Prof. Neale O'Connor joined the University of Hong Kong in 2006. He was born and received education in Australia. He obtained a BBA degree from Ballarat College of Advanced Education (Australia), after that he worked for Mann Judd Chartered Accountants for two years before pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting from the University of Melbourne (Australia), and a PhD degree from Griffith University (Australia). He holds several professional qualifications in accounting and finance including Authorized Supervisor of Hong Kong Institute of Certified Practicing Accountants (HKICPA) and Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Australia).
Prof. O'Connor joined City University as Assistant Professor in 1996. During this time he was director of the Master of Arts in International Accounting (MAIA) program. In 2006 he left a tenured position as Associate Professor and joined HKU as Associate Professor in School of Business. He served as the director of the BBA (Accounting and Law) program for two years, and continues to serve on the University discontinuation committee – the final appellant committee for handing discontinued student cases. Consistent with his interest in management control and human resources, he also was elected by the faculty of business academic staff to represent them on the Faculty Human Resources Committee.
Before his academic career, Prof. O'Connor was a Junior Clerical Stores Person for the Mobil Petroleum Distribution Depot that serves North West Victoria (18 months), An Insurance and investment sales broker for Deakin Financial Services (Australia - 2 years) and a Chartered Accountant for Mann Judd Chartered Accountants (Australia – 2 years)
O'Connor has a diverse consulting and executive education portfolio with a wide range of companies in the Asia-Pacific region. His work has focused on controllership, financial performance metrics, and human resources management. He has also developed corporate business cases for a number of companies including HTC, PQI, EU Design, Phillips, Sungod Fashion, Delphi, Alpharma, and Rescom Realestate.
His most recent research examined the use of management controls in international joint ventures in China and the adoption of formal management control mechanisms in Chinese SOEs. He is currently involved in researching how great firms manage their suppliers in China and the adoption of performance measures and their linkage to manager compensation in a publicly listed firm in China. His publications on business and management accounting in China have appeared in several international journals: Accounting, Organizations and Society, Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Accounting Research, Asian Pacific Journal of Management and Journal of Applied Management Studies. Currently, Prof. O'Connor serves on the Editorial Boards for Abacus, Management Accounting Research, and Advances in Management Accounting. Prof. O'Connor has published many academic articles and a book.
His teaching interests are corporate governance and social responsibility, managerial accounting, strategic management accounting, operational management accounting, and management control systems, and his research uses economic and psychology theories and research methods to study budgeting, performance measurement, performance evaluation, and incentives.