Mary Barrett

Lecturer Dip.B.A, ACCA, M.B.S.

Contact Details

Lecturer
Dept. of Accountancy & Finance
Room 362
Cairne's Building
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 5233
E: mary.barrett@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Mary joined NUI, Galway in 2004, having previously trained as a professional accountant with PWC and lectured for BPP Professional Education and University College Cork. 

She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, holds a Master of Business Studies in Corporate Finance and Accounting and is currently undertaking doctoral research examining the emergence and evolution of management accounting systems in SMEs. Mary received the Best Paper Award for the Accounting, Finance & Corporate Governance track at the 2015 Irish Academy of Management Conference.

Mary is a member of the scientific committee for the European Network for Research in Organisational and Accounting Change (ENROAC), comprising practitioners, managers and academics who share an interest in organisational (including accounting change).  She is also a committee member of the Irish Accounting and Finance Association, an academic organisation whose aim is to promote high quality research and teaching of accounting, finance and related subjects, particularly in the Irish third level education sector.
 
Mary lectures in Financial Accounting at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the School of Business & Economics.

Mary has a particular interest in career mentoring and established the annual J. E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics Career Mentoring Event in 2010 facilitating one-to-one meetings between undergraduate students and senior level professionals to discuss career opportunities and plans.

Mary has previously acted as Programme Director for B Comm Accounting (a niche programme for students pursuing careers in accounting) and has worked closely with employers to place students on internship and international experience placement programmes.

Selected Publications:

Kelly, T. and Barrett, M. (2011) The Leading Causes and Potential Consequences of Occupational Stress - A Study of Irish Trainee Accountants.  Irish Accounting Review, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp. 31-55.

Doran, M. (2006) Bean Counter or Business Adviser? An Exploratory Study of Changing Times for the Accounting Practitioner in Ireland. Irish Accounting Review, 13 (1), 23-46.

Research Interests

Mary is particularly interested in all aspects of accounting in SMEs. 

Currently, Mary is examining the process of evolution and development of management accounting systems in SMEs.

As a member of the scientific committee of the European Network for Research in Organisational and Accounting Change, Mary co-chaired the 10th anniversary ENROAC conference in 2015 at NUI Galway, welcoming international academics and practitioners to discuss all issues relating to organisational and accounting change and in particular, the conference theme: In search of Competitiveness and Sustainable Value: Designing Accounting practices to manage Business and Social Innovation.

Previous research undertaken by Mary examined the demand for non-compliance services in SMEs and potential barriers to uptake of these services. More recently, she has undertaken research with Gearóid O'Fátharta on the demand for voluntary audit in SMEs.

