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Dr. Ann Sardesai

PhD (Acct)(QUT), M.Com., B.Com (Hons.)(Macquarie University), B.Com., GCTE (CQU), CA, CPA, CIMA
Senior Lecturer - Accounting, L&T Coordinator
School of Business and Law
Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research
400, Kent Street - 1.05, Level 1
Sydney, NSW 2000
About Me

Ann brings in over 15 years of industry experience and over 10 years of academic experience. She joined CQU in January 2015, prior to which she worked with Macquarie University, The University of Western Sydney and The University of Sydney.

She completed her PhD in 2014 at QUT, Brisbane. Her PhD thesis titled: "An investigation of the impacts of Excellence in Research for Australia: A case study on accounting for research" won the Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for 2014 at QUT, Brisbane.

Her industry experience includes working with multinational companies such as Caterpillar Inc and General Electric (GE).

Ann teaches and researches in the area of Management Accounting. She teaches Management Accounting in the UG Bachelors of Accounting (BAcc) Program and in the PG Masters in Professional Accounting (MPA) Program. She has also taught Accounting in the Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Program. Ann has published widely and has over 30 journal articles and book chapters published in A and A* journals.

Ann is beginning to grow a niche area in research within Management Accounting. Her project titled: "Challenges and Opportunities of Digitalisation in Performance Management'  is attracting students in the Masters and PhD research programs.  Details of this project can be found at the link below:


  • Fields of Research (FoR)

    • Accounting, Auditing and Accountability ( 150100 )
    • Management Accounting ( 150105 )
    • Auditing and Accountability ( 150102 )

Universities Studied At

  • Central Queensland University, Australia - Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education.
  • Queensland University of Technology, Australia - PhD in Management Accounting.
  • Macquarie University, Australia - B.Com Accounting Honours
  • Bangalore University, India - B.Com., M.Com.

Universities Worked At

  • The University of Sydney
  • Macquarie University
  • Western Sydney University


2019 – Recipient of the Platinum Certificate for the top-rated unit in 2019 for achieving 4.6 in teaching evaluations, ACCT20076 Foundations of Management Accounting.

2015 - Queensland University of Technology, Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for 2014.

2015 - The University of Sydney, Dean's Citation Award for Tutoring, 2014

2014 - Queensland University of Technology, Award of Write-up Scholarship, 2014.

2013 - Broadbent and Laughlin Emerging Scholar Award, Highly Commended mention, APIRA Conference, Kobe, Japan, July 2013.

2011 - Queensland University of Technology, Award of APA Scholarship, and Vice-Chancellor’s Top-up Scholarship, 2011-2013

Media Citations

Previous teaching

Macquarie University (2008-2012)

ACCG200 - Fundamentals of Management Accounting
ACCG201 - Organizational Planning and Control
ACCG250 - Accounting Information Systems
ACCG340 - Auditing and Assurance

Western Sydney University (2013-2014)

200101 - Accounting Information for Managers (AIM)
200116 - Management Accounting Fundamentals (MAF)
200108 - Contemporary Management Accounting (CMA)

The University of Sydney (2014-2015)

ACCT2012 - Management Accounting A
ACCT3012 - Management Accounting B
ACCT5002 - Managerial Accounting & Decision Making

Professional Memberships

  • CAANZ (Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand
  • Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA, Australia)
  • Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA, UK)
  • European Accounting Association (EAA)
  • Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ)

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
  • 3999 Other Education
  • 1503 Business and Management

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
Current Supervision
Doctor of Philosophy
An investigation into the associations between reported corporate governance and corporate social responsibility practices, and corporate financial performance in Australian listed public companies
Associate Supervisor
Master of Research
Identifying and Creating Appropriate Performance Measures in a Crisis
Principal Supervisor
Master of Business
Key Performance Indicators as a performance management method Company X and their understanding by the workforce
Principal Supervisor
Master of Research
Performance measurement systems: An investigation in the local government sector in Australia and Fiji
Principal Supervisor
Research Interests
Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services

Accounting, Auditing and Accountability - Management Accounting

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