Rahat Munir


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Dr Rahat Munir is a Professor, Head of Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University. 

With extensive experience in all forms of academic endeavours - research, teaching and engagement, having solid background as a highly qualified executive having 3 decades experience in tertiary & executive education and banking sectors, Professor Munir offer an unbeatable track-record of excellence in curriculum development, research leadership, change management, building teams, effective human resource and financial management. Professor Munir is a target driven professional with the mission to deliver excellence in research and teaching, maximising staff satisfaction and motivation to improve their productivity. He leads by example. As a strategic thinker, he successfully analyse market trends, create plans, develop policies and processes, manage finances, and deliver results.

His research and teaching is across management accounting and related subjects. He supervises Master of Research and PhD students. Over the last three decades, he has worked on various projects, including projects funded by the International Finance Corporation, the World Bank and the NSW Attorney General Department.

His research interests range from management accounting systems, performance measurement systems, CSR, corporate governance, management control systems, banking systems in emerging markets and SMEs. He has published in leading international journals including Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, International Journal of Production and Operations Management, Journal of Environmental Management, Journal of Business Ethics as well as presented at international conferences and seminars in many parts of the world. He is affiliated with several professional bodies including Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, Professional Risk Managers International Association, USA, American Accounting Association and European Accounting Association. Professor Rahat Munir is actively involved in learning & teaching and research activities and brings a host of administrative and service experience across a wide range of contexts. His main contributions include the development "Accountants in the Profession" unit for the Bachelor of Commerce professional accounting students, "Contemporary Business Issues" unit, a capstone unit, for the Master of Commerce students, developed undergraduate and postgraduate programs. He has actively been involved in developing collaborations between Macquarie University and professional accounting bodies, and has built collaborations with various universities globally, for articulation into Macquarie University programs. 

He serves on the various committees of the University, Faculty and the Department, including the Academic Standards and Quality Committee (ASQC), Faculty Standards and Quality Committee (FSQC), the Faculty Board and the Research Committee of the Faculty. Professor Munir has also served on the TAFE NSW Higher Education Academic Board. 

Professor Munir has earned numerous national and international level research and teaching awards during his career, including – "2015 VC's Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning" and "2013 VC's Award for Programs that Enhance Learning" at the University level and at the Faculty through the "2012 Dean's Teaching Excellence". His teaching contributions has also been recognised at the national level through awarding "2015 NSW Division President's Award for Excellence – Achievement in Academia" by CPA Australia, and "2014 Business/Higher Education Roundtable (B/HERT) Award for Excellence in Accounting Teaching Collaboration". Professor Munir's contribution has also been recognised at the international level through shortlisting of ACCG315 (Accountants in the Profession) for the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Award 2015 at the University of Pennsylvania in the Nurturing Employability Award category for the most innovative pedagogical approach to learning and teaching. He has served on the judging panel of QS Stars -Wharton, University of Pennsylvania’s 2017 Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education global award in higher education and member judging panel of the Momentum Media and Accountants Daily’s Australian Accounting Awards. Professor Munir's case study - The Ethics of Profit in the Australian Retail Industry was shortlisted amongst the top 4 teaching cases globally by the Decision Sciences Institute (DSI), Washington DC for the ‘Best Teaching Case Studies Award’ competition. This competition identifies and recognises outstanding teaching case studies related to all DSI disciplines.

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Projects 2012 2016

Research Output 2009 2019

Levers of control, management innovation and organisational performance

Baird, K., Su, S. X. & Munir, R., Feb 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Pacific accounting review.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Management innovation
Innovation performance
Organizational performance
Management control systems

Mediating role of quality performance on the association between organisational factors and competitive advantage

Ferdousi, F., Baird, K., Munir, R. & Su, S. X., 2019, In : International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management. 68, 3, p. 542-560 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Competitive advantage
Organizational factors
Employee involvement
Top management support

Performance measurement systems in banks

Munir, R. & Baird, K., 2019, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 156 p. (Routledge international studies in money and banking; vol. 99)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Performance measurement system
Systems change
Influence factors

Strategic management accounting: CPA program

Clarke, B., Collier, P., Munir, R., Oliver, G., Robinson, P., Steenkamp, N. & Zwikael, O., 2019, 2nd ed. Melbourne: CPA Australia. 731 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Strategic management accounting
Strategy implementation
Management accountant
Strategic management

Accountants and the ethics of profit: The case of the Australian retail industry

Munir, R. & Terry, C., 2018, In : Journal of business ethics education. 15, p. 327-348 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Retail industry


project studies

2017 Member Judging Panel

Rahat Munir (Recipient), Jul 2017

Prize: Honorary award


Activities 2013 2017

  • 3 Membership of committee
  • 1 Hosting an academic visitor

Cheryl Susan McWatters

Rahat Munir (Host)
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Cratered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (External organisation)

Rahat Munir (Chair)

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

CPA Australia (External organisation)

Rahat Munir (Chair)

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Member Academic Standards and Quality Committee (Event)

Rahat Munir (Chair)

Activity: MembershipMembership of committee

Press / Media

Understanding a new breed of accountants

Rahat Munir


1 media contribution

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Major uni, mid-tier reacts to 'disappearing' roles

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Major uni notes 'unfortunate' lag in accounting courses

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Major uni set to overhaul accounting degree

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