Professor Christina Boedker

Professor Christina Boedker

Professor

Newcastle Business School

Career Summary

Biography

Overview

Christina was born in Denmark and has lived and worked in Europe and the USA. She came to Australia on a ship in the 1990s when she worked in the American cruise industry. She worked as an academic at the University of New South Wales for 18 years before moving to Newcastle in 2021. 

Christina’s research combines academic rigor and theory with industry collaboration and applied policy work. Christina has published in high quality accounting publications in A* and A journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, the Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal and Critical Perspectives on Accounting. A career highlight is her article on emotions and accounting published in the Financial Times Top 45 journal, Accounting, Organizations and Society.  

She has authored several government reports and books, culminating in the High Performing Workplaces Index report, launched at the Prime Minister’s Future Job Forum in 2011 and used by firms to measure their workplace productivity and leadership and management skills. Christina’s work has featured in over 40 media articles in the Australian Financial ReviewThe AustralianSydney Morning Herald and SKY News.

Christina has won 7 HERDC research grants, totaling $1,416,735 in cash funding, including an ARC grant. She has worked with organisations such as Microsoft, the Department of Finance and Deregulation, the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Westpac Banking Corporation, the Victorian Government, the Business Council of Australia, the South Australian Government and others to influence policy and practice.  She was the acting CEO of the Society for Knowledge Economics for 2 years. 

Christina has received a number of awards for her work, including the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence; the Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Interdisciplinary Accounting Research category, the UK Advertising Standards Authority Award; the Mindshift Consulting Group Prize; Saunders Harris’ Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement; the Carlson Companies’ Award; MGSM’s Award for Competitive Intelligence; and MGSM’s Award for Human Resources Management. She received an Honourable Mention at the 2008 Business and Higher Education Roundtable Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Research and Development.

Christina holds a PhD in Accounting from UNSW, an MBA in Financial Management, a Master of Commerce in Accounting and a 1st class (Honours) in Economics.   She has taught on PhD and Executive courses and been Lecturer in Charge of financial accounting and management accounting post-graduate courses.  She supervises PhD, Masters and Honours students in accounting.
Christina is a member of the Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).

Selected Journal Articles

  • Boedker C; Chong KM; Mouritsen J, 2020, The counter-performativity of calculative practices: Mobilising rankings of intellectual capital', Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol 72, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2019.102100, A Journal.
  • McDaid E; Boedker C; Free C, 2019, 'Close encounters and the illusion of accountability in the sharing economy', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 32, pp. 1437 - 1466, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/AAAJ-09-2017-3156, A* Journal.
  • Boedker C; Meagher K; Cogin J; Vidgen R; Mouritsen J, 2017, 'Doing More with Less: Productivity or Starvation? The Intellectual Asset Health Check', Public Money & Management., vol. 37, pp. 31 - 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540962.2016.1249229, A Journal.
  • Boedker C; Chua WF, 2013, 'Accounting as an affective technology: A study of circulation, agency and entrancement', Accounting, Organizations and Society, vol. 38, pp. 245 - 267, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.aos.2013.05.001, A*/FT45 Journal.
    • This publication was listed on the ‘Top 25 Hottest articles’ at Accounting Organisations and Society, July - September 2013 and ranked the 8th most downloaded article at Accounting Organisations and Society in July till September 2013. It is part of a collection of papers which won the 2009 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Interdisciplinary Accounting Research category, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal.
  • Boedker C, 2010, 'Ostensive versus Performative Approaches for Theorising Accounting-Strategy Research', Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 23, pp. 595 - 624, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513571011054909, A* Journal.
  • Boedker C; Mouritsen J; Guthrie J, 2008, 'Enhanced Business Reporting International Trends and Possible Arenas of Policy Recommendation.', Journal of Human Resources Costing and Accounting, vol. 12, pp. 14 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14013380810872734,
  • Boedker C; Chua WF; Baxter JA, 2008, 'The Future(s) of Interpretive Accounting Research: a polyphonic response from beyond the metropolis.', Critical Perspectives on Accounting, vol. 19, pp. 880 - 886, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cpa.2007.02.009, A Journal.
  • Boedker C; Cuganesan S; Guthrie J, 2007, 'Enrolling Discourse Consumers to Affect Material Intellectual Capital Practice', Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 20, pp. 883 - 933, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513570710830281, A* Journal.
  • Boedker C; Guthrie J, 2006, 'Perspectives on `New` Models of Business Reporting: A Reflective Note', Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal, vol. 19, pp. 785 - 792, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/09513570610709863, A* Journal.
  • Boedker C; Guthrie J; Cuganesan S, 2005, 'The Strategic Significance of Human Capital Information in Annual Reporting', Journal of Human Resources Costing and Accounting, vol. 8, pp. 7 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/eb029083.
  • Boedker C; Guthrie J; Cuganesan S, 2005, 'An Integrated Framework for Visualising Intellectual Capital', Journal of Intellectual Capital, vol. 6, pp. 510 - 527, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/14691930510628799.


