Accounting for social impact; Performance measurement of cooperatives, mutuals and social enterprises; Accounting, ethics and accountability; Social investment and social finance.
Sarah Adams is a Lecturer of Accounting. Sarah’s research interests include accounting and performance measurement in organisations with non-profit orientations, such as charities, not-for-profits, cooperatives and mutuals. She is also interested in corporate responsibility, accountability, ethics in accounting, and how social purpose organisations account for their 'social impact'. Sarah’s research on how Australian cooperatives and mutuals understand and measure their 'mutual value’ was funded by the Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals. Her work has appeared in journals including Australian Journal of Management.
Salignac F, Wilcox T, Marjolin A and Adams S (2018) Understanding Collective Impact in Australia: A new approach to interorganizational collaboration', Australian Journal of Management, 43(1), pp 91-110
Adams, S and Simnett, R (2011) ‘Integrated Reporting: An Opportunity for the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector?’, Australian Accounting Review, 21 (3), pp 292-301.
Adams, S., Fries, J. and Simnett, R. (2011), ‘The Journey Toward Integrated Reporting’, Accountants Digest, 558, 1-41.
Research grants and awards
2017 – 2019 Mutual Value Measurement (Industry Grant) with Thambar, P., Hall, M., and Millo, Y ; Funder: Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals
2014 – 2019 ‘Measuring Outcomes for Impact in the Community Sector in Western Australia’ (Industry Grant) with Flatau P and Zaretsky, K; Funder: Bankwest Foundation
Best Overall Paper award, A-CSEAR Conference 2016
Centre for Social Impact PhD Scholarship
UNSW PhD Completion Award for Research Excellence 2016
Research engagement and outreach
CBE (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access) Committee
Sarah actively volunteers her expertise and is working directly with over 20 Australian cooperatives and mutuals to help them understand their business model, make the most of their offering and position in the marketplace, and communicate their value.
BUSN3017, Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability and Reporting
BUSN3001, Accounting Theory
BUSN7005, Contemporary Issues in Accounting