Research Seminar Series

The research seminars are for staff members of the School and visitors to present their current research and in this way share their ideas with, and receive feedback from the academic community as well as the wider public, including professionals. Everybody is welcome. Papers are available at the venue or from the website in PDF format or from Inez Goldsworthy (Palmerston North) and Natalie Snyders (Albany).

In general, seminars are held on Wednesday from 12:00pm to 2:00pm (although we may be able to accommodate seminar presentations at other times). Subject to availability of a suitable time slot, the School will contribute towards travel costs and accommodation (where appropriate) for visitors from outside Palmerston North or Auckland.


The School of Accountancy's Seminar Series provides a valuable forum for researchers to share their research ideas, findings and policy recommendations in a variety of areas of accounting and business law. By providing an informal atmosphere that allows for active discussion, the seminar series is designed to benefit not only the presenters but also the participants. In addition, for members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand, attendance at the Seminar Series qualifies as Structured Continuing Professional Development (CPD).


Those with an interest in the accounting and business law disciplines including: 
Massey University staff

  • Staff of other Educational Institutions
  • Those employed in the Commercial or Public Sector
  • Accounting Practitioner
  • What you can gain

At least one of the following:

  • Exposure to different research ideas, methodologies, and data sources
  • Broaden your research horizons
  • Update your knowledge in the field of accounting research
  • Interchange of ideas in an informal environment
  • Enhance your links with academicians, practitioners or those in the commercial and public sector
  • For Institute members, your attendance at each seminar is recognised as one hour of structured (CPD)

If you wish to present a paper in the series, please contact the appropriate seminar convener.


Albany Manawatu
Ms Trish O’Sullivan
School of Accountancy 
Massey University 
New Zealand
Dr Lin Mei Tan
School of Accountancy 
Massey University 
Palmerston North 
New Zealand

Research Seminar Timetable for Albany Campus 2018


Date Presenter Title Abstract
21 Feb
11am - 12pm
QB 4
Sophia Li Sun

Mabel D'Costa
Three Essays on the Consequences of Tournament Incentive - The Impact of Tournament Incentive on Stock Price Crash Risk: Evidence from China

Three Essays on Determinants and Consequences of Sticky Cost Behaviour - Financial Constraints and Cost Stickiness

25 Jul
10am - 11am
MBS 2.21
Post Grad student, Xiao Li Social, Environmental, Sustainability Accounting Issues

05 Sep
11.30am - 12.30pm
MBS2.21, SGP3.64(Manawatu Campus)
Fawad Ahmad Political Connections, Political Instability, and Audit Fees: Evidence from Pakistan

25 Sep
12.30pm - 1.30pm
MBS 2.21, BSW3.12(Manawatu Campus)
Associate Professor
Vikram Desai
Nova Southeastern University
How do Auditors Issue Going Concern Opinions? A Dynamic model using Belief Functions; Evidence from 2004 to 2015

24 Oct
12pm - 1pm
Sunil Lakhani Business valuations through the lens of financial and non-financial indicators

Research Seminar Timetable for Manawatu Campus 2018


Date Presenter Title Abstract
1 Feb
12pm - 1pm
SGP 1.03
Dorota Dobija, Giuseppe Grossi and Wojciech Strzelczyk Impact of shifting logcs on performance measurement practices in hybrid universities

14 Feb
12pm - 1pm
BSW 3.12
Dr David Sutton Borrowing short to lend long: Fraudulent or not? Elements missing from the current debate

23 Feb
12pm - 1pm
BSW 3.12
Dr Victoria Plekhanova Principles for the division of gains from cross-border business activities conducted in the integrated and digitalised global economy

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