Beyond Big Data Panel

Dr Alison Parkes

Dr Parkes is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at La Trobe Business School. She is also a researcher, educator, consultant, and author whose expertise relates to optimizing information quality and decision outcomes via better design and control of accounting systems and processes. In her professional career prior to entering academia she held positions at Queensland Rail, Rio Tinto, and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her academic career has included positions at Massey University New Zealand, The University of Melbourne and Taylor’s University Malaysia. Dr Parkes’ research consists of two primary themes; (1) The task-technology-individual fit implications of accounting systems design choices, and (2) Strategic investment decision-making. Her research has been published in journals including Decision Support Systems, Behavior & IT, the Business Process Management Journal, and the Australian Journal of Information Systems.

Dr Parkes authors a leading Australian accounting information systems textbook and also designs and delivers specialized executive education and consulting. Dr Parkes has consulted internationally to Governments of Malaysia and Iraq, and completed a variety of management accounting consulting jobs in the Australian not for profit sector.

Professor Axel Klaus-Dieter Schulz

Professor Schulz is a Professor of Management Accounting at La Trobe Business School. His research interests are in behavioral accounting with a particular focus on the design of management control systems as well as the effects of performance measurement systems and incentive system design on performance.

Professor Schulz has published widely in leading international and national accounting journals, including Journal of Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Behavioral Research in Accounting and Accounting and Finance. Professor Schulz is on the editorial boards of Behavioral Research in Accounting and The Journal of Accounting and Organizational Change.

Professor Damminda Alahakoon

Professor Alahakoon is a Professor in Business Analytics at La Trobe Business School and the Director of the Research Centre for Data Analytics and Cognition. Prior to his current appointment, he was an academic staff member at Deakin and Monash University for 12 years. Professor Alahakoon has over 10 years’ experience in the IT and finance industries, as a Credit Officer and Data Mining Specialist, in Sri Lanka, Australia and the Netherlands. His key research expertise lies in the areas of Data Mining, Predictive Analytics, Text Analytics, Machine Learning and Business Intelligence.

Professor Alahakoon has published over 100 research articles in data mining, clustering, neural networks, machine learning and cognitive systems. He currently leads a key project in text analytics within the current Australian Federal Government funded Data to Decisions Corporate Research Centre Program.

Professor Gary Hecht

Professor Hecht is a Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a visiting Research Professor of Accounting at the Department of Accounting and Data Analytics of La Trobe Business School. Professor Hecht’s research areas of expertise is around behavioral accounting. Professor Hecht is leading an initiative at the University of Illinois to incorporate a suite of data analytics subjects into the graduate accounting major. He has 6 top tier A* publications in Accounting since 2011, including publications in the prestigious Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Professor Hecht will be visiting La Trobe Business School twice a year as a Visiting Research Professor in Accounting. During his visits, he will present research workshops and mentor junior academic staff.