ERMAC Keynote Speakers
"This was a wonderful conference, and I was impressed with the energy and enthusiasm it is bringing to research at the intersection of management accounting and general management. I really enjoyed being part of this community and contributing to the trajectory of young scholars engaged in research at this intersection."
Dennis W. Campbell
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Dennis W. Campbell is a Professor in the Accounting & Management Unit at Harvard Business School. Professor Campbell's research, teaching, and case writing focus on the design of performance measurement and management control systems, with a particular focus on identifying design choices that enable more effective interactions between organizations and their customers. He has studied these issues extensively in both the U.S. and international services sectors and has published numerous case studies across a variety of related industries including retail, hospitality, and financial services. His research has been published in leading academic journals including Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, and Management Science. Professor Campbell received his doctorate from Harvard Business School and his bachelors degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of Redlands (Redlands, CA). Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve in Washington, D.C. on research and policy related to the structure, conduct, and performance of U.S. banking institutions and markets. He is currently serving on the board of the Harvard University Employees Credit Union and is a research fellow at the Filene Research Institute. He enjoys living in Sudbury, MA with his wife, son, daughter, and two dogs.
"Coming from management, it was fantastic to see cutting edge research presented by management accounting control scholars. The ERMAC conference is creating a unique community at the intersection of management and managerial accounting research."
Laura B. Cardinal
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Laura B. Cardinal is Professor of Strategic Management at the C. T. Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. Previously, she was a faculty member at Tulane University where she served as the Exxon Professor of Strategy. Her areas of expertise include managing innovation and R&D capabilities and understanding the evolution and adaptation of control systems in founding firms. She has received awards for both research and teaching in these areas. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin where she was a National Science Foundation grant recipient. Her book, Organizational Control (with Sitkin and Bijlsma-Frankema), was published by Cambridge University Press in 2010. Professor Cardinal currently serves on the editorial boards of the Strategic Management Journal and Organization Science. She previously served as the Chair for the Competitive Strategy Interest Group and Track Chair for the Singapore Conference for the Strategic Management Society, and as the Chair of the Technology and Innovation Management Division at the Academy of Management.
"The ERMAC conference was a great mix of practice and theory, practitioners and academics, and young and experienced researchers. Worth attending it."
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Tony Davila has a dual appointment as professor of Entrepreneurship and professor of Accounting and Control at IESE Business School. He is the Alcatel Lucent Chair of Technology Management. He has recently been Visiting Professor at the Harvard Business School during 2013 and 2014 teaching in the MBA core curriculum. Before coming to IESE, he was a faculty member at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University after receiving his doctorate from the Harvard Business School.
He teaches courses in innovation management, entrepreneurship, management accounting and control, and sports management at the master, doctoral, and executive education levels. He has taught innovation and entrepreneurship around the world including Oxford University in England, HEC Lausanne in Switzerland, and CEIBS in China.
He has recently published The Innovation Paradox: How Good Business Kill Breakthroughs and How They Can Change, the book pushes forward some of the ideas outlined in his previous book Making Innovation Work: How to Manage It, Measure It, and Profit from It.
In addition, he has published Malea Fashion District: How Successful Managers Use Financial Information to Grow Organizations, a book that makes management accounting ideas relevant to anybody involved in organizations. He has also edited The Creative Enterprise.
His work has been published in journals such as Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Journal of Business Venturing, Research Policy, Accounting Review, Accounting, Organizations and Society, or Review of Accounting Studies.
He has received IESE’s research award three times and his dissertation was distinguished by the American Accounting Association. His latest article in California Management Review received the Accenture Best Paper Award, 2011. The Spanish government awarded him the Ramon y Cajal scholarship that recognizes his work. He was also finalist for the McKinsey Best Paper Award from the Strategic Management Society.
In addition to his research and teaching work, Tony is a prolific writer of teaching cases. He also works extensively with companies from startups, some of them started by some of his students, to large multinationals.
"It was a great pleasure to be able to engage in the debat with management accounting and management scholars on new (and overlapping) directions that these fields are heading in to."
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Henri Dekker is Professor of Management Control at the Department of Accounting at VU University Amsterdam, and holds a position of Professorial Fellow at the Department of Accounting and Business Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. Since earning his PhD in 2003 at VU University Amsterdam, Henri’s research has focused on the themes of management accounting in interfirm relationships, and firms’ use of performance measurement, target setting and incentives. His work has been published in various leading journals including Accounting, Organizations and Society, Management Science, and Organization Science. Henri’s research has been recognized by several awards, including the AAA Notable Contribution to the Management Accounting Literature Award, the AAA Best Early Career in Management Accounting Award and the AAA Greatest Impact on Management Accounting Practice Award. Henri currently is Associate Editor at the European Accounting Review and serves on the editorial boards of Accounting, Organizations and Society, Journal of Management Accounting Research, and Management Accounting Research.
