Letter from the President
Dear Members of the Management Accounting Section of the AAA;
As one of my first official duties as MAS President, it is a pleasure to provide this summary of recent news and events, highlights of some new initiatives planned for the coming year, and reminders of upcoming deadlines and activities. Doing all we do as a section requires tremendous dedication by our members. I am incredibly grateful for the over 100 members who readily agreed to volunteer their time and talent during my term as President. Thank you all for your commitment to the success of the MAS in the upcoming year!
On a personal note, I’d like to thank Annie Farrell, Past-President and Mina Pizzini, former Secretary Treasurer, for their exemplary service to the MAS. As with most leadership positions, there is a significant amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to keep the MAS running smoothly, as I am now learning! Both Annie and Mina worked tirelessly and enthusiastically in their roles and continue to provide mentorship and support to the new leadership team, which along with me, includes Isabella Grabner (President-Elect) and Ivo Tafkov (Secretary Treasurer). As a section we owe Annie and Mina a huge debt of gratitude for all they have done (and keep doing) for the MAS!
I would also like to thank the AICPA, the IMA and CPA Canada for their generous financial support of our teaching and research activities. However, their support of the MAS extends well beyond financial contributions. Their representatives are each highly engaged in helping to provide value for MAS members in numerous ways such as organizing panel sessions at our meetings, sharing resources, and working closely with us in implementing new initiatives. We are very fortunate to have the AICPA, the IMA and CPA Canada as our partners!
In closing, I look forward to serving the MAS over the next year. I am excited about the progress we are making with our existing slate of activities and I am eager to push forward with our many new initiatives outlined below. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you want to get involved with the MAS or have questions about any of the details that follow.
I look forward to seeing you soon!
AAA MAS President
School of Accounting and Finance
University of Waterloo
Recent News and Events
- Isabella Grabner and Melissa Martin did a terrific job organizing our program at the AAA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. There were 81 papers presented in traditional sessions that collectively reflected the breadth of methods used by management accounting researchers and the topics explored. A further 32 papers were invited for inclusion in the research interaction forum. Isabella and Melissa also provided a great service to the authors of submitted manuscripts by working hard to ensure almost every submission had two reviewers. Also, 25 reviewers were selected by Isabella and Melissa for providing exceptionally high-quality reviews on submitted manuscripts. Their names were announced at the MAS luncheon with a follow-up congratulatory email. Great work Isabella and Melissa on making our program a success in San Francisco!
- Congratulations to winners of the major awards presented at the Annual Meeting:
- Jim Bulloch Award for Innovations in Management Accounting Education (sponsored by the IMA) – Bill Goldman, for Data Visualization: Teaching Big Data Analytics.
- Dissertation Award (sponsored by the IMA)
- Winner: Carolyn Deller, for Beyond Performance: When Potential Matters to Employee Career Outcomes (supervisors: Dennis Campbell and Tatiana Sandino)
- Runner up: Joseph Burke, for The Role of Social Bonds in Understanding the Pre and Post-Recognition Effects of Recognition on Visibility (supervisor: Gary Hecht)
- Best Early-Career Researcher in Management Accounting (sponsored by the AICPA) – co-winners, Adam Presslee and Laura Wang.
- Best Management Accounting Paper at the AAA Annual Meeting – Gerardo Cavazos and Jonas Heese. When the Boss Comes to Town: The Effects of Headquarters’ Visits on Facility-Level Misconduct.
- Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature – Pablo Casas-Arce, Sofia Lourenco and Asis Martinez-Jerez, for The Performance Effect of Feedback Frequency and Detail: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Customer Satisfaction.
- Under the outstanding leadership of Senior Editor, Eva Labro, JMAR continues to thrive. We are on pace for a record number of submissions in 2019, in part due to the Special Interest Forum on Tax and Managerial Accounting organized by Eva. Earlier this year we submitted our application for an “A*” rating (up from our current “A”) on the Australian Business Dean’s Council journal list, which is in the process of being updated. Special thanks to Anne Lillis, Naomi Soderstrom and Christo Karuna who played a big role in this submission! Watch for updates on the results of the review. Also, JMAR turns 30 this year and we’ll suitably celebrate this big milestone at the Midyear Meeting in Houston.
- Thanks to the generosity of many of our many members, the PhD Student Fund, initially established through Sue Haka’s generous donation, has grown to nearly $25,000! Lead by Ella Mae Matsumura, the PhD Student Fund Task Force will continue to work over the next year both to identify ways of growing the fund and develop plans for its use in supporting our members.
New Initiatives in the Coming Year
- The first initiative using the PhD Student Fund kicks-off at the 2020 Midyear Meeting MAS/IMA Doctoral Colloquium. Jason Brown and Willie Choi have organized a mentorship program where third and fourth-year doctoral students will individually meet with two or three faculty members to discuss a research ‘pitch’ submitted by the student. Students participating in the mentorship program will each be eligible for financial support of up to $500 from the PhD Student Fund to help with travel costs.
- In coordination with the IMA and Strategic Finance, we have committed to producing a quarterly column that summarizes one or more management accounting studies recently published in a high-quality academic journal. Our first column appeared in the August issue! Adam Presslee is our new Liaison to Practice; if you would like to get involved in this initiative by writing a column for Strategic Finance, please contact him for details.
- In keeping with recommendations in the recently released AAA Research Relevance Task Force report, we are examining new approaches to strengthen the connections between management accounting research and practice. As an example, we are working with the AICPA to develop a panel session for the 2020 Midyear Meeting focused on issues related to the production and dissemination of practice-relevant research.
- Our Data and Analytics Task Force lead by Ann Dzuranin has prioritized two activities for the coming year: (1) identifying ways of integrating data and analytics into managerial accounting courses; and (2) developing an approach for sharing resources in a controlled access environment. Relatedly, Albie Brooks (Chair) and the Instructional Resource Committee are working on expanding the teaching resources available to our members. Stay tuned for progress reports on these important initiatives!
- Shane Dikolli is heading up an initiative to create and maintain a controlled-access repository of doctoral seminar syllabi that include management accounting research papers. Once created, the repository will be made available to all MAS members who want access. The repository will give us a valuable resource for use in demonstrating the impact of our research. Thanks to Dhinu Srinivasan for putting this idea forward!
- Sven Modell is the new Director of the International Advisory Committee and is working with his committee to identify ways the MAS can better serve our international members.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines
- The early-bird registration deadline for the MAS/IMA Teaching Case Conference, November 1-2 in Salt Lake City is September 30. Plan to take in this event!
- The 2020 Midyear Meeting is January 9-11 in Houston, Texas. Be sure to register!
- Watch for the calls for nominations in October for our major awards presented at the AAA Annual Meeting. Nominate your colleagues!