Scholarly Book Chapters

  • Boedker C. and Runnalls M. (2012), ‘Making Innovation Happen using Management Accounting Controls’, in Pitsis T. S., Simpson A., and Dehlin E. (Eds). Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Innovation, Edward-Elgar Press, London & New York, Chapter 4, pp. 98-114, ISBN 978-1-849802574.

  • Mouritsen J. and Boedker C. (2009), ‘Intellectual capital statements and the development of organisational knowledge management strategies’, in Baxter, J. and Poullaos, C (Eds). Practices, Profession and Pedagogy in Accounting – Essays in Honour of Bill Birkett, Sydney, Sydney University Press,  Chapter 8, pp 207-234, ISBN 978-1-920899-20-2. 

  • Guthrie J. and Boedker C. (2008), “The Hidden Wisdom: A Sustainability Vision of Karl-Erik Sveiby” in G. Ahonen,(ed) Inspired by Knowledge in Organisations: Essays in honour of Professor Karl-Erik Sveiby on his 60th birthday 29th June 2008, Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration, Helsinki, Finland, Chapter 3, pp. 26-38, ISBN 978-1-920899-20-2.  

Other Academic Output

  1. Boedker C. and Meagher K. (2015), High Performing Workplace Index, South Australian Department of State Development’, Report for the Executive Board of the Department of State Development, South Australian Government July 2015.

  2. Boedker C., Bogg P., Chong K.M., Meagher K. and Mouritsen J., (2013). ‘Leadership, Culture and Management Practices of High Performing Workplaces in Australia: Indicative Guidelines through Case Studies of High and Mid Performing Workplaces’. Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Industry through the Workplace Innovation Program. Published by the Society for Knowledge Economics. Sydney. December, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-9775436-4-9.

  3. Boedker C., Vidgen R., Meagher K., Cogin J., Mouritsen J., and Runnalls J. M. (2011). ‘Leadership, Culture and Management Practices of High Performing Workplaces in Australia: the High Performing Workplace Index’. Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Published by the Society for Knowledge Economics, October, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-9775436-3-2.
     
  4. Boedker C., Cogin J., Langford P., Meagher K., Mouritsen J., Runnalls J. M., Sheldon P., Simmons S. and Vidgen R. (2011), ‘Leadership, Culture and Management Practices of High Performing Workplaces in Australia: Literature Review and Firm Diagnostics’. Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. Published by the Society for Knowledge Economics, January, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-9775436-2-5.
     
  5. Boedker C. (2009), ‘Workplaces of the Future’, prepared for the Deputy Prime Minister's Workplaces of the Future Forum, on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Melbourne, July 27, 2009.

  6. Boedker C., Green R., Runnalls, M., Gahan P. and Samson D. (2009), 'Leading Australia to More Innovative, Productive and Fulfilling Workplaces, The Role of Government’, prepared on behalf of the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, November, 2009.
     
  7. Runnalls, J. M., Boedker C. and Samson D. (2009), ‘Development of an Innovation Capability Framework and a Library of Resources and Intervention Strategies’, prepared on behalf of Innovation and Business Skills Australia, January, 2009.

  8. John Van Reenen, Nicholas Bloom, John Mathews, Christina Boedker, Danny Sampson, Paul Gollan, Phillip Toner, Hao Tan, Paul Brown, Roy Green, Renu Agarwal (2009), ‘Management Matters in Australia: Just how productive are we?’ Published by the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Science and Research. ISSN 978 0 642 72626 1

  9. Boedker C. and Mouritsen J. (2008), 'Enabling Innovation: Leadership, Culture and Management at the Workplace Level’, prepared on behalf of the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, Victorian Government, published by the Society for Knowledge Economics, July 2008.
     
  10. Boedker C., Mouritsen J. and Guthrie J. (2008), 'Submission to the Enhanced Business Reporting Consortium’ for the U.S. Security Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Improving Financial Reporting, published by the Society for Knowledge Economics, February 2008.
     
