Dr Micheal Axelsen

Senior Lecturer in BIS

School of Business
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


Micheal holds the position of Senior Lecturer (Business Information Systems) in the UQ Business School, University of Queensland (UQ), and acts in the role of Deputy Director Teaching & Learning (Commerce Suite of Programs) for the UQ Business School.

Micheal is an experienced IS professional and accountant (FCPA of CPA Australia) with fifteen years’ experience in the area of IS consulting. This experience and career includes the evaluation of IS projects, IS audit and IT management and governance. Micheal’s published research is in the areas of the use of intelligent decision aids, Information Systems (IS) audit, and Information Technology (IT) governance. Prior to receiving his PhD, Micheal chaired the IT & Management Centre of Excellence for CPA Australia. Professionally, Micheal is a Fellow of CPA Australia and a member of the Australian Computer Society, ISACA, the Association for Information Systems, and the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand.

Micheal has more than 15 years industry experience as a Director in an IS consulting practice with public, private, and community sector organizations as clients. He has significant experience in facilitating development programs, and currently teaches into the UQ Master of Business Administration program, the Master of Business, the Master of Business Analytics, and the Master of Commerce program at UQ. Micheal’s professional experience as an accountant, as a Director in the area of IS Consulting, and IS research expertise provides a strong foundation for delivering engaging educational programs and business-relevant research at the UQ Business School.

Research Interests

  • Information Systems Audit and IT Governance
    This area of research considering role of information systems audit, its practice, and its relationship with auditing and accounting standards. This research interest also considers the governance and security (including cybersecurity) of information and data held by the business.
  • Intelligent Decision Aids and the Theory of Technology Dominance
    This area of research examines the impact of the continued use of 'intelligent' computer systems on professional judgment and knowledge. The concern here is to know whether having data stored using external memory aids affects the user's understanding and judgment of that domain.
  • Information Systems Pedagogy
    This area of research seeks to better understand business information systems pedagogy - that is, the teaching of information systems to business students.


  • Member, ISACA, ISACA
  • Fellow, CPA Australia, CPA Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Masters (Coursework), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Commerce, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Commerce, The University of Queensland


  • Faff, Robert, Mathuva, David, Brosnan, Mark, Hoffmann, Sebastian, Albu, Catalin, Ali, Searat, Axelsen, Micheal, Cornwell, Nikki, Gepp, Adrian, Gill, Chelsea, Honey, Karina, Malik, Ihtisham, Mehrotra, Vishal, Moses, Olayinka, Ratiu, Raluca Valeria, Tan, David and Tuszkiewicz, Maciej Andrzej (2023). Pitching business school researcher profiles. Journal of Accounting Literature. doi: 10.1108/jal-10-2022-0105

  • Slapničar, Sergeja, Axelsen, Micheal, Bongiovanni, Ivano and Stockdale, David (2023). A pathway model to five lines of accountability in cybersecurity governance. International Journal of Accounting Information Systems, 51 100642, 100642. doi: 10.1016/j.accinf.2023.100642

  • Slapnicar, Sergeja, Axelsen, Micheal and Eulerich, Marc (2023). Measuring cyber risk: integrating methodological, behavioral, and organizational perspectives. Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand, Gold Coast, QLD Australia, 2-4 July 2023.

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  • Ken Wiltshire, Aastha Malhotra and Micheal Axelsen eds. (2018). Transformational leadership and not for profits and social enterprises. Routledge Studies in the Management of Voluntary and Non-Profit Organizations, Abingdon, Oxford, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315468570

Book Chapter

  • Axelsen, Micheal and Wiltshire, Kenneth (2018). Leadership in practice: GIVIT-connecting those who have with those who need. Transformational leadership and not for profits and social enterprises. (pp. 264-268) edited by Kenneth Wiltshire, Asatha Malhotra and Micheal Axelsen. Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9781315468570-21

  • Wiltshire, Kenneth, Malhotra, Aastha and Axelsen, Micheal (2018). Preface. Transformational Leadership and Not for Profits and Social Enterprises. (pp. XVI-XVIII) edited by Wiltshire, K., Malhotra, A. and Axelsen, M.. Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom: Taylor and Francis.

  • Axelsen, Micheal (2018). Successful nonprofit leadership in an IT world. Transformational leadership and not for profits and social enterprises. (pp. 269-294) edited by Ken Wiltshire, Aastha Malhotra and Micheal Axelsen. Abingdon, Oxford, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315468570-22

  • Axelsen, Michael, Green, Peter and Ridley, Gail (2014). Financial information systems audit practice: implications of international auditing and accounting standards. Computing handbook: information systems and information technology. (pp. 64.1-64.16) edited by Heikki Topi and Allen Tucker. Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press. doi: 10.1201/b16768

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Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision