Professor Neale O’Connor

Head of Department, Professor

Department of Accounting and Finance

neale.oconnor@monash.edu
603 5514 4997
Room 6-5-84

 
 

Dr. Neale O’Connor is one of the foremost experts on technology and innovation in manufacturing in China. His speaking engagements and executive programs are in demand from international and mainland China managers. Neale has spent 18 years in Hong Kong where he researched the modernization processes of Chinese firms, examining issues such as performance measurement, order qualification, and trust. His 'China 1000' project (www.chinasupplier1000.com) is the largest ever survey of operational risk issues for foreign buyers and Chinese suppliers. In 2016-17, he followed this up with 1000 more supplier interviews and video documented the challenges and responses of over 100 IOT startups (YouTube – Startup Tech Asia). Most recently he has been undertaking factory quality audits for multinational clients and advising on operational and marketing improvements.

Neale is also a Cofounder of China Sourcing Academy (www.chinasourcingacademy.com) a complete training system for professional buyers seeking to source from China. He is also a member of the CIMA Research Board of Directors (U.K.) and a Corporate Social Responsibility judge for the HKMA Financial Reporting Awards.

Neale is the author of The China Casebook on Operational Risk, and The Management Control of MNCs in China. Neale has developed corporate business cases for a number of large multinational companies including HTC, PQI, Philips, Delphi, and Alpharma. His cases are used extensively around the world. Based on publications, citations and research grants, he is one of the leading management accounting researchers in Asia.

He has previously taught at the Hong Kong Baptist University, City University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong and The National University of Singapore. He has worked in the Petroleum and Insurance industries as well as an Accountant.

Academic Qualifications

Doctor of Philosphy
Institution Griffith University
Year awarded 1996
PostGraduate Diploma in Accounting
Institution University of Melbourne
Year awarded 1992
Bachelor of Business
Institution Ballarat College of Advanced Education
Year awarded 1988

Membership in Associations and International Bodies

Name of Association/International Body CIMA
Role Member Research Board of Directors
Duration of membership - Month/Year June 2015 - present

Expert on Policy Formulation Panel and Professional Body

Panel Hong Kong Annual Reporting Awards
Role Sustainability Judge
Duration of membership - Month/Year 2013-2016

Areas of Expertise

1 Management Accounting
2 Operations Management
3 Fintech
4 IOT  

Teaching

Subject CodeSubject
ACW3431 Management Accounting

Books

* O’Connor, N.G. The China Casebook on Operational Risk. Singapore: Pearson. 2012.
* O’Connor, N.G. Management Control of Multinational Enterprises in China.  Text and Cases. Singapore: McGraw-Hill. 2006.

Book Chapters

* O’Connor N.G. Sunshine Fashion: Fraud, Theft and Misbehaviour among Employees in a Chinese Manufacturer’s Distribution Channel. In Merchant, K. A., & Van der Stede, W. A. (2017). Management control systems: performance measurement, evaluation and incentives. 4th Edition. London: FT Prentice Hall
* O’Connor N.G. PCL: A Breakdown in the Enforcement of Management Control. In Merchant, K. A., & Van der Stede, W. A. (2017). Management control systems: performance measurement, evaluation and incentives. 4th Edition. London: FT Prentice Hall

Scholarly Journals

* O’Connor, N.G.*, Deng, J.. & Fei, Pan. Observability and Subjective Performance Measurement. Abacus. (2015) 51, 208-237.
* Gillon, K. Hodgkinson, R. Lee, A. Mao, J. O’Connor, N.G. Wright, N. & Zhang, J. IT Innovation in China: Industry and Business Capabilities, Communications of the Association for Information Systems. (2012) 30 (1), 1-12. Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol30/iss1/24
* O’Connor, N.G.*, S. Vera-Munoz and Francis Chan. The Effect of Market Competition and International Orientation on Management Control System, Use by Emerging Market PLCs. Accounting, Organizations and Society. (2011) 36, 246-266.
* O’Connor, N.G.*, Deng, J.. & Tan, J. The impact of political constraints and formal incentive systems on the performance of Chinese State-owned enterprises. Pacific Accounting Review. (2011).
* O'Connor, N.G.*, & Cheung, C.L.K. Product/service adoption strategies and bank customer accounting in Hong Kong. Pacific Accounting Review. (2007). 19, No.1, pp.31-46.. 
* O’Connor, N.G.* & Martinsons, M. Management of Information Systems: Insights from Accounting Research.  Information and Management. (2006). Vol 43 (8), p.1014-1024.
* O’Connor, N.G.*, Deng, J.. & Luo, Y. Political constraints, organization design and performance measurement in China’s State-owned enterprises. Accounting, Organizations and Society. (2006) 31, No.2, pp.157-177.
* Chalos, P. & O'Connor, N.G. The Perceived Effect of Accounting Controls on U.S.-Chinese Joint Venture Transaction Costs and Performance, Journal of International Accounting Research. (2005) 4, No. 2, pp.53-73.
* O’Connor, N.G.* & Feng, E. Using the balanced scorecard to manage intangible assets in a Sino-foreign joint venture. Australian Accounting Review (2005).
* O’Connor, N.G.*, Chow, C.W. & Wu, A. The Increased Adoption of Formal/Explicit Management Controls in Chinese Enterprises in a Transitional Economy, Accounting, Organizations and Society. (2004) 29, No. 3-4, pp.349-375.
* Chalos, P. & O'Connor, N.G.*. Determinants of the use of various control mechanisms in Sino-U.S. Joint Ventures, Accounting, Organizations and Society. (2004) 29, No. 7, pp.591-608.

