Gerald Murphy (FACS), former Certification Program Manager for ACS (1995-2005) has just completed his PhD where he researched professional development within small/medium accounting practices. The thesis titled “Enterprise Professional Development: Adding Value to Enterprises?” a) examined the factors influencing the outcomes of PD; b) found that enterprises invest considerable time and money in professional development and c) identified the substantial benefits to professional enterprises generated by PD. The research also found that the introduction of Professional Standards legislation had no impact on the way professional development is conducted.
Gerald’s research built on his work at the ACS in Professional Development (PD) both in the Certification Program and for the PD Board including introduction of EDxN and at Swinburne where he established postgraduate courses for IT professionals and directed a successful Industry Based Learning degree. Gerald was formerly the national chair of the Australian Cooperative Education Society. During his 29 years at Swinburne Gerald conducted courses for organisations including:
- the Australian Computer Society;
- the Australian Society of Accountants;
- the Institute of Chartered Accountants;
- the Australian Dental Association; and
- the Australian Optometry Association; as well as
- Many major corporations.
The ACS congratulates Dr Gerald Murphy on his recent award.