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Professor Zahirul Hoque Professor (Mgmt Acctg / Public Sector), Accounting & Data Analytics

Professor Hoque is an established and reputed researcher in his field and has been continuously employed as a full-time Professor of Management Accounting/Public Sector at La Trobe since December 2006, having previously been Professor and Chair of Accounting at Deakin University immediately prior to his appointment at La Trobe. He completed his 17 months long fixed term employment at La Trobe as the Associate Dean of Research in the former Faculty of Law and Management (now College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce) in June 2010. He was the acting Head of the Department of Accounting between August and December 2014. Later on, he has been appointed as the Head of the Department of Accounting and Data Analytics on a three-year fixed term contract commenced on the 4th of January 2015.

Professor Hoque’s prior positions were: Chair in Accounting in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance of Deakin University at the Geelong campus, Victoria, Australia (4 February 2005 – 1 December 2006); Professor and Head of School of Business, Charles Darwin University (formerly Northern Territory University), Australia (January 2003 – February 2005); Senior Lecturer, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia (May 1996 – January 2003); Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (January 2004 – May 1996); Lecturer, Dhaka University, Bangladesh (July 1986 – December 1993);

Professor Hoque is a fellow of CPA Australia and the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Bangladesh.

Professor Hoque is actively involved in the research and mentoring activities within the Department/School. These include supervision of staff upgrading their qualifications to PhD, staff publications mentoring, development of the Department’s international research profile and links, and Executive directorship of the Centre for Public Sector, Governance, Accountability and Performance’ of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce.

During his Associate Dean (Research) period, Prof Hoque has developed several policies for the Faculty’s research and higher degrees by research (HDR), namely HDR monitoring process, HDR incentive schemes, Academic Staff Research Incentive Scheme; Revised Faculty Small Research Grants Schemes; HDR seminar series, etc. Despite these, he has kept publishing reputed international journals. In contrast to the full-time appointment that Professor Hoque holds as a Professor of Accounting at La Trobe, he held an Honorary Visiting Fellow position at the School of Information System from 2012-2015 to complete his ARC Discovery Project with a Business Process Management team at QUT as well as member of the promotions committee of the University of Malay in Malaysia.

In addition to his La Trobe post, Professor Hoque is internationally recognised as one of the leading interdisciplinary management accounting and public sector scholar. He conducts and publishes high quality, robust, theoretical, qualitative, and quantitative research into a variety of accounting and performance management issues that have cost accounting, accountability, performance management, organisational change, and governance as central themes. His current research focuses on the micro and macro links between organisational change, accounting, governance and performance management that contributes to the stock of knowledge in the area of internally and externally imposed governance in corporate and government sectors.

Hoque’s contributions to his research field in the public sector are also enormous as he has been attracting a lot of higher degree research students since 1996. As of June 2018, he has 19 successful PhD completions, 2 Masters, and 8 Honours completions. Most of his PhD supervised dissertations focus on issues in the management accounting/public sector field.

For his research work in accounting change and corporate disclosure, he was interviewed by Sarah Powell, editor of Spotlight to talk about the internationalization of accountancy standards and the challenges this poses to emerging and transition economies (Spotlight, Emerald, UK, March 2006).

Hoque delivered keynote addresses by invitation at several international forums including the 2015 Greater China Australia Dialogue Workshop on Public Administration at the National Taiwan University in Taipei on 14 -16 November 2015 and a practitioners' forum on 16 November 2015 with senior civil servants from Taiwan held at the Civil Service Development Institute. The forum was moderated by the former Deputy Minister of Finance, Taiwan who is currently the Dean of College of Management of Shih Hsin University in Taiwan. His keynote paper has been published in a book titled “Value for Money: Budget and Financial Management Reform in the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and Australia” edited by Andrew Podger, Tsai-Tsu Su, John Wanna, Hon S, Chan and Meili Niu, published by the Australian National University Press in 2018.

Hoque has won ARC Discovery Projects grants for funding commencing 2012 (DP120101624) with a very strong well-funded research team from QUT (administering organisation) for the project titled Cost-Aware Business Process Management. Hoque was also a recipient of a former small ARC grant in 1999 while at Griffith University with Peter Brosnan, Professor of Industrial Relations for the project on “Industrial Relations and Management Accounting. Hoque also won two grants $10,000 each from CPA Australia.

He serves on the editorial boards of a number of international journals, including the editorship, as follows:

Founding Editor-in-Chief – Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change (since 2005)

Editorial board members:

 Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal
 The British Accounting Review
 Financial Accountability & Management
 Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management

Honours and Awards

 The Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation Award for a leadership role in implementing High Quality Learning and Teaching via blended delivery mode for the Department of Accounting and Data Analytics, 8 September 2016, La Trobe University, Australia.
 Mary Parker Follett Award 2013 for the most Outstanding Paper for a paper (with Covaleski, M. and Gooneratne, T), titled ‘Theoretical triangulation and pluralism in research methods in organizational and accounting research’ published in Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal (Vol. 26, No. 7).
 Commonwealth Scholarship to study PhD at the University of Manchester, UK 1989-1993

Leadership Roles, Boards and Committees

 Current - Director, Centre for Public Sector Governance, Accountability and Performance, La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Melbourne
 August 2014 – December 2017: Head of Department of Accounting and Data Analytics, La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University, Melbourne.
 February 2009 – June 2010, Associate Dean (Research), Former Faculty of Law and Management, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia,
 January – December 2011, Director of Research, former School of Accounting, La Trobe University.
 May 2003 - February 2004, Head of School, Charles Darwin Business School, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory, Australia.
 February 2004 - 31 January 2005, Chair, Faculty of Law and Business Research Human Ethics Committee, Charles Darwin University.
 Founding Chair – Global Accounting and Organisational Change (GAOC) research network since 2005.
 Member, CPA Australia Victorian Public Sector and Not-for-Profit Accounting (2014 – 2015)

Visiting international appointments

 1st of May – 30th June, Visiting Professor in Accounting, ESB Business School, University of Reutlingen, Germany.
 1st of March – 30 April 2018. Visiting Professor in Accounting, Faculty of Economics, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy.
 January 2012 – December 2015, Visiting Research Scholar, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Business Process Management Group, School of Information System, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
 July 2012, Visiting Professor of Business, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
 July – August 2010, Visiting Professor of Accounting, Babson College, Babson Park, MA, USA.
 December 2010, Visiting Professor of Accounting, Faculty of Business and Accountancy, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
 September 2001 – April 2002, Visiting Professor of Business and Director, MBA program, School of Business, American International University Bangladesh
 April – May 2002, Visiting Associate Professor of Accounting, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Mineral, Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

He served the Victorian Public Sector and Not-for-Profit Accounting Committee between 2012 and 2015 as a member. Prior to moving to Melbourne, he served the CPA Australia Branch Councils in Darwin and Geelong as a council member.

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