Dr Michael Turner

Senior Lecturer

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 334 68071


Dr. Michael Turner is a Senior Lecturer in Accounting at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. Holding a PhD, a Bachelor of Business (First Class Honours), and a Graduate Certificate in Research Management, Dr. Turner excels in teaching, research, service, and student supervision. His commitment to academic excellence is evident in his superior teaching evaluations and extensive scholarly contributions. Dr. Turner has amassed a significant body of high-quality research. As at the start of 2024, he has nearly 30 journal articles, with 23 of these articles appearing in top-tier A* (5) and A-ranked (18) journals as per the Australian Business Dean's Council (ABDC) list.

Dr. Turner's research interests span strategic management accounting, corporate disclosure, ethical decision-making, and the integration of advanced technologies in accounting education.

As the Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Advanced Business with Honours program, Dr. Turner champions creativity, excellence, and respect, fostering an inclusive and respectful educational environment. His innovative teaching methods and active engagement with the academic and industry sectors underscore his dedication to educational excellence.

Dr. Turner has secured numerous research grants, from prestigious bodies such as Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ), and the German Research Foundation, demonstrating his capability in navigating the competitive funding landscape. His research projects, including studies on management accounting, capital budgeting, and the impact of digital changes on pricing, highlight his role as a leading figure in accounting research. His collaboration with industry and contributions to industry-centric platforms further amplify his impact, bridging academic insights and practical applications.

Dr. Turner's leadership extends beyond research and teaching; he serves on editorial advisory boards and acts as a reviewer for reputable journals, reflecting his commitment to upholding research quality and integrity.

Research Interests

  • Capital Budgeting
    Human behaviour, such as escalation of commitment and biasing of capital budgeting cash flow forecasts. Including both the preparer of the capital budgeting proposal, and the reviewer of those proposals.
  • Professional Skepticism
    Experimental research around the role of both state and trait professional skepticism on the decision-making of professional accountants.
  • CSR Disclosure
    Examining the value both firms and shareholders attach to financial, social and environmental disclosures. Also, the impact of regulation on such value.
  • Management accounting applications for the hospitality industry
    Particularly interested in hotels mediated by a management contact. For example, a hotel owner and a hotel operator.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methods, Southern Cross University
  • Bachelor of Business (Administration), Griffith University


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Book Chapter

  • Hesford, James W. and Turner, Michael J. (2019). Capital budgeting: Planning for long-term asset expenditure: Theory. Hospitality Finance and Accounting: Essential Theory and Practice. (pp. 110-128) edited by Rob van Ginneken. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

  • James W. Hesford, Michael J. Turner and Craig M. Milner (2019). Finance and accounting in food and beverage: Theory. Hospitality Finance and Accounting: Essential Theory and Practice. (pp. 71-92) edited by Rob van Ginneken. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

  • Turner, Michael J., Hodari, Demian and Blal, Ines (2016). Entry modes: management contract. The Routledge handbook of hotel chain management. (pp. 157-170) edited by Stanislav Invanov, Maya Invanova and Vincent Magnini. Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315752532-22

  • Blal, Inès, Hodari, Demian and Turner, Michael J. (2016). Selecting a partner hotel by the chain. The Routledge handbook of hotel chain management. (pp. 205-215) edited by Maya Ivanova, Stanislav Ivanov and Vincent P. Magnini. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315752532-26

Journal Article

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision