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Dr Chris Graves
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Chris Graves is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Adelaide Business School, and has substantial experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Australia and Asia. Prior to joining academia in 1995, Chris worked as an accountant in a number of different fields, including public practice, the banking sector, and the manufacturing sector. He is a Chartered Accountant.
He has a Bachelors degree in Accountancy from the former South Australian Institute of Technology, a Masters in Economics from the University of New England, and a PhD from the University of Adelaide. His PhD investigated factors that limit the ability of family-owned SMEs to grow internationally, as well as the manner in which those obstacles can be overcome. His PhD research was awarded the Best Dissertation Honourable Mention Award by the Family Firm Institute (FFI) in the USA. .
Chris is married with one child, enjoys cycling and is an active member of his local church.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Adelaide, 2006. Thesis was awarded the Best Dissertation Honourable Mention Award from the Family Firm Institute (FFI) in the USA.
PhD thesis was entitled "Venturing Beyond the Backyard: An Examination of the Internationalisation Process of Australian SME Family-Owned Manufacturing Enterprises"
Master of Economics [Accounting & Financial Management], University of New England, 2001. Thesis was awarded the UNE's DH Drummond Memorial Dissertation prize.
Masters thesis was entitled "Identifying Recovery Candidates"
Bachelor of Arts [Accountancy], South Australian Institute of Technology, 1992.
Chartered Accountant [CA], The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, 2010.
Chris has a passion for equipping managers with the financial literacy required for them to effectively carry out their managerial roles. He is currently responsible for the courses "Accounting for Managers", "Strategic Performance Drivers", "Family Business Issues & Perspectives" [new MBA course for 2010] and Small and Family Business Perspectives [new undergraduate commerce course for 2011].
He also has a strong interest in the management education of SME owners.
Because of his previous experience [both as an accountant and as a researcher], and their importance to national economies, Chris has a particular interest in the management and international growth of SMEs and family businesses.
He also has an interest in organisational financial distress and turnaround strategies, as well as the development and application of product costing and performance measurement systems within organisations.
Chris is currently on the editorial board of:
1. Family Business Review [A-ranked journal published by Sage Publications]
2. Journal of Small Business Management [A-ranked journal published by Wiley-Blackwell]
3. Journal of Family Business Strategy [New journal (2010) published by Elsevier]
Board Member: IFERA [International Family Enterprise Research Academy]
Chartered Accountant [CA], The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Chris was recently  appointed to the board of 'Baptist Churches of South Australia Inc.', an incorporated association consisting of 70 churches in South Australia.
The purpose and responsibility of the board is to ensure that the Baptist Churches of South Australia Inc delivers accountable ministry and corporate performance in accordance with the organisation's Vision, Mission, Purpose, Values and Strategic Goals.
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