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Otago researchers provide new insight into sustainable investing
Tuesday, 15 March 2022
Sustainable investing is largely driven by expected value, not ethical values, a new report from University of Otago’s Climate and Energy Finance Group (CEFGroup) has found.

Accounting students partner with Māori and Pasifika businesses
Tuesday, 22 February 2022
From the blackboard to the boardroom, Business School students have taken their learning into the real world during the pandemic by supporting roughly 50 Māori and Pasifika businesses.

Brooke Sweeney takes home MoneyHub Accounting Prize
Thursday, 10 February 2022
Currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Commerce, Brooke was elated to find she had won the 2021 MoneyHub prize.

Past, present and future shaped BNZ Bloomberg Markets Lab Te Taura Takata
Thursday, 3 February 2022
Te Taura Takata is the first trading room in the country to include a cultural narrative in its design that reflects the historical importance of the site to both Māori and settlers.

Otago research finds solution to gender inequality in senior management
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
New research from the University of Otago has discovered a potential solution to the underrepresentation of women in senior management.

Two of our students are 20Twenties Young Alumni recipients
Thursday, 4 November 2021
Two of Associate Professor Ros Whiting’s students, Maddi Ingham and Cameron Burrow, receive 20Twenty Young Alumni Awards.

Dr Kate Wynn-Williams retires after 27 years at the Otago Business School
Wednesday, 27 October 2021
Best known for her down-to-earth attitude and consistent helpfulness, Dr Kate Wynn-Williams is retiring from the University after 27 years at the Otago Business School.

Paul Griffin joins University of Otago Business School as Honorary Professor
Wednesday, 25 August 2021
Professor Paul Griffin has been appointed as an Honorary Professor in the Accounting and Finance Department of the School of Business. 

International students affected by COVID-19 restrictions return
Tuesday, 10 August 2021
While New Zealand’s borders are still closed the government has accepted the return of a few current international students whose studies have been affected by border restrictions. This has allowed for a few Otago students from China to return to their studies in-person after completing 14 days in MIQ.

Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey interview on Radio NZ National and Magic Talk
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey from Department of Accountancy and Finance, has provided his opinion on “Default KiwiSaver funds to exclude fossil fuel investments” for Radio NZ National and Magic Talk.

Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey opinion for Newsroom
Tuesday, 27 July 2021
Recent article of Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey from Department of Accountancy and Finance on “Why NZ can't decarbonise with just one policy” for

Study examines financial vulnerability of older New Zealanders
Tuesday, 29 June 2021
A new study out of the University of Otago has examined the financial vulnerability of older New Zealanders, with results showing Māori, Pacific Islanders, and women have lower levels of financial literacy, resulting in them being financially underprepared for their senior years.

Dr Tu Nguyen published in Journal of Business Finance and Accounting
Wednesday, 23 June 2021
Recent publication in the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting (ABDC-A*).

Study finds women representation on boards affects gender inequality in firms
Thursday, 3 June 2021
A collaborative study by researchers at the University of Otago and Purdue University in the United States has found having more female representatives on a company’s board produces fairer gender distribution in the rest of the firm.

Associate Professor Ros Whiting published in Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal
Wednesday, 26 May 2021
The article is titled: “Century plus journeys: Using career crafting to explore the career success of pioneer women accountants”.

Professor David Lont published in Journal of Business Finance & Accounting
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Professor David Lont (with Griffin, P.A), a Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, has had accepted for publication the article “Evidence of an Increasing Trend in Earnings Surprises over the Past Two Decades: The Role of Positive Manager‐Initiated Non‐GAAP Adjustments” in the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting.

Dr Yongxian Tan published in Journal of Corporate Finance
Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Dr. Yongxian Tan (with Shawn Mobbs and Shage Zhang), a Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, has had accepted for publication the article “Female directors: Why are some less informed than others?” in the Journal of Corporate Finance.

Dr Muhammad Nadeem and Dr Tahir Suleman published in Energy Economics
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
Dr Muhammad Nadeem and Dr Tahir Suleman have had accepted for publication the article “Economic policy uncertainty, oil price shocks and corporate investment: Evidence from the oil industry” in Energy Economics.

