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Keith Houghton

Professor (Part-time) Swinburne Business School and Emeritus Professor - Australian National University
PhD, University of Western Australia, Australia; MSc(Econ), London School of Economics , United Kingdom; BCom, University of Melbourne, Australia


Prior to his retirement from the Australian National University (ANU), Keith Houghton was Professor of Business Administration. He is now an Emeritus Professor of that University. Since then he has taken on a number of part-time positions including at Swinburne Business School teaching Research Methodology to doctoral students and as a Director of the highly respected social enterprise Research Coaching Australia.

Professor Houghton is a graduate of the University of Western Australia, the University of Melbourne and the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Professor Houghton served as Dean of the ANU’s College of Business and Economics and its antecedent bodies. He was also Director of the National Graduate School of Management before its merger into the College in 2006. During periods over the ten-year service at the ANU he served as the Chair of the University Academic Board and the Audit and Risk Management Committee. He has been a member of the University Council. His service also includes as Chair of the University’s Finance Committee and the Access and Equity Committee.

He has written and published widely in international journals (including the Journal of Accounting Research) and domestic scholarly journals (including Abacus). He has served on a number of Editorial Boards (including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Accounting and Finance amongst others) and remains an active as an ad hoc reviewer of research journals from around the world. The research paradigm applied by Professor Houghton involves the use of archival, survey and experimental data. He researches using quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches.

He has been one of two independent reviewers of the Australian audit practice of the accounting firm KPMG prior to the formal oversight by Australia’s corporate regulator ASIC and has appeared before many Australian Parliamentary and other Inquiries and court cases as an expert witness. Currently he has developed a profile on policy matters in productivity and efficiency in scholarly research including papers in the economics of higher education relating to data pertaining to Australia, the US and Europe. 

Research interests

Research Methodology; Economics of Higher Education; Organizational Governance; Auditing; Accounting

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Accounting, Auditing And Accountability - 150100

Teaching areas

Research Methodology


Also published as: Houghton, Keith; Houghton, K.; Houghton, K. A.; Houghton, Keith A.; Houghton, Keith Allen
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