Prof George Tanewski

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Professor In Accounting

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

BL Deakin Business School

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Graduate Diploma of Accounting, Monash University, 2005
Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 1995
Bachelor of Journalism & Communication, Rhodes University, 1981

Contact

g.tanewski@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 925 17230

Biography

Professor George Tanewski is a Professor in the Department of Accounting in Deakin Business School. George’s research interests include disclosure matters related to financial reporting and corporate governance with a focus on family-controlled firms and the SME environment, the value relevance of financial reporting, and ownership structure issues associated with both public and private companies.

The impact of George’s published works on family ownership and proprietary companies has highlighted the need to better understand the objectives of the firm’s owners and how these objectives and incentives impact on decision-making, which in turn impact on the quality of financial disclosures and other corporate governance mechanisms.

As part of a research team commissioned by the Australian Accounting Standards Board (AASB), George examined the application of the reporting entity concept and adoption of special purpose financial reporting by large proprietary companies not operating in the capital markets (unlisted private entities) and not-for-profit organisations. The research report, released in June 2014, raises some fundamental questions about the adequacy of Australian financial reporting by entities that do not have ‘public accountability’ (as defined in AASB 1053 Application of Tiers of Australian Accounting Standards). The findings from this report brought about legislative changes in November 2015 to how consolidated general purpose reports are prepared by companies in Australia as a way of reducing the number of special-purpose reports that are prepared.  

Another example of George’s experience in policy formulation and thought leadership is his development and co-authorship of the Australian Small Business White Paper in 2015, a policy document commissioned by the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).  The White Paper recommends that government and small business focus on three key pillars - human capital (people), financial capital (investment) and technological change (innovation) – to improve the productivity of the SME sector. The report was presented to the former Federal Minister for Small Business, Bruce Billson, at Parliament House in August 2015.

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Research interests

  • Ownership Structure
  • Corporate Governance
  • Voluntary Disclosure
  • Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMES)
  • Panel Data Methods

Affiliations

  • Member, Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ).
  • Member, Institute of Public Accountants (IPA).

Teaching interests

  • Research Design and Methods
  • Quantitative Methods

Media appearances

Projects

  • Development of the second edition of the Australian Small Business White Paper to be released later in 2018.

Publications

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2019

Keeping it private: financial reporting by large proprietary companies in Australia

B Potter, M Pinnuck, G Tanewski, S Wright

(2019), Vol. 59, pp. 87-113, Accounting and finance, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Responsible science: celebrating the 50-year legacy of Ball and Brown (1968) using a registration-based framework

H Aman, W Beekes, H Berkman, M Bohmann, M Bradbury, L Chapple, M Chang, V Clout, R Faff, J Han, D Hillier, A Hodgson, B Howieson, J Jona, M Linnenluecke, T Loncan, B McCredie, D Michayluk, N Mroczkowski, Z Pan, V Patel, E Podolski, N Soderstrom, T Smith, G Tanewski, K Walsh, M Wee, S Wright

(2019), Vol. 56, pp. 129-150, Pacific Basin finance journal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal
2018

Corporate boards and performance pricing in private debt contracts

I Bakar, A Khan, P Mather, G Tanewski

(2018), Vol. 50, pp. 144-162, Pacific-Basin finance journal, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal

Board monitoring and covenant restrictiveness in private debt contracts during the global financial crisis

I Abu Bakar, A Khan, P Mather, G Tanewski

(2018), pp. 1-32, Accounting and finance, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal

Business advice by accountants to SMEs: relationships and trust

R Blackburn, P Carey, G Tanewski

(2018), Vol. 15, pp. 358-384, Qualitative research in accounting and management, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal

On the productive efficiency of Australian businesses: firm size and age class effects

M Cowling, G Tanewski

(2018), pp. 1-14, Small Business Economics, 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature, C1

journal
2016

Institutional investors in Australia: Do they play a homogenous monitoring role?

P Muniandy, G Tanewski, S Johl

(2016), Vol. 40, pp. 266-288, Pacific Basin Finance Journal, C1

journal

The provision of business advice to SMEs by external accountants

P Carey, G Tanewski

(2016), Vol. 31, pp. 290-313, Managerial auditing journal, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal
2014

The relevance to firm valuation of research and development expenditure in the Australian health-care industry

L Mitrione, G Tanewski, J Birt

(2014), Vol. 39, pp. 425-452, Australian journal of management, London, England, C1

journal

Application of the reporting entity concept in Australia

Peter Carey, Brad Potter, George Tanewski

(2014), Vol. 50, pp. 460-489, Abacus, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal
2013

Costs and Benefits of Mandatory Auditing of For-profit Private and Not-for-profit Companies in Australia

P Carey, W Knechel, G Tanewski

(2013), Vol. 23, pp. 43-53, Australian Accounting Review, C1

journal

Voluntary demand for auditing by farm businesses: an Australian perspective

P Carey, G Tanewski

(2013), Vol. 12, pp. 213-234, Accounting and management information systems, Bucharest, Romania, C1

journal
2011

The role of board independence in mitigating agency problem II in Australian family firms

