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Coming in January: 2010 MAS Research and Case Conference and IMA Doctoral Colloquium

Management accounting educators from all over the world will meet early next year for the premier gathering in their field:  the Management Accounting Section (MAS) of the American Accounting Association (AAA)’s 2010 Research and Case Conference & IMA® Doctoral Colloquium, which will be held in Seattle, WA, on January 7-9.  Both the colloquium and the conference itself feature exciting new developments for IMA-member educators.

The event will kick off on Thursday, January 7, with the IMA Doctoral Colloquium, recently renamed in honor of IMA’s Foundation for Applied Research (FAR)’s sponsorship of that event.

 “The colloquium will provide an excellent opportunity for doctoral students to connect with each other and exchange practical research ideas and scholarly advice.  We’re also pleased to recognize the generous support that IMA and FAR have so graciously given over the past five years,” said Kristy Towry, conference co-director and associate professor of accounting at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

The Research and Case Conference will take place on Friday and Saturday, January 8-9. Papers will be presented on a wide variety of management accounting topics, including:

  • Compensation and contract design
  • Corporate governance
  • Supply chain and inter-organizational control
  • Performance measurement
  • Management control systems

For the first time ever, the conference will include a special concurrent session to discuss FAR-funded research.  The session will feature several dissertations that have already been fully defended as well as doctoral research that is currently in process.

The new FAR session and the renaming of the Doctoral Colloquium mark a new era in the relationship between IMA and the MAS.  Said Raef Lawson, Ph.D., CMA®, CFA, CFP, CPA, IMA VP of research and professor-in-residence, “These developments demonstrate the growing, positive relations between our two organizations, both of which are committed to supporting educators in the management accounting field.”

Dr. Lawson also noted that IMA’s support of academic research, particularly at the doctoral level through FAR, helps to “address a critical issue facing the profession:  the large and growing shortage of accounting Ph.D.’s.  By providing financial support to these endeavors, we help to address this issue in a very tangible way.”

Other highlights of the upcoming MAS Research and Case Conference will include a plenary session dedicated to papers that have been fast-tracked for publication in the MAS’s flagship periodical, the Journal of Management Accounting Research (JMAR), as well as a plenary session spotlighting “Seattle Spirit.”   Representatives from prominent Seattle-based companies, such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Starbucks, will, according to Dr. Towry, “share their insights about what management accounting means in the innovative environment that is typical of Seattle organizations.”

Regular registration for the 2010 MAS Research and Case Conference & IMA Doctoral Colloquium ends on December 7, 2009, after which late fees will be incurred.  For additional information, including registration details, please visit www.aaahq/org/meetings/2010MAS_online.htm.



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