Dr Vien Chu

Dr Vien Chu

Lecturer

Newcastle Business School

Career Summary

Biography

Vien is a lecturer in accounting at Newcastle Business School - University of Newcastle (UoN). Before joining UoN, Vien was a lecturer in accounting at Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT). 

Prior to joining academia, Vien worked for eight years as an accountant, an accounting manager, a financial and general manager for international private sector companies (e.g. Decathlon) in Vietnam. Vien completed two research studies: Masters in 2012 and PhD in 2015 at QUT. 

Vien is passionate about sustainable poverty alleviation and a participatory approach to poverty alleviation. Her research interests include third sector accountability, sustainable poverty alleviation, reporting and disclosure, social enterprises and micro-enterprise development, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and internal control systems and cloud computing. Vien is also interested in applying a participatory approach to learning through the support of a blended-learning format.


Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology
  • Master of philosophy, Queensland University of Technology

Keywords

  • Micro-enterprise development
  • Reporting and disclosure
  • Social enterprises
  • Sustainable poverty alleviation
  • Third-sector accountability

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
350102 Auditing and accountability 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Casual Academic University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia
Lecturer University of Newcastle
Newcastle Business School
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
21/7/2017 - 15/2/2019 Lecturer Charles Sturt University
Australia
2/11/2015 - 28/10/2016 Lecturer Queensland University of Technology
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Book (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Social Audit Regulation, Springer International Publishing (2015)
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-15838-9
2015 Chu V, Social audit regulation within the NGO sector: Practices of NGOs operating in Bangladesh and Indonesia (2015)

Journal article (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2021 Chu V, Luke B, 'Felt responsibility : A mediator for balancing NGOs upward and downward accountability', Journal of Accounting & Organizational Change, (2021)
DOI 10.1108/JAOC-05-2020-0057
2021 Chu V, Luke B, 'Understanding success in micro-enterprise development: Dimensions and misconceptions', Public Administration and Development, 41 63-78 (2021)

This article examines micro-enterprise development (MED) programmes of non-government organisations (NGOs) in two developing countries, Bangladesh and Indonesia, to explore unders... [more]

This article examines micro-enterprise development (MED) programmes of non-government organisations (NGOs) in two developing countries, Bangladesh and Indonesia, to explore understandings of success from the perspectives NGO managers and beneficiaries. Interviews were conducted with managers from 20 MED NGOs, and individuals and groups of beneficiaries from four of the NGOs. A review of the NGOs' publicly available documents was also undertaken and compared with interview data. The findings reveal NGOs' understandings of success at the organisational-level-emphasised organisational development. However, NGOs' interpretations of success at the programme level focused primarily on short-term outputs rather than long-term outcomes and impacts, with limited follow-up by NGOs. Implications include potential misconceptions regarding understandings of success from an internal (NGO) versus external perspective, and the need for long-term monitoring to understand how sustainable NGOs' programme outcomes actually are.

DOI 10.1002/pad.1909
Citations Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1
2020 Chu V, Luke B, 'A participatory approach: Shifting accountability in microenterprise development', Financial Accountability and Management, (2020)

Although non-government organisations (NGOs) play an important role in poverty alleviation, their accountability to beneficiaries (the poor) for sustainable poverty alleviation is... [more]

Although non-government organisations (NGOs) play an important role in poverty alleviation, their accountability to beneficiaries (the poor) for sustainable poverty alleviation is often criticised. In the literature, a participatory approach to strengthening NGO downward accountability has been widely discussed and various mechanisms for participation are identified; however, it is unclear how a participatory approach is implemented in practice to enhance NGO accountability to beneficiaries. Using accountability concepts, this study examines a participatory approach within the practices of NGOs engaging in microenterprise development in Bangladesh and Indonesia. Findings show that an effective participatory approach needs to address three questions: who participates, what to participate in, and how to participate. Within this approach, participation for beneficiary empowerment involves three stages: consulting, partnership, and delegated control. These stages are not linear, but rather a recurring, iterative process, providing a graduated, progressive approach to empowering beneficiaries. These stages recognise mutual accountability between the poor, as well as the public and private sectors, providing a basis for enhanced NGO accountability to beneficiaries at a strategic level ¿ and enhanced sustainable outcomes for poverty alleviation.

DOI 10.1111/faam.12252
Citations Scopus - 1
2018 Chu V, Luke B, 'NGO accountability to beneficiaries: Examining participation in microenterprise development programs', Third Sector Review, 24 77-104 (2018)
2013 Luke B, Chu V, 'Social enterprise versus social entrepreneurship: An examination of the 'why' and 'how' in pursuing social change', INTERNATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS JOURNAL-RESEARCHING ENTREPRENEURSHIP, 31 764-784 (2013)
DOI 10.1177/0266242612462598
Citations Scopus - 56Web of Science - 55
2012 Chu V, Luke B, 'MISSION DRIFT OR STRATEGIC SHIFT? GROUP FORMATION STRATEGIES WITHIN MEPs', JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, 24 1042-1045 (2012)
DOI 10.1002/jid.2879
Citations Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2
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Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2019 Chu V, Luke B, 'Success in micro-enterprise development: Sustainable models versus sustainable outcomes', Success in micro-enterprise development: Sustainable models versus sustainable outcomes, Bangkok, Thailand (2019)
2016 Chu V, 'Participation mechanisms: Shifting accountability in microenterprise development.' (2016)
2016 Chu V, 'Facilitating NGO accountability to powerless stakeholders: Roles of management strategies' (2016)
2013 Chu V, 'Mechanisms for NGO accountability to beneficiaries - A framework for NGOs engaging in microenterprise development' (2013)
2012 Chu V, 'Social enterprise versus social entrepreneurship: An examination of the why and how in pursuing social change.' (2012)
2012 Chu V, 'Participation mechanisms within NGO accountability: An examination of microenterprise development programs in Vietnam' (2012)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $11,380

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20193 grants / $11,380

Faculty New Staff Grant $4,980

Funding body: FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND LAW

Funding body FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND LAW
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2020
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

NBS Research Funds$4,000

Funding body: Newcastle Business School | University of Newcastle | Australia

Funding body Newcastle Business School | University of Newcastle | Australia
Scheme NBS Research Funds
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

NBS Teaching Funds$2,400

Funding body: Newcastle Business School

Funding body Newcastle Business School
Scheme University of Newcastle
Role Lead
Funding Start 2019
Funding Finish 2019
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed0
Current1

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
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Dr Vien Chu

Positions

Lecturer
Newcastle Business School
College of Human and Social Futures

Casual Academic
Newcastle Business School
College of Human and Social Futures

Contact Details

Email vien.chu@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4913 8208

Office

Room NewSpace, Level 6
Building NewSpace Building
Location New Castle City

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