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The Future of Accounting - and the Role of Australian Business Schools


Improving Collaboration and Innovation between Industries and Business Schools in Australia

RMIT University and the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) held a Forum in 2016 on the future of the accounting industry. The Forum discussed the rapid changes to the profession with the advent of disruptive technologies, and changing expectations and capabilities of consumers. It was concluded that Universities – and Business Schools in particular – have a vital role to play.

Key aspects and emerging conclusions from the Forum arepresented in the eighth volume of the Academic Leadership Series, which is being launched at the AFAANZ conference in Adelaide.

The latest edition discusses the barriers that prevent universities and industry working together and explores the opportunities to create meaningful change through knowledge exchange and developing relationships.

Australia and New Zealand lag behind other countries when it comes to cooperation between industry and business schools. Business schools have significant expertise in research, but are often disconnected from the challenges facing industry, public sector, NGOs and the wider society.

The CAANZ and RMIT University paper proposes an approach based on innovation in management, finance and accounting, technology and other business disciplines.

Download the paper here: Improving Collaboration and Innovation between Industry and Business Schools in Australia

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

As Head of Academic Relations, James engages with accounting academics and stakeholders in the Australian higher education system.

He produces thought leadership to benefit the wider accounting profession. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and has more than 35 years’ experience in accounting education.

He is also an honorary professor at the University of Sydney, a Professor at Macquarie University and Bologna University, Italy.

He has previously held roles at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the University of New South Wales, and was Chair of Discipline of Accounting at the University of Sydney.

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