Management Accounting Section Dissertation Award

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Call for Nominations – AAA MAS Management Accounting Dissertation Award

Purpose:  The AAA Management Accounting Section is pleased to announce its 2021 dissertation award competition. The purpose of this competition is to recognize outstanding dissertation research in the field of management accounting. The winner is honored with a plaque and $1,000; the runner-up is honored with a plaque and $250; and the supervisors of the winner and runner-up are honored with plaques. The award is generously sponsored by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

Eligibility and Nomination Procedures:  An entry may be nominated by either the student who authored the dissertation or one or more members of the dissertation committee. The entry may NOT be simultaneously submitted to other 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 between January 1 and December 31 of 2020; that is, a 2021 award recipient must have completed his/her dissertation during 2020.

Dissertations that have been considered for or that have won the AAA/Grant Thornton Doctoral Dissertation Award (intended to recognize innovative research of third or fourth year PhD students that have passed their proposal defense at the time of the award) are eligible for this award.

Winners do not have to be members of the AAA MAS to receive the plaque but must be members to receive the cash prize.

Award Committee and Submission Instructions:  By March 1, 2021, an electronic copy of the dissertation or a solo-authored working paper from the dissertation and the letter from the dissertation chairperson described above must be emailed to the Chair of the Dissertation Award committee: Jeremy Bentley, University of Massachusetts Amherst,  While the committee would prefer working paper submissions, no advantage will be given to submissions in that form. Nominations will be evaluated by a Committee of faculty appointed by the MAS President.

Presentation of Award:  The Awards will be presented during the Management Accounting Section Business Meeting and Lunch at the AAA Annual Meeting in August.

Management Accounting Section Dissertation Award Prior Winners

2020 2020 Winner: Victor Van Pelt, “Asymmetric Adjustment of Control” (Dissertation Chairs: Eddy Cardinaels, Bart Dierynck).

2020 Runner-Up: Hyun Hwang, “Organizational Structure, Voluntary Disclosure, and Investment Efficiency” (Dissertation Chairs: Carlos Corona, Pierre Liang).
2019 2019 Winner: Carolyn Deller PhD from the University of Pennsylvania “Beyond Performance: When Potential Matters to Employee Career Outcomes” Professors Tatiana Sandino and Dennis Campbell

2019 Runner-Up: Joseph Burke PhD from Indiana University-Bloomington “The Role of Social Bonds in Understanding the Pre- and Post-Recognition Effects of Recognition on Visibility” Professor Gary Hecht
2018 2018 Winner: Eunhee Kim PhD from Carnegie Mellon University “The Market for Reputation: Repeated Career Concerns and Matching” Professors Carlos Corona and Jonathan Glover for Supervisions Eunhee Kim’s Dissertation

2018 Runner-Up: Henry Eyring PhD from Harvard Business School “Disclosing Physician Ratings: Performance Effects and the Difficulty of Altering Ratings Consensus” Professor Dennis Campbell For Supervising Henry Eyring’s Dissertation
2017 2017 Winner: Shelley Xin Li PhD from Harvard Business School “Boss, Cut Me Some Slack: Control and Innovation in a Multitasking Environment” Professor Dennis Campbell For Supervising Dennis Campbell’s Dissertation

2017 Runner-Up: Jason Xiao PhD from University of Pennsylvania “Diffusion of Corporate Governance from Influential Adopters” Professor Wayne Guay For Supervising Jason Xiao’s Dissertation
2016 2016 Winner: David Tsui PhD from University of Pennsylvania “Risk-Return Tradeoffs and Managerial Incentives “ Professor Wayne Guay For Supervising David Tsui's Dissertation

2016 Co-Runner-up: Jeremiah Bentley PhD from Cornell University “Decreasing Operational Distortion and Surrogation through Narrative Reporting“ Professor Robert Bloomfield For Supervising Jeremiah Bentley’s Dissertation


Dear MAS members,

As the incoming Senior Editor of the Journal of Management Accounting Research (JMAR) for the 2019-2021 term, I am excited to announce the team of Editors that will serve during my term. They are a group of 13 strong researchers that are ready to work with you, current and future authors and referees, on publishing high quality and relevant management accounting research.

Continuing on JMAR’s promise to include diverse methodological perspectives, we have editors covering all methods used to address management accounting issues, and have wide geographical representation with 46% of the editors not based in the US. Furthermore, the incoming Editorial Board which are relied upon to do the bulk of the reviewing will, for the first time in JMAR’s history, consists of a majority of non-US based researchers. I will announce the incoming Editorial Board members at the Management Accounting Section’s midyear meeting in January.

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Letter from the President

Allen Webb

Dear MAS Members;

Below you’ll find the first call for 2020-21 MAS volunteers and a full report of our very successful Midyear Meeting held in Houston, January 9-11.

Be a Volunteer!

It is that time of year when our President Elect, Isabella Grabner, is beginning to staff the various committees and other positions that will be doing the important work of the section when her term as President starts in August.

Isabella has over 100 positions for which she needs volunteers. So, don’t wait to be asked, do your part to help the MAS by emailing Isabella at soon to volunteer! If there are certain roles you would most prefer taking on, let Isabella know when you contact her....

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