L Setia-Atmaja, J Haman, G Tanewski

(2011), Vol. 43, pp. 230-246, British Accounting Review, C1-1

journal
2009

The role of dividends, debt and board structure in the governance of family controlled firms

L Setia-Atmaja, G Tanewski, M Skully

(2009), Vol. 36, pp. 863-898, Journal of business finance and accounting, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal
2007

Delineating publicly listed family and nonfamily controlled firms: an approach for capital market research in Australia

N Mroczkowski, G Tanewski

(2007), Vol. 45, pp. 320-332, Journal of small business management, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2006

The relationship between family firms and corporate governance

S Bartholomeusz, G Tanewski

(2006), Vol. 44, pp. 245-267, Journal of small business management, Hoboken, N.J., C1-1

journal
2005

Understanding leadership and employee attitudes in fast-growth family businesses

Y Ho, G Tanewski

(2005), pp. 39-66, Managing the family business, Heidelberg, Vic, B1

chapter
2003

Work-family conflict: a study of American and Australian family businesses

K Smyrnios, C Romano, G Tanewski, P Karofsky, R Millen, M Yilmaz

(2003), Vol. 16, pp. 35-51, Family business review, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2001

Capital structure decision making: a model for family business

C Romano, G Tanewski, K Smyrnios

(2001), Vol. 16, pp. 285-310, Journal of business venturing, New York, N.Y., C1-1

journal

Student progress in distance education: Kember's model re-visited

A Woodley, P De Lange, G Tanewski

(2001), Vol. 16, pp. 113-131, Open Learning, C1-1

journal
2000

Voluntary demand for internal and external auditing by family businesses

P Carey, R Simnett, G Tanewski

(2000), Vol. 19, pp. 36-51, Auditing, C1-1

journal

Characteristics of organisations using an audit for interim financial statements

A Baines, G Tanewski, G Gay

(2000), Vol. 10, pp. 52-61, Australian accounting review, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal
1998

Development of a measure of the characteristics of family business

K Smyrnios, G Tanewski, C Romano

(1998), Vol. 11, pp. 49-60, Family business review, London, Eng., C1-1

journal

The academic dean: A position in need of a compass and clock

J Sarros, W Gmelch, G Tanewski

(1998), Vol. 21, pp. 65-88, International Journal of Phytoremediation, C1-1

journal
1997

The role of department head in australian universities: Tasks and stresses

J Sarros, W Gmelch, G Tanewski

(1997), Vol. 21, pp. 283-292, International Journal of Phytoremediation, C1-1

journal

The role of department head in australian universities: Changes and challenges

J Sarros, W Gmelch, G Tanewski

(1997), Vol. 21, pp. 9-24, International Journal of Phytoremediation, C1-1

journal

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Financial Statement Reporting Practices of Entities Lodging Under the Corporations Act / Differential Reporting Research Project

Prof George Tanewski, Prof Peter Carey

  • 2013: $50,000
  • 2012: $13,636

Post Implementation Review of Reduced Disclosure Reporting: Examining Reports Lodged by Private Companies in Australia

Prof Matt Pinnuck, Mr Bradley Potter, Prof George Tanewski

  • 2016: $45,000

Conceptual Framework Research Project

Prof George Tanewski

  • 2019: $10,000
  • 2018: $10,000

Industry and Other Funding

The Future of Small Accounting Practices: Developing Capabilities and Expertise

Prof Peter Carey, Prof George Tanewski

  • 2013: $10,000

IPA-Deakin SME Research Partnership

Prof Peter Carey, Prof George Tanewski, Prof Barry Cooper

  • 2015: $66,666
  • 2014: $66,666
  • 2013: $66,666

IPA - Deakin SME Research Centre

Prof Barry Cooper, Prof Peter Carey, Prof George Tanewski

  • 2019: $219,000
  • 2018: $219,000
  • 2017: $167,000
  • 2016: $167,000

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2019

Amirul Hafiz Bin Mohd Nasir

Thesis entitled: Auditing, financial reporting quality and investment decisions of small private companies at different life-­cycle stages

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Accounting

2018

Puspalila Muniandy

Thesis entitled: Heterogeneity of Institutional Investor Ownership and CEO Power on Firm Outcomes

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Accounting

2017

Elka Lucia Johansson

Thesis entitled: The Determinants of Reporting Financial and Non-Financial Information by Charities

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Accounting

2015

Wen Hua Sharpe

Thesis entitled: Determinants of Corporate Capital Structure: A Comparison of Public and Private Firms

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Accounting

2014

Azlina Abdul Jalil

Thesis entitled: FINANCIAL REPORTING BEHAVIOUR AND INVESTMENT EFFICIENCY: EVIDENCE FROM PRIVATE FAMILY FIRMS

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Accounting, Economics & Finance