An Accounting Information Systems Perspective on Data Analytics and Big Data

Conference Date: October 13 & 14, 2016

The Journal of Information Systems (JIS) will hold the 2nd JIS Research Conference (JISC2016) on October 13 & 14, 2016 at the offices of Workday, Inc., Pleasanton, CA. JIS is the research journal of the Accounting Information Systems (AIS) Section of the American Accounting Association ( JIS is now in its 30th year of publication. The 2014 SNIP ranking is 1.629 on SCOPUS. 

Conference Design

The design of JISC2016 is to provide an opportunity for intense discussion between academics and professionals on research in a targeted area of concern to the broad AIS community. The conference will involve research presentations, round-table discussions, and a keynote presentation; attendance at the conference will be limited to those on the program. Each research paper presentation will have an academic and a professional commentator. Papers presented at JISC2016 will appear in a theme issue of JIS, edited by Dr. A. Faye Borthick of Georgia State University and Dr. Robin Pennington of North Carolina State University. Dr Eileen Taylor of North Carolina State University will be the Chair of the Conference. The conference is sponsored by Workday, Inc. and the AICPA.


The focus of JISC2016 is Data Analytics and Big Data. There is radically enhanced access to significant volumes of data and information both from within organizations and external sources. In the coming years, there will be even greater volumes of data as connected mobile devices and sensors bring vast amounts of data to the enterprise. The tools available to analyze and leverage this data have also substantially improved in recent years. These enhancements in the information environment and toolset have important implications for accounting, including managerial decision making, auditing as well as reporting to those charged with governance and organizational stakeholders. The direction and shape of the consequences of Data Analytics and Big Data for accounting are unknown. Academic research can add knowledge and direction to the debate on the role of Data Analytics and Big Data in accounting.


The deadlines for JISC2016 are:

  • May 1, 2016: Research papers due.
  • October 13 & 14, 2016: JISC2016
  • February 1, 2017: Revised papers due.

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Letter from the President

Hello all,

I hope the spring term is going well for all of you. I would like to take this opportunity to say a few words about our Midyear Meeting in Newport Beach, CA, JISC 2018 in Durham, NC, and to give a preview of the events coming up for our section.

We enjoyed a great Midyear Meeting in Newport Beach, CA! My sincerest gratitude to all our volunteers who helped make our meeting a great success; Dan O’Leary, meeting coordinator; Andrea Kelton, research paper chair; Hussein Issa, SET coordinator; Diane Janvrin, education paper chair and Chris Wolfe, NSC coordinator. Also, the AAA staff and the Duke hotel staff were top notch. A highlight of the conference is always the awards - congratulations to all of our award winners - our website will soon be updated to reflect your achievements! Your innovative and interesting work is inspiring to all the members of the AIS section. Thanks to the IMA for their generous support of the case award. Also a special thanks to KPMG, they have generously supported our conference for many years now and I greatly appreciate their continued interest and support.

In March, JISC 2018 was a huge success. Thanks to our sponsor, the AICPA, the event was held in Durham, NC at their offices. I was extremely impressed with all the hard work of Pamela Schmidt, conference chair and co-editor; Kimberly Church, assistant chair and Graham Gal, coeditor. I cannot say enough about all the attention to detail from the website to the quality of speakers and to the papers presented. They truly put together an excellent program with participants from both practice and academia. The feedback was very positive and I encourage each of you to read the conference report contained in this newsletter. I look forward to the special conference edition of JIS. The AIS Section has another important event coming up soon - the AIS Bootcamp at the offices of PwC in Minneapolis, MN on May 22. Many thanks to PwC for sponsoring the event and to the education committee for organizing the bootcamp. Thanks to Diane Janvrin, Joy Gray, Kimberly Church and Lorraine Lee. I am happy to announce that there is great interest in the bootcamp - registration is full - however if you wish to be placed on the waitlist please see the conference link in this newsletter.


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Journal of Information Systems

Journal of Information Systems

The Journal of Information Systems (JIS) is the academic journal of the Accounting Information Systems (AIS) Section of the American Accounting Association. Its goal is to support, promote, and advance Accounting Information Systems knowledge. The primary criterion for publication in JIS is contribution to the accounting information systems (AIS), accounting and auditing domains by the application or understanding of information technology theory and practice.

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