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Grant Samkin

Professor – School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

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Waikato Management School
The University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
New Zealand
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Grant Samkin teaches financial accounting. He holds a Honours Bachelor of accounting science from the University of South Africa, a Master of Commerce (cum laude) from the University of Durban-Westville, a Doctor of Accounting Science degree from the University of South Africa, and a Postgraduate Certificate (Tertiary Teaching) from the University of Waikato. Grant's professional qualifications include membership of the South African and New Zealand Institutes of Chartered Accountants.

Grant’s research interests can be broken down into three broad themes. These are narrative or non-financial reporting (including Corporate Social Responsibility, sustainability, and intellectual capital issues), education and accounting history. His work on narrative or non-financial reporting includes how narratives and images can be used to repair organisational legitimacy. Grant's more recent work involves the development of a reporting and evaluation framework that can be used as an assessment tool and reporting guide by organisations whose operations impact on biodiversity. Grant's research into education issues includes the use of learning portfolios to engender in students a deep rather than a surface approach to learning, as well as issues surrounding financial literacy in schools. His work has appeared in various journals including: Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal; New Zealand Journal of Taxation Law and Policy; Accounting History; Accounting Education: An International Journal; Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management; Journal of Cleaner Production; Journal of Intellectual Capital; Accounting Research Journal; New Zealand Journal of Applied Business Research; Meditari Accountancy Research; and Australasian Accounting Business and Finance Journal.

Grant currently supervises a number of Phd and Masters students.

Prior to taking up his position at the University of Waikato, Grant taught at the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal (Durban) (since amalgamated to form the University of KwaZulu-Natal) in South Africa. Prior to his time within the university sector, Grant spent a number of years as a chartered accountant in practise and in commerce and industry. While in industry he held a senior position with a subsidiary of one of South Africa's largest construction companies.