Accounting Behavior and Organizations Sections Awards

Outstanding Dissertation Award

The AAA Accounting, Behavior and Organizations Section is pleased to announce its 2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award competition. The purpose of this competition is to recognize outstanding dissertation research in a behavioral/organizations topic. The assessment of what constitutes an outstanding contribution to behavioral/organizational accounting research will be based on, but not limited to, the following criteria:

  • relevance and originality of the research question
  • development of a theoretical framework; appropriateness of the research method and analysis
  • quality of writing
  • potential for publication in a scholarly journal
  • potential for the results to have practical implications for accounting practitioners and organizations

An entry may be nominated by either the author of the dissertation or by one or more members of the author's dissertation committee. The author must be a member of the ABO Section at the time of entry. The entry may not be simultaneously submitted to dissertation competitions sponsored by other sections of the American Accounting Association. All entries must include a letter from the dissertation chairperson stating that the dissertation has been completed and accepted by the degree-granting institution during the calendar year 2016.

A copy of the dissertation, along with a working paper from the dissertation that meets the criteria for papers submitted to Behavioral Research in Accounting (refer to the latest issue for requirements related to length and other matters) and the related experimental or survey instrument should be sent to the Chair of the Award Committee. All entries must be received by June 10, 2017. The award recipient will be notified by August 1, 2017.

Please send all materials in electronic form to: Axel Schulz

The AAA/ABO Section Dissertation Award carries with it a $1,000 cash award for the recipient as well as a plaque honoring the recipient. The award recipient will be announced during lunch at the ABO Section Annual Research Conference in October 2017. The award recipient will also be invited to present his/her work at the ABO Research Conference.

Letter from the President

Sally Widener

Greetings ABO Members:

 Let me begin this message by thanking my two Presidential predecessors, Lisa Victoravich and Donna Bobek Schmitt, for their hard work and vast institutional knowledge. I would also like to thank the incredible section members who volunteer their time and efforts in serving as officers, chairing committees, coordinating programs, organizing doctoral consortia, and doing a host of other myriad activities. You are all the heart and soul of the section and without you the Section as we know it would cease to be. So pat yourselves on the back and know that your efforts are genuinely appreciated and valued.

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The deadline for submitting nominations for the ABO Notable (Lifetime) Contribution Award in Behavioral Accounting Literature is June 10, 2018. Please email your nomination to Axel Schulz at  For more information, click here. 

The deadline for submitting nominations for the ABO Outstanding Dissertation Award  is June 10, 2018. Please email your nomination to Axel Schulz at  For more information, click here

The deadline for submitting nominations for the BRIA Best Paper Award is June 10, 2018. Please email your nomination to Kathryn Kadous at For more information, click here



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The 2017 ABO Research Conference was a huge success!

Thank you to all who attended the 2017 ABO Research Conference in Pennsylvania. The meeting was a huge success! We look forward to seeing you all in 2018!

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