RJ Chambers Memorial Lecture

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The RJ Chambers Memorial Lecture is delivered in honour of Professor Raymond John Chambers, the first full-time lecturer in accounting at the University of Sydney and a leading academic contributor to the art of accounting.

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2020 Lecture - Rationalising serious fraud: Insights from offenders

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020
Time: 5.30pm - 9.00pm (canapes served at 5.30pm, sit-down dinner at 6.00pm)
Venue: The Great Hall, Science Road, The University of Sydney
Dress: Business attire
RSVP: Friday, February 14, 2020

Most crimes are committed on an impulse. However, serious fraud is frequently perpetrated over a long period of time. For this reason, fraud is generally said to require an offender who is able to rationalise their misconduct.  Drawing on insights from psychology and criminology, as well as hundreds of interviews with convicted fraud offenders in prisons in the US and Australia, this lecture will focus on the most common modes of rationalisation presented by serious fraud perpetrators.  It will also present a series of ideas about the way that organisations and accounting practices can become more resilient to fraud.

Professor Clinton Free

Keynote Speaker

Professor Clinton Free, Acdaemic Director, Executive Education

Clinton Free is a Professor and Academic Director, Executive Education at the University of Sydney Business School.  Clinton holds Commerce and Law degrees from UNSW and a doctorate from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He has served on faculties and taught MBA courses at Oxford University (UK), Queen’s School of Business (Canada), Cornell University (USA) as well as UNSW Sydney.  Clinton was formerly the Academic Director and Director of the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and the Deputy Director of the Centre for Law, Markets and Regulation.

Professor Free teaches and researches in the areas of management accounting, fraud and corporate governance. He has received a large number of competitive research grants including an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship and has published very widely in leading international academic journals.

Past lectures

  • 2018: Ann Tarca, The International Accounting Standards Board: Reputation, Legitimacy and Happy Families
  • 2016: Mary Barth, The Future of Financial Reporting: Insights from Research
  • 2014: Michael Power, Risk culture in financial organisations
  • 2012: David Tweedie, Standard Setting: Change Management - Revolution or Evolution
  • 2008: Kenneth Peasnell, Accounting Research and the Accounting Standard-setting Process: Has academic research made any difference?
  • 2007: Irvine Lapsley, New Public Management: The Cruellest Invention of the Human Spirit
  • 2006: Edward I. Altman, Current Conditions in the Distressed High Yield Bond and Bank Loan Markets and Outlook
  • 2005: George Foster, Management Control System Adoption Decisions: The When and The Why: Lessons from Early Stage Companies
  • 2004: Gary J. Previts, Giuseppe Galassi, John Edwards, Lessons from History and their Implications for Accounting Practice
  • 2003: Daniel Kahneman, The Psychology of Risk Taking
  • 2001: Walter Schuetze, A Memo to National and International Accounting and Auditing Standard Setters and Securities Regulators
  • 1994: Peter Knutson, Using Financial Statements: The Other Side of Accounting
  • 1992: Andrew Rogers, Today's Plaintiff: Tomorrow's Defendant: A Proper Allocation of Liability
  • 1990: A. Rashad Abdel-Khalik, The Messy Culture of GAAP: The Need for Two Sets of Financial Statements
  • 1989: Michael Bromwich, The Revolution in Management Accounting
  • 1988: Robert Swieringa, An Anatomy of an Accounting Standard: Accounting for Income Taxes
  • 1985: Robert Sterling, An Essay on Recognition


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