Professor David Smith
David Smith
Professor in Management Accounting | Director of Research
  • PhD, Accounting (Monash)
  • BCom (Hons), Accounting (La Trobe)
+61 7 334 68010
Room 415, Colin Clark Building, St. Lucia Campus

David Smith is Professor of Management Accounting and Director of Research within the UQ Business School. He has published in leading journals including Accounting, Organizations and Society, Management Accounting Research, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Journal of Accounting Literature, and Behavioral Research in Accounting. He is an Editor at Behavioral Research in Accounting and Accounting and Finance, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including Accounting, Organizations and Society and Management Accounting Research.  He is a past member of the board of directors of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ). He also served for a number of years on the Centre of Excellence Panel (Australasia) for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), including three years as Chair.

Research interests

Management accounting
- Management control systems
- Performance measurement and impact assessment, particularly in the NGO sector


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  • Member, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Major research grants

Title Agency Year Amount
Ensuring Australia's competitiveness by implementing targeted performance measurement systems across the extended supply chain (ARC Discovery Project led by Monash University). ARC Discovery Project 2016-2018 Undisclosed
Using MCS to balance accuracy, immedicacy and innovation (with M. Dyball) CIMA Research Grant 2015 $12,750
Impact assessment in non-government development organisations (with S. O'Leary and K. Langfield-Smith) CIMA Research Grant 2014-2016 $69,000
Ensuring Australia's competitiveness by implementing targeted performance management systems across the extended supply chain (with K. Langfield-Smith) ARC Discovery Project 2011-2014 $330,000
The role of management control systems in non-government development organisations (with R. Chenhall and M. Hall) CIMA Research Grant 2008-2009 $56,000
Expectations of the Accounting profession. Burnout Accountants' professional commitment and performance (with Fenech, J. and Alam, M.) AFAANZ Research Grant 2007 $7,026
An examination of the effect of mentoring relationships on accountants' professional commitment and job-related outcomes (with M. Hall) CPA Australia Research Grant 2004 $5,000