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Fawad Ahmed

Fawad Ahmad PhD in Accountancy Candidate
International student from Pakistan

I wanted to do my degree in an English-speaking country. Naturally New Zealand was the top priority. New Zealand universities are placed in the QS world rankings and have low fees. Also, the country’s beauty, its friendly weather and friendly people attracted me.

Massey won out due to the strong research faculty at the School of Accountancy and recommendations from friends already studying at Massey.

My PhD title is Disclosure Quality and Audit Fee Paid by Companies Connected to Power Sources in Pakistan. Organisations often form ties with sources of power to attain an indirect authority to influence others outside the organisation. Prior literature has identified political institutions as the main source of power—companies connected to politicians.

My thesis is based on the argument that political institutions are not the only source of power. It will examine the differences in disclosure quality, audit fee, directors’ remuneration and market performance of firms connected to not just politicians but the army.

The best part of a doctoral programme is thinking outside the box, encountering new challenges at each stage, and then finding your way out of that challenge.

After completing my MBA in 2008, I joined the financial sector in Pakistan but found my job wasn’t intellectually challenging. So in 2010 I joined the public sector but the dissatisfaction prevailed. The search for intellectual challenge and thirst for exploration pushed me to resume my studies.

I’ve enjoyed my doctoral journey so far. The School of Accountancy has a small number of doctoral candidates, so students get due attention and more time from the supervisory panel. The school has a family-like environment.

I tutor at Massey and also lecture in one of the business schools in Auckland.