Accounting Behavior and Organizations Sections Awards

Outstanding Dissertation Award

The AAA Accounting, Behavior and Organizations Section is pleased to announce its 2020 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 2019.  Entries must also include 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,  Please send all materials in electronic form to: Axel Schulz

All entries must be received by May 27, 2020. The award recipient will be notified by August 2, 2020.

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 2020. The award recipient will also be invited to present his/her work at the ABO Research Conference.

Letter from the President

Dear Members of the Accounting Behavior and Organizations Section,

I am honored to serve the ABO section as president for the 2019‐2020 term. I look forward to following in the footsteps of Past-President Molly Mercer in actively seeking ways to ensure the continued financial health of our section, as well as working on AAA initiatives including the important topic of producing and disseminating more practice-relevant research.

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The deadline for submitting nominations for the ABO Notable (Lifetime) Contribution Award in Behavioral Accounting Literature is May 27, 2019.

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 May 27, 2019. 

Please email your nomination to Axel Schulz at  For more information, click here


Behavioral Research in Accounting

A journal of the Accounting, Behavior, and Organizations Section of the American Accounting Association

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Midyear Meeting

2020 Accounting Behavior and Organizations Virtual Research Conference and Doctoral Consortium

October 1-3, 2020


We are happy to announce our in-person conference will now transfer to a virtual setting while also preserving the key elements of our traditional program. Our members from around the world will be able to attend the meeting, interact with each other, and strengthen the work being shared. To make this a reality, we’ve designed and built a conference that lets you participate in sessions in a flexible and personalized way. More details about the meeting along with meeting registration will be posted soon.