Professor Kerry Humphreys

Professor Kerry Humphreys

BCom (Hons), University Medal, UNSW. PhD, UNSW. FCA.

Business School
School of Accounting, Auditing and Taxation

Kerry researches, teaches and designs curricula in strategic management accounting, which looks at how managers use financial and non-financial information and analyses to deliver the organisation's strategy and make effective judgments and decisions around managing performance. She supervises Honours and postgraduate research students, and her research investigates when managers make effective decisions incorporating strategy and performance information (including the balanced scorecard, sustainability and ESG information), and how new managers can learn to make better decisions using this information.

She publishes in leading international academic journals (ABDC A* ranked): The Accounting Review, Accounting, Organizations and Society, and the Journal of Management Accounting Research. Kerry is an Editor of Accounting and Finance, and Editorial Board member of Behavioral Research in Accounting and Accounting Horizons. Her research has received external funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and the Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ). 

Kerry serves as Director of Academic Development, and is a member of the UNSW Academic Promotions Policy and Procedure Review Committee. She has served as Director of the UNSW Business School’s Experimental Research Laboratory (BizLab), Deputy Head, School of Accounting, and (Acting) Director of Education, School of Accounting. She has received awards for research, teaching and leadership, including an Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, AFAANZ/Pearson Education Accounting/Finance Lecturer of the Year, UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s awards for teaching excellence (individual and team teaching), a UNSW Scientia Research fellowship, UNSW Business School Dean’s Emerging Leadership award, and multiple UNSW Business School awards for research and teaching. The American Accounting Association (AAA) recognized Kerry’s research with an Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for the Accounting, Behavior and Organizations section.

Kerry earned her BCom (First class Hons; University Medal) and PhD from UNSW, and her postgraduate qualification as a Chartered Accountant with CA-ANZ. She was awarded a Fellowship of CA-ANZ (FCA) in 2020. Kerry has consulted to a variety of organizations in both the private and public sectors working with PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Global Business Services.

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  • Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'The balanced scorecard: Do managers need a strategy map when evaluating performance?', Accounting and Finance,
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Group Judgment and Decision Making in Auditing: Research in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond', Auditing, 41, pp. 3 - 23,
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'Judgment and decision making research on CSR reporting in the COVID-19 pandemic environment', Accounting and Finance, 62, pp. 739 - 765,
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'The interplay between strategic risk profiles and presentation format on managers' strategic judgments using the balanced scorecard', Accounting, Organizations and Society, 70, pp. 92 - 105,
    Journal articles | 2016
    Humphreys KA; Gary MS; Trotman KT, 2016, 'Dynamic Decision Making Using the Balanced Scorecard Framework', The Accounting Review, 91, pp. 1441 - 1465,
    Journal articles | 2016
    2016, 'Managing strategic uncertainty: The diversity and use of performance measures in the balanced scorecard', Managerial Auditing Journal, 31, pp. 512 - 534,
    Journal articles | 2015
    2015, 'Group judgment and decision making in auditing: Past and future research', Accounting, Organizations and Society, 47, pp. 56 - 72,
    Journal articles | 2012
    2012, 'The differential improvement effects of the strategy map and scorecard perspectives on managers’ strategic judgments.', Accounting Review, 87, pp. 899 - 924,
    Journal articles | 2011
    2011, 'The balanced scorecard: The effect of strategy information on performance evaluation judgments', Journal of Management Accounting Research, 23, pp. 81 - 98,
  • Conference Papers | 2008
    Humphreys KA; Trotman KT, 2008, 'The Balanced Scorecard: The Effect of strategy map provision on performance evaluation judgments and mental model development.', in Programme & Proceedings: AFAANZ, GMARS - Conference 2008, Coogee, NSW, presented at GMARS - Conference 2008, Coogee, NSW, 11 June 2008 - 13 June 2008

2023-25: Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant (with K. T. Trotman and M. M. Cheng): "Judgment and decision making using Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance information".

2018-21: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Research Grant (with K. T. Trotman and M. S. Gary): "Understanding and enhancing managers’ dynamic decision making using the BSC".

2018/19: UNSW Business School Linkage Research Seed Fund Grant (with M. M. Cheng): “Designing management accounting and control systems (MACS) to improve algorithm-enabled managerial decision-making”.

2014-2015: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Research Grant (with M. M. Cheng): “Significant judgments and decisions occupying the conscious attention of today's management accountants”.

2014-2015: Accounting & Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Research Grant (with M. M. Cheng): “The social impact of management accounting: A judgment and decision making analysis of management accountants in not-for-profit organisations”.

2012-2013: AFAANZ Research Grant (with M. M. Cheng): “Overcoming the decoy effect: How can managers balance strategic performance dimensions when making capital investment decisions?”.

2011: BizLab Small Project Grant (with K. T. Trotman): “Dynamic managerial decision making using the balanced scorecard: The differential improvement effects of scorecard framing”.

2009-2010 AFAANZ Research Grant (with K. T. Trotman): “The effects of strategy map provision and feedback type on resource allocation decisions using the balanced scorecard”.

2008-2009: UNSW Business School Research Grant (with M. M. Cheng): “How do managers search, interpret, store and retrieve strategically relevant peripheral information? The role of strategic performance measurement systems”.

UNSW Business School Dean’s Emerging Leadership Award (2020)

UNSW Business School Values in Action Commendation (2020)

UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (2017)

UNSW Business School Excellence in Team Teaching Award (2017)

UNSW Business School Non-Professorial Research Achievement Award (2016)

American Accounting Association (AAA) Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award for Accounting, Behavior and Organizations section (2014)

Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) Australian Awards for University Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2011)

Accounting/Finance Lecturer of the Year Award 2011 (Pearson Education endorsed by AFAANZ)

UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence (2011)

UNSW Business School Excellence in Team Teaching Award (2011)

UNSW Business School Dean's Commendation for Contributions to Teaching (2009)

Media releases:

AWE doctoral master class with Professor Kerry Humphreys:

2023 Global Management Accounting Research Symposium (GMARS):

Four ways COVID-19 affects CSR reporting (and what to do about it)

Four ways to make better business decisions in challenging times:

Are balanced scorecards fit for the disruption era?:

Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Teaching Excellence:

Fast track your CIMA accreditation:

UNSW team win CIMA Global Business Challenge National Final:

Kerry Humphreys awarded 2011 ALTC Citation:

Celebrating staff achievement at UNSW Business School:

My Teaching

Courses taught: 


ACCT2507 Introduction to Accounting Research

ACCT3583 Management Accounting 2

ACCT4852/5952 Current Developments in Accounting Research - Managerial

ACCT5914 Enterprise Strategy for Management Accountants

ACCT5917 Value Creation from the Office of the CFO

ACCT5931 Strategic Management Accounting

MNGT6210 Accounting and Financial Management