Presenters Biography

Associate Professor Nick McGuigan

Nick is directly involved in applied research, focusing on the enhancement of educational programs of accountants. His research interests include student conceptions of learning, learning technologies, integrated thinking and creativity, innovation, systems design and regenerative economics. Nick has led and/or taken key roles in competitive research funded projects equating to just over one million Australian dollars, including Federal State level grants in both Australia and Germany. He has received multiple Dean’s Teaching Excellence Awards and a Vice Chancellors award for Teaching Excellence and Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. Nick has published widely in international accounting and education journals, presented at numerous conferences and been invited to present at research centres and professional organisations in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. He has held visiting academic positions in Germany, England and New Zealand and been appointed to various American Accounting Association (AAA) committees. Nick is currently the Co-Chair of the Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) Accounting Education Special Interest Group and is chartering an accounting futures project. Nick is an Associate Editor of Higher Education and Research (HERD) Journal, Issues in Accounting Education and Accounting Education. 



Susskind & Susskind (2015) show many of today’s professions are currently under disruption. New technologies are set to transform the information available to professionals. The willingness to experiment and be creative is crucial to creating and adding value in today’s world (Porter, Hills, Pfitzer, Patscheke, & Hawkins 2011). This presentation aims to stimulate a round-table discussion on how to systematically foster creativity and innovation within and across disciplines. 

The professions of the future will require individuals to transcend traditional disciplinary boundaries, hold high degrees of resilence, agility, creativity, social intelligence and be able to think in novel, integrated and adapative ways (Davies, Fidler, & Gorbis, 2011). Remarkably different to the current model of business education. To better equip individuals for the professions of the future curricula that provide meaningful opportunities for students to actively shape, discover and explore their own professional identities and creative abilities will be required. 

This presentation aims to explore how art can be used as a way to ground the learning of particular disciplines in the students lived experience. Therefore affording students an opportunity to form deeper connections to their discipline and an opportunity to explore their own professional identity. Practical examples will explore how art and creative thought is used to place an emphasis on creativity, design and integration – key elements of the professions of the future.  

Illustrative examples will explore how artists can influence educators (formal accounting artist-in-residence program within business schools; use of visual tools and metaphors workshops; shakespeare actor-led workshops that explore body, presence and awareness) and art pedagogical techniques and methodologies implemented in disciplinary courses, can be used to empower student-centered learning (structural modelling, photographic documentation and analysis, portfolio design, film and digital media, image collage construction). 



Davies, A, Fidler, D & Gorbis, M (2011). Future work skills 2020. Institute for the Future for University of Phoenix Research Institute, Palo Alto, California, viewed 15 September 2017, 

Porter, M.E., Hills, G., Pfitzer, M., Patscheke, S., & Hawkins, E. (2011). Measuring shared value: How to unlock value by linking social and business results. Foundation Strategy Group. Available at:

Susskind, R. & Susskind, D. (2015). The Future of the Professions: How Technology will Transform the Work of Human Experts, Oxford: Oxford University Press.