  11. Boedker (2008), “Australia’s National Innovation System”, submission to Kim Carr’s National Innovation Review Panel, (presented to Dr. Terry Cutler, Chair of the National Review Panel and the Department of Innovation, April 29, 2008), prepared on behalf of the Business Council of Australia and Society for Knowledge Economics.

  12. Boedker C., Guthrie J. and Binney D. (2007), 'Intangible Drivers of Organisational Productivity and Prosperity - International Trends and Developments in Extended Performance Management, Measurement and Reporting', Commonwealth Department of Finance and Deregulation, Canberra, published by the Society for Knowledge Economics, Australia. ISBN: 978-0-9775436-1-8.
     
  13. Boedker C., Vamos S. and Green R. (2007), 'Leadership and Culture - the Missing Pillar of the National Innovation Agenda', Response to the Victorian Government's proposed National Innovation Agenda, published by the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, Victorian Government, 2007.

Book

  •  Boedker C. (2006), 'Australian Guiding Principles on Extended Performance Management: A Guide to Better Managing, Measuring and Reporting Knowledge Intensive Resources', published by the Society for Knowledge Economics, Australia. ISBN 097-7-543-609.

Selected News Articles

  • South China Morning Post, Proof that the Calibre of the Boss Definitely Rules, 17 September 2016.
  • BusinessThink, Why Doing More with Less Reduces Productivity, 16 December 2015.
  • BusinessThink, How Smart HR can Drive Value in the Service Sector, 21 October 2015.
  • SKY Business News, Workplace Productivity, 31 October 2014
  • Australian Association of Superannuation Funds, Winning Workplaces, October 2013.
  • BOSS Magazine, High Performing Workplaces, October 2012.
  • Sydney Morning Herald, Sadly Lacking Measures of good Managers, 6 September 2012, by Nickolas Gruen, CEO Lateral Economics.
  • Australian Financial Review, Key to productivity is a great boss, 5 September, 2012
  • Knowledge@Australian School of Business, The Rise of the Compassionate Leader: Should You Be Cruel to Be Kind?, 21 August, 2012 (most downloaded article 2012 at the Knowledge@ASB).
  • Knowledge@Australian School of Business, What do they Have that We Haven’t – The power of Intangibles, 9 July 2012.
  • Australian Financial Review, Quality Leadership crucial for Success, 13 March 2012.
  • Knowledge@ASB, How the Leadership Challenge is Not About Numbers, 20 February 2012.
  • Australian Financial Review, Real Improvements Begin with 1 million Better Bosses, 13 February 2012.
  • UNSW webcam interview, February 2012.
  • Knowledge@ASB, Leadership & Performance: Proof that the Calibre of the Boss Definitely Rules, 25 October 2011.
  • ABC radio with David Cook, Radio Interview, 1 October, 2011.
  • Ross Gittins, Look within to pick up productivity, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 October 2011.
  • CIO Magazine, Future jobs, innovation, and productivity, 11 October 2011.
  • AFR Boss Magazine, The People Principle, October 2011, pp. 32-36.
  • UNSW Press, Leadership key to productivity, 7 October 2011.
  • Australian School of Business, Leadership and management capability is key to Australian workplace productivity, 7 October 2011.
  • The Australian, Rewarding Workers Could Lift Productivity, 7 October 2011.
  • Ninenews, Strong leaders make productive workplaces, 6 October 2011.
  • Australian Financial Review, Being nice boosts profit, 6 October 2011.
  • Minister Chris Evans, Leadership and Fairness: The Key To Increasing Productivity and Profit, 6 October 2011.
  • SmartCompany, Profits linked to employee happiness, 6 October 2011.
  • StartupSmart, Staff satisfaction can treble profits, study claims, 6 October 2011.
  • The Australian Work Slump Its not you, its your Boss, The Australian, 6 October 2011.
  • SKE press release, High Performing Workplaces Research Report, 5 October 2011.
  • Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, High Performing Workplaces Research Brochure, 5 October 2011.
  • UNSW Research Brochure, High Performing Workplaces, 2010.
  • ASB Newsletter, Pushing the Hot Buttons: Seduction Strategies for Accountants, June, 2010.
  • Knowledge@ASB, Productivity: How to Make Companies Work Smarter, 21 September, 2010.
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries, Leadership, culture and management practices in high performing companies, April 2010, pp. 184-5.
  • Australian Financial Review, Taking the pulse, Friday, 12 March 2010.
  • Couriermail, Successful bosses find new ways to communicate, 12 March 2010.
  • Australian Institute of Human Resources Management Magazine, The New High-Performance Workplace Agenda, March 2010, p. 6.
  • BOSS Magazine, Learning to Work Better, March, 2010.
  • CPA Australia, What do the 2010 Intergenerational Report, economic recovery and high performing workplaces have in common?, 24 February 2010.

