A/PROF Jennifer Grafton

A/PROF Jennifer Grafton


  • Organisational performance management and control (performance measurement systems; management of not-for-profits; inter-firm control; research methods and methodologies in management accounting)



  • Jennifer Grafton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne. Prior to completing her Ph.D at the University of Melbourne and joining the Faculty she worked as a business consultant at Arthur Andersen. Jennifer’s current research focuses on issues of organisational performance management and control. She has a particular interest in these issues in not-for-profit contexts. Jennifer’s teaching experience spans a range of subjects in management accounting and control and business forensics across undergraduate, postgraduate and executive education programs. Jennifer is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Accounting Research, and is a director on the Children’s Protection Society Board of Management.   


Member of

  • American Accounting Association. Member 1999 - 2013
  • Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand. Member 1998 - 2009


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • Corporate Governance and Risk Management: Implications for Management Accounting and Control Systems (with Professor Margaret Abernethy and Professor Naomi Soderstrom), CIMA Centre of Excellence Australasia Research Grant, 2013

    Managing Co-opetitive Inter-organisational Relationships (with Associate Professor Julia Mundy), CIMA UK, 2008

    KPMG Fraud and Misconduct Survey (with Professor Colin Ferguson), Contract Research, 2008-2010

    The Role of Corporate Governance and Performance Management in Enhancing Corporate Value Creation Through Innovation (with Professor Axel Schulz), AFAANZ Research Grant, 2004-2005.

    The Role of Performance Measurement and Evaluation in Building Organizational Capabilities and Performance
    , (with Professor Anne Lillis and Professor Sally Widener), Faculty of Economics and Commerce Research Grant (2005)   


Education and training

  • Ph.D, University of Melbourne 2002
  • B.Com (Hons), University of Melbourne 1997
  • B.Com, University of Melbourne 1995

Awards and honors

  • Dean's Certificate for Research Excellence, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne, 2010
  • Dean's Certificate for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Faculty of Business and Economics, The University of Melbourne, 2010
  • Head of Department's Award for Overall Excellence in Teaching, Department of Accounting, The University of Melbourne, 2005



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Jennifer supervises Honours and PhD candidates across a range of topics in management accounting and control