"I found the ERMAC Conference to be one of the most useful conferences for young scholars that I have ever attended. The informal, interactive discussions between senior and junior faculty members and the participating doctoral students that followed each paper presentation provided the ideal forum for developing new research ideas and improving ongoing projects. When combined with the participation of practitioners, ERMAC provides a powerful setting for advancing cutting-edge management accounting research."
Christopher D. Ittner
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Professor Ittner’s research focuses on the design, implementation, and performance consequences of performance measurement, cost management, and enterprise risk management systems. His articles have been published in the Harvard Business Review and leading academic accounting, marketing, and operations management journals. He is an editor of The Accounting Review, and has served as senior editor at Production and Operations Management and associate editor for Accounting, Organizations and Society, Management Science, and several other academic journals. His work on the association between customer satisfaction measures and financial performance received the American Accounting Association’s Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature Award.
Professor Ittner teaches the undergraduate management accounting core course, an MBA cost management elective, and executive education sessions on cost accounting and marketing metrics. In addition, he runs management accounting doctoral courses for students from throughout the United States and Europe. He is the recipient of several MBA teaching awards.
Professor Ittner received his BS from California State University, Long Beach, his MBA from UCLA, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard University.
"The community of young scholars around ERMAC is a lively group, eager to share new ideas and explore improvements in research methods. They have significant potential to transform the landscape of accounting research in Europe."
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Joan Luft is Eli Broad Professor of Accounting at the Eli Broad School of Business, Michigan State University. Her research, which combines insights from economics and psychology to explain the design and use of management accounting, has been published in a variety of major international journals. She was co-recipient of the AICPA-AAA Notable Contribution to the Accounting Literature Award in 1996 as well as recipient of the AAA Management Accounting Section Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature in 1999 and the Notable Lifetime Contribution in Behavioral Accounting Literature Award in 2012. She has served as Associate Editor of The Accounting Review and Editor of the Journal of Management Accounting Research, and is currently Associate Editor of Accounting Horizons, as well as a member of the editorial boards of several journals.
"The presentations at the ERMAC conference were uniformly excellent, and the engagement with the participants was outstanding. It was a pleasure to be part of the conference."
Kenneth A. Merchant
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Kenneth A. Merchant is the Deloitte & Touche LLP Chair of Accountancy at the University of Southern California. He has published 10 books and numerous articles in major academic and practitioner journals. He has won many awards, including an outstanding service award and four notable contributions awards from the American Accounting Association, two for lifetime contributions to the fields of management accounting and behavioral accounting. He is currently serving as editor of The Accounting Review and on the editorial review boards of 10 other journals.
"The ERMAC conference is amazing! The blend of accounting and management perspectives coupled with the smaller size of the gathering helps to create rich discussions and insights. The energy brought by the doctoral students and others is infectious. My own work benefited greatly from participating in this exciting conference. I can’t wait to return!"
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Since working as a shift manager and subsequently completing his graduate studies, Dr. Miller has taught full-time at Baylor University and Wake Forest University. Recently, he joined the faculty at the University of Houston. At Baylor, Dr. Miller served as Director of the Center for Executive Education. At Wake Forest, he served as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and as Academic Director for the Executive MBA Program. Dr. Miller is an active member of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society. Awards and honors include: Outstanding Young Researcher Award (Baylor University); Best Research Award (Academy of Management Review); and teaching awards from Wake Forest University, the University of Houston, and Duke University (he has been a guest instructor at Duke). Dr. Miller has worked with a number of managers and executives. Through management development programs, he has contributed to the advancement of individuals from such organizations as ABB, Bank of America, Krispy Kreme, La Farge, Red Hat, State Farm Insurance, and the United States Postal Service. His focus has been change leadership, strategic visioning, and high-involvement approaches to managing people. Dr. Miller’s published research focuses on the functioning of executive teams, the design of organizational structures and management systems, and the design of strategic decision processes. His work has appeared in Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.
"WU/IFU has succeeded in setting up a conference that is a valuable addition to the list of conferences for management accounting researchers. Especially those interested in the link between management accounting and management should block their calendar."
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Frank Moers is Professor of Management Accounting & Control and Research Director of the Maastricht Accounting, Auditing, and Information Management Research Center (MARC). Frank holds a M.Sc. (Economics and Business Administration) and a Ph.D., which he received from Maastricht University in respectively 1996 and 2001. He was a Visiting Professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a Full Professor at Maastricht University. His research interests cover areas such as performance measurement, corporate governance, organizational design, contract theory, implicit incentives, and internal capital markets. He has published in top academic journals, such as Accounting, Organizations and Society, and The Accounting Review, and was awarded with multiple best paper awards and dissertation (supervision) awards.
"ERMAC is a wonderful forum for learning, cross-collaboration and inspiration for innovative research across disciplines."
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George Serafeim is a Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He has taught courses in the MBA, executive education and doctoral programs, and is currently teaching the elective course “Reimagining Capitalism: Business and Big Problems” in the MBA curriculum, which received the Ideas Worth Teaching Award from the Aspen Institute. He has presented his research in over 60 countries around the world and is one of the most popular business authors, according to rankings of the Social Science Research Network.
