PROF Michael Davern

PROF Michael Davern


  • Behavioural Research in Accounting & Information Systems
  • Business Analytics/Business Intelligence/Decision Support
  • Enterprise Risk Management



  • Professor Michael Davern (PhD, University of Minnesota, B.Com(Hons.), CPA) holds the Chair of Accounting and Business Information Systems in the Department of Accounting, Faculty of Business and Economics. He is also honorary Professor of Computing and Information Systems in the Melbourne School of Engineering. He joined the University of Melbourne in 2003, from the faculty of the Stern School of Business, New York University. An internationally known speaker, Michael has delivered invited research presentations in six countries and regularly presents to executive audiences both locally and internationally. His scholarly endeavours have been extensively funded by the Australian Research Council and the corporate sector. He has served as a research grant assessor for the peak government funding body in three countries, as an expert panel member for the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority, and as a faculty mentor at the International Conference on Information Systems Doctoral consortium. His teaching experience spans both Information Systems and Accounting across all levels (Undergraduate, MBA/Masters, PhD and Executive).

    Prior to entering academia, Michael held roles with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Comalco (Rio Tinto), and Myer in both business/accounting and IT. He has board level experience as a director/trustee with several privately held investment companies and a superannuation fund. He has been recognised for his engagement with industry with a Vice-Chancellor's Knowledge Transfer Excellence Award for his work with National Australia Bank on "Developing the Risk Professional".

    The overarching theme of Professor Davern’s work is exploring is decision making and business performance in contexts such as big data analytics, risk management, revenue management, IT Investment, and routine business operations. Specifically, he examines the interaction between behavioural factors and accounting/business information (systems, technol   


Member of

  • American Accounting Association. Member of ABO, IS, SET, MA and Auditing sections. 2016 -
  • CPA Australia. CPA 2015 -
  • Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand. Member 2009 -
  • Association for Information Systems. Charter Member. Co-Founder Cognitive Research SIG. SIG Member: ASYS, DSA, HCI 1995 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Strategic Research Initiatives - 21st Century Corporate Governance and Regulation
    Centre for Business Analytics - Investigator. The Ethics of Big Data
    ARC Linkage Grant - Chief Investigator. Exploring Returns to Tone-at-the-Top: Developing Guidelines for Effective Risk Management in Retail Financial Services Operations
    ARC Linkage Grant - Chief Investigator. Securing the Future of Financial Services: Building a Behavioural Model of the Enablers and Impediments to Effective Operational Risk Management.
    ARC Linkage Grant - Chief Investigator. Modelling the adoption and use of virtual services technologies for rural and regional healthcare: Economic and quality of care perspectives.


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Minnesota 1998
  • B. Com(Hons), University of Tasmania 1992
  • BCom, University of Tasmania 1990

Awards and honors

  • Knowledge Transfer Excellence Award: Developing the Risk Professional A Collaboration with National Australia Bank, The University of Melbourne, 2009



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am actively involved in supervision in both Accounting/Accounting Information Systems and in Business Information Systems.

    For students with interests in Accounting/Accounting Information Systems:
    The Accounting PhD at Melbourne involves 2 years of research coursework followed by the thesis (2-3 years), application details are available here: Supervisors are not determined until sufficient progress has been made in the coursework. Admission is highly competitive. You do not need to contact potential supervisors prior to applying.

    For students with interests in Business Information Systems:
    Admission and administration of PhDs in the business information systems area currently involve collaborations with colleagues in the Melbourne School of Engineering where I hold an honorary Professorship. Exceptional candidates who have research interests well aligned with my own should contact me directly.