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UKZN Academics Honoured At SA Accounting Association Conference

2013/07/23 08:56:48 AM

School of Accounting academics Dr Karen Bargate, Mr Leo Deodutt and MBA student Mr Justin Williams, won best paper awards at the South African Accounting Association (SAAA) Conference held in Cape Town recently.

Dr Karen Bargate and Mr Jugjith (Leo) Deodutt with their awards at the SAA Conference.

About 70 papers from various disciplines within accounting were presented at the biennial Conference which attracted more than 350 academics from national and international universities.

In line with the Conference’s theme: “The Challenge of Responsible Accountancy Academic Citizenship: The Quest to Balance Teaching, Research and Academic leadership”, Bargate delivered a paper titled: “Students experiences of understanding Managerial Accounting and Financial Management in a Writing Intensive Tutorial Programme”.

The paper was part of Bargate’s PhD dissertation and focused on how a writing-to-learn tutorial intervention assisted students in understanding Managerial Accounting and Financial Management (MAF) concepts. The paper’s findings revealed that students’ understanding of MAF concepts was improved as a result of participating in the intervention programme.

‘I am very pleased to win the award as the accounting education category was the category which had the most papers so there was stiff competition from highly experienced researchers. To be recognised by your peers for work done is also very rewarding,’ said Bargate

‘At the regional SAAA Conference last year, I received the best paper award so I could not believe it when I won at the national Conference as well.’

An Analysis of Director Interlocks on the JSE - with Reference to the Top 40 Listed Companies, was the title of the paper by Deodutt and Williams. The paper examined social networks that exist between companies caused by them having shared directors who sit on multiple boards. Deodutt and Williams started working together when Deodutt was lecturing the MBA programme in 2012 and recognised Williams’ outstanding potential after supervising his thesis.

‘I was truly inspired by Justin’s efforts, and suggested that we consider submitting a paper based on his research to the SAAA Conference, where all leading academics from all South African Universities attend and showcase their research efforts,’ said Deodutt.  ‘This award was special in that our University was represented by just two academics and we both walked away with Best Paper Awards in our categories and that feeling will linger on as one of the best memories of my academic career.’

Williams said he was delighted as the research results could be shared in a wider forum: ‘I spent a number of years researching and writing the thesis and wanted to share the findings. It is very gratifying to get recognition for the efforts that were put into the research.’

Bargate and Deodutt were up against tough competition from the other Universities.

‘I would like to take this opportunity of congratulating Karen and Leo and would like to encourage more of you to bring home the honours merely by participating in conferences within your disciplines,’ said Dean of Accounting and Economics and Finance, Professor Anesh Singh.

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