Dr Paul Wells

Senior Lecturer in Accounting

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 - ext: 5750

Email: paul.wells@aut.ac.nz


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting, AUT  
  • Master of Management Studies in Accounting, Waikato
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Canterbury
  • Chartered Accountant, NZICA
  • Diploma in Teaching


Paul Wells joined the Faculty of Business at Auckland University of Technology in March 2002.  He teaches Accounting Information Systems courses on the Bachelor of Business, Master of Professional Accounting and the Master of Business Studies.

He commenced his academic career at the Waikato Institute of Technology where he has held the positions of Principal Lecturer in Accounting, Head of Business Studies, Programme Director and Faculty Academic Manager.  During his tenure at WINTEC, Paul researched tertiary education practice in Australia, England, the USA and Canada.

A former examiner for the Institute of Chartered Accountants Professional and Final Qualifying Examinations, Paul has also served on the Waikato/BOP Branch, Continuing Education and CA College Committees of the Institute.  

Paul has been actively involved in the not-for-profit sector where he has held positions of director, treasurer, fund raising convenor and president at Club level, treasurer at District level and, director and President National level.  In addition he has been a judge and chair of the national development committee for Sports Aerobics and was Head of Delegation and Team Manager to the 8th World Championships in Sports Aerobics in Bulgaria.  

He has been accountant to the Computing and Information Technology Research and Education NZ since 1999.  He was a Trustee and Treasurer for the Mt Eden Methodist Church Charitable Trust from 2010-2013.

Teaching Areas:

Expertise in Degree and Postgraduate Teaching

  • Accounting Information Systems

Interests in Research Supervision

  • Accounting Education
  • Performance Measurement in the Not-for-Profit Sector  
  • Perceptions of a Profession
  • Perceptions of Accounting and Accountants

Research Areas:

  • Accounting Education
  • Governance in the Not for Profit Sector
  • Perceptions of Accounting and the Accounting Profession
  • Accounting Information Systems

Current Research Projects:

  • The introductory accounting curriculum
  • Student perceptions of on-line learning
  • Barriers to the recruitment and retention of Maori and Pasifika students to tertiary study in accounting
  • Why do business students choose to major or not major in accounting?
  • Improving learning outcomes for auditing students



  1. Basioudis I. G., de Lange P., Suwardy T. & Wells P., (2012) Accounting Students’ Perceptions of a Learning Management System: An International Comparison, Accounting Research Journal, 25(2), 72-86
  2. Wells P, Gerbic P, Kranenburg I & Bygrave J (2009), Professional skills and capabilities of accounting graduates:The New Zealand expectation gap?, Accounting Education: An International Journal, 18(1), 403-420
  3. Wells P., deLange P. & Fieger P. (2008) Integrating a Virtual Learning Environment into a Second Year Accounting Course: Determinants of Overall Student Perception, Accounting and Finance, 48(3), 503-518.
  4. Wells P, (2006) The Supply of Accounting Graduates in New Zealand, NZ Journal of Applied Business Research, 5(1), 53-62
  5. Wells P. & Fieger P., (2006) High School Teachers’ Perceptions of Accounting: An International Study, Australian Journal of Accounting Education , 2(1), 29-51
  6. Wells P (2003), “A Note on the Supply of Accounting Technician Graduates in NZ“, NZ Applied Business Education Research, 2(2), 71-77.

Books, Edited Volumes and Research Monographs:

  1. Wells, P. K. (2011). Managing a Project, Becoming Obsessed, and Getting Through. In M. Waring, & K. Kearins (Eds.), Thesis Survivor Stories. AUT Media.
  2. Wells P K, B R Dixon and E Ridgeway (1999), Accounting Principles, Third Edition, Addison Wesley Longman.
  3. Fonseka A, J Gourdie, C Lamdin, J Rees, P Wells & K Wright (1998), Study Guide for NZ Society of Accountants Final Qualifying Examination, FQE Group, Second Edition.
  4. Wells PK (1995), “The Waikato Polytechnic Management Information System“, in McQueen RJ Cases in Information Technology Policy, University of Waikato.  
  5. Wells P K & B R Dixon (1993), Accounting Systems, An Introduction, Longman Paul.

Last updated: 17-Mar-2015 9.45pm

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