Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Dr Dianne McGrath

Dr Dianne McGrath

Profile

Dianne has been a Course Director since 2011 covering a portfolio of courses at post graduate and undergraduate level in Accounting, Finance and Dispute Resolution.

Dianne’s research interest include Social Accounting and Accounting Education and Dianne is actively engaged with A-CSEAR, AFAANZ Education SIG and Associate Editor of Accounting Education.

Dianne’s current community engagement activities include Director and Treasurer of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and Treasurer of the local CFA Brigade. Previous community engagement activities have included Branch Chair of CPA Australia Albury-Wodonga and Director of a local credit union.

Dianne has also held leadership positions in the Faculty including Associate Dean (Courses) and Sub Dean Learning & Teaching. Before joining CSU Dianne owned and operated retail businesses and held positions including Head of School (La Trobe University) and was an auditor with the Australian Taxation Office.

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Teaching

Areas of teaching:

  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation

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Research

Dianne's research has focused on two areas - corporate social responsibility; and accounting education, particularly the development of the hidden curriculum of generic skills in undergraduate accounting programs. The branch of accounting research Dianne has chosen, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), embeds itself in an ideal of ethical behaviour and reflects current concerns with climate change, environmental damage and corporate ethics arising from recent corporate collapses and the global financial crisis. Her particular interest is in the sphere of governance and sustainability in regionally based credit unions. A reporting model she developed was published in Social Accounting and Public Management, a book which discusses the development of the knowledge and theory of the nature of 'accountability' in contemporary global society and the challenges it poses for public policy and management.

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Professional Memberships

  • Accounting & Finance Association Australia and New Zealand (member and treasurer of Education Special Interest group)
  • Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (member)
  • Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
  • CPA Australia

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Publications

Journal articles:

Cherry, M., McGrath, D. & Baumann, C.(2018, in press) Client Intimacy & Performance Advice: Determinants of Trust in the Public Accountant - SME Client Relationship, Australasian Accounting, Business and Finance Journal, 12(1)

McGrath, D. & Murphy, D. (2016) Understanding accounting as a career:  An immersion work experience for students making career decisions, Accounting Education: an International Journal. 25(1) pp 57-87.

Steen, A.,McGrath, D. & Wong, A. (2016)Market Failure, Regulation and Education of Financial Advisors, Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal. http://primo.unilinc.edu.au/primo_library/libweb/action/dlDisplay.do?vid=CSU2&docId=dtl_csu84389

McGrath, D.  (2016) Community in Credit Unions: Has banking regulation impaired CSR in Australian Customer Owned Banks? Issues in Social and Environmental Accounting (ISEA),Vol.9,,No.4.

Murphy, D. & McGrath, D. (2013) ESG reporting – class actions, deterrence, and avoidance, Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal, 4(2) pp.216 – 235. (Selected by Editorial Team as a Highly Commended Paper of 2013).

McGrath, D.  (2011) Accounting for the Environment: Towards a Theoretical Perspective for Environmental Accounting and Reporting, Social and Environmental Accountability Journal, 31(2) pp.169-170

Plummer, K., Burmeister, O., Muntean, D., McGrath, D., Murphy, D. & Macklin, R. (2010)  A whole of curriculum approach to teaching business ethics, Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 12(1), pp. 14-26.

McGrath, D. and Mathews, M. R, (2008) Moving to Sustainability: An Application of a Matrix Model to Gain Insight into the Research Literature, Accounting, Accountability & Performance, 14(1) pp 57-81.

Books, monographs:

McGrath, D (2010), Stakeholder Responses to a Social and Environmental Reporting Model for the Credit Union Sector, Social Accounting and Public Management (eds. Ball, A. & Osborne, S.,), Routledge. (Details media.routledgeweb.com/catalogs/routledge_research_2010.pdf

Other publications:

Murphy, D. & McGrath, D. (2013) Changing accounting perceptions: Introducing an intervention model to improve accounting as a career choice for secondary students, Accounting Educators Professional Periodical, July 2013, available at http://www.afaanz.org/ images/ stories/SIG5/July%202013.pdf

McGrath, D., (2009). Rethink teaching ethics or rethink funding ethics teaching, Fast Thinking http://www.fastthinking.com.au/site/page.cfm?u=348 Submitted August 2009.