In addition, Mary has jointly undertaken research with Teresa Kelly on the leading causes and potential consequences of stress amongst Irish trainee accountants.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2011) 'The Leading Causes and Potential Consequences of Occupational Stress - A Study of Irish Trainee Accountants'
Kelly, T. and Barrett, M. (2011) 'The Leading Causes and Potential Consequences of Occupational Stress - A Study of Irish Trainee Accountants'. Irish Accounting Review, [Details]
(2006) 'Bean Counter or Business Adviser? An Exploratory Study of Changing Times for the Accounting Practitioner in Ireland'
Doran, M. (2006) 'Bean Counter or Business Adviser? An Exploratory Study of Changing Times for the Accounting Practitioner in Ireland'. Irish Accounting Review, 13 (1):23-46 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2015) Irish Academy of Management Conference
Barrett, M., Flood, B., and Pierce, B. (2015) Management Accounting and Organisational Change: A Historical Perspective Irish Academy of Management Conference [Details]
(2015) European Network for Research in Organisational and Accounting Change
Barrett, M., Flood, B., and Pierce, B. (2015) The Emergence and Evolution of Management Accounting Systems European Network for Research in Organisational and Accounting Change [Details]
(2014) EIASM Colloquium on Organisational Change and Development
Barrett, M. (2014) The Emergence and Evolution of MAS EIASM Colloquium on Organisational Change and Development [Details]
(2012) The Irish Accounting and Finance Association
Barrett, M. and O'Fatharta, G. (2012) The Perceptions of Directors of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises on Audit Exemption and Influences on the Voluntary Audit Decision The Irish Accounting and Finance Association [Details]
(2012) The International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management
Barrett, M. and O'Fatharta, G. (2012) To Audit or Not to Audit: That is the Question The International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management [Details]
(2007) Irish Accounting and Finance Association
Kelly, T. and Doran, M. (2007) The Leading Causes and Potential Consequences of Occupational Stress: A study of Irish Trainee Accountants Irish Accounting and Finance Association [Details]
(2005) Irish Accounting and Finance Association
Doran, M. (2005) A change in focus for small and medium sized accounting practices in Ireland Irish Accounting and Finance Association [Details]
(2004) Irish Accounting and Finance Association
Doran, M. (2004) Bean Counter or Business Adviser? Changing Times for the Accounting Practitioner in Ireland Irish Accounting and Finance Association [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2004) 'Value Added Services? Is that what our clients really want?'
Doran, M. (2004) 'Value Added Services? Is that what our clients really want?' Accountancy Plus, 1 (1) :*-*. [Details]
(2004) 'Client Relationships'
Doran, M. (2004) 'Client Relationships' Accountancy Ireland, 36 (1) :*-*. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2015) Irish Academy of Management Conference,
Barrett, M., Flood, B., and Pierce, B. (2015) Management Accounting and Organisational Change: A Historical Perspective. [Conference Paper], Irish Academy of Management Conference, NUI Galway , 03-SEP-15 - 04-SEP-15. [Details]
(2015) European Network for Research in Organisational and Accounting Change (ENROAC),
Barrett, M. and Busco, C. (2015) Co-Chair of this International Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], European Network for Research in Organisational and Accounting Change (ENROAC), NUI Galway , 03-JUN-15 - 04-JUN-15. [Details]
(2015) European Network for Research in Organisational and Accounting Change (ENROAC),
Barrett, M., Flood, B., and Pierce, B. (2015) The Emergece and Evolution of Management Accounting Systems. [Conference Paper], European Network for Research in Organisational and Accounting Change (ENROAC), NUI Galway , 03-JUN-15 - 04-JUN-15. [Details]
(2015) Spring Academy: Digital Media in Higher Education,
Barrett, M., Lyons, R. and Evason, P. (2015) Presentation on the use of Screen Recording Technology to create online tutorials for Accounting students. [Invited Oral Presentation], Spring Academy: Digital Media in Higher Education, NUI Galway , 18-FEB-15 - 18-FEB-15. [Details]
(2014) EIASM Colloquium on Organisational Change and Development,
Barrett, M. (2014) The Emergence and Evolution of MAS. [Oral Presentation], EIASM Colloquium on Organisational Change and Development, Essen, Germany , 12-SEP-14 - 13-SEP-14. [Details]
(2014) Galway Symposium on Higher Education,
Barrett, M. and Lyons, R. (2014) Accounting Nuggets for Leaving Certificate Students. [Oral Presentation], Galway Symposium on Higher Education, NUI Galway , 06-JUN-14 - 06-JUN-14. [Details]
(2012) Irish Accounting and Finance Association,
Barrett, M. and O'Fatharta, G (2012) The Perceptions of Directors of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises on Audit Exemption and Influences on the Voluntary Audit Decision. [Oral Presentation], Irish Accounting and Finance Association, NUI Galway , 24-MAY-12 - 25-MAY-12. [Details]
(2012) The International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management,
Barrett, M. and O'Fatharta, G. (2012) To Audit or Not to Audit: That is the Question. [Oral Presentation], The International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management, University of Limerick , 28-JUN-12 - 28-JUN-12. [Details]
(2007) Irish Accounting and Finance Association,
Kelly, T. and Doran, M. (2007) The Leading Causes and Potential Consequences of Occupational Stress: A study of Irish Trainee Accountants. [Oral Presentation], Irish Accounting and Finance Association, IT Tralee , 10-MAY-07 - 11-MAY-07. [Details]
(2005) Irish Accounting and Finance Association,
Doran, M. (2005) A change in focus for small and medium sized accounting practices in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Irish Accounting and Finance Association, University of Limerick , 21-APR-05 - 22-APR-05. [Details]
(2005) Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Members in Practice Conference,
Doran, M. (2005) A Change in Focus for Small and Medium Accounting Practitioners in Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, Members in Practice Conference, Dublin , 12-NOV-05 - 12-NOV-05. [Details]
(2004) Irish Accounting and Finance Association,
Doran, M. (2004) Bean Counter or Business Adviser? Changing Times for the Accounting Practitioner in Ireland. [Oral Presentation], Irish Accounting and Finance Association, Queens University, Belfast , 19-APR-04 - 20-APR-04. [Details]
(2004) Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, Practitioners Conference,
Doran, M. (2004) Bean Counter or Business Adviser? A Client Perspective. [Invited Lecture], Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland, Practitioners Conference, Killarney, Co. Kerry , 11-MAR-04 - 12-MAR-04. [Details]
(2003) Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland, Annual Conference,
Doran, M. (2003) Bean Counter or Business Adviser? A Client Perspective. [Invited Lecture], Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland, Annual Conference, Cork , 25-SEP-03 - 26-SEP-03. [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2015 Best Paper Award (Accounting, Finance & Corporate Governance) - Irish Academy of Management Conference Irish Academy of Management

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
European Network for Research in Organisational and Accounting Change Scientific Committee Member 01-JAN-14 /
Irish Accounting and Finance Association Member 01-APR-04 /
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants Fellow member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
European Network for Research in Organisational and Accounting Change Scientific Committee Member 01-JAN-14 /
Irish Accounting and Finance Association Committee Member 14-MAY-15 /

Other Activities

  Description

Development of partnerships between J. E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics and a number of international employers via career mentoring and programme developments on B. Comm (Accounting).
Accenture, IBM, SAP, Medtronic, Boston Scientific, KPMG, PWC, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Mazars etc. 

Teaching Interests

Financial Accounting

Management Accounting

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2015/16 Financial Reporting AY130
2015/16 Introduction to Financial Accounting AY104
2015/16 Financial Accounting AY507

Head of Accounting & Finance

Prof Breda Sweeney

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