PhD Student Quyen Nguyen published in Energy Economics
Wednesday, 24 March 2021
PhD student Quyen Nguyen has had accepted for publication the article “Predicting corporate carbon footprints for climate finance risk analyses: A machine learning approach” in Energy Economics.

Getting a taste of Māori business
Thursday, 11 March 2021
Four Otago Business School students spent their summer as scholarship recipients, getting a real taste of Māori business. 

New prize for University of Otago’s sharpest accounting minds
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
A passion for the skills learnt in a University of Otago accounting degree led alumnus Christopher Walsh to set up a new scholarship in his company’s name. 

Cycling professors finish their ride
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Otago's cycling professors have completed their 1400km fundraising cycle tour for Pūtea Tautoko, the student relief fund.

Otago researchers secure $17.5m in Marsden funding
Tuesday, 10 November 2020
University of Otago researchers have secured $17.5 million in Marsden funding for 30 world-class research projects.

Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey in The Conversation

Friday, 18 September 2020
Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey has written an article for The Conversation.

Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey: Is this NZ's 'most significant' climate policy?
Friday, 18 September 2020
Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey was asked by for his opinion on climate policy.

Dr. Muhammad Tahir Suleman published in Energy Economics (ABDC-A*)
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Dr. Muhammad Tahir Suleman (with Muhammad Abubakr Naeem, Zhe Peng Mouhammed, Rabindra Nepal Syed Jawad Hussain Shahzad), a Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, has had accepted for publication the article “Time and frequency connectedness among oil shocks, electricity and clean energy markets” in the Energy Economics.

Success due to support, medication and sheer determination
Thursday, 3 September 2020
New graduate Renee Bond lost count of how many nights she spent in hospital in the past four years.  

Best Paper Award to Department at AFAANZ 2020
Monday, 20 July 2020
Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey, Professor Paul A. Griffin, Professor David Lont, Dr Antonio J. Mateo Márquez, and Professor Constancio Zamora Ramírez won the best paper in CSR at the AFAANZ July 2020 conference, with the paper “Shareholder activism on climate change: Evolution, determinants and consequences”.

Dr Yongxian Tan published in Journal of Corporate Finance
Monday, 20 July 2020
Recent publication in the Journal of Corporate Finance (ABDC-A*). Dr. Yongxian Tan (with XuanTian, Xinde Zhang, and Hailong Zhao), a Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, has had accepted for publication the article “The real effect of partial privatization on corporate innovation: Evidence from China’s split share structure reform” in the Journal of Corporate Finance.

AFAANZ Grants to Department Staff
Monday, 20 July 2020
Dr. Hoa Luong (with Dr. Mukesh Garg and Dr. Christofer Adrian), a Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance, has received the AFAANZ Research Grant with the project “Financial and service performance challenges arising from climate change-induced natural disasters: Evidence from Australian and New Zealand charities”.

Staff publication in the British Accounting Review (ABDC-A*)
Thursday, 21 May 2020
Professors Paul Griffin, David Lont and Caroline Pomare have had accepted for publication the article “The Curious Case of Canadian Corporate Emissions Valuation” in the British Accounting Review.

Dr Nicola Beatson on AFAANZ Board
Thursday, 21 May 2020

CPA Admission for Dr Konan Seny Kan
Monday, 20 April 2020
Dr Konan Seny Kan, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy and Finance has achieved the criteria for admission into CPA Australia.

2020 NZX award for Dr Helen Roberts
Monday, 20 April 2020
The 2020 NZX award for Outstanding Research with Practical Application to the New Zealand Capital Markets was won at the NZ Finance Colloquium with the paper “CEO Pay-performance Sensitivity and Stock Return Variance: Evidence from NZ” by Dr Helen Roberts and Tyler Haslemore.

Staff publication in the Journal of Financial Markets
Monday, 20 April 2020
Recent Publication in the Journal of Financial Markets (ABDC-A*).

Study investigates reasons behind low numbers of female financial advisers
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
A collaborative study by the University of Otago and RMIT University Melbourne has explored reasons for the low level of women in New Zealand and Australia’s financial advising industry.

New paper for 2nd year students
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
A new paper offered in Semester 2, 2020, ACFI 299, Special Topic: Introduction to Accounting Analytics aims to address the growing demand for skills in using Excel and data analytics software in the accounting profession.

