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Dr Paul Thambar is a lecturer with the Department of Accounting of the Monash Business School. Paul has peer-reviewed publications in academic journals including one article in Accounting Organisations and Society (AOS), a Monash Faculty Group 1+ (ABDC A*). He has also a number of articles in the submission process at AOS and in Management Accounting Research (MAR), a ABDC A* journal. Paul has brought in external research income ($633,000) in the past 3 years including the largest Category 3 industry grant ($598,000) ever received by the Department of Accounting. Paul teaches management accounting units in the Master of Accounting and Master of Professional Accounting programs and has previously taught in the Monash MBA program.

Prior to joining Monash in Feb 2016, Paul was at UTS Business School from 2010 to 2015. At UTS Business School, Paul was involved in teaching management accounting and strategy subjects in postgraduate programs including MBA and Executive MBA programs. Paul was also intimately involved in the design and launch of a new MBA program in entrepreneurship and innovation (MBAe).

Prior to academic appointments, Paul worked in the financial services and healthcare industries in a range of senior financial and strategy roles. Paul has worked as a Financial Controller in Banking and in Healthcare and in Operations and Strategy roles in General Insurance and with IBM's Global Business Services division.

Paul completed a PhD in Accounting in 2015 at UTS. Paul's thesis topic was examining the role of management control systems in enabling strategy formation at the inter-firm level.

Paul is a Fellow member (FCMA) of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK and holds the CGMA designation.



Research interests

management control systems and practices, strategy and strategizing, performance management systems, accountability, institutional theories

Case study and field research

Monash teaching commitment

ACF 5350 Applied Contemporary Accounting

ACF5955 Management Accounting

ACF5510 Integrated Accounting

MBA 5704 Accounting

Community service

Regional Board Chair and member, CIMA (2007-2012)

Research area keywords

  • Management Accounting
  • Strategy
  • Performance Management
  • Management Control Systems

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Projects 2016 2019

Mutual Value Measurement (MVM)

Thambar, P. & Hall, M.


Project: Research

Volgren Lifecycle Cost

Napper, R., Kober, R., Thambar, P. & Chiu, W.


Project: Research

Research Output 2016 2019

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Commissioned Report
  • 1 Other Report

Applying target costing to the service sector: Sunline Auto Insurance case

Wakefield, J. & Thambar, P., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Issues in Accounting Education. 47 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Managing systemic uncertainty: the role of industry-level management controls and hybrids

Thambar, P. J., Brown, D. A. & Sivabalan, P., Aug 2019, In : Accounting, Organizations and Society. 77, 20 p., 101049.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Mutual Value: How is it Understood, Created and Assessed: Findings from Phase One of the Mutual Value Measurement Research Project

Adams, S., Hall, M., McNicoll, Y., Millo, Y., Thambar, P. & He, W., Feb 2019, Melbourne Vic Australia: Monash University. 34 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther ReportResearch

Life cycle cost analysis of Australian route buses

Napper, R., Thambar, P., Kober, R. & Roberts, S., 2016, Caulfield, Vic, Australia: Monash University. 18 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned ReportResearch

Press / Media


Matthew Hall & Paul Thambar


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature

How tough love and good accounting helped save Phoenix House

Paul Thambar


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature