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A Humane Reckoning - From Accounting to Accountability at Macquarie University

"It was fairly tough—we required that assignments be submitted or else, and with fairly testing exams. The result was that quite a large number of students failed." …"Students used to say, 'Macquarie is easy to get into, but bloody hard to get out of'." When they did get out, however, they were ready to go places.

The most important [obstacles] lay in the continuing doubt among other disciplines that a practical subject such asAccounting had anything worthwhile to research. "How can you do research in Accounting?" staff members were often asked, each question a little dent in their confidence.

The first fruits of this emerged in the mid-1980s. As their research and doctoral programs progressed, McKinnon andHarrison—separately and together, both in their doctoral theses and then in articles and books—began to build a focus on international and transcultural accounting research.

The appointment of Mark Gabbott asExecutive Dean in 2008 … would incentivise research performance and teaching quality, reform the workload model (counter to the Department's traditional teaching-centred values) in order to "provide relief for research active staff members".