"This conference provided a good opportunity and wonderful experience to learn and talk about management accounting research and for me to help new management accounting scholars develop their own research."
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Mike Shields is the Schaberg Endowed Chair in Accounting at Michigan State University. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978 and an honorary doctoral degree from the Turku School of Economics (Finland) in 2000. In 2006 Mike received the Lee Brummet Distinguished Award for Educators from the Institute for Management Accountants. In 2008 Mike received two awards from the American Accounting Association: Notable Contributions to the Management Accounting Literature Award and Notable (Lifetime) Contribution in Behavioral Accounting Literature. His teaching interests are cost and managerial accounting, and his research uses psychology theories and research methods to study budgeting, performance measurement, performance evaluation, and incentives. Mike has published over 60 articles, including articles in the Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, and Journal of Management Accounting Research. Mike is an editor of Accounting, Organizations and Society and was the editor of the Journal of Management Accounting Research. He was President of the Management Accounting Section of the American Accounting Association, and is a co-organizer of the annual Global Management Accounting Research Symposium (GMARS). Mike is a director of the Foundation for Applied Research of the Institute of Management Accountants and a member of the Research Board of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
"The ERMAC Conference is a unique venue for those with an interest in organizational control and in drawing upon a wide variety of disciplines and perspectives to better understand the phenomenon. Presentations and discussions were interesting and engaging, with participants grappling with important, new problems."
Sim B. Sitkin
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Sim Sitkin is Professor of Management, Founding Faculty Director of the Center on Leadership and Ethics, and Director of the Behavioral Science and Policy Center at Duke University. Previously at Duke, he served as Area Head for the Management and Organizations Department, Faculty Director of Fuqua’s Health Sector Management Program, and Academic Director at Duke Corporate Education. Professor Sitkin’s research focuses on leadership and control systems, and their influence on how organizations and their members become more or less capable of change and innovation. He is widely known for his research on the effect of formal and informal organizational control systems and leadership on risk taking, accountability, trust, learning, M&A processes, and innovation. His most recent book is Organizational Control (Cambridge University Press, 2010). He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Management in 2010. He is Founding Editor of Behavioral Science and Policy, Consulting Editor of Science You Can Use, Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Trust Research, having previously served as Senior Editor of Organization Science and Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior.
“It was great to have the rare opportunity to see presentations from both accounting and management scholars, and to partake in discussions among them.”
Wim A. Van der Stede
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Wim A. Van der Stede is the CIMA Professor of Accounting and Financial Management at the London School of Economics. He has published in several leading academic and practitioner journals in the fields of accounting and management and is a co-author of a leading textbook on management control systems. Wim has won several awards, including the AAA Notable Contribution to Management Accounting Literature Award. Finally, Wim has contributed his share of service to the academic and professional accounting profession, such as by being the President of the AAA Management Accounting Section and as Chair of the EAA Publications Committee; he is also on the editorial board of several journals.
I thoroughly enjoyed the ERMAC conference. I found the conference design, which included small-group exchanges with PhD students, to facilitate stimulating and thought-provoking discussions in a friendly environment. The intimacy of the conference encouraged interactions and relationship-building amongst the attendees. I highly recommend PhD students and scholars interested in management, management accounting, and control to attend the conference if the opportunity arises; if the opportunity presents itself for me to return, I would certainly do so! Thanks to Gerhard Speckbacher, WU, and Karin Zemanek for organizing such a terrific conference.
Sally K. Widener
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Sally K. Widener is a Professor of Accounting at Clemson University. She earned her PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999. Prior to joining Clemson University in 2013, Sally was on the faculty at the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University (2001 - 2013) and at Colorado State University (1999 – 2001), and she has held a continuing position as visiting professor at Nyenrode Business Universiteit in The Netherlands since 2009. Sally’s research investigates how the design and use of management control systems affects employee behaviors. She has published in leading academic journals including Accounting, Organizations and Society, The Journal of Accounting Research, and the Journal of Operations Management. She is an editor at The Journal of Management Accounting Research and an associate editor at The European Accounting Review. She received the David Solomons Prize from Management Accounting Research for the best paper published in 2006 and has been awarded numerous teaching awards. Prior to earning her Ph.D. she was a senior auditor with Price Waterhouse and worked in various internal audit and controllership positions with a Fortune 500 company. She is a Certified Public Accountant (state of Texas) and a Certified Internal Auditor.
“While this is an all-around amazing conference, I especially enjoyed the opportunity it provides to talk to new scholars about their creative research ideas in a small group setting.”
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Michael Williamson is an Associate Professor of Accounting and an Ernst and Young faculty fellow. Michael’s research explores the impact of performance evaluation and reward system design on employee productivity, risk taking, creativity, and other innovative activities. Michael has published numerous research articles in outlets such as The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Accounting, Organizations, and Society. Michael has received numerous awards for his research including several conference best paper awards and the Best Early Career Researcher in Management Accounting Award.