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Dr Xiu-Ye Zhang

Dr Xiu-Ye Zhang

CBE Welcomes Dr Xiu-Ye Zhang

1 December 2016

The ANU Research School of Accounting’s (RSA) newest academic appointment, Dr Xiu-Ye Zhang, deals with more than just numbers. “Some people say we are dealing with numbers, but actually there are always stories underlying numbers,” she says.

With a focus on financial reporting quality, internal control and corporate governance, Dr Zhang’s research looks at factual basis underlying accounting numbers, in specific commercial and corporate environments.  

“The aim of my research is to protect investors and improve managerial performance by looking at negative events that involve violating regulations,” says Dr Zhang. “I mainly focus on the causes and consequences of the negative events.”

These events include SEC’s Enforcement Actions, accounting frauds, financial restatements, internal control deficiencies disclosure under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, Security Class Action Lawsuits, and environmental violations.

Born and raised in China, Dr Zhang moved to the United Kingdom to undertake her PhD in 2011. Following the completion of her doctorate at Lancaster University, Dr Zhang worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Reading before turning her sights on Australia.

Enticed by the richness of Canberra’s natural environment and the stellar reputation of the ANU College of Business and Economics, Dr Zhang took up a position as Lecturer in Financial Accounting at RSA.

Dr Zhang is currently looking to expand her research into corporate social responsibility, considering the integrity of information in chemical and agriculture companies in Australia, China and the United States. She poses the question: “is non-compliance a culture?,” investigating whether or not companies that are non-compliant in areas outside of accounting also produce unreliable accounting records.

Dr Zhang’s research, which supports ethically sound, informed and effective leadership, will contribute to building strong organisations that lift Australia’s productivity and economic growth. She commences lecturing in corporate accounting in RSA in semester one, 2017.

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