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Elaine Nash is a PhD candidate at the University of South Australia (UniSA). She is doing her doctoral studies through the UniSA Business school. Her topic is “Disability not Inability: the management control implications for workers with intellectual disability”. Elaine is a social worker by profession graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work from UniSA in 1991. She has over three decades of experience working in human services primarily in the disability sector with over 20 of these years in operational and strategic leadership and management roles. Elaine has also operated her own consultancy specialising in leadership development. She is currently a non-executive director and a member of the board of directors for Kudos Services, Australia’s first public sector mutual.
Elaine is interested in exploring how innovation in business models can help solve social problems. Graduating with an MBA in 2016, she is now combining this interest with her passion for improving the lives of people with intellectual disability specifically in the area of employment opportunities and outcomes. Elaine hopes her PhD research will make a unique contribution to the field of management accounting specifically the management control literature and help to discover how business can support the employment of people with intellectual disability and gain the significant benefits of doing so.


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    PhD Candidate, University of South Australia