Refereed Conference papers:

McGrath, D. (2017).Understanding CSR the context of Credit Unions in emerging economies: a visual interpretation. Paper presented at the A-CSEAR Conference, 6-8 December, Nadi, Fiji

Murphy, D., Pawsey, N., McGrath, D. & Nayeem, T. (2017).Water Pricing Engagement in Victoria: A prem(o)ium accountability regimePaper presented at the A-CSEAR Conference, 6-8 December, Nadi, Fiji

Kavanagh, M., Birt, J., McGrath, D., McGuigan, N., Muir, J. & Ayodele Adeyinka, A., (2017) The development and nurturing of judgement skills in accounting programs. Paper presented at the AFAANZ Conference, 1-4 July, Adelaide, Australia.

McGrath, D. 2015) Drivers of inaction for social performance in Australian Credit Unions and Mutual Banks. SIDREA International Workshop (SIW) Meditari Accountancy Research European Conference and Doctoral Colloquium, 2-3 July, Forli, Italy.

Attree, K. & McGrath, D. (2014). Improving success and retention in Accounting and business undergraduate courses. Make the call. Paper presented at the RMIT Accounting Educators' Conference, November 2014, Melbourne, Australia.

Murphy, D. & McGrath, D. (2013) Reaping what you sow: A stereotype intervention model to improve the uptake of accounting as a career choice AFAANZ Conference, 7-9 July, Perth, Australia.

Plummer, K., Burmeister, O., Muntean, D., McGrath, D., Murphy, D. and Macklin, R. (2010) A whole of curriculum approach to teaching business ethics. 17th Annual Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics Conference. 15-17th June.

Plummer, K S, Burmeister, O, Macklin, R, McGrath, D, Muntean, D, and Murphy, D, (2009) Teaching ethics in the Faculty of Business. CSUEd09, Thurgoona, 25-27 November.

Murphy, D. and McGrath, D., (2007), Generic Skill Development for Accounting Students: A Prescription for Success, Accounting Educators Forum, 22-23 November, Sydney.

McGrath, D., (2007), A proposed model: a social reporting framework for the credit union sector, Fifth Asia Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting (APIRA) Conference, 8-10 July, Auckland, New Zealand.

Murphy, D. and McGrath, D., (2007), Developing Ethical Understanding within an Undergraduate Accounting Degree: A Proposed Model, 2nd International Conference on Innovation in Accounting and Corporate Governance Education, 31 January to 2 February, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.

Murphy, D. and McGrath, D., (2006), Surface to Deep: An assessment intervention to influence students learning approach’, British Accounting Association Education Special Interest Group, May London. Awarded Best Emerging Paper.

McGrath, D. and Murphy D., (2006), Deconstructing the delivery of ethics in a commerce degree: a model to map the development of ethical skills, British Accounting Association Education Special Interest Group, May London.

McGrath, D. and Murphy D., (2006), An education model to develop ethical understanding in the corporate governance environment. 2nd International Borneo Business Conference 6-8 December Kuching Malaysia.

Murphy, D. and McGrath, D., (2006), Revealing the hidden curriculum of Business IT: If it’s not taught here, where is it taught? Accounting Educators Forum, November, Sydney, Australia.

McGrath, D., (2006), Stakeholder demand for Social and Environmental reporting: Its importance and influence on decision-making 3rd International Conference on Contemporary Business 21 – 22 September, Leura, NSW, Australia.

McGrath, D. and Murphy D., (2006), Deconstructing the delivery of ethics in a commerce degree: a model to map the development of ethical skills. 3rd International Conference on Contemporary Business 21 – 22 September, Leura, NSW, Australia.

McGrath, D. and Murphy D., (2006), Gaps and Overlaps: a model to map the development of generic skills within a profession based undergraduate degree Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, July, Wellington New Zealand.

Murphy, D. & McGrath, D., (2006), Surface to Deep: An assessment intervention to influence the students’ learning approach Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, July, Wellington New Zealand.

Invited presentations and workshop presentations:

McGrath, D. & Murphy, D. (2017) University-Community engagement: reflections on a work experience project. QUT School of Accountancy Research Seminar Series, Friday 24 March, Brisbane, Australia.

Association of Asia Confederation Credit Union: 3 day HRD workshop on Social Responsibility in Credit Unions, 7-9 September 2015 Bangkok, Thailand.

Association Of Asia Confederation Credit Union: 3 day Youth Leadership workshop on Youth / Gender issues affecting strategy outcomes for credit unions with two underlying themes – Leadership and Marketing 9-11 September 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal.

McGrath, D. (2013) Organisational and Personal Values: how leaders put values in action, Asian Credit Union Forum, 12-14 September 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal. Invited speaker.

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