Kim Langfield-Smith


Kim Michelle Langfield-Smith has made a significant and sustained contribution to the advancement of the accounting discipline through her work within the university sector and the wider accounting profession. She completed undergraduate Economics at the University of Sydney, Master of Economics at Macquarie University and PhD at Monash University. Kim commenced her academic career at the University of Technology Sydney followed by appointments at Tasmania, Melbourne (Graduate School of Management), La Trobe, and Monash. She was promoted to professor in 1998 and progressed through senior management roles as Head of Department, Associate Dean, Deputy Dean and Vice-Provost (Academic Performance) prior to leaving Monash in early 2017.  Kim Langfield-Smith’s career in academia has influenced and shaped research in management accounting, management control systems, strategy, performance measurement systems, and inter-organizational relationships. She has published extensively in leading academic journals including Accounting, Organizations and Society and has co-authored leading management accounting textbooks. As lead author of Management Accounting: Information for Creating and Managing Value, now in its ninth edition, this text has the highest market share in the tertiary management accounting market in Australia.  Kim has been an active participant or chair of several committees of the Australian Research Council, particularly in relation to the Excellence in Research in Australia assessment exercise including evaluation, impact submission, and research data management. In 2021, she returned to Monash to work in the student misconduct area and in December 2022 was appointed the University Student Ombudsman. In 2022 she was also appointed as a Technical Fellow at the Australian Accounting Standards Board tasked with reviewing public sector accounting standards. In parallel with her university career, Kim is an active member of the Australian and international accounting professions. For more than twenty years, she was a member of, or chaired many CPA Australia committees including chair of the Course Accreditation Committee and Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee. She is currently a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal. For six years, she represented CPA Australia and Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) on the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB). Kim chaired several international task forces that rewrote key education standards and represented the IAESB at several professional accounting conferences.  Kim has also brought her accounting knowledge and skills to a wide range of roles as a board member or member of Audit and Risk committees of various not-for-profit and local government organisations. Kim Langfield-Smith is a Fellow of CPA Australia and in 2014 her contribution to the accounting profession was recognised with a Lifetime Achievement Award from CPA Australia. The Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand designated her as a Fellow in 2012 and awarded her Life Membership in 2016. In 2017 Monash University conferred the title Emeritus Professor in recognition of her significant contributions to the university.

The Australian Accounting Hall of Fame honours Kim Michelle Langfield-Smith as a researcher, educator and university administrator of the highest order.