Accounting Theory

                           ACCOUNTING THEORY

                                   ( POST GRADUATE LEVEL)

The assignment must be made by word processing software like MS Word (2003 and above).
o Page margin should be 1 inch (2.54 cm) all around.
o The font should be 12 ‘Times New Roman’.
o The line spacing should be double spaced.
o The table (if any) should be nicely formatted.
o Referencing: Please ensure that any ideas or data that you provide in your answer, other than your own original thoughts are properly referenced using the Harvard referencing style.

The essay should include an abstract, introduction, body, conclusion and bibliography. Maximum word count is 1400 words excluding the abstract or bibliography


This assignment is a research based essay where you are required to relate a real world case study to accounting theory. Below you will find links to news article relating to the announcement by the Telstra indicating changes to profit and dividends, and also announcing the losses of 2,800 jobs. Whilst this article provides the context for this assignment, you need to ensure that you also refer to other sources. You also need to incorporate both academic and non-academic articles but must have at least 10 academic journal article references from which you will refer to theoretical issues. (Please make sure that you know what an academic reference is).
Using the news article provided below as a base, and referring to other appropriate literature, discuss and critically evaluate the following:

 Determine the facts of the case.

 Identify and discuss why the Telstra is planning to remove jobs. What are the possible issues faced by Telstra?

 Describe the main stakeholders who will be affected by the job cuts? Describe each stakeholder, their concerns and how they are likely to be effected.

 Using Stakeholder Theory, explain the likely motivations for the each stakeholder group (basing your discussion on your application of Stakeholder Theory).

 Using a second accounting theory, explain how your chosen theory applies to the Telstra case, and what each group should do as a result of following the theory. (Make sure you relate your discussion to the Telstra case and each of the affected groups under your chosen theory).

 Compare and contrast the different theories and identify which of these theories is most important from the Telco’s perspective and explain reasons why you think your chosen theory is the most important.

 YOU MUST relate your answers to the link between theory and practice

 Finally, you may apply a third accounting theory that you believe may also be relevant to this case study. You may do this if you feel it will help you to compare and contrast the 3

Similarities and differences between the theories.

The relationship between accounting research and professional practice has been discussed in the literature (Parker, Guthrie & Linacre 2011). This article needs to inform your arguments.

Links to the articles are provided here:

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