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Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance

Professional independence and attachment bias: an exploratory study

Research Seminars - business and economics
  • Topic: Professional independence and attachment bias: an exploratory study
  • Speaker: Colin Ferguson (University of Melbourne)
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Colin is Professor of Business Information Systems at The University of Melbourne and prior to that held the Chair of Accounting Information Systems at The University of Queensland. From 2006 to 2008 he was the Associate Dean – Research in the Faculty of Economics and Commerce at Melbourne. He is a CPA and a Chartered Accountant. He started his career working in the audit division of KPMG (then Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co) in Melbourne.

Colin is engaged regularly as a consultant to the profession and industry. For example, he was part of a consultancy that undertook an Asia Development Bank corporate and financial governance project for the Royal Kingdom of Nepal and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nepal. He has also provided consulting advice to the Thai Comptroller General’s Department.

Since 2004, Colin has worked with the KPMG Forensic group on researching the magnitude and incidence of fraud in corporate Australia. The early part of this research was funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage grant. Colin has also been a member of number research teams that have also won ARC Linkage grants, one partnering CPA Australia to investigate the supply of and demand for accounting and allied services in rural and regional Australia; another partnering the South West Alliance of Regional Health services to investigate the implementation of virtual health services in Western Victoria; another partnering CPA Australia, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, Tasmanian Audit Office to investigate the role information technology audit methodologies in the Australian public sector in addressing mandatory requirements of international accounting and auditing standards; and a third project with CPA Australia working on its archives.

Colin was a board member of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand for six years and was President of AFAANZ in 2004-2005. He was a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant’s Academic Board for three years and also recently finished a five-year period as a member of CPA Australia’s Professional Qualifications Advisory Committee.

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