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Professor Ralph Adler

Ralph AdlerProfessor
BA (Colgate), MBA (Duke), PhD (Albany), CPA (AICPA), CA (NZICA)

Tel 64 3 479 8453
Office CO3.08
Email ralph.adler@otago.ac.nz

Professor Ralph Adler is the Director of the Otago Centre for Organisational Performance Measurement and Management (COPMM) and is the Convenor of the Performance Measurement Association of Australasia (PMAA).   COPMM is a School of Business strategic initiative and PMAA is a joint partnership between leading performance management scholars at the universities of Otago, Melbourne, and Tasmania.

Prof Adler joined the Department in 1991. He has over 25 years of teaching experience, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Prior to arriving at Otago, he worked in the USA for 10 years as a CPA and then a business consultant before completing his PhD at Albany State (USA). He holds a BA from Colgate University and a MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

His research interests are in performance management, strategic management accounting, organisational effectiveness, and business education. He has authored over 50 academic papers, more than 20 business case studies, and the book Management Accounting: making it world class. His work is internationally recognised and has earned him multiple best paper awards. His h-index is 17 and g-index 41. During the period 1993-2012, Delande et al. (2014) ranks him as the top publisher of accounting education in New Zealand and the fifth most published in the world.

Prof Adler is a Senior Associate Editor of Accounting Education: an international journal. He also serves on the editorial boards of Australian Accounting Review, Pacific Accounting Review, and Asia Pacific Management Accounting Journal. He is a past holder of the Coopers and Lybrand Peter Barr Fellowship and the American Chamber of Commerce Business Education Fellowship.

COPMM 25 November 2015

Performance Measurement Association Australasia (PMAA) 2017 Conference 1- 3 March 2017

1 Delande, Bernardi and Zamojcin (2014) Ranking accounting-education authors from four countries: A 20-year study from 1993 through 2012. Global Perspectives on Accounting Education (11): 65-76.

Teaching

  • ACCT302
  • ACCT409
  • ACCT410

Research Interests

  • Performance management
  • Strategic management accounting
  • Organisational effectiveness
  • Active student learning

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Publications

Adler, R., Mansi, M., Pandey, R., & Stringer, C. (2017). United Nations decade on biodiversity: A study of the reporting practices of the Australian mining industry. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/AAAJ-04-2015-2028

Adler, R., & Stringer, C. (2016). Practitioner mentoring of undergraduate accounting students: Helping prepare students to become accounting professionals. Accounting & Finance. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/acfi.12249

Adler, R., Mansi, M., Pandey, R., & Stringer, C. (2014, November). Do organizations report on human rights of vulnerable groups? A study of New Zealand's profit and not for profit organizations. Verbal presentation at the International Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches in Business Management and Sustainability (ICMABMS), Bhubaneswar, India.

Adler, R., Yap, M., & Stringer, C. (2013, November). The valuation of information assets. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Management Accounting Conference (NZMAC), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Adler, R., Birch, G., & Stringer, C. (2013, November). Practitioner mentoring of university accounting students: How to enrich accounting students' appreciation of jobs, careers, and the benefits and responsibilities of becoming an accounting professional. Verbal presentation at the New Zealand Management Accounting Conference (NZMAC), Queenstown, New Zealand.

Authored Book - Research

Adler, R. W. (1999). Management Accounting: Making it World Class. Oxford, England: Butterworth-Heinemann, 196p.

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Edited Book - Other

Wilson, R. M. S., & Adler, R. W. (Eds.). (2012). Teaching IFRS. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 174p.

Van Peursem, K. A., Monk, E. A., Wilson, R. M. S., & Adler, R. W. (Eds.). (2012). Audit education. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 168p.

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Chapter in Book - Other

Adler, R. W. (2003). Mangement accounting. In F. Sligo (Ed.), New Zealand General Management Accounting. (pp. 197-214). Auckland: CCH New Zealand Limited.

