Student profiles

Projects currently being undertaken by CPSGAP-supervised research students

Prapaipim Sutheewasinnon

Innovation Diffusion and Institutionalism of Balanced Scorecard Performance Measurement in the Thai Government.

Commencement date: 19/01/2009
Research objectives:

  1. To understand and explain the important factors that affected the design and implementation of BSC performance measurement in the Thai public sector.
  2. To provide the extent to which the Thai government departments implement BSC performance measurement.
  3. To investigate the extent to which the Thai government department use BSC performance measurement knowledge in their organizational decision-making.
  4. To examine whether or not the Thai government department find BSC  performance measurement as beneficial to their organizations.

This study investigates three Thai government departments: Department of Corrections; Department of Science Service; and National Statistic Office.

Supervisors: Prof Zahirul Hoque and Dr Robert Nyamori.

Nur Haiza Muhammad Zawawi

The Diffusion and Use of the Balanced Scorecard in an Australian Government Agency within Purchaser-Provider Arrangement.

Commencement date: 22/07/2007
Research objectives:

  1. To understand how and why the balanced scorecard was used in a government agency.
  2. To understand the diffusion of the balanced scorecard in the government agency.
  3. To understand the interaction of boundary objects within organisational performance management and control functions.To understand the intermediary role of the balanced scorecard in the purchaser-provider relationship.

This study draws on the Actor-network Theory and the Innovation diffusion framework. Data was collected using semi- structured interviews and review of archival records.

Supervisors: Prof Zahirul Hoque and Dr Julie Margret

Weerasinghe Hilary Elmo Silva

Changes of management control system (MCS) of a public sector utility entity: A case study of the Ceylon Electricity Board in Sri Lanka.

Commencement date: 25th February 2008
Research objectives:

  1. To understand how and why the MCS changed?
  2. To understand the roles MCS play in public sector entities.
  3. To understand how socio-political and institutional forces play role in the design and operation of the MSC?

This study draws on old institutional economics and new institutional sociology. Data collection methods include interviews, observation of management meetings and archival records. It uses one of the largest public entities in Sri Lanka: Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB).

Supervisors: Prof Zahirul Hoque and Dr Julie Margret.

Joane Jonathan

The effect of New Public Management on the Accountability and Core Values of Student Unions in Public Universities. A Case Study on Australian Student Unions.

Commencement date: 08/03/2010
Research objectives:

  1. To understand and explain the changes in Higher education system in Australia due to NPM.
  2. To find out the influence of NPM on Funding Models and/or values of Public Universities’ Student Unions.
  3. To investigate how the introduction of NPM has affected the systems of accounting and accountability within Student Unions.
  4. How is accounting implicated in the balancing of competing logics and/or values of Student Unions.

This thesis uses Laughlin’s (1991) “Organizational Change Model” and Boltanski and Thevnot’s (1999) “Orders of Worth” framework. Data collection methods include documentary evidence, archival records; semi- structured and open ended face-to-face interviews, self-administrated online survey and observations of Student Union board meetings.

Supervisors: Prof Zahirul Hoque and Dr Robert Nyamori

Mohd Abd Wahab Fatoni Mohd Balwi

Islam and management control systems: a case study on a state government corporation in Kelantan, Malaysia.

Commencement date: 2/08/2009
Research objectives:

  1. To understand and enlighten the factors that contributed to the adoption of Islamic values in the organization’s management control system (MCS).
  2. To understand and explain the process of incorporating and implementing Islamic values in the organization’s MCS.
  3. To investigate the extent to which the organization adopts Islamic values in its MCS measures.
  4. To examine the overall impact of Islamic values adoption in MCS to the organization.

This study draws upon organizational culture perspectives. Research methods used in this study are semi- structured interviews, observations of formal gathering and management meetings, and archival records.

Supervisors: Prof Zahirul Hoque and Dr Suzanne Salmon

Margaret Meena Salter

Relevance of Public Sector Reporting.

Commencement date: 30/03/2010
Research objectives:   

  1. To understand and explain public sector reform that has contributed to the form and content of financial reports in the Australian public sector, specifically government departments.
  2. To assess the extent to which government departments have implemented private sector style of financial reporting.
  3. To investigate the extent to which information contained in the financial reports are relevant for decision-making within government departments.
  4. To examine the extent to which current financial reporting has improved public sector accountability.

This study will focus on at least two Victorian government departments and a portfolio entity within it. Potential departments include: Department of Sustainability and Environment; and Department of Primary Industries.

Supervisors: Professor Zahirul Hoque and Dr Robert Nyamori