Ms Sarka Stepankova

Ms Sarka Stepankova

PhD candidate
Business School
School of Accounting, Auditing & Taxation

Sarka is a PhD candidate in the UNSW School of Accounting, Auditing, and Taxation. Her current research interest centres on professional scepticism, improving the quality of audit judgments and translation of these judgments into actions.

Before commencing her PhD, Sarka received a Master of Philosophy in Accounting (UNSW), Master of Professional Accounting (USC) and Bachelor in Economic Policy and Management (UJAK). Prior to this, Sarka worked as an accountant in Europe and in Australia.

Sarka’s Ph.D. thesis is about investigating how norms and self-efficacy beliefs influence auditor sceptical attitudes, intentions, and actions. This research project is funded by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.


  • Journal articles | 2022
    Stepankova S; Harding N; Mayorga D; Trotman K, 2022, 'Using More Effective Instructional Verbs to Elevate Auditors’ Professional Skepticism', ,

UNSW Bizlab Small Project Grant (2017)

Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship, Australian Government (2019-2022)

Bill Stewart Memorial Scholarship (2017, 2020)

UNSW Business School Student Research Fair - runner up (2017), semifinalist (2018), 1st place (2020)

AFAANZ Best Paper Presented by PhD Student (2020)

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