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Journal - Research Article

Adler, R., Mansi, M., Pandey, R., & Stringer, C. (2017). United Nations decade on biodiversity: A study of the reporting practices of the Australian mining industry. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/AAAJ-04-2015-2028

Adler, R., & Stringer, C. (2016). Practitioner mentoring of undergraduate accounting students: Helping prepare students to become accounting professionals. Accounting & Finance. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/acfi.12249

Adler, R. (2012). The state of accounting education scholarship in New Zealand. Accounting Education, 21(6), 545-563. doi: 10.1080/09639284.2012.725635

Adler, R. W., & Hiromoto, T. (2012). Amoeba management: Lessons From Japan's Kyocera. MIT Sloan Management Review, 54(1), 83-89.

Adler, R. W. (2011). Performance management and organizational strategy: How to design systems that meet the needs of confrontation strategy firms. British Accounting Review, 43(4), 251-263. doi: 10.1016/j.bar.2011.08.004

Adler, R., & Liyanarachchi, G. (2011). An empirical examination of the editorial review processes of accounting journals. Accounting & Finance, 51(4), 837-867. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-629X.2010.00378.x

Liyanarachchi, G. A., & Adler, R. (2011). Accountants’ whistle-blowing intentions: The impact of retaliation, age, and gender. Australian Accounting Review, 21(2), 167-182. doi: 10.1111/j.1835-2561.2011.00134.x

Wynn-Williams, K., Whiting, R. H., & Adler, R. W. (2008). The influence of business case studies on learning style: An empirical investigation. Accounting Education, 17(2), 113-128. doi: 10.1080/09639280601026030

Adler, R. W., & Reid, J. (2008). The effects of leadership styles and budget participation on job satisfaction and job performance. Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Journal, 3(1), 21-46.

Adler, R. W., Whiting, R. H., & Wynn-Williams, K. (2008). On approaches to learning versus learning styles: A reply to Duff et al.'s Comment. Accounting Education, 17(2), 145-149. doi: 10.1080/09639280701788687

Adler, R. (2006). Putting sport into organizations: The role of the accountant. Business Horizons, 49, 31-39.

Adler, R. W., & Theivananthampillai, P. (2006). Strategic investment proposals and the balanced scorecard: How to ensure consistency between investments and long term strategy. Asia-Pacific Management Accounting Journal, 1(1), 113-125.

Adler, R. W. (2006). Why DCF capital budgeting is bad for business and why business schools should stop teaching it. Accounting Education, 15(1), 3-10.

Adler, R. (2006). 'Quarts don't fit into pint pots': A rejoinder to commentaries on ″Why DCF capital budgeting is bad for business and why business schools should stop teaching it″. Accounting Education, 15(1), 35-39.

Adler, R. W., Whiting, R. H., & Wynn-Williams, K. (2004). Student-led and teacher-led case presentations: Empirical evidence about learning styles in an accounting course. Accounting Education, 13(2), 213-229.

Adler, R. W., & Lee, C.-W. (2003). Promoting local government authority effectiveness: The role of the CEO. Public Sector, 26(4), 14-17.

Adler, R. W., & Chaston, K. E. (2002). Stakeholder perceptions of organisational decline. Accounting Forum, 25(1), 131-150.

Adler, R. W., & Everett, A. M. (2001). A changed destiny for management accounting. Journal of Social Sciences, 14(2), 277-285.

Adler, R. W., Milne, M. J., & Stablein, R. (2001). Situated motivation: An empirical test in an accounting course. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 18(2), 101-115.

Adler, R. W. (2000). Strategic investment decision evaluation techniques: Problems with the old and a review of the new. Business Horizons, 43(6), 15-23.

Adler, R. W., Milne, M. J., & Stringer, C. (2000). Identifying and overcoming obstacles to learner-centered approaches in tertiary accounting education: A field study and survey of accounting educators' perceptions. Accounting Education, 9(2), 113-134.

Adler, R. W., Everett, A. M., & Waldron, M. A. (2000). Advanced management accounting techniques in manufacturing: Utilization, benefits, and barriers to implementation. Accounting Forum, 24(2), 131-150.