Prizes

  • Mindshift Consulting Group Prize, LexisNexis - Competitive Intelligence and Strategic Options, Australia
  • Saunders Harris' Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement, London, UK

Awards

  • 2009 Emerald​/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Award in the Interdisciplinary Accounting Research category, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, awarded for the thesis 'Local Players and Global Strategies: The Transformative Effects of Accounting in Strategising'
  • Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2009 (received for Boedker C., Mouritsen J. and Guthrie J. (2008), 'Enhanced Business Reporting – International Trends and Possible Arenas of Policy Recommendation', Human Resources Costing and Accounting, Vol. 12, No.1, 2008, pp. 14-25)
  • Honourable Mention for Outstanding Achievement in Research and Development, Business and Higher Education Roundtable Awards, 2008
  • Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2006 (received f​or Boedker C., Guthrie J., Cuganesan S. (2005), 'An Integrated Framework for Visualising Intellectual Capital', Journal of Intellectual Capital, Special Edition: 'Management Consulting Practices on Intellectual Capital', Volume 6, Number 4, 2005)
  • Human Resources Management Award, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia
  • Competitive Intelligence Award, Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia
  • Carlson Companies Employee of the Year Award, USA
  • UK Advertising Standards Authority Award for Outstanding Achievement, London, UK

Professional Memberships

Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand Current
Director, High Performing Workplaces Pty Ltd 2015 - current
Research Advisor for the Society for Knowledge Economics, Australia. 2005 - 2014
Member of the Advisory Committee on Australia’s National Innovation System by the Business Council of Australia. 2008 - 2009
Member of the World Intellectual Capital Initiative by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris. 2007 - 2014
Board Director of the Society for Knowledge Economics, Australia. 2008 - 2010
Acting CEO of the Society for Knowledge Economics, Australia. 2007 - 2009
Panel Member and Referee of the Australasian Reporting Award on Knowledge Capital, Sydney by the Australasian Reporting Awards. 2007 - 2009
Member of the Advisory Committee on Australia’s Innovation Future by the Business Council of Australia. 2006
Member of the Australian Government Consultative Committee on Knowledge Capital, Canberra, founded by the Commonwealth Department of Finance and Deregulation. 2003-2005


Research Grants


Title: High Performing Workplaces for Northern Adelaide Enterprises and Family Businesses
Chief investigators: Associate Professor Christina Boedker and Professor Kieron Meagher
Role in Project: Lead Chief Investigator.
Source and Scheme: Department of Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy, South Australian Government
HERDC Category 2.
Commencement date: June 2014 - 2017                             Duration: 3 years
Total Amount AUD$: $140,000 (cash).
 
Title: Leadership, Culture and Management Practices of High Performing Workplaces in Australia.
Chief investigators: Dr Christina Boedker, Associate Prof Julie Cogin, Prof Kieron Meagher, Prof Jan Mouritsen, Associate Prof Peter Sheldon, Prof. Richard Vidgen.
Role in Project: Lead Chief Investigator.
Source and Scheme: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Commonwealth of Australia, Workplace Innovation Program.
HERDC Category 2.
Commencement date: 2009 - 2014. Duration: 4 years
Total Amount AUD$: $515,000 (cash).
 
Title: Impact of Managerial Practices on Firm Performance.
Chief investigators: Professor Roy Green, Professor John Mathews, Dr Christina Boedker, Dr Renu Agarwal, Associate Professor John Buchanan, Professor Danny Samson, Professor John Van Reenen, Professor Nick Bloom, Associate Professor Paul Gollan, Dr Phil Toner.
Role in Project: Investigator.
Source and Scheme: Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Reference: ATM ID : EntCon-Research-1308.
HERDC Category 2.
Commencement date: 2008 - 2009 Duration: 1 year
Total Amount AUD$: $460,035 (cash)
 
Title: Visualising Value in Australian Organisations: Case Studies in Extended Performance Management, Measurement and Reporting.
Chief investigators: Prof J Guthrie; Prof CA Adams; Ms C Boedker; Prof J Mouritsen; Prof G Roos
HERDC Category 1.
Role in Project: Investigator.
Source and Scheme: ARC Linkage Grant, LP0774962
Commencement date: 2007 - 2010 Duration: 3 years
Total Amount AUD$: $244,000 (cash)
 
