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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), PhD, CMC, CMA, GAICD.

Basil is a Lecturer in Management Accounting courses within the School of Commerce. 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 Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

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; and structural equation modelling.

This page was last updated in September 2013.


Teaching interests

  • Management Accounting
  • Strategy
  • Management Control
  • Management Consulting
  • Quantitative Methods

I teach the following courses

BUSS 5247Accounting for Decision Making
BUSS 5050Management Research and Consulting
ACCT 5011Accounting for Management M
ACCT 2013Cost Management Systems
ACCT 2012Strategic Management Accounting
ACCT 3008Management Control Systems


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

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

    Tucker, B.P. & 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* August 2013).

    Tucker, B.P. & Parker, L.D. (in-press). “Business as usual? An institutional view of the relationship between management control systems and strategy”. Financial Accountability & Management: (ERA Ranking: A: May 2013).

    Tucker, B.P and Parker, L.D. “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: May 2013).

    Tucker, B.P., Thorne, H. and Gurd, B.W. “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: May 2013).

    Tucker, B.P., & Parker, L.D. (in-press). "In our ivory towers? The research-practice gap in management accounting: an academic perspective” Accounting & Business Research: (ERA Ranking: A: March 2013).

    Tucker, B.P. & Parker, L.D. (2012). “Out of Control? Formulating strategy in the Not-for-Profit sector and the implications for management control”. (Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal: ERA Ranking: A* March 2012).

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

    Tucker, B.P. (2012). “Environmental disturbances, Organizational Transitions and Transformations: A view from the dark side”. (Critical Perspectives in Accounting, ERA Ranking: A; January 2012)

    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., (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., “Out of Control? Strategy in the NFP sector: the implications for management control" BAA Conference, Cardiff, Wales, March, 2010.

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

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

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

    Tucker, B. Thorne, H,& Gurd, B. "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. Thorne, H,& Gurd, B. “Measuring what matters – an approach to evaluating performance in the third sector”, accepted for presentation in the refereed stream at the Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Conference: Navigating New Waters to be held in Adelaide from the 26th to 28th November 2006.

    • Tucker, B & Hannan, M, “The implications of computer network attacks and Malware incidents on organizational risk management” The 2nd Australian Information Security Management Conference 2004 (InfoSec04), Perth, Western Australia on Thursday, 25 November 2004

    • Tucker, B & Hannan, M, " 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, July 2004.

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


    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
    • Social Network Theory

    Community Service

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

    Organisation Name:   Institute of Management Consultants
    Type of Organisation:   Professional organisation
    Level of involvement:   Active Member
    Year from:   1990
    Year to:   2012

    Organisation Name:   Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand
    Type of Organisation:   Professional organisation
    Year from:   2012
    Year to:   2013


    Research Degree Supervisor

    Management Accounting, Management Control Systems, Strategy and Structural Equation Modelling research.




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