10 June 2009
An outstanding research culture has ranked The University of Auckland Business School’s Department of Accounting and Finance in the top 50 around the world.
The department – the only New Zealand university department to gain a place in any of the areas judged – gained 21st equal place in auditing research and 41st equal in archival research in a worldwide evaluation conducted by Brigham Young University in the United States.
Department head Professor David Hay says the rankings are based on the number of publications in 11 top journals and analysed via several topical areas such as accounting information systems, auditing, financial accounting, managerial accounting and tax.
“This is an excellent achievement that we are very proud of, and a large number of people in the areas of financial accounting, finance and management accounting have contributed to our rankings,” he says.
The rankings, which recognise the diversity of accounting research, also provide evidence that schools which adopt a diversified research approach are able to produce more research than schools which adopt a specialisation approach.
“This ranking is indeed an excellent indicator of the research culture being developed in the Department of Accounting and Finance,” Business Dean Professor Greg Whittred says.
“Looking at overall rankings, only Nanyang (Singapore), Melbourne and New South Wales Universities are ahead of us in the Australasia/South East Asia region.
“That’s a great achievement, and both the University and its past and current students and staff should be extremely pleased and proud.”
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