School of Accounting, Economics and Finance

Dr Patricia Shewell

Senior Lecturer, AL: Teaching and Learning

Telephone: 031 260 8307
Email: shewellp@ukzn.ac.za
Campus: Westville
Building & Room: J Block – 2nd Floor

Biography:

Dr Shewell is an emerging expert in the changing role of the finance and accounting professional in business as well as in performance measurement of the finance function. This is evident in her Master’s degree titled “Finance function – Leveraging a source of competitive advantage for selected South African companies in KwaZulu- Natal”, and PHD (Leadership) titled “Towards value adding performance: A finance function performance metric for the South African Freight Forwarding industry”. These two are relevant as they form a backdrop to her areas of scholarship to date. She has presented work at three local conferences related to the changing role and focus of the finance function in business. In addition, having identified Data Envelopment Analysis as a method of evaluating performance of other business support units, the potential value of DEA as a tool for evaluating relative performance of finance functions was recognised in her PHD. Dr Shewell has published two papers related to this research, the first critically examining the DEA literature, and specifically its application to business support units (cited by 6 international scholars). The second presents the findings of an application of DEA to the finance function, which work was also presented at a local and at an International conference.

Academic Qualifications

  • BCom
  • PGDip(ManAcc)
  • BCompt(Hons)
  • MTech CMA
  • PhD

Professional Qualification

  • Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA)

Research Interests

  • Finance function performance measurement
  • Data envelopment analysis

Recent Publications and Papers

  • Shewell, P & Migiro, S, 2017. Finance function performance measurement – A data envelopment analysis approach. Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, Vol 9(6)109-121
  • Shewell, P & Migiro, S, 2016. Data envelopment analysis in performance measurement: a critical analysis of the literature. Problems and Perspectives in Management, Vol 14(3).705-713
  • Shewell P, “Developing a performance metric for the finance function of companies in the South African Freight Forwarding industry”; Management Accounting Research Exclusive Conference; Lekwena, 13th -14th March 2019.
  • Shewell, P & Migiro, S, “Establishing the value of finance function performance measurement – A Data Envelopment Analysis approach.” 8th European Business Research Conference, ESCP, Paris France – April 2017.