Senior Accounting Academic Receives Accolade

Monday, 10 October 2011  Features

Ken Trotman, a Scientia Professor of Ac​counting at the Australian School of Business, has been inducted into the prestigious Australian Accounting Hall of Fame.

Professor Trotman was inducted into the Hall of Fame alongside fellow Australian Accounting luminaries, the late Emeritus Professor Louis Goldberg AO from the University of Melbourne and the late Mr Kenneth Hugh Spencer AM of KPMG, at a presentation evening at the University of Me​lbourne.

Ken Trotman joins UNSW colleague Philip Brown as one of the three living members of the Australian Accounting Hall of Fame, which was established in 2010 to recognise individuals past and present, who have made a major contribution to the advancement of accounting in Australia.

Peter Roebuck, Head of Accounting at UNSW, congratulated Professor Trotman on his achievement, "Ken Trotman has been an accounting academic for 36 years. In this time he has made a considerable impact on accounting education and research - both in Australia and overseas. His greatest contributions have been to accounting research and accounting literature. He is one of a few researchers who has continued to publish in the major international journals for over three decades and has been influential in the development of other academics, particularly PhD students".

Professor Trotman has had work published in leading international research journals including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research and the Accounting Organizations and Society. His research has previously been recognised by the American Accounting Association when he received the 2001 Auditing Outstanding Educator Award and in 2009 the Notable (Lifetime) Contribution Award in Behavioral Accounting Literature.

One of his major contributions to accounting has been the Coopers & Lybrand/AFAANZ Research Methods Monograph which has greatly influenced auditing research in Australia. His influence on practice has included practitioner monographs on Construction Accounting and Analytical Review and Thought Leadership papers for the ICAA on Professional Judgment, Differential Auditing Standards and Meeting Market Expectation.

His current research interests are concerned with behavioural decision making in accounting. This research involves the examination of the processing of information and the quality of decisions made by both users of accounting reports and by accountants themselves. Within this area he has a particular interest in the judgments made by auditors.