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Academic Board Members

Professor Keith Houghton


Chair of Academic Board

Dr Houghton is an Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University (ANU), and is Chief Strategist at the Higher Education and Research Group (HERG) and a Principal of Research Coaching Australia (RCA). He previous appointments include as Dean of the College of Business and Economics of the ANU and a member of the University Council and the University level Finance Committee. He also served as Chair as the Academic Board of the ANU. Prior to that he was Fitzgerald Professor of the University of Melbourne, including a period as Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce of that University.

Professor Houghton is active in the commercial world with a number of private sector consulting engagements both in Australia and Asia. He has provided both policy and strategy advice to Federal Govenrment with Senator Simon Birmingham (then Minister of Education) citing Professor Houghton’s research as ground-breaking” (Australia Financial Review, 28 August 2017).

Professor Houghton has published widely in major international research journals as well as Australian domestic scholarly journals. He has authored or co-authored four books with a further book (a case book on research and research methodology soon to appear) and around a hundred journal papers, research monographs and policy papers.

He has served on a number of international Editorials Boards (including The Accounting Review in the US and the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting in Europe). He continues to serve as an ad hoc reviewer of both domestic and international journals and funding agencies both in Australia (Australian Research Council -ARC -Discovery Grants, Linkage Grants and Laureate Fellowships) and overseas (including research funding agencies in the U.K., Canada, China and Qatar).

His research now includes contributions to the debate on government funding mechanisms and was called as a witness to the Parliamentary Inquiry on Funding Australia’s Research (August 2018). With others at HERG, he has been involved in the creation of the REEF (Research and Education Efficiency Frontier) Index.

Professor Houghton is the Patron of the Melbourne based charity that supports those with dyslexia and their families – SPELD, and was a community nominated torchbearer for the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He has been awarded the Silver Medal of The University of Melbourne on two occasions.

Ed_Davis Emeritus Professor Ed Davis AM

MA (Cantab), MEc (Monash) PhD (La Trobe)

Professor Ed Davis is Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Business and Economics at Macquarie University. He was Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Financial Studies at Macquarie from 2002 to 2008. He is an economist who has specialised in industrial relations. During 1992 he held the post of Distinguished Academic Visitor at Queens' College, Cambridge. He has extensive experience in University leadership. He was a member of the Senior Management Group at Macquarie, the Senate Executive Committee and the Discipline Committee. Other positions held included Chair of the University’s Equal Opportunity Committee; Chair of the Permanency/Probation Committee and Chair of the Promotions Appeal Committee. 

Since his retirement from Macquarie University in 2008 Professor Davis has undertaken assignments for a number of universities; these have included Chairing the Promotions Appeals Committee at the University of Western Sydney and chairing reviews of MBA programs at RMIT and AIM. He has assisted several universities with conflict resolution as a facilitator, mediator and investigator. Professor Davis is a former National President of the Industrial Relations Society of Australia. He is currently National Vice President and NSW President of ABC Friends. He was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2006 for “service to education and to the community in the areas of equity in employment, industrial relations and human resource management”.

Members (External) 


Emeritus Professor Alison Dean

PhD (Monash), Graduate Diploma of Business - Management (Monash), Diploma in Education (Sydney), Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Sydney), Master of Business (Southern Cross)

Alison Dean PhD is Emeritus Professor of Service Marketing and Managment, University of Newcastle. Prior to joining Newcastle in 2005, Alison was employed at Monash University, having entered the tertiary sector from the electricity industry. She has held many leadership and management roles, including Deputy Hed of Faculty, Faculty of Business & Law, Dean and Head, Newcastle Business School; and Assistant Dean roles in Teaching and Learning, and Research Training. Alison's research agenda focuses on services marketing and management, and her studies have been published in a wide variety of high-quality journals. This includes 'Wong, Amy & Dean, Alison M (2009) “Enhancing Value for Chinese Shoppers: Store and Customer Characteristics”, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Vol. 16, No. 2, pp. 123-134'.



Emeritus Professor Stan Glaser

BA (Sydney), PhD (UNSW), M.A.P.S

Formerly Professor of Management, College of Business, University of Western Sydney, Research Director, Sydney Graduate School of Management, Professor of Management and Director of International Programs, Macquarie Graduate School of Management. He has been on the boards of Macquarie Graduate School of Management Pty. Ltd. and an Israeli start-up company, Rooster Notification Technology Ltd. He is currently on the international advisory board of UK based Emerald Group Publishing and is an active consultant to business and government.


Members (Internal) 


Professor Peter Eddey

BCom (Hons) (UNSW), MCom (Hons) (UNSW), FCA, FCPA


Professor Peter Eddey joined the Institute in 2013 after a career in public universities commencing in 1974. Prior appointments include Macquarie University (33 years) where he became Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Business and Economics. Other appointments include the University of New South Wales and Charles Sturt University, with overseas visiting appointments at the University of Washington (USA) and University of Kent (UK). Peter’s academic expertise is in the field of accounting and financial management. He has published in leading national and international research journals, including Abacus, Accounting and Finance, and the Journal of Accounting Research. Peter’s sole-authored textbook in corporate accounting enjoyed wide adoption by Australian universities for many years. While at Macquarie University Peter was appointed Director of Graduate Studies in the Faculty. In this role, Peter created and implemented several successful postgraduate programs, including the Master of Commerce (Professional Accounting) and the Master of International Business in Sydney and Hong Kong. Over a long career in public universities, Peter has acted as a consultant to accounting firms, corporations and government bodies. Now as the Provost at IMC, Peter brings a depth of experience to his role in curriculum design, accreditation, quality assurance, academic management and in maintaining a close relationship with the accounting profession, higher education bodies, industry organisations and IMC stakeholders generally.



Ms Cathy XU


Vice President (Regulatory & Compliance), Senior Academic Manager

Representative of Academic Staff on the Board

Ms Cathy Xu is the Associate Dean of the Sydney City School of Business and Senior Academic Manager of the Institute responsible for academic operation, management and development. Prior to her work at TOP, Ms. Xu was a financial accountant in a commercial firm. Ms. Xu is also a Member of TOP’s Academic Executive Committee.




Course Advisory Committee


Emeritus Professor Alison Dean


Emeritus Professor Ed Davis 

Emeritus Professor Stan Glaser


For their short CVs, please refer to the above Academic Board members.