Dr. Michael Opara will settle for no less than fundamentally transforming the way you think about accounting and it’s role in society. He found this calling by working extensively with the Canadian government and witnessing first-hand the need for new perspectives in leadership. His breadth of experience makes him uniquely qualified to open the doors of practical accounting to his students. As a university that is large enough to support first class programs and small enough to provide an intimate learning experience, A&M-Commerce has provided a perfect home for Opara’s work. When he is not teaching or working on his latest project, he mentors new and future accountants.
A Conversation with Dr. Opara
What draws you to your discipline?
“I am fascinated by the role of public policy as a driver for accounting information and dissemination. This is an under-appreciated role. As accountants, we must become part of a wider conversation that highlights the role of accounting in society beyond tabulating numbers. We must consider and ensure that accounting is done to advance society.”
Tell us about a project you are working on or have recently completed.
“I am currently working on a project involving institutional entrepreneurship in complex organizations. Recently, I completed a project that examined the work that is done behind the scenes to implement controversial public policies in the U.S. and Canada.”
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
“You will feel at home here, and we will do our best every day to help you succeed.”
- DBA, Accounting, Athabasca University, 2014
- MBA, Accounting, York University, 2004
- Instructor, Accounting, University of Lethbridge, 2013-2015
- Instructor, Accounting, MacEwan University, 2012-2015
Awards and Honors
- Professor Chuck Arize Junior Faculty Award for Research Excellence, A&M-Commerce, 2020
- Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)
- Social and Environmental Accounting
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Institutional Theory