analytics.  Emphasis is placed on understanding how particular socio-material arrangements enact the production and use of analytics and to trace their effects.

b. Traditionally, NGOs have relied on financial disclosures as a way of discharging their accountability.  As their donor base increasingly changes to a mix of small as well as large government donors and technology enables different ways to give an account, financial statements may no longer be the only or indeed the most effective way to give an account to stakeholders.  In conjunction with other colleagues at the Business School and at Royal Holloway University of London, Professor Chua is researching how accountability mechanisms are changing in contemporary NGOs, particularly those involved in international development.

c. Professor Chua was one of the first researchers to research how emotional attachments/interests influence the use and flow of accounting information in organizations.  Currently, she is investigating how public performance rankings such as league tables are influenced by and in turn influence the emotionally charged interests of diverse stakeholders.  She is currently conducting research on professionalised sport organizations.

2018

2
Book Section/s

Andon P, Baxter J and Chua W 2018 Forthcoming 'The Allure of Innovation: Assembling a Novel Public-Private Partnership' in Accounting, Innovation and the Importance and Challenges of Inter-Organizational Relationships – Field Study Perspectives, ed. K. Kraus and J. Lind, Routledge, New York, United Kingdom

Baxter J and Chua W 2018 'Actor-Network-Theory and Critical Accounting Research' in Routledge Companion to Critical Accounting Research, ed. R.Roslender, Routledge, London, United Kingdom, pp. 440-51 [Link]

2017

5
Conference Paper/s

Fiedler T, Chua W and Boedker C 2017 'Accounting measurement as intra-action: the case of emissions and emissions liabilities', Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Conference, Adelaide, Australia, 4th July 2017

Fiedler T, Chua W and Boedker C 2017 'Accounting measurement as intra-action: the case of emissions and emissions liabilities', Global Management Accounting Research Symposium, Sydney, Australia, 23rd June 2017

Fiedler T, Chua W and Boedker C 2017 'Accounting and the measurement of unstable objects: A case study of the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions', 10th Workshop on Management Accounting as Social & Organizational Practice, Windsor, Canada, 28th April 2017

2016

4
Journal Article/s

Mahama H and Chua W 2016 'A study of alliance dynamics, accounting and trust-as-practice', Accounting, Organizations and Society, vol.51, pp. 29-46 [Link]

11
Seminar Paper/s

Fiedler T, Chua W and Boedker C 2016 'The Enactment Model of Measurement: Fugitives, Putrescibles and Sludge, Discipline of Accounting Seminar Series, University of Sydney, Australia, 26 May 2016

2015

2
Book Section/s

Chapman CS, Chua W and Mahama H 2015 'Actor-Network Theory and Strategy as Practice' in Cambridge Handbook of Strategy as Practice (2nd edition), ed. D.Golsorkhi, L. Rouleau, D. Seidl and E. Vaara, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 265-82

4
Journal Article/s

Andon P, Baxter J and Chua W 2015 'Accounting for Stakeholders and Making Accounting Useful', Journal of Management Studies, vol.52:7, pp. 986-1002 [Link]

5
Conference Paper/s

Fiedler T, Boedker C and Chua W 2015 'The Reframing of a Liability as an Asset: How a 'compromised' market (the Australian carbon market) was crafted and won', Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Accounting Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, 10th July 2015

2013

4
Journal Article/s

Boedker C and Chua W 2013 'Accounting as an Affective Technology: a Study of Circulation, Agency and Entrancement', Accounting, Organizations and Society, vol.38:4, pp. 245-67 [Link]

2012

4
Journal Article/s

Chua W and Mahama H 2012 'On theory as a ‘deliverable’ and its relevance in ‘policy’ arenas', Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol.23:1, pp. 78-82 [Link]

2011

4
Journal Article/s

Chua W 2011 '"The Use of Collaborative Interfirm Contracts in the Presence of Task and Demand Uncertainty": A Discussion', Contemporary Accounting Research, vol.28:4, pp. 1423-28 [Link]

Chua W 2011 'In Search of ‘Successful’ Accounting Research', European Accounting Review, vol.20:1, pp. 27-39 [Link]

2010

2
Book Section/s

Mouritsen J, Mahama H and Chua W 2010 'Actor-Network Theory and the Study of Interorganisational-Network Relations' in Accounting in Networks, ed. H. Hakansson, K. Kraus and J. Lind, Routledge, New York, United States, pp. 292-313

2009

2
Book Section/s

Chua W 2009 'Situating Management Accounting Practice' in Practices, Profession and Pedagogy in Accounting: Essays in Honour of Bill Birkett, ed. J. Baxter and C. Poullaos, University of Sydney Press, Sydney, Australia, pp. 19-54

Baxter J and Chua W 2009 'Studying Accounting in Action: The Challenge of Engaging with Management Accounting Practice' in Accounting, Organisations and Institutions: Essays in Honour of Anthony Hopwood, ed. C. Chapman, D. Cooper and P. Miller, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom

4
Journal Article/s

Simnett R, Vanstraelen A and Chua W 2009 'Assurance on Sustainability Reports: An International Comparison', The Accounting Review, vol.84:3, pp. 937-68 [Link]

Burfitt BA, Baxter J and Chua W 2009 'Inter-Organisational Alliances and the Importance of Accounting for Value in Kind Transactions: Exploring the Role of Formal Management Accounting Controls', Australian Accounting Review, vol.19:2, pp. 67-79 [Link]

Selected grants

2016-2017

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