Title: Strategy and Management Controls in a Global Network of Practice.
Chief investigators: Christina Boedker
Role in Project: Investigator.
Source and Scheme: Research grant from Microsoft, Australia in support of PhD.
HERDC Category 3.
Commencement date: 2005 - 2009 Duration: 4 years
Total Amount AUD$: $7,700 (cash)
 
Title: Intellectual Capital Measurement, Management and Reporting.
Chief investigators: Professor James Guthrie, Christina Boedker.
Role in Project: Investigator.
Source and Scheme: NSW Department of Lands
HERDC Category 2.
Commencement date: 2005 - 2006 Duration: 1 year
Total Amount AUD$: $25,000 (cash)
 
Title: Intellectual Capital Measurement, Management and Reporting.
Chief investigators: Professor James Guthrie, Christina Boedker
Role in Project: Investigator.
Source and Scheme: NSW Department of Lands
HERDC Category 2.
Commencement date: 2004 - 2005 Duration: 1 year
Total Amount AUD$: $25,000 (cash)
 
Title: Strategy and Accounting.
Chief investigators: Christina Boedker.
Role in Project: Investigator.
Source and Scheme: UNSW Scholarship for PhD acceleration
Commencement date: 23 July 2007 Duration: 11 months
Total Amount AUD$: $50,000
 
Title: Strategy and Accounting.
Chief investigators: Christina Boedker.
Role in Project: Investigator.
Source and Scheme: Faculty of Commerce and Economics UNSW Award for PhD acceleration
Commencement date: 2006 Duration: 6 months
Total Amount AUD$: $10,000

Other grants

  • South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute, Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, Adelaide, $13,636 “Building Well-being and Resilience in Northern Adelaide”, 2015. 
  • Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Federal Government, PRN/20945, $32,000, “Research into the Possible Role of Government in Workplace Innovation for Productivity”, September 2008. 
  • Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, Victorian Government, $50,000, “The Role of Leadership, Culture and Management in Enabling Innovation at the Workplace Level”, May 2008.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Accounting Research
  • Financial Literacy for Business Decisions
  • Managing Intangible Resources
  • Managing Agile Organisations
  • Advanced Qualitative Research Design and Methods
  • Management Accounting
  • Executive Programs



Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of New South Wales
  • Master of Business Administration, Macquarie University

Keywords

  • Accounting controls
  • Calculative Technology
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Emotions and Affect
  • High Performing Workplaces
  • Leadership
  • Workplace Productivity

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
350105 Management accounting 50
350199 Accounting, auditing and accountability not elsewhere classified 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Professor University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 1
Total funding $25,000

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20211 grants / $25,000

Australian Workplace Index – Stage 1 infrastructure establishment $25,000

Funding body: College of Human and Social Futures | University of Newcastle

Funding body College of Human and Social Futures | University of Newcastle
Scheme CHSF - Equipment and Infrastructure
Role Lead
Funding Start 2021
Funding Finish 2021
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Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed6
Current2

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2021 Masters Understanding Privacy Concerns and Impact of the Reporting Entity Concept Change in Australia for Entities Preparing and Lodging Financial Reports. M Philosophy (Accnt & Finance), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2020 PhD Firm Financial Distress and CEO Compensation: The Australian Study PhD (Accounting & Finance), College of Human and Social Futures, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 Masters Personal Encounters and the Illusion of Accountability in the Sharing Economy Accounting, UNSW Australia Principal Supervisor
2016 PhD Accounting and Market-Making: the Case of the Australian Carbon Market Accounting, UNSW Australia Principal Supervisor
2015 PhD Accounting in Local Governments: A study of circulation and calculation Accounting, Stockholm University Co-Supervisor
2014 PhD Risk Management in Large Danish Public Capital Investment Programmes Accounting, Copenhagen Business School Co-Supervisor
2013 PhD On Trying to Make Investments Responsible: An analysis of integrating environmental, social and corporate governance issues into institutional investment process Accounting, UNSW Co-Supervisor
2007 Honours Weak Technologies and Strong Objects at the New South Wales Department of Lands Accounting, UNSW Australia Co-Supervisor
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Professor Christina Boedker

Position

Professor
Accounting and Head of Discipline, Accounting and Finance
Newcastle Business School
College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Email christina.boedker@newcastle.edu.au
Phone 02 491 38531

Office

Room X-654
Building NewSpace Newcastle
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