The diverse objectives of the foundation are to:
The Foundation is governed by a Council comprising of leaders from the business community and senior University academics. Download the Accounting Foundation Governance Guide (pdf, 90KB).
Mr Paul Brunner, President (PwC)
Mr Martin McGrath (KPMG)
Mr Paul Bull (BDO)
Professor Stewart Jones (Editor-in-chief, Abacus)
Associate Professor Maria Cadiz Dyball (Academic Director, Discipline of Accounting)
Professor Greg Whitwell (Dean, Business School)
Ms Melissa Bonevska (Development Manager, University Foundations, Representative of the DVC)
The Accounting Foundation launched an Engaged Research Scheme in 2018 to help contribute to business, government and community. The Scheme provides funds over an 18-month period for multidisciplinary, cross-faculty and cross-institution collaborative projects to assist accounting researchers with commencing or continuing engaged research.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales claims that blockchain technology is fundamentally an accounting technology. This project will examine this claim by exploring the views of technology and accounting professionals on the new opportunities and risks created by blockchain technology for the practice of accounting. It will canvass: 1) the blockchain’s impact on business processes, and, the delivery of assurance services, and, 2) the implications for accounting professional development and education. It will provide valuable insights that will inform how the accounting profession could best equip its current and aspiring members to respond to this disruptive technology.
The transformative effects of Big Data Analytics are widely reported. Yet, we know little about how analytics are developed and become influential as forms of management control. This project will document the design and deployment of new analytics in a large organisation operating in a highly competitive environment. Key questions will centre on how new data, analytical tools and accountabilities are materialised as socio-technical forms; how innovation networks are built and resistance overcome. The project will help us to better understand both the potential and the challenges offered by analytics and the role of diverse professionals in their manufacture.
The journal Abacus is the flagship asset of the Accounting Foundation. The fourth oldest international accounting academic journal, it was launched in 1965 by the Sydney University Press with Professor R J Chambers as founding editor. For 50 years, Abacus has been recognised as a significant international journal devoted to the publication of scholarly papers in accounting finance and business studies.
The Accounting Foundation sponsored in 2006 the reprinting of Accounting Classics, a series of important scholarly contributions to accounting thought and literature.
The titles published to date are:
The Pacioli Society was established in 1968 on the initiative of Emeritus Professor R.J. Chambers, the foundation Professor of Accounting at the University of Sydney. The aim was to provide a forum on matters related to accounting, business and finance, and to foster the expression of both academic and professional views on topical issues based on informed opinion and debate.
The Pacioli Society now operates under the auspices of the Accounting Foundation and provides a valuable contact between academics from Sydney and other metropolitan universities and the business community.
Up to four meetings are held each year. In line with the aims of the Society, each meeting is presented by a panel of speakers to ensure several perspectives of the topic are put forward. Attendees are always given opportunities to ask questions and to voice their own opinions about the topic.
The Pacioli Society 2018 membership subscription fee is $195 ($176 plus GST) and includes an annual subscription to Abacus, a journal of accounting, finance and business studies, published quarterly.
To become a member, please return the Pacioli Society Membership Subscription Form with completed credit card details or a cheque made payable to "The Accounting Foundation, University of Sydney".
Queries should be directed to the Accounting Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.