Kristian Rotaru


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Developing and testing behavioural interventions associated with financial skills training schemes


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Dr Kristian Rotaru is a decision scientist working across the disciplines of accounting, finance, and operations management. He obtained his first PhD in Economics from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, and his second PhD in Information Systems/Risk Management, GradCertEd and GradDipPsych degrees from Monash University. 

He holds the position of the Member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Operations Management. From 2015 to 2017, he served as Vice Present of the Melbourne Chapter of the Australian Society for Operations Research (ASOR). At Monash Business School, Kristian leads the cross-disciplinary research team that focuses on integration of normative research informed by analytical and simulation modelling methods and descriptive research, informed by laboratory experiments. In his research he adopts a variety of research methods, including market data analysis, conceptual, analytical and simulation modelling and laboratory experiments (involving the use of eye-tracking, cognitive pupillometry, electrodermal activity assessment, electrocardiography and electroencephalography technologies).

His latest research focuses on the role of affective decision making in everyday economic behaviours, and involves the study of emotions and their interactions with cognitive processing using brain imaging (measuring the response of central nervous system) and psychophysiological techniques (measuring the response of the peripheral nervous system). In June 2018, he was presented with Commonwealth Bank Award for Financial Wellbeing at BX2018 conference for his research on behavioural interventions associated with developing financial skills training schemes. Kristian lectures Business Analytics, Accounting Information Systems and Financial Modelling units.

Research area keywords

  • Behavioural/Experimental Accounting and Finance
  • Business Process Modelling and Simulation
  • Financial and Managerial Risk Taking
  • Multimethod Simulation
  • Agent-Based
  • System Dynamics
  • Discrete Event Simulation
  • News Analytics and HFT
  • Performance Measurement Systems
  • Risk Analytics (In Accounting, Finance, and Operations Management)
  • Supply Chain Risk Management

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Research Output

Effects of superiors’ compensation structures on psychophysiological responses and real earnings management decisions of subordinate managers

Brink, A. G., Gouldman, A., Rose, J. M. & Rotaru, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Management Accounting Research. 13 p., 100691.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Causal inference in judgment using the balanced scorecard

Rotaru, K., Fehrenbacher, D. D., Liang, M. H. & Schulz, A. K-D., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Management Accounting Research. 52 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Modeling risk emergence and propagation in buyer-supplier-customer relationships

Rotaru, K. & Pournader, M., 2018, Supply Chain Risk Management: Advanced Tools, Models, and Developments. Khojasteh, Y. (ed.). Singapore Singapore: Springer, p. 43-63 21 p. 3

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

New technologies for behavioural accounting experiments

Rotaru, K., Schulz, A. K-D. & Fehrenbacher, D. D., 2018, The Routledge Companion to Behavioural Accounting Research. Libby, T. & Thorne, L. (eds.). Abingdon UK: Routledge, p. 253-272 20 p. (Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Otherpeer-review

The moderating role of decision mode in subjective performance evaluation

Fehrenbacher, D. D., Schulz, A. K. D. & Rotaru, K., 1 Dec 2018, In : Management Accounting Research. 41, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)