Commerce, management, tourism and services

Research in commerce, management, tourism and services at Macquarie University was rated at world standard in ERA 2015 and is focused on four distinctive research clusters: accounting, auditing and accountability; banking, finance and investment; business and management; and marketing. This research takes place in both our Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) and the Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM).

A prime, although not exclusive focus of the research undertaken in these fields is on fundamental, theoretical research that also has practical utility for professionals and external stakeholders. A more recent focus has been on research that addresses evidence-based policy making to assist financial regulators and exchange operators both domestically and internationally.


A number of researchers are assessors for ARC Discovery Project grants (Oz Readers) and another staff member was appointed to the ARC College of Experts in 2013. Highly influential scholarship has appeared in prestigious international journals and books covering demography, employee engagement, diversity, wisdom in the workplace, international business, management and workplace health and safety, security market microstructure, insurance markets, commodity and carbon emissions markets and risk cultures.

Many researchers have also made major contributions to knowledge, policies and strategies outside the academy as a result of engagement and collaboration with a wide range of private, public and not-for-profit organisations.

Many staff contribute to public discourse in the The Australian Financial Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, and ABC Radio, and to leading professional and trade publications including Harvard Business Review, HR Capital and HR Monthly.


Researchers have extensive research collaborations with leading universities in:

  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Sweden
  • the UK 
  • and the USA. 

They have also helped to establish:

  • the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research (University of St Andrews)
  • the International Public Sector Accounting Research Centre (University of Edinburgh)
  • the International Public Management Network (IPMN)
  • the Comparative International Governmental Accounting Research (CIGAR) network
  • and the Performance Management Association special interest group on intellectual capital at the Centre for Business Performance (Cranfield School of Management).

National research centres

Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC) 

  • Professor Michael Aitken (CEO) 
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