About my Research

I undertook doctoral studies under the supervision of Associate Professor Trevor Wilmshurst,  Dr William Maguire and Dr Sonia Shimeld at the Tasmanian School of Business & Economics, University of Tasmania, Australia.

Participants from across the globe were invited to answer survey questions to help me develop a method to measure attitudes to information.  My broad goal was to explore whether people’s analysis of information is generally influenced by both traits and skills.  Then, my more specific goal was to find out whether the balance of influences differed according to certain categories of training and experience.  The results were then applied to observe whether external auditors exhibit a propensity to analyse information from a highly neutral perspective (professionally sceptical) even when there are no red flags to suggest they need to be cautious.

This study was approved by the Tasmanian Social Sciences Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have concerns or complaints about the conduct of this study, please contact the Executive Officer of the HREC (Tasmania) Network on (03) 6226 7479 or email human.ethics@utas.edu.au. Please quote ethics reference number [H13643].

Further information about the processes involved in participant recruitment and data collection has been included in this site since data collection commenced in 2014.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact me via the Contact form on this site.  My supervisors via their profiles at ResearchGate or by emailing them care of enquiries@business.utas.edu.au.

Many thanks to all those who participated, who offered support and encouragement, and who expressed interest in being informed of the results.  I am very grateful to you all.



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