Extreme heat making business and investors sweat
Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Extremely hot weather leads to declines in market value of shares on the stock market, according to a new international study.

Prize ensures Emeritus Professor never forgotten
Tuesday, 22 October 2019
Eleven years ago, graduating with a PhD, Dr Thiruven Madhavan decided he wanted to leave something for the University of Otago that would remain when he was gone.

2019 OUSA Supervisor of the Year named
Friday, 9 August 2019
It was only a “few” years ago Dr Susan Wardell was watching her supervisor be awarded the OUSA Supervisor of the Year. Now it has come full circle, with Dr Wardell being given the top nod at the awards.

Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey gives his opinion on greenhouse gas emissions
Monday, 22 July 2019
Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey, from the Department of Accounting and Finance, recently had his opinion and expertise sought on a newly released report on greenhouse gas emissions.

The laws of sciences and politics
Saturday, 11 May 2019
Associate Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey on the policies required for real-world change.

No such thing as 'I don't have the time', graduate says
Friday, 3 May 2019

Tyler Haslemore hasn’t rested a lot in the past couple of years.

Top honours for Beatson
Thursday, 2 May 2019
Accountancy and Finance lecturer Nicola Beatson been awarded the prestigious Otago Teaching Excellence award at a ceremony this week.

2019 ‘virtuosos’ recognised for teaching excellence
Wednesday, 1 May 2019
Good teaching is about “awakening joy in knowledge and creative expression”, those gathered for the 2019 Otago Excellence in Teaching Awards heard on Tuesday.

Study highlights concerning financial situation for retirees who don’t own a home
Monday, 15 April 2019
University of Otago research investigating the impact housing plays on the financial situation of New Zealand retirees shows that non-homeowners are in a worse position financially, and action is recommended before the problem grows.

Values learned at Otago took Babbage around the world
Friday, 12 April 2019
Nigel Babbage was broke at 27, and retired at 43.

Fellowship for ‘outstanding contribution’ to accountancy
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
Associate Professor Ros Whiting has had her “outstanding contribution and achievement to the profession of accountancy” awarded with an internationally-recognised Fellowship.

Caution for NZ shareholders as study highlights reporting practices and CEO pay
Monday, 10 December 2018
University of Otago researchers behind a study investigating corporate financial reporting techniques say shareholders need to be wary of the methods companies are increasingly using to report their results.

Lecturer hopes to shock her audience into action
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Dr Helen Roberts is hoping her Kate Talk on Wednesday night at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum will ignite the conversation about pay equity in New Zealand.

Top teachers named by OUSA
Thursday, 25 October 2018
For the second year in row, a teacher from Otago’s School of Business has been named the University’s best by students.

Swell in earnings surprises calls market gains into question
Monday, 24 September 2018
A study jointly conducted by University of Otago and University of California researchers investigating company reporting results in the United States shows a marked increase in positive earnings surprises, determined as the difference between “street earnings” and analyst forecasts.

Successful AFAANZ grant applications
Friday, 15 June 2018
Five staff within Otago's Department of Accountancy & Finance and their co-researchers have been successful in obtaining Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFANZ) research funding.

SERGE symposium - 28 June 2018
Friday, 25 May 2018
SERGE is a student engagement research group. We showcase, nurture and develop quality research being undertaken on all types of student engagement, across all disciplines. SERGE will hold it's inaugural symposium on Thursday 28 June.

Executive in Residence – Lara Ariell
Monday, 30 April 2018
From 30 April until 4 May, the Department will host Inland Revenue’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Lara Ariell, as their first Executive in Residence for 2018.

Global Research Alliance for Sustainable Finance and Investment (GRASFI)
Friday, 27 April 2018
The Department is thrilled to be involved with GRASFI, a new network of 18 global research universities established to promote multi-disciplinary academic research in the emerging field of sustainable finance and investment.

Staff Awards & Achievements
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
Congratulations to a number of our staff on their recent achievements.

Student Awards & Achievements
Friday, 20 April 2018
Congratulations to a number of our students on their recent achievements.

Staff Welcome & Farewell
Monday, 16 April 2018
The Department has welcomed and farewelled a number of staff in recent months.