Completed Supervision

Student Ray Baker
Program of study Sox and Performance of Chinese Enterprises
Awarding University University of Hong Kong
Student April Yu
Program of study Determinants of Control Adoption in Chinese Technology Startups
Awarding University University of Hong Kong

Local Presentation

* What are the risks and opportunities for Managing Suppliers in China? CPA Australia, Hong Kong, 17/10/2016
* Creating Alignment with Non-financial Performance Measures, HKICPA, Hong Kong, 26/09/2016.
* China 2025 - The Future of Manufacturing in China, HKICPA, Hong Kong, 22/06/2016
* Creating Alignment with Non-financial Performance Measures, HKICPA, Hong Kong, 31/05/2016.
* China Update - What are the risks and opportunities for Managing Suppliers in China? HKICPA, Hong Kong, 24/05/2016
* What are the risks and opportunities for Managing Suppliers in China? HKICPA, Hong Kong, 22/06/2015
* What are the risks and opportunities for Managing Suppliers in China? CPA Australia, Hong Kong, 18/03/2015
* What are the risks and opportunities for Managing Suppliers in China? CPA Australia, Hong Kong, 18/11/2014
* How to develop your Employee Value Proposition? : Sharpen your talent sourcing strategy in a formalized EVP, CPA Australia, Hong Kong, 22/09/2014
* Creating Alignment with Non-financial Performance Measures, HKICPA, Hong Kong, 10/04/2014.
* Risks and Opportunities for managing suppliers in China, Invited workshop presented at HKICPA, Hong Kong, 11/10/2013.
* Creating Alignment with Non-financial Performance Measures, HKICPA, Hong Kong, 11/04/2013.
* How Chinese suppliers manage their largest customers, Invited workshop presented at HKICPA, Hong Kong, 28/02/2013.
* How Chinese suppliers manage their largest customers, Invited workshop presented at CPA Australia, Hong Kong, 19/07/2012.
* Creating Alignment with Non-financial Performance Measures, HKICPA, Hong Kong, 11/07/2012.
* How to develop your Employee Value Proposition, Invited workshop presented at CPA Australia, Hong Kong, 15/03/2012.
* How Chinese suppliers manage their largest customers, Invited workshop presented at HKICPA, Hong Kong, 23/05/2012.
* Creating Alignment with Non-financial Performance Measures, HKICPA, Hong Kong, 28/11/2011.
* How to develop your Employee Value Proposition, Invited workshop presented at HKICPA, Hong Kong, 20/06/2011.
* How Chinese suppliers manage their largest customers – Part Two, Invited workshop presented at HKICPA, Hong Kong, 20/06/2011.
* Creating Alignment with Non-financial Performance Measures, HKICPA, Hong Kong, 26/01/2011.
* How great companies manage Chinese suppliers – Part One, Invited workshop presented at CPA Australia, Shanghai Branch, China, 19/01/2011.
* How great firms manage Chinese suppliers – Part Two, HKICPA, Hong Kong, 1/09/2010.
* How great firms manage Chinese suppliers – Part One, CPA Australia, Hong Kong, 16/09/2010.
* Common Mistakes Firms Make in Measuring Non-Financial Performance, Fudan University IMBA Alumni Workshop, Shanghai, China, 21/03/2008 (2 hours).
* Creating Alignment with Non-financial Performance Measures, HKICPA Workshop, Hong Kong, 15/11/2007 (2 hours).
* Creating Alignment with Non-financial Performance Measures, CPA Australia workshop, 21/11/2007 (2 hours).
* Creating Alignment with Non-financial Performance Measures, HKICPA Workshop, Hong Kong, 01/11/2005 (2 hours).
* Management Control of Multinational Enterprises in China, CPA Australia, Hong Kong, 29/09/2005 (2 hours).
* Interactive Computer Simulation – Implementing Business Strategy with the Balanced Scorecard, HKICPA, Hong Kong, 08/10/2005 (4 hours).
* Interactive Computer Simulation – Implementing Business Strategy with the Balanced Scorecard, CPA Australia, Hong Kong, 28/05/2005 (4 hours).
* Interactive Computer Simulation – Implementing Business Strategy with the Balanced Scorecard, CIMA, Hong Kong, 30/04/2005. (4 hours)
* Interactive Computer Simulation – Implementing Business Strategy with the Balanced Scorecard, HKICPA, Hong Kong, 09/10/2004, 16/10/2004 (8 hours).
* Interactive Computer Simulation – Implementing Business Strategy with the Balanced Scorecard, CPA Australia, Hong Kong, 12/06/2004 (4 hours).

International Presentation

* Lessons learned from visiting electronics factories. Invited speech presented at Global Sources Smart Sourcing Summit – Hong Kong, 14th October 2017

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