Nicholas McGuigan

Assoc Professor


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Personal profile


Associate Professor Nick McGuigan works as an Innovator, Instigator and Disruptor in Monash Business School to create future­‐oriented business education programs that focus on innovation, creativity and design thinking. He has a particular passion for accountability where he co-­instigated The Accountability Institute ‐ a progressive platform with an aim of fostering collaborations between art, science, technology and economics, bringing these fields into conversation to create a new language of accountability.

His research interests include student conceptions of and learning approaches to accounting, learning technologies, Integrated Reporting, innovation, systems design and regenerative economics. Nick has led and/or taken key roles in competitive research funded projects equating to just over one million Australian dollars, including Federal State level grants in both Australia and Germany.He has published widely in international accounting and education journals, presented at numerous conferences and been invited to present to professional accounting and research bodies in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Nick is the Director of Education in the Department of Accounting and instigated Monash Business School’s newly created Artist-­In-Residence program and conceptually designed the world’s first ever accounting perfume

Nick has taught in the areas of financial accounting, management accounting, auditing, applied research methods, introductory accounting and personal finance. He has held visiting academic positions in Germany, England and New Zealand and his teaching interests include supervision of research students, financial accounting, accounting theory, corporate social responsibility and introductory accounting.

Nick takes an active role in both educational and professional accounting associations working in service roles for American Accounting Association, Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales, Higher Education, Research and Development, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand and CPA Australia, CA ANZ and IIA.

The Aspen Institute feature of humans making change through social impact. Current research on diversity and inclusion in professional services firms - Queering Accounting.

Community service

Academic Honours/ Distinctions

  • Editor of Accounting Education (Since 2017).

  • Associate Editor of the American Accounting Association (AAA) Issues in Accounting Education Journal (Since 2012).

  • Associate Editor of Journal of Higher Education and Research Development (HERD) (Since 2010).

  • Editorial Board Member of Journal of Accounting Education (Since 2012).

  • Editorial Board Member of Global Perspectives on Accounting Education Journal (Since 2012).

  • Editorial Board Member of Education Research and Reviews (Since 2012).

  • Co-Chair of the AFAANZ Accounting Education Special Interest Group.

  • Co-Editor Special Issue of Accounting Forum – Social and Environmental Accounting and Accountability.

  • Co-Editor of the AFAANZ Accounting Educators Professional Periodical. A Periodical dedicated to thought leadership and innovation in accounting education.

  • Co-Editor of the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) Magazine. A magazine designed for professionals working in flexible, open and networked education committed to fostering growth, development, research and good practice in these areas.

  • Awarded the Australian Business Higher Education Roundtable (bHERT) Award for Outstanding Excellence in Collaboration Accounting Teaching 2014.

  • Awarded the Accounting Education/ IAAER Outstanding Reviewer Award 2011.

  • Member of the AAA Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Section Nominations Committee 2015/16.

  • Member of the AAA Outstanding Accounting Educator Award Committee 2014/16.

  • Awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2015.

  • Awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence 2013.

  • Awarded a Dean’s Excellence Award 2012 for Contribution to the scholarship in learning and teaching and the use of research outcomes in the design of a reflective practice approach to learning in the Accounting Capstone.

  • National OLT Capstone Research Project case study of Accounting in Context:

  • Member of the Organising Committee for Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand Accounting Education Symposium.

  • Member of the Scientific Technical Committee of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Conference.

  • Member of the Scientific Technical Committee of the RMIT Accounting Educators Conference.

  • Co-Convener of the 2018 Australasian Conference on Social and Environmental Accounting Research.

  • Co-Chair of the Scientific/ Technical Committee of the 2009 Australasian Conference on Social and Environmental Accounting Research.

  • Qualified permaculture designer and educator.

Supervision interests

Accounting Education, Social Entrepreneurship, Accounting and Accountability, Alternative Value Creation and Measurement, Social Permaculture and Regenerative Economics.

Monash teaching commitment

Nick is currently the Chief Examiner for ACF3900: Global Issues in Accounting and ACX2900: Accounting for Sustainability.


  • Commissioned by the Australian Institute for Internal Auditors (IIA) to design and develop a reflective practice module. Ongoing facilitation and webinar presentation of this module within their capstone unit.
  • Invited on an International Aid Project for Coastal Displacement within the Solomon Islands. This project aims to aid local communities in personal transformation through financial literacy education and action.
  • Commissioned to design and facilitate workshops in the area of social permaculture and alternative economics for organisations such as Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute, Milkwood Permaculture, Good Life Permaculture and the One Passionfruit Project. 

Research area keywords

  • Accounting Education
  • Education
  • Accountability
  • Integrated Reporting
  • Regenerative Economics
  • Innovation and Future Business
  • Social Permaculture


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