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SHANGHAI, JULY 11-13, 2016

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The programme in Accounting will include seminars on the following topics :

  • Analytical Accounting Research
  • Audit Research
  • Qualitative Research in Accounting (former Case-Based Research in Management Accounting)
  • Empirical Financial Accounting Research
  • Intangibles, Intellectual Capital & Value Creation
  • Producing and Evaluating Knowledge in Management Accounting
  • Quantitative Empirical Research in Management Accounting



The organisers of EDEN China 2015 would like to thank CIMA’s General Charitable Trust for sponsoring this Research Symposium and Conference


Prof. Michael SHIELDS, Michigan State University, U.S.A. (Programme Coordinator)
Prof. Chris CHAPMAN, University of Bristol, U.K.
Prof. Frank MOERS, Maastricht University, the Netherlands


This EDEN addresses issues related to designing, conducting, and evaluating quantitative empirical research on management accounting. This course will help participants gain a wider and deeper understanding of the research questions, theoretical perspectives, and research methods used in theory-based quantitative empirical research on management accounting. This includes:

(1)   what has been and can be the role and contribution of theory-based quantitative empirical research to understanding management accounting;

(2)   what are interesting research questions that have been and can be addressed by theory-based quantitative empirical research on management accounting;

(3)   what social-science theories are frequently used to motivate, structure, and evaluate the design and analysis of quantitative empirical research on management accounting;

(4)   how to design and conduct valid theory-based quantitative empirical research studies; and

(5)   what are commonly used quantitative empirical research methods and how do you evaluate how well they are used (i.e., what is their validity?).

In this EDEN course, these and other issues will be raised and discussed, under the guidance of an international faculty of management accounting scholars who have extensive experience in conducting and publishing a wide variety of theory-based quantitative empirical research on management accounting.

The purpose of this course is to increase participants’ awareness of the various opportunities that arise when selecting and conducting theory-based quantitative empirical research on management accounting, and the necessary knowledge and skills needed to conduct and evaluate such research.

A variety of quantitative empirical research approaches exist when considering the possible theoretical perspectives and research methods that can be applied to the study of management accounting. In consequence, this course will address a variety of research methods (archival, experimental, quantitative field study, and survey) and theoretical perspectives (contingency theory of organizations, economics, and psychology). These various topics will be addressed through the combination of assigned readings, lectures, discussions, and participant-team assignments and presentations.


This EDEN course will focus on quantitative empirical research methods used in management accounting research (archival, experiment, quantitative field study, and survey) and frequently used theoretical perspectives including economic theories (agency, value of information, organizational architecture, and complementarities in organization design), organizational contingency theorizing (selection fit, interaction fit, and system fit), and psychology theories (cognition, motivation, and social). In addition, general concepts related to the design, conduct, and evaluation of theory-consistent empirical research will be presented.

This course will consist of pre-class readings, lectures, discussions, You will realize more benefit from this EDEN if you read the assigned readings before attending it. You should expect that there will be a homework assignment for each evening during this EDEN.

Each participant is expected to keep a free-form learning diary covering the entire process from preparing for the course beforehand through the end of the course. The learning diary should be divided into three sections: Learning before the course, Main learning points during the course, learning after the course.


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We will be covering a lot of material in class.  The list below outlines a range of references that you should comprehensively follow up on in detail after the event to secure your learning around the topics covered during the course.  Your ability to keep up during the course will be significantly enhanced if you have read as much of the following readings as possible in advance however.



Interested doctoral students should register by sending the application file to Jizhang Huang shufehjz@gmail.com no later than May 12, 2016. Besides doctoral students, other researchers may participate. The number of participants will be limited to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Institute’s Faculty. They will review the following document which should necessarily complement each application form:

  • the applicant’s curriculum vitae demonstrating his/her capabilities of doing research .



Thanks to the generous support of the CGMA, we are able to offer a considerable reduction on the standard fee.

Registration Fee:  2000 Chinese Yuan or 304 American Dollars (US$).




The seminar will be held at the Shanghai, China.
The programme will start on July 11, 2016 at 09.00 (registration as of 08.30) and is scheduled to end July 13, 2016 at 17.40.

You are requested to make your own hotel arrangement.

List of recommended hotels will be posted soon.