PROF Michael Davern

PROF Michael Davern


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



  • Professor Michael Davern, CPA holds the Chair of Accounting and Business Information Systems in the Faculty of Business and Economics at The University of Melbourne, and is also honorary Professor of Computing and Information Systems in the Melbourne School of Engineering. His research explores decision making in Accounting and Information Systems across a diverse range of contexts including analytics, business intelligence, ethics, risk management, IT Value, performance management and financial reporting. For over 25 years, both in Australia and overseas (New York University, University of Minnesota), he has conducted industry engaged research funded by both the corporate sector and Australian Research Council grants. Michael’s work appears in leading journals in both information Systems and accounting as well as practitioner outlets.

    With teaching experience across both accounting and information systems at all levels (undergraduate, MBA/Masters, PhD and executive), Michael has received numerous grants for his teaching innovation and has been recognised for his industry-linked teaching initiatives with a Vice Chancellor’s Knowledge Transfer Excellence Award.

    In addition to industry experience with PwC and Rio Tinto and scholarly work with the likes of National Australia Bank, EY, CPA Australia, PETRONAS, Microsoft and others, Michael serves on the board of several private sector and non-profit entities.    


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 AND who have research interests very well aligned with my own may contact me directly.