Dennis Fehrenbacher

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Dennis D. Fehrenbacher, PhD, is an Associate Professor at Monash Business School, Monash University.

Key words: information system success, experiments, analytics, performance measurement, management accounting

Dennis is a researcher and educator at the intersection of information systems and management accounting. A focus of his research is to examine digital technologies and their impact on addressing organisational challenges. To understand the potential of digital technologies, he also employs some emerging technologies in his research projects. For instance, to better understand the role of information processing in performance evaluation, he and his colleagues have used eye tracking and big data analysis techniques to gain more insights into the nature of a biases related to subjective performance evaluation.

Overall, the international interest in his research has been significant with numerous publications in high quality journals (including Management Accounting Research, Journal of the Association for Information Systems and Decision Support Systems). He serves as a reviewer for quality journals (including the Journal of Management Information Systems and Accounting, Organizations and Society), serves on programme and organisation committees of international conferences (e.g. pre-European Conference for Information Systems editions - European and Australasian, the International Symposium for Accounting Information Systems, Monash Forum for Management Accounting) and has been invited to speak at conferences and universities worldwide. He is a member of the editorial board of Behavioral Research in Accounting and Associate Editor at Decision Support Systems.

His teaching includes lectures and tutorials in Integrated Systems for Business Enterprise, Business Analytics, Management Accounting, Accounting Information Systems and Cost Accounting and seminars in behavioural and empirical accounting. Dennis has recently focused on improving the development of career relevant skills for accountants. He has developed a workshop on Social Media Analytics using Twitter feeds in the context of the class Integrated Systems for Business Enterprise. The workshop includes the use of a system developed for this purpose. The application architecture of the system includes the Python app, PyMongo and MongoDB. Another workshop he is developing is on machine learning for business decision making.

Prior to becoming an academic Dennis gained professional experience in Germany, Ireland and the United States; in the manufacturing industry, financial-services industry and in advisory; in small and medium sized companies and multinationals.

Dennis is the Chair of the Monash Business School Behavioral Laboratory (MBBL) and has been the organizer of the Experimental Research Cluster of the Department of Accounting.

The methods used to explore the themes are pre-dominantly empirical. They include experimental techniques, field survey techniques as well as archival analysis.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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