Forensic Accounting Teaching and Research

Forensic Accounting Teaching and Research

The field of forensic accounting has received increased prominence in the 21st Century. Widely publicised financial scandals have certainly been a contributing factor. Enron, Worldcom, the Global Financial Crisis and the Panama Papers are just a few recognisable names from worldwide headlines. Scandals at HIH Insurance, Olympus, the Australian Health Services Union Fraud and Dick Smith are but a few regional examples. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (2016) reports that a typical organisation loses an alarming 5% of revenues to fraud. The association's CFE designation is becoming more recognised worldwide. In the United States, the rise of forensic accounting as a distinct discipline has been recognised by the American Accounting Association with the creation of a new journal dedicated to the topic, the Journal of Forensic Accounting Research. The discipline is less mature in the Pacific Region, but it is growing. A Forensic Accounting specialisation can now be found in some accounting bodies, such as the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. Overall, Botes and Saadeh, in this issue, point out that rigorous academic research has not kept pace with the field's growth. Producing more publishable academic research is an important way to develop the field, something to which this special issue contributes. We believe this will be a future trend.

A chronological review of the Australian litigation risk environment surrounding IPO earnings forecasts,Board diversity and total directors’ remuneration: evidence from an emerging market,Corporate governance and management earnings forecast behaviour: evidence from a low private litigation environment,Editorial: forensic accounting teaching and research ,Employee perceptions of organization culture with respect to fraud – where to look and what to look for,Exploring evidence to develop a nomenclature for forensic accounting ,Related party transactions and finance company failure: New Zealand evidence,What is the ‘good’ forensic accountant? A virtue ethics perspective

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