Two-time 3MT winner loves challenge of event
Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Nicola Beatson of the Department of Accountancy and Finance clearly has a knack for presenting her research in just 180 seconds.

Top accounting researchers in Dunedin
Friday, 23 June 2017
Some of the global superstars of accounting research will be in Dunedin next week for a Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance (JAAF) Conference.

Volkswagen scandal “game changer” for financial markets: Otago research
Friday, 23 September 2016
The Volkswagen diesel emission cheating scandal has become one of the most significant business stories in decades, so powerful and sustained that it fundamentally changed the way the financial markets operate.

‘Compete for Cash Cow’ complete success for Accounting student
Monday, 20 June 2016
Otago Accounting student Matthew Morrison has been named runner-up in AccountingPod’s nationwide dairy farm simulation competition, ‘Compete for Cash Cow’, that saw him run a virtual dairy farm for 22 days.

Residency was chance to give back
Monday, 6 June 2016
ANZ chairman John Judge left Dunedin on Friday night with plenty to think about after his week in the city as the University of Otago Business School's inaugural executive in residence.

Executive brings business insights
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
ANZ chairman Mr Judge is the business school's inaugural executive in residency, hosted by the department of accountancy and finance.

CAANZ Fellowship Honour
Friday, 11 March 2016

Otago Department of Accountancy and Finance Professor Ralph Adler has been acknowledged for a long career in the accounting profession by being made a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand (CAANZ).

Patents provide insight on Wall Street ‘technology arms race’: Otago study
Monday, 26 January 2015
A new University of Otago study has used US patent data to shed light on the technological roots behind Wall Street’s ongoing ‘technology arms race’.

Graeme Marsh to become Otago’s first Honorary Doctor of Commerce
Thursday, 11 December 2014
The University of Otago will confer its inaugural Honorary Doctor of Commerce degree on retired Dunedin business leader and philanthropist Graeme Marsh this weekend.

Otago study finds Finance company failure in New Zealand was predictable
Thursday, 23 October 2014
Annual reports and other public disclosures contained enough information to predict more than 80% of New Zealand finance company failures that occurred during the recent financial crisis, a study led by the University of Otago shows.

PhD travel scholarship leads to Harvard
Friday, 7 March 2014
Otago PhD Matthew McCarten uses ANZ travel scholarship to visit Harvard Business School to present his research

PhD targets Accounting 101
Friday, 7 March 2014
Nicola Beatson is an Otago PhD candidate, Teaching Fellow and Kaiāwhina, and a two time Three-Minute Thesis winner whose long term goal is to change the world’s view of accounting.

Study finds investors not put off by carbon bubble coverage
Thursday, 23 January 2014
Investors in U.S. oil and gas companies are not particularly worried about the effect on the value of their investment following media coverage and concern about a potential carbon asset stock price bubble that could cripple the industry, a new University of Otago and University of California, Davis, collaboration suggests.

New Zealand investors better informed on expenses but not on par with Australia, says Otago research
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Despite the introduction of new accounting rules effective from 2007, New Zealand companies still have further to go than Australia to show a higher and more internationally-expected level of transparency when it comes to the disclosure of expenses, says a new University of Otago study.

Top 100 global ranking for Dept of Accountancy and Finance
Monday, 24 June 2013
The Otago Business School's Department of Accountancy and Finance are used to playing the numbers game, but one number they're particularly pleased about is their recent world top 100 ranking in
  the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Rules around “conflict minerals” likely to cost New Zealand
Tuesday, 21 August 2012
The New Zealand electronics industry should be prepared to come under increased scrutiny and costs due to US legislation affecting countries whose trade involves “conflict minerals,” says University of Otago Accounting Professor David Lont.

2011 will see the launch of the Centre For Organisational Performance Measurement and Management.
Friday, 25 November 2011

2011 will see the launch of the Centre For Organisational Performance Measurement and Management.

Strong research focus for Otago’s new Professor of Accountancy
Tuesday, 5 April 2011
The new Professor of Accountancy at the University of Otago School of Business, Professor David Lont, believes the University is in a strong position to significantly bolster its research into the complex world of accounting and company behaviour.