Staff profile

Professor Paul Mather

Head (La Trobe Business School)

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
La Trobe Business School

DWB 322, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Qualifications

MA (Lancaster), PhD (Monash),FCPA,FCA(England & Wales)

Membership of professional associations

FCPA,FCA

Area of study

Accounting
Finance

Brief profile

Paul Mather is Head of La Trobe Business School and a Professor of Accounting at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to joining the school, he was Associate Dean (Research Degrees) in the Faculty of Business and Economics and an Associate Professor in Accounting at Monash University, Melbourne. Paul has also held visiting appointments at the London School of Economics and the University of Liverpool Management School. Prior to becoming an academic, he was a senior manager with the Melbourne and London offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers and he has considerable experience in financial investigations, auditing as well as corporate finance advisory services including valuations and due diligence reviews for the purpose of mergers and acquisitions. 

Paul's research interests are in financial reporting and policy choice, corporate governance, debt contracting processes in particular the role of covenants in debt contracts, the earnings and impression management of financial information and behavioural research in financial accounting and he currently supervises a number of PhD students researching in these areas. 

He has authored or co-authored papers in refereed journals such as ABACUS, Accounting and Business Research, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Accounting and Finance, Australian Journal of Management, Corporate Governance: An International Review and The British Journal of Management.   He has won best paper awards for papers published in JASSA, the Journal of the Securities Institute of Australia and the Accounting Research Journal and a Dean's Commendation for Teaching Excellence at Monash University. 

Paul is currently a member of CPA Australia's Divisional Council and was previously Deputy Chair of CPA Australia's Victorian Corporate Committee,  a member of  its 2012 CPA Congress Task Force and has been a member of many other profesional working parties. He is also a member of an expert panel advising the Institute of Certified Management Accountants in Sri Lanka.

Research interests

Behavioural research in financial accounting and corporate governance

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Corporate disclosure; corporate governance, financial accounting; auditing, and accounting policy choice

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Teaching units

  • Issues in Financial Accounting

Recent publications

Khan, A., P. Mather and B. Balachandran (2014), “Managerial Share Ownership and Operating Performance: Do Independent and Executive Directors have different Incentives?”, Australian Journal of Management, Vol. 39 (1), pp.47-71.

Vafeas, A., K. Ahmed and P. Mather (2014), “Female Directors and Financial Performance of the Largest 500 ASX Firms”, Australian Accounting Review, Forthcoming.

Day, J., P. Mather and P. Taylor (2014), “The Effect of Corporate Board Characteristics on Loan Monitoring Decisions”, Corporate Ownership and Control, Vol. 11, 2, pp.46-59

Chan, H., R. Faff, A. Khan and P. Mather (2013), “Exploring the Moderating Role of Growth Options on the Relation between Board Characteristics and Management Earnings Forecasts”, Corporate Governance: An International Review, Vol. 21, No. 4, pp.314-333.

Khan, A. and P. Mather (2013), “The Value of Managerial Share Ownership and Discretionary Accruals”, Accounting Research Journal, Vol. 26, No1, pp.35-55.

Note: The above publication won the 2013 Highly Commended Paper Award for a publication in the Accounting Research Journal.

Chan, H., R. Faff, P. Mather and A. Ramsay (2009), “The Relationship between Directors’ Independence, Reputation and Management Earnings Forecasts”, Corporate Ownership and Control, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp.404-419.  

Oei, R, A. Ramsay and P. Mather (2008), “Earnings Persistence, Accruals and Managerial Share Ownership”, Accounting and Finance, Vol. 48, No. 3, pp.475-502.

Mather, P and J. Wong (2007), “Corporate Governance in Australia” in “Readings in Corporate Governance”, Edited by Apreda, R., A. Braendle and A. Kostyuk A.  

Mather, P. and A. Ramsay (2007), “Do Board Characteristics Influence Impression Management through Graph Selectivity around CEO Changes?”, Australian Accounting Review,  Vol. 17, No. 2, pp.84-95.  

Mather, P. and G. Peirson (2006), “Financial Covenants in the Markets for Public and Private Debt”, Accounting & Finance, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp.285-307.  

Mather, P. and A. Ramsay (2006), “The Effects of Board Characteristics on Earnings Management around Australian CEO Changes”, Accounting Research Journal, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp.78-93.

Note:   The above publication won the 2006 Accounting Research Journal best paper award.  

Benkel, M., P. Mather and A Ramsay (2006), “The Association between Corporate Governance and Earnings Management: The Role of Independent Directors” Corporate Ownership and Control, Vol. 3, No. 4. pp.65-75.  

Mather, D., P. Mather and A. Ramsay (2005), “An Investigation into the Measurement of Graph Distortion in Financial Reports”, Accounting and Business Research, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp.147-159.  

Mather, P. (2004), “The Determinants of Financial Covenants in Bank-Loan Contracts”, Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation, Vol. 19, No. 2, pp.33-39.   

Godfrey, J., P. Mather and A. Ramsay (2003), “Earnings and Impressions Management in Financial Reports: The Case of CEO Changes”, Abacus, Vol. 39, No. 1, pp. 95-123.    

 

Research projects

The impact of corporate governance on debt and, more specifically, loan monitoring decisions and debt covenant utilisation; Corporate governance  and management earnings forecasts; Managerial Share Ownership and firm performance; Managerial Share Ownership and firm dividend policy; Financial reporting decision making; Gender diversity on corporate boards and firm performance;