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Dr Paul Thambar is a Senior Lecturer with the Department of Accounting, Monash Business School and has a broad range of research interests in management accounting, performance measurement, management control systems and practices and strategizing in a range of organizations including cooperatives and mutuals, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and commercial organizations.

Paul has peer-reviewed publications in academic journals (Accounting Organisations and Society-AOS, Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal-AAAJ) and a number of working papers targeted at top tier journals. Paul has brought in external research income ($648,000) in the past 3 years including the largest Category 3 industry grant ($598,000) received by the Department of Accounting for a 2 year study, Mutual Value Measurement (MVM) in cooperatives and mutual enterprises (CMEs). 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 accounting, management control systems and practices, strategizing, performance management systems, accountability.

theories used include reource dependence, institutional logics, sensemaking and framing

Case study and field research in CMEs, NGOs and commercial organizations

Monash teaching commitment

ACF 5350 Applied Contemporary Accounting

ACF5510 Integrated Accounting

ACX4090 Issues in Management Accounting (Honours)


Community service

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



Able to supervise PhD students in topics related to management accounting, performance measurement, management control systems and practices

Research area keywords

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


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