CPA Australia-University of Melbourne Annual Research Lecture

Free Public Lecture

Carrillo Gantner Theatre,
Basement, Sidney Myer Asia Centre
761 Swanston St, Carlton


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Abbey Treloar

Professor Vernon Richardson will deliver the 80th CPA Australia – University of Melbourne Annual Research Lecture, the longest running lecture series at the University. It will be livestreamed on the CPA website (click here) from 6.00pm on Wednesday 2 October.

Act or Be Acted Upon: Revolutionising Accounting Training Using Data Analytics

Big Data, data analytics, and computerization are revolutionizing accounting. To survive the revolution, accountants must focus on how they can improve: (1) the veracity of Big Data by concentrating on measuring and verifying data and (2) the effectiveness of data analytics by focusing on analyzing, interpreting and communicating data.  Accounting educators must also revolutionize the accounting curriculum to produce accounting graduates with an analytics mindset.  This new curriculum focuses on higher levels of thinking per Bloom’s Taxonomy to develop critical thinking skills. Such a curriculum will: (1) provide students with a step-by-step framework/approach for analyzing the data; (2) immerse students in data analysis to answer questions instead of completing rote memory exercises; and (3) prepare students to analyze both financial and non-financial Big Data.  This new curriculum requires business acumen to provide context as well as technological adeptness to analyze the data.

Vernon J. Richardson is Distinguished Professor of Accounting and the W. Glezen Chair in the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. He received his BS, MAcc, and MBA from Brigham Young University and a PhD in accounting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has taught students at the University of Arkansas, University of Illinois, Brigham Young University, Chinese University of Hong Kong Shenzhen, Baruch College, Aarhus University, University of Kansas, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University and the China Europe International Business School (Shanghai). He served as accounting department chair at the University of Arkansas for nine years.

Dr. Richardson has authored the very first textbook in accounting data analytics with McGraw Hill.  He has also published textbooks in accounting information systems and financial accounting also with McGraw Hill. He was formerly editor at the Accounting Review and is currently an editor at Accounting Horizons. He also served as associate editor at MIS Quarterly, the Journal of Information Systems and the International Journal of Accounting Information Systems. He has published articles in the Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research, MIS Quarterly, Journal of Management Information Systems, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Operations Management, and the Journal of Marketing.

Refreshments served at 7pm after the lecture. Registration is free but essential via the booking link to the left. Register by 27 September for catering purposes.

The lecture is jointly presented by the Department of Accounting and CPA Australia.

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