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FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING OUTSOURCING – AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF SERVICE PROVIDERS AND THEIR CLIENTS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND. Graham Ray, Accounting Lecturer, School of Commerce and Management, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW Telephone +61 2 66203843 [email protected] Topic: Track 9 - Risk Management for Small Business. Profile: Graham Ray is a lecturer in Accounting in the School of Commerce and Management of the Faculty of Business at Southern Cross University specialising in financial accounting, management accounting, small business management and Accounting Information Systems. Graham’s has extensive business experience in SME’s as an owner operator, financial controller and as a business consultant. Graham’s current interests include his own consultancy practice, specialis in Financial and Management Accounting Computer Systems. His clients include regional enterprise and both large and small businesses from both the public and private sector. Graham is a Doctoral candidate with the Graduate College of Management at Southern Cro University and this paper is submitted as part of his Doctor of Business Administration (DB research study.
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Page 1 FINANCE AND ACCOUNTING OUTSOURCING – AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF SERVICE PROVIDERS AND THEIR CLIENTS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND. Graham Ray, Accounting Lecturer, School of Commerce and Management, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW Telephone +61 2 66203843 [email protected] Topic: Track 9 - Risk Management for Small Business. Significance of issue: Academic research and practice. Approach: Mixed Methodology ABSTRACT This paper is based on a current research project which seeks to explore the relationships between finance and accounting service providers and their clients along with a matching of percei attitudes and understandings relating to decision factors, benefits and impacts of the outsou decision by small business to service providers. This study will seek to satisfy three questions. What are the main factors involved in the outsourcing decision by small business owner/managers in Australia and New Zealand, what are the pe benefits of outsourcing the finance and accounting function by small business in Australia and New Zealand and what are the perceived impacts of finance and accounting outsourcing on small businesses in Australia and New Zealand. In this study, a qualitative approach was incorporated into the research to determine the informatio requirements for understanding the perceptions, attitudes, feelings and motivations of SME owner/managers concerning Finance and Accounting Outsourcing. This study will not only identify the decision factors, benefits and impacts of finance and accounting outsourcing by small business, also identify and understand the perceptions and attitudes of the finance and accounting se provider in relation to their small business clients.
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