Milne, M. J., Adler, R. W., & MacGregor, A. C. (1999). A Critical Commentary on Wilkinson and Durden's (1998) Measures of Accounting Publishing Productivity. Pacific Accounting Review, 11((1)), 29-44.

Milne, M. J., & Adler, R. W. (1999). Exploring the reliability of social and environmental disclosures content analysis. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, 12(2), 237-256.

Adler, R. W. (1999). Response to Amernic, Hiramatsu, Shahin, and Theunisse's commentary on 'Five ideas designed to rile everyone who cares about accounting education. Accounting Education, 8(3), 263-265.

Adler, R. W., & Goh, T. C. (1999). Performance Measurement Systems: When to Rely on Accounting Performance Measures. Accounting & Business Review, 6 /No. 2(July 1999), 225-249.

Adler, R. W. (1999). Five ideas designed to rile everyone who cares about accounting education. Accounting Education, 8(3), 241-247.

Adler, R. W., & Milne, M. J. (1998). Learning to Learn: The Teaching Implications. International Federation of Accountants: Education Network, (Spring 1998), 7.

Adler, R. W., & Milne, M. J. (1998). The Challenges of Learner-Centred Education. Chartered Accountants Journal, (February), 12-17.

Adler, R. W., & Milne, M. J. (1998). The Challenges of Learner-Centred Education. Chartered Accountants Journal, (March), 31-33.

Adler, R. W., & Milne, M. J. (1997). Improving the quality of accounting students' learning through action-oriented learning tasks. Accounting Education, 6(2), 191-215.

Adler, R. W., & Milne, M. J. (1997). Translating ideals into practice: an examination of international accounting bodies' calls for curriculum changes and New Zealand tertiary institutions' assessment methods. Accounting Education, 6(2), 1-16.

Adler, R. W., & Milne, M. J. (1997). A day of active-learning: an accounting educator's symposium. Accounting Education, 6(3), 273-280.

Adler, R. W., & Milne, M. J. (1997). Promoting active learning: recent developments in accounting education. Chartered Accountants Journal, 76(5), 65-66.

Adler, R. W., & Hall, R. H. (1996). The effect of accounting and performance indicators on public accountants' perceptions of organizational decline. Canadian Journal of Administrative Sciences, 13(3), 189-206.

Adler, R. W. (1996). Transfer pricing for world class manufacturing. Long Range Planning, 29(1), 69-75.

Adler, R. W. (1996). Manufacturing accounting systems undergo radical change. New Zealand Manufacturer, February, 7.

Adler, R. W., & Milne, M. J. (1996). Participative Learning. Chartered Accountants Journal, 75(2), 9-13.

Adler, R. W., & Milne, M. J. (1995). Learning-to-learn in an undergraduate management accounting course. Journal of Accounting & Business Research, 2, 125-145.

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Journal - Research Other

Adler, R., Stringer, C., & Shantapriyan, P. (2012). Performance measurement and management special issue. Pacific Accounting Review, 24(3). Retrieved from http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0114-0582&volume=24&issue=3

Adler, R. W. (2011). Contextualizing the Intermediate Financial Accounting Courses in the Global Financial Crisis [Commentary]. Accounting Education, 20(5), 495-498. doi: 10.1080/09639284.2011.614429

Adler, R. W. (2011). Editorial. Accounting Education, 20(4), 299-301. doi: 10.1080/09639284.2011.601567

Adler, R. (2010). Enhancing business success: The role of performance management [Guest editor]. Business Horizons, 53(4), 331-333. doi: 10.1016/j.bushor.2010.02.001

Adler, R. (2010). Research assessment by government: Stakeholder effects [Forum editorial]. Australian Accounting Review, 20(1), 1-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1835-2561.2010.00073.x

Adler, R. (2010). Enhancing business success: The role of performance management [Guest editorial]. Business Horizons, 53, 331-333. doi: 10.1016/j.bushor.2010.02.001

Adler, R. (2006). Confrontation strategies and the design of performance management systems. Chartered Accountants Journal, (March), 55-58.

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