Letter from the President
Dear MAS Members;
I hope your semester has gotten off to a great start!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org soon to volunteer! If there are certain roles you would most prefer taking on, let Isabella know when you contact her.
2020 Midyear Meeting Report
We had a terrific Midyear Meeting in Houston that kicked off with the doctoral colloquium on January 9. On January 10 and 11 we had a full schedule of concurrent research and teaching sessions, plenary sessions on research and teaching, several panel sessions, the JMAR Forum, and some time to connect with friends and colleagues at the receptions and luncheons.
Keep reading to find out the winners of the awards presented at the meeting as well as reports from the co-leads of the doctoral colloquium (Jason Brown and Willie Choi), the conference program (Matthias Mahlendorf and Jason Schloetzer) and the CGMA Teaching Symposium (Margaret Shackell and Thomas Vance).
- This year’s winner of the prestigious Lifetime Contribution to Management Accounting Award, sponsored by the AICPA, is Mark Young (University of Southern California).
- The Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award, also sponsored by the AICPA, went to Steve Kachelmeier (University of Texas at Austin), Laura Wang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and Michael Williamson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) for their paper Incentivizing the creative process: From initial quantity to eventual creativity.
- The Journal of Management Accounting Research (JMAR) Best Paper Award went to Ken Merchant (University of Southern California), Paul Shantapriyan (University of Tasmania) and Carolyn Stringer (University of Otago) for their paper Setting financial performance thresholds, targets and maximums in bonus plans.
From Eva Labro, Senior Editor, JMAR
- JMAR Outstanding Reviewer Award. Serving as a reviewer for a journal is a time-consuming but critically important job. Not only does reviewer input affect the career of the authors whose work is being reviewed, but the thoughtfulness, timeliness, and constructive nature of the review reports plays an important role in establishing the reputation of the journal.
This year the Editor team of JMAR recognized four individuals for the JMAR Outstanding Reviewer Award. Congratulations to:
Serena Loftus (Tulane University)
Raj Mashruwala (University of Calgary)
Steven Smith (Brigham Young University)
Laura Wang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
- The Midyear Meeting Best Paper Award went to Erina Ytsma (Carnegie Mellon University) for her working paper, Effort and selection effects of performance pay in knowledge creation.
IMA Doctoral Colloquium
From Co-Leads Jason Brown and Willie Choi
Graciously funded by the IMA this year’s colloquium attracted over 50 participants, including 18 from non-US universities. The program featured 10 faculty presenters speaking on the following topics:
- “MAS Storytellers: The Stories Behind the Research” – Carolyn Deller (University of Pennsylvania), Christie Hayne (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Ivo Tafkov (Georgia State University), and Sally Widener (Clemson University) gave colloquium participants a behind-the-scenes look at some of their research, highlighting key issues that arise when conducting management accounting research using various research methodologies
- “One Thing that I Wish I Knew as a PhD Student” – Xinyu Zhang (Cornell University), Shelley Li (University of Southern California), Laura Wang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and Martin Holzhacker (Michigan State University) shared their perspectives transitioning from PhD student to junior faculty member life, highlighting key experiences of that transition
- “The Last Mile Problem” – Ella Mae Matsumura (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Raffi Indjejikian (University of Michigan) shared their perspectives about potential “last mile problems” in management accounting, and how PhD students may be able to tackle such problems
In addition, Kip Krumweide from the IMA spoke about the benefits of increased engagement with the IMA, including the IMA’s doctoral research grant program, which features three different stages of funding. Finally, this year’s colloquium featured the first ever MAS PhD Student Mentorship Program. Through generous funding from the MAS PhD Student Fund, the mentorship program matched 19 students with 12 faculty members to receive feedback on their research. Preliminary survey feedback suggests the mentorship program was a great success!
From Co-Leads Matthias D. Mahlendorf and Jason Schloetzer
We are looking back on a very successful 2020 Management Accounting Section Midyear Meeting in Houston. 314 participants from all over the world enjoyed a great mix of latest research, inspirations for teaching, and insights on current developments in corporate practice. In 30 research sessions, 90 authors presented their state-of-the-art research. Each presentation was complemented by an expert in the respective area, who provided a constructive discussion. The plenary key note speaker Andrew Petruski gave an inspiring talk about “Rethinking Costing at Bank of America: Building a Sustainable Costing Approach that Drives Efficiencies through Innovations” which highlighted how a selective – rather than an oversophisticated – use of activity-based costing can be of great value to modern organizations. Four panels covered topics such as “Research Relevance, “Inter-Disciplinary Research”, “What Will Become of the Accounting Profession”, and “Profitability Analytics”. We have received a lot of positive feedback from the participants and are looking forward to seeing you next year in Portland, Oregon.
CGMA Teaching Symposium
From Co-Leads Margaret Shackell and Thomas Vance
The 2020 CGMA MAS Teaching Symposium was a great success. We hosted three concurrent sessions on Critical Thinking, Lean Accounting & Data Analytics, and a Panel on Balancing Teaching and Research. We are grateful to the presenters, Cook Prize Winner Margarita Lenk, Orest Fume, Ann Dzuranin, Jim Hesford, Glenn Rowe, Karen Sedatole, and Alan Webb. Each one of them challenged us to be better than we were before. The highlight was a joint plenary, with the research conference, by motivational speaker Dan Lerner. Dan shared his passion for undergraduate teaching, and asked us to find harmonious passions to become truly successful in work and in life. Many participants remarked on how much it touched them. Thanks to a fantastic committee of Yvonne Hinson, Khim Kelly, Serena Loftus, and Matthew Sooy. We appreciate the support of the AICPA and look forward to another great symposium next year in Portland.