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Dr Basil Tucker 

Position: Senior Lecturer Dr Basil Tucker
Division/Portfolio: University of South Australia Business School
School/Unit: School of Commerce
Campus: City West Campus
Office: WL3-39
Telephone: +61 8 830 29116
Fax: +61 8 830 20709
Email: Basil_dot_Tucker_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/Basil.Tucker


Qualifications: B.Bus, MBA (Adel), CPA, GAICD.

Basil is a senior lecturer in Management Accounting courses within the School of Commerce, and course co-ordinator of the MBA course, Accounting for Decision Making. From 2003 to 2007, Basil was a lecturer in Accounting within the International Graduate School of Business, and, in 2007, Discipline Leader for the course, Accounting For Decision Making.

Before joining UniSA, Basil had been a Management Consultant – firstly with an international consulting firm, and then with a South Australian based practice. He has over twelve years consulting experience and has undertaken assignments with more than 120 organisations in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States. Basil’s career experience also includes working in the not-for-profit, healthcare, media and manufacturing industries. He has been a member of the Board of Management of several South Australian organisations, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Company Directors Course, and a CPA.

Basil teaches in Undergraduate as well as in Post-graduate Programs. His research interests include the relationship between management control systems and strategy; management control; the management techniques developed by Ricardo Semler; social network theory; the ways in which academic research engages with practice; and, structural equation modelling.

This page was last updated in October 2015


Teaching interests

  • Management Accounting
  • Introductory Accounting
  • Management Control
  • Research Methods

I teach the following courses

BUSS 5247Accounting for Decision Making
ACCT 5011Accounting for Management M


Professional associations

  • CPA
  • Member Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand

  • Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business

  • MBA (Adelaide)

  • Doctor of Philosophy (UniSA)

  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors

  • Research interests

    • Management Control
    • The relationship between strategy, management control systems, and performance
    • Social Network Theory
    • Structural Equation Modeling
    • Mixed-Methods research
    • The research-practice gap

    Research publications

    Tucker, B.P., Parker, L.D. and Merchant, K.A., (Accepted October 2015). “With a little help from our friends: An empirical investigation of co-authoring in accounting research”. The British Accounting Review: (ERA Ranking: A).

    Evans, M.E. and Tucker, B.P. (Accepted August 2015). “Unpacking the package: Management control in an environment of organisational change”, Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management” (ERA Ranking: B).

    Tucker, B.P. and Schaltegger, S. (Accepted May 2015). “Comparing the research-practice gap in management accounting: A view from professional accounting bodies in Australia and Germany”, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, (ERA Ranking: A*).

    Tucker, B.P. and Parker, L.D. (2015). “Business as usual? An institutional view of the relationship between management control systems and strategy”. Financial Accountability & Management: (ERA Ranking: A).

    Tucker, B.P. and Parker, L.D. (2014). "In our ivory towers? The research-practice gap in management accounting: an academic perspective” Accounting & Business Research: (ERA Ranking: A).

    Tucker, B.P. and Parker, L.D. (2013). “Managerial Control and Strategy in Nonprofit Organizations: Doing the Right Things for the Wrong Reasons?” Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 87–107. (ERA Ranking: B).

    Tucker, B.P. and Lowe, A.D. (2013). “Practitioners are from Mars; Academics are from Venus? An empirical investigation of the research - practice gap in management accounting”. Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, (ERA Ranking: A*).

    Tucker, B.P., Thorne, H. and Gurd, B.W.(2013). “Uncharted Waters: Exploring the Relationship between Strategy Processes and Management Control Systems in the Nonprofit Sector”, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 109–133. (ERA Ranking: B).

    Smith, M. and Tucker,B.P. (2013). 'Advanced Strategic Management Accounting: Theory & Practice', Cengage, Melbourne.

    Tucker, B.P. and Thorne, H. (2013). “Performance on the Right Hand Side - Investigating Organisational Performance as an Independent Variable”, Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management: (ERA Ranking: B).

    Tucker, B.P. and Parker, L.D. (2013). “Out of Control? Formulating strategy in the Not-for-Profit sector and the implications for management control”, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, Vol. 26, No. 2, pp. 234-266. (ERA Ranking: A*).

    Tucker, B.P. (2012). “Environmental disturbances, Organizational Transitions and Transformations: A view from the dark side”, Critical Perspectives in Accounting, Vol. 24, No. 3, pp. 242-259. (ERA Ranking: A)

    Tucker, B.P. (2011) "Heard it through the Grapevine: A Small-Worlds Perspective on control as a package", Conference Paper presented at the American Accounting Association Conference (MAS section), Atlanta, Georgia, USA, January, 2011.

    Tucker, B.P. and Parker, L.D. (2011) "Practitioners are from Mars, Academics are from Venus? Some Thoughts on the Research – Practice Gap in Management Accounting", On Target Online, Institute of Charted Management Accountants, May, Issue 2, pp. 1-2.

    Tucker, B.P. & Thorne, H. (2010). “Performance on the Right Hand Side - Investigating Organisational Performance as an Independent Variable”, Asian Pacific Interdisciplinary Research in Accounting Conference (APIRA), Sydney, Australia.

    Tucker, B.P. (2010). “Through Which Lens? Contingency and Institutional Approaches to Conceptualising Organisational Performance in the Not-for-Profit Sector”, Journal of Applied Management Accounting Research, Vol. 8, No.1, 1-17.

    Tucker, B.P. & Parker, L.D. (2010), “Out of Control? Strategy in the NFP sector: the implications for management control" BAA Conference, Cardiff, Wales.

    Tucker, B.P., Thorne, H. and Gurd, B. (2009), “Management Control and Strategy - What's been happening?”, Journal of Accounting Literature, Vol. 28, pp. 123-163. (ERA Ranking: A).

    Tucker, B.P. & Parker, L.D. (2009), “If the cap fits… the relationship between management control systems and strategy in the NFP sector" BAA Conference, Dundee, Scotland.

    Tucker, B.P. & Thorne, H. (2009), “Performance on the right hand side – investigating performance as an independent variable" Presentation to Accounting and Finance Department, Melbourne University, Melbourne.

    Tucker, B.P., Thorne, H. & Gurd, B. (2006), "Management Control and Strategy - What's been happening?", Annual Conference of the Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, held at the Wellington Convention Centre, New Zealand from 2 - 4 July 2006. This paper won the award for best paper in the management accounting stream at the Conference.

    Tucker, B.P., Thorne, H. & Gurd, B. (2006), “Measuring what matters – an approach to evaluating performance in the third sector”, Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference: Navigating New Waters, Adelaide.

    • Tucker, B.P. & Hannan, M. (2004), “The implications of computer network attacks and Malware incidents on organizational risk management” The 2nd Australian Information Security Management Conference, Perth, Western Australia.

    • Tucker, B.P. & Hannan, M. (2004), " Risk Management, Organisational Culture and the implications of Computer Network attacks and Malware incidents”, Conference Paper presented at the Sixth International Management Control Systems Research Conference: Management and Control, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.

    • Tucker, B.P. & Kay, A. (2000), "It couldn't possibly work": a case study of Implementing the team-based approach to management developed by Ricardo Semler, Teamworking - some International perspectives, Centre for Research In Education, Equity and Work, University of South Australia, 2000.

    • Kay, A & Tucker, B.P. (1998), "Applying revolutionary concepts to conservative organisations”, Conference Paper presented at the 5th Annual International Conference on Advances In Management, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, UK, July,


    Expertise for Media Contact

    I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

    Discipline: Accounting, Management Accounting, Postgraduate management education

    • Management Control
    • Managemement Control and Strategy
    • Management Accounting
    • Strategic Management Accounting
    • The Research-Practice Gap

    Community Service

    Organisation Name:   CPA (Australia)
    Type of Organisation:   Professional organisation
    Level of involvement:   Active Member
    Year from:   2012
    Year to:   2013

    Organisation Name:   Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand
    Type of Organisation:   Professional organisation
    Year from:   2012
    Year to:   2016


    Research Degree Supervisor

    Management Accounting, Management Control, Structural Equation Modelling research